By all means, the VA is failing American veterans terribly, with wholesale claim denials and scandalous waiting times and a general, contemptuous dismissal of the psychological and physical wounds American vets are coming home with.
Just "moving the herd" is not a solution. I think forty years is long enough to wait for the problem to go away. Let's put that on the top of the list for 2015.
For those of us fighting to end homelessness in America, the year of 2014 gives us hope that strategic ideas and initiatives are actually working, albeit slowly. Here are our top highlights of 2014.
In 2006, I began publishing, on or near the winter solstice, an annual Integrator Top 10 list for the emerging field of integrative health and medici...
Last week we saw a perfect example of how screwed up priorities have gotten in Congress. When the financial sector demanded a provision weakening regulations on risky derivative trading, Congress obliged. When veterans asked for $22 million over five years for a suicide prevention program, Sen. Coburn blocked the entire bill.
In the wake of the big election victories on November 4, many people are asking, "What's next for the push to legalize marijuana in the United States?"
As a veteran myself, I am aware of the harsh realities facing veterans today. With VA backlogged and the veteran unemployment rate around 10 percent, to say that being a veteran is tough would be an understatement. We can all make an effort to give back to those who have risked their lives for us.
Recently released mortgage disclosure data findings indicate that a majority of future U.S. households could face significant challenges in achieving homeownership.
Indeed, the media knows that the story of vets-gone-bad is irresistible to the public - and irresistibility in media terms means profit. But every story about one vet makes it harder for a thousand others to get hired.
Chicago is not doing its part to support military veterans, says a new study. Out of 100 cities examined, Chicago ranked as number 99 in terms of how well the city offers economic, education, health and housing opportunities.
On a day marked to honor our veterans and to commemorate the sacrifices made by these great men and women, we need to take a moment to give voice to those who still live in the shadows of war.
You have to change. If you don't change, you're going to die. That is the chilling realization that prompted Gulf War Veteran Michael Nguyen to turn to mindfulness practice to save his life when PTSD was running it into the ground.
The turnaround of the VA will not happen overnight, but there is no denying that in such a short time, Secretary McDonald, and Mr. Gibson are laying the groundwork of transforming the largest integrated health network in the country.
The road to veteran status is long, narrow, bumpy and filled with unexpected twists and turns. It starts for most with an enlistment of three to four years in one of the armed services.
Though the country has long been united in the belief that former soldiers deserve respect and honor, the question of what exactly the government owes its veterans -- and whether it is fulfilling those obligations -- has been more controversial.
Veterans Day is next Tuesday. Our nation has seen twelve years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The war has been present, but perhaps at a safe distance for those who haven't had someone close to them in harm's way.