As he relearned the city, Williamson noticed a strange similarity between veterans like himself and the young people growing up in tough parts of Chicago. Too many had witnessed violence, and they had little support to cope with the trauma.
Post 9/11 veterans commit suicide more, are homeless more, and are jobless more than their civilian counterparts. Underscoring these bleak outcomes, top policy makers have noted that the "evidence appears to be that [serving in the military] is not an advantage."
In the 1980s, an addiction to drugs and alcohol consumed my cash and I found myself homeless and living in my car. I became one of thousands of Americans without a safe place to call home.
After the explosion, Cody drove fast and never stopped. He said he didn't know how many bodies he hit--men, women, kids, animals. When all the vehicles got to FOB Cheyenne, it was hideous. There were guts, body parts, and blood from the people he hit covering the front of his truck.
During a recent Veteran's charity fundraising gala, much like the hundreds of galas that occur year round, something significant happened: At a point in the show the emcee asked all attendees from a certain group of Veterans in the audience to stand and be recognized...not a single person stood in spite of their presence.
Veterans who are homeless may not have a home, but that doesn't mean they don't have diverse skills that could be put to use to meet the needs of an expanding job market. Now is the time for the nation's employers to take a fresh look at hiring homeless veterans for job openings.
On August 3rd, 2015, the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program announced that it would be raising rates immediately for new policies. The move surprised the Federal Employee workforce and led to general questions about the program and Long Term Care Insurance.
The vast majority of police officers fall somewhere in the middle of the mix, neither villains nor heroes, but hard-working, dedicated people doing a tough job - sometimes doing that job well and sometimes making poor choices.
The VA should be the fulfillment of a promise: health care in the service of those way we claim to honor most, those who have worn the uniform and offered the last, full measure of their worth for their nation. It has become, in reality, a vending machine.
As of August 22, 2015, the average length of time to complete a fully developed claim (FDC) for VA benefits was 141.1 days. What does "fully developed" mean? It means all the i's dotted and all the t's crossed. It means all the evidence supporting the claim is filed when the claim is initiated, there's no additional evidence, and it's filed electronically.
For many years I helped patients improve their sleep using non-pharmacological treatments. In 2010, I was asked to join a team of eight sleep experts from around the nation to help the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) develop training to make insomnia treatment more accessible to Veterans. That experience changed everything for me.
Mr. President, on behalf of those in the nation who need this type of prosthetic care to live full and productive lives and support themselves and their families, I ask you to look at these issues which are creating barriers to care, delaying, and in some cases, denying prosthetic care to Americans with limb loss.
Remember when we were all up in arms over the VA's staggering backlog of Veterans' claims for benefits, almost a million at its peak in 2012? Images of VA offices with towers of unprocessed claims on desks, chairs and stacks of claims on the floor flooded the media. Remember? Paper, paper everywhere.
The bill may even be more relevant for aging Vietnam-era veterans who have been disconnected from the system for decades and now need medical care in their later years.
The reality is that while the number has been decreasing, as recently as a few months ago, there were still more suicides per day among veterans stateside than deaths in active combat overseas (22 per day).
Despite its utilization over the past 34 years and the advancements in the science behind the procedure, the politics and "social acceptance" of undergoing IVF have not changed much at all.