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.
September 2, 2015 will mark the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII, and seventeen outstanding U.S. Veterans, both male and female, have stepped up to help support those who have served and sacrificed by posing for a special calendar.
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.
At the reunion banquet in Washington of the 16,000-member Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, retired Colonel Romero will become the first African-American to be elected president of the VHPA.
"Are you a Vietnam veteran?" I asked "Stan," an auto mechanic I'd met a few minutes earlier in the course of a routine car checkup. He nodded affirm...
The report found that we veterans are not the "broken heroes" that our national leaders and the media have made us out to be. To be sure, some veterans do struggle with unemployment, homelessness and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), but on the whole we are a resilient bunch.
In all the times I've asked people, many who were not veterans themselves and other than me, did not know a single other veteran, to "support our veterans", no one ever responded with the phrase, "support all people."
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.
The film attempts to convey the drama, pain, chaos, confusion and occasional horror of that year for those grunts. It also shows some of the lighter moments of their band of brothers: How they lived, looked out for each other, how they played and how some died. It is not pretty, but it is a beautiful effort.
WELCOME TO THE BOXING MATCH OF Behavioral Health Disorder...
A closer look at veterans reveals a unique opportunity not only to do good for the 24 million who have worn the uniform, but also do well for the military veteran consumer market that has almost $1 trillion in spending power, and possess a fierce loyalty to brands who take care of them.
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.
There is no shortage of programs to recruit, hire, and retain veterans for civilian employment, but industry leaders such as Verizon have now turned their attention to Women Veterans specifically for the obvious skills, talent, education, training, and qualifications they add to the workforce.
Everyone who has committed time, talent, money and effort to finding solutions to veteran unemployment should take pride that we're making progress as a nation. But, it is important to remember that we still have a lot of work ahead of us.
Being married to a former Marine has it's challenges. Being married to a former major, in my opinion can have a few added challenges. When my husband left the Marine Corps, he also left behind the responsibilities, title and in a lot of ways the respect he had worked his entire career to obtain.
Veteran reintegration works best when it is local, tailored individually and holistically to meet the unique needs of each veteran. Put another way, what works for a man doesn't always work for a woman -- and vice versa.