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Explaining the 'Unexplained' Illnesses of Gulf War Veterans

Claudia S. Miller, M.D., M.S. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Claudia S. Miller, M.D., M.S.

A recent Institute of Medicine report on Gulf War illness has unfortunately concluded that veterans have such diverse symptoms and exposures that a single, distinct definition cannot be used to describe their condition.

A Tribute to a Blues Triumvirate

J. Michael Welton | Posted 03.21.2014 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

"My husband, an artist, a guitar player and a lover of the blues, left this world suddenly. When I create objects of his passion, his presence returns and it rekindles his love, allowing me to give love to him again."

Music Therapy and Military Populations: An Update

Ronna Kaplan, M.A. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Ronna Kaplan, M.A.

I am very pleased to inform our readers that the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) has just announced the publication of Music Therapy and Mil...

Martin Guitars at the Metropolitan

J. Michael Welton | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin is not only about the works of art, beauty and music that this 19th century Viennese immigrant and artisan created. It's also the story of how he changed the trajectory of handmade guitars in America.

House Votes To Unearth Remains Of Veteran Involved In Homicide

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation Wednesday that instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to unearth the remains of an Army veteran bu...

The Defenders Lodge

Gloria Duffy | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Gloria Duffy

We must look to these kinds of initiatives to solve our problems. While Washington battles sway one way or another and some things do get done, the pitched fighting and gridlock in Congress simply do not measure up to meeting the practical challenges before us.

One Woman's Nightmare, Another's Scrap of Hope?

Alissa Fleck | Posted 01.31.2014 | Impact
Alissa Fleck

And for those whose stories will still never be heard, hopefully voices like Temple's rising to the top will help alleviate some of their suffering too.

A Pacifist's Take on Veterans' Rights

Nick Sexton | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
Nick Sexton

In many respects, veterans are currently invisible to the American public. Even if you believe that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should never have started, that does not mean that you should ignore the humanity of soldiers.

Affordable Care: A Disappointment So Far

Jim Moore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jim Moore

The damage to the average citizen's barely tepid faith in the government's ability to deliver on its promises has taken yet another blow to the body public. It's no wonder we're all disappointed.

The Aftermath of Battle

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mark Rubinstein

The "treatment" provided our veterans not only fails to help them, but creates the burden of addiction with its attendant psychic and social concerns--superimposed on smoldering PTSD.

Free Hotel For Veterans To Open Soon

Robin Wilkey | Posted 11.11.2013 | Good News

The Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System is the largest facility of its kind on the West Coast, serving more than 85,000 veterans. Yet, accor...

House Committee Puts Pressure On Wasteful Spending

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after federal investigators disclosed $762,000 in wasteful spending at Department of Veterans Affairs' traini...

For Him Who Shall Have Borne the Battle

Anthony Amore | Posted 12.15.2013 | Impact
Anthony Amore

In this age of reckless and ballooning entitlement spending, it is equal parts puzzling and dismaying that we as a nation have put so little emphasis on caring for the needs of the bravest and most patriotic among us.

A Young Veteran's First Encounter With VA Health Care

Tom Aiello | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tom Aiello

I have to state that the people I encountered in VA health care could not have been nicer and more genuinely interested in my care. But, they try to make the best of a flawed system, as you will see.

Backlogs For Veterans Could Grow Under Shutdown

Stateline | Pamela M. Prah | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

'Essential' Government Workers Explained

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA may have the Right Stuff, but it's not essential. In fact, of all the larger government agencies, NASA is send...

The Sad Reason Female Vets Aren't Seeking Help

Los Angeles Daily News | Susan Abram | Posted 11.30.2013 | Los Angeles

She once wore Army-issue green, then earned the rank of E-3 seaman in the U.S. Navy. But when Serwa Scorza left the uniform, insignia and base behind...

Many Veterans' Caregivers Cut Out From Federal Benefit

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — John Thomas Doody was in a coma and on a ventilator, but his mom refused to follow a doctor's advice and put the Iraq war veteran i...

Uncircling the Wagons: Philanthropists Who Didn't Cause Our Social Problems

Claudia Jacobs | Posted 10.29.2013 | Style
Claudia Jacobs

Peter Buffett's op-ed this summer in the New York Times pointed to the irony of the mega-wealthy cloaking themselves with the accoutrements of philant...

Same Old Same Old: The Return from War. Time for Us to Get It Right.

Shad Meshad | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Shad Meshad

Be willing to listen to a vet unravel his experience both in service and in the transition. The most powerful "welcome home" is person-to-person, whether it's in words or deeds. That's grassroots.

Veterans Affairs Shows Progress On Major Headache

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Veterans Affairs Department is chipping away at a massive inventory of disability claims for veterans, reducing the number of c...

For-Profit College Trade Group: Protectors of Bad Behavior

David_Halperin | Posted 08.18.2013 | Business
David_Halperin

A trade association of for-profits college could work to advantage those honest member schools who actually are helping students to learn and train for careers. But APSCU, instead, appears to subscribe to the quick buck ethos of its biggest, wealthiest, most powerful members.

What VA Is Getting Right

Kayla Williams | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Kayla Williams

Rather than only sharing bad news when it pops up, we should also spread the success stories about what the Department of Veterans Affairs is getting right and urge veterans to seek the care and benefits they have earned.

Can Congress Cure the Disorder in Mental Health?

Allen Frances | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Allen Frances

This past month has been disastrous for mental health. One embarrassment has followed another -- leading to a crisis of confidence that is potentially dangerous for those who rely on psychiatric care.

Law School Clinics Help Veterans Escape Backlog

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 05.27.2013 | College

NORFOLK, Va. -- Dustin Allison was riding in an armored vehicle at the head of a convoy in Iraq one morning in 2007 when an improvised explosive devic...