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Air Force veteran uses sports to adapt and overcome

Posted by qmtroy on February 14, 2015 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Senior Airman David Cooper

 

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas - “I suffered a traumatic brain injury and shrapnel hit my ankle.”

 

Staff Sgt. Melissa Gonzalez, a medically retired veteran, was a member of the 60th Security Forces Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and was thrown from her team’s Humvee when they struck an improvised explosive device while deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan, in 2009.

 

Gonzalez was...

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Ex-Army chaplain spreads awareness of veterans with PTSD

Posted by qmtroy on February 14, 2015 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

BY PEGGY MISHOE

 

More and more people are learning about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), how to recognize it and how to help its victims, including many Baptist women across America, such as the Woman’s Missionary Union of the Waccamaw Baptist Association

The Rev. Michael BeLue, the WBA’s interim director of missions, has seen it firsthand. It was BeLue’s experience and background that led Peggy Jones, director of the WMU, to ask him to speak t...

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SOME GOOD VA NEWS: AGENCY PROCESSED RECORD-SETTING 1.3M CLAIMS IN FISCAL 2014

Posted by qmtroy on October 10, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

By:  Bob Berwin

The Department of Veterans Affairs said it processed more than 1.3 million disability compensation and pension claims in fiscal 2014, which ended last week. That’s the highest number in history, surpassing last year’s record-breaking production by more than 150,000 claims.

 

The quality of claims decisions increased along with the number of claims processed, VA said.

 

The accuracy of VA decisions rose from 83 percent in...

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Marines deactivate decorated 'Walking Dead' unit

Posted by qmtroy on September 3, 2014 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

By Jonathan Drew

Associated Press

 

RALEIGH, N.C. — Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead."

 

Now the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, which also saw action in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been deactivated during a ceremony Friday at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The step comes as top U.S. military and politic...

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The Four Biggest Challenges the Next VA Secretary Faces

Posted by qmtroy on August 1, 2014 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

By Jordain Carney

National Journal

June 30, 2014

 




Former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama's nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary

Charles Dharapak/AP


We now know who will inherit the broken Veterans Affairs Department, but fixing the agency's bureaucr...

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Combat Vets Last Hope is often Man's Best Friend

Posted by qmtroy on August 1, 2014 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (1)

 

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 | Posted by Allen L Roland

service-dogs In my proven heart centered work with combat veterans with PTSD it is obvious that the healing power of unconditional love can facilitate transformative change. Nowhere is that more evident than with Combat Veterans with their special need dogs ~ for only unconditional love can penetrate the dark shadow world of PTSD:

 by Allen L Roland, Ph.D

 

 

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VA Offers Dental Insurance Program

Posted by qmtroy on August 1, 2014 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

November 15, 2013

 

"VA continues to explore innovative ways to help Veterans get access to the care and services they have earned and deserve," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "This new dental program is another example of VA creating partnerships with the private sector to deliver a range of high-quality care at an affordable cost, for our Nation’s Veterans."

 

More than 8 million Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care can ch...

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PTSD: Leaving the Past Behind

Posted by qmtroy on July 15, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

FEATURES, MARINES UNCOVERED // June 10th, 2014 // By Retired Cpl. Michael Egan

Two years ago, Cpl. Michael Egan lost his legs by stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device. Now he is dealing with not only his physical wounds, but his mental ones, too. (Photos courtesy of Michael Egan/Released)

 

Two years ago, Cpl. Michael Egan stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device during h...

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Timothy M. Rivinus: Be mindful of the memories of combat veterans

Posted by qmtroy on July 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

BY TIMOTHY M. RIVINUS

Veterans Day and Memorial Day are designated to honor those who have served, been wounded or have given their “last full measure of devotion” to the country. With combat veterans among us, the Fourth of July also deserves equal consideration and preparation.

From our country’s beginning, small arms fire and the firing cannons have been part of our celebration of independence. In 1776, our 13 colonies were battlefields. The sounds of the Four...

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Homeland Security Police Caught Harassing Sick Veterans

Posted by qmtroy on June 29, 2014 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (1)

June 13, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

SAN DIEGO – Veterans were horrified while seeking VA health care on Wednesday when approached by Homeland Security police in an Operation Shield exercise. The exercise was for the purpose of “presence deterrence” at a VA health care facility in San Diego. Many veterans’ legal advocates are concerned about what this “presence deterrence” actually means and what it seeks to accomplish for veterans needing care.

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