American Veterans who called a suicide prevention hotline run by the Department of Veterans Affairs received busy signals, had their calls go to voicemail, and were sometimes transferred to less qualified operators when employees at the VA failed to pick up, according to an Associated Press article.
An internal email that was obtained by the AP shows that former director, Greg Hughes wrote even though calls to the hotline have shot up, some hotline workers were answering ...
You may have noticed your social media lighting up recently with videos of people doing pushups and the tag #22pushupchallenge. What's it all about?
On its surface, the Pushup Challenge is easy: Do 22 pushups, post a video and tag it. If you can't do 22, do 10 or five, or just try really hard. It's reminiscent of 2014's #ALSIceBucketChallenge, and the mission is just as important. The 22 represents the claim that, on average, 22 military veterans take their own lives every...
Frustration and long wait times have been an ongoing issue with American Veterans returning home and seeking aid and benefits from the VA. Vets recently reached out to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials for guidance.
Vietnam vet Ronnie Thomas of Rensselaer has more than $25,000 in hospital and doctors bills but "the VA refuses to pay." He's been working with a patient advocate since late March to work out thousands of dollars in medical bills, but said that has...
According to the 2012 U.S. Census brief, Veterans age 65 or older numbered in excess of 12.4 million. These Veterans served in conflicts around the world including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and even in the Persian Gulf War. As Veterans age, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will provide benefits and services that address a variety of issues including the changing health risks they face, as well as financial challenges through VA benefits and health ...
One of Silicon Valley’s biggest challenges is finding and retaining great people. Even though the Tech industry is growing constantly, it remains difficult to attract and keep talent amid a competitive atmosphere where there are so many companies going after such big ideas.
A few companies, however, have figured out a competitive advantage through a relatively untapped source of talent: military veterans.
The U.S. has seen large numbers of military veterans returning ...
White House officials are pushing Congress to amend and improve, if not completely overhaul the appeals process for American veterans aid appeals for benefit claims this year, noting the shrinking legislative window and calling the system a disaster.
“This process is failing veterans," said Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson. "Nobody can defend the status quo here.”
More than 440,000 veterans have appeals cases pending in the benefits system, a caseload ...
His recent speech In Virginia was Donald Trump on veterans programs. It was the latest in a series of prepared remarks aimed at articulating his policy agenda and convincing still-reticent Republicans that he has the discipline and control to mount a credible general election bid against Hillary Clinton.
Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, was in Virginia Beach, Virginia, not far from the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, where he first unveiled his plan to reform the Department...
After it was revealed the VA spent some $20 million on lavish art at facilities around the country, a watchdog group is calling on the Veterans Affairs Administration to showcase and support American Veterans Artwork. A report was released on spending at the VA -- showing the administration purchased millions in luxury art at the height of the veterans healthcare scandal during which thousands of veterans died while waiting to see doctors.
The $19.7 million tab...
VA backlogs and wait times are a consistent cause for American Veterans complaints. Vets in need of care cite long waits at the VA. Currently there are more than 70,000 veteran disability claims that are backlogged in Veterans Affairs processing centers, seven months after department officials missed their public goal of getting the number down to zero.
VA Acting Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy said that figure includes a substantial number of claims left ...
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has not done enough to prevent schedulers from manipulating appointment wait times. VA wait-time data remains misleading and underestimates how long veterans wait for care, according to a nonpartisan watchdog report. So fixing the VA wait times is still a long way from done.
“Ongoing scheduling problems continue to affect the reliability of wait-time data,” the Government Accountability Office found.
The good news is that the number of homeless veterans in America is down significantly since 2010. According to HUD and the VA the number is 47% overall and some states are even better than that. Minnesota reports homelessness is down 57% for veterans there.
HUD’s annual Point-in-Time (PIT) estimate of America’s homeless population, communities across the country repor...
Studies on American veterans with TBI - traumatic brain injury - reveal that they may be at greater risk for developing dementia later in life. One such study published in July 2014 issue of Neurology, examined more than 188,000 American Veterans over the age of 55 for nine years. During that time, 16 percent of the vets with a past diagnosis of TBI developed dementia, compared wi...
Some 700 000 American Veterans are incarcerated in jails or prisons. Many of them are there because of PTSD and substance abuse. When a vet is found guilty of a crime and sentenced to a penal system, some of the benefits get adjusted. However, according a Watchdog report found that more than $100 million has been overpaid by the VA since 2008, because the agency failed to reduce American Veterans Benefits for incarcerated Vets.
A compromise version of an American Veterans Benefits Bill passed by both branches of the state Legislature recently, ensured that the boards of trustees for soldiers' homes in Holyoke and Chelsea, Massachusetts, would remain outside the control of a new state office, as would the daily operations of those facilities.
The bill (H 4285) grants veterans protections against employment discrimination and expands access to public housing by giving eligible veterans a ...
One of the complaints often heard from American Veterans is that they suffer from sleep disturbances. Hundreds of thousands of vets struggle regularly with insomnia, both falling and staying asleep, as well as nightmares. The high occurrence of depression in returning veterans has also been linked to the inability to get good sleep.
A variety of treatments are available to address these problems. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia is effective for those who have a ...
According to new data released by the Department of Veterans Affairs the number of veteran suicides is 20 a day - not the much-quoted 22 a day. It is good to have correct data and the new study includes more than 50 million veterans’ records from 1979 to 2014, including every state.
According to the Watson Institute at Brown University, the number of American soldiers kille...
A new director has been appointed over VA benefits for the offices in Portland and Anchorage. William F. Streitberger, a Navy vet himself, has worked in VA regional offices in Hartford Connecticut. The new position will put him in charge of over 400,000 former service members and dependents living in Oregon and Alaska, distributing over $20 million in monthly benefits.
Even though administrative functions are based in the Portland office, vets in Alaska...
Starting your own business is no easy task. It takes guts, determination, hard work and perseverance. All skills you will find in someone who has served in the military. So it is puzzling that we have so many unemployed vets. Many of them have realized that they don't have to wait for someone to give them a job, they can start their own business. American Veterans make good entrepreneurs.
Nearly half of all WWII vets came back and started their own business. Th...
There are 22 million veterans in America who are eligible for aid and care. Almost 10 million of them are over the age of 65. (census.gov) and may quality for the American Veterans Senior care benefits.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 697,806 American veterans from WWII are still alive, as of 2016...
American Veterans Groups are not pleased with the Senate's attempt to cut Federal hiring advantages for vets.
Back in 2014 President Obama's push to hire more veterans in government positions was not popular with everyone. The fact that American Veterans were getting preference led to resentment between civil employees and vets.
Now Congress has stepped in to this sensitive issue. The Senate version of the military policy bill would knock out some of their advanta...
One Filipino World War II veteran is still seeking recognition and equity pay for his service to the U.S. during the war. Celestino Almeda, who will turn 99 years old this June, still has the determination he had back when he was a member of the Philippine Commonwealth Army under control of the U.S. Army. he regards himself as an American Veteran.
His service and documentation earned him U.S. citizenship and even VA health benefits, but he is yet to see the $15,000 lump ...
The Veterans First package that the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee unveiled recently is a multi billion-dollar American Veterans Aid initiative to phase in robust caregiver benefits for older generations of severely injured veterans. These benefits were first enacted in 2010 and were only for the post-9/11 generation.
The pool of pre-9/11-era caregivers likely to be eligible for benefits, if the program is expanded, could be as high as 80,000 the VA reported ...
Deshauna Barber, the first Miss USA who is in the Military, is speaking out on behalf of veterans. Barber grew up in a Military family and is currently serving as an Army reservist.
Her passion is helping veterans, and finding ways to stop the veteran suicide rate. She plans to use the pageant's spotlight and her...
Many American Veterans still don't know about the Aid & Attendance benefit that is part of an "Improved Pension." It's a special benefit for veterans who served in time of war who need regular assistance with basic tasks like eating, bathing, dressing, medication dosing or toileting
It's also available to those vets who are blind, or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. A veteran who is in assisted care o...
It happens in every Presidential race: the candidates talk about their views on American Veterans' Aid and Benefits. While this year's race has been no exception , but the rhetoric has been perhaps a little more heated.. And the response from vets has also been more intense than in past years.
Donald Trump is either loved or hated by veterans. The recent media scrutiny about his fund raiser early in the year brought a flood of positive and negative comments on social...
Politicians always have an agenda, that's not news.
Using American veterans to get press coverage for their own Presidential bid, or to trash their opponents, is just despicable. May is Military Appreciation Month, so this kind of tactic seems even worse as we move close to Memorial Day.
Back in January Donald Trump held a televised fundraiser for American Veterans and at the end of the night claimed they had reached a total of more than $6 million. Appare...
Disneyland's tag line is The Happiest Place on Earth. That's certainly not the way American veterans describe the VA. And they are irate about The VA Secretary's comments that because people who go to Disneyland don't mind the wait because the experience is worth it, vets should feel the same way about their healthcare.
Many American veterans over the age of 65 who served in time of war are not aware of the Aid & Attendance benefit that they may qualify for. There are quite a few points of eligibility for this benefit, but we've helped thousands of families who either did not know it existed, ot had not been successful in applying for the aid.
Must have served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day...
When executives from the Phoenix VA came to Show Low last week they told veterans the system is getting better. However, vets at this event told a very different story: American veterans aid complaints run high. They're fed up with long waits for appointments and the long drives to the Valley to get care when there are qualified local physicians who could see them.
Two years ago the VA and Congress came up with a plan to fix the long waits for veterans to get healthcare. Called Veterans Choice, this $10 billion program was supposed to fix all the problems and veterans complaints about not being able to see a doctor when they needed to. This program was supposed to end A...
One of the many subjects Donald Trump has addressed in his bid for the Presidency is Veterans Aid. In his opinion the Department of Veterans Affairs’ health-care system is badly broken and American Veterans are not getting the help they deserve.
This week the Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump campaign released some gu...
May is Military Appreciation Month. Here are 10 good reasons for us to appreciate our men and women currently in the military and the American Veterans who served in other times.
1. They risk their lives for our country.
2. They protect our freedom
3. They do what they believe in
4. They understand discipline, integrity and honor
5. They have courage
6. They serve in tough conditions overseas
7. They are determined and they get thing done, no matter what
Today is National Military Spouses Day.
President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members and declared May 23, 1984 the first Military Spouse Day with Proclamation 5184, dated April 17, 1984. The US Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger standardized the date by declaring the Friday preceding Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Day.
This year President Obama signed a proclamation noting t...
There is a lot of media coverage about unemployment, but there are in fact many job openings that American companies struggle to fill. Vacant jobs can cost companies hundreds of dollars a day in lost profits, research shows, and ultimately the job skills gap hurts America's economic growth.
Companies are not finding the right people to fill those jobs and it points to a skills gap particularly in the IT and technology field. One neglected resource for recruiting top te...
There are now almost 20 million American veterans. A high percentage of these brave men and women need aid and assistance when they return home, but unfortunately they are not always receiving that care and attention. According to a 2015 report, the wait for VA aid and benefits...
As with other vocations, it's normal for one's time with an organization to expire. Anyone who joins the military will eventually be discharged and return to civilian life as an American Veteran. The only ways to avoid discharge are to retire (in which case recall is a possibility) or to die while in service. Since most members of the military would prefer to avoid the latter, they will one day face either retirement or discharge.
Once you are accepted to the Army, N...
The military members that served our country with honor and distinction are worthy of our respect, gratitude, and aid. Many American veterans do get aid and G.I. Bill provisions following completion of service. However, there are also a number of veterans who suffer from disabilities or detriments related to their military service that can cause them to become homeless.
There are almost 50,000 homeless American vets on any given night and 20 percent of the male homeles...
There's no denying the benefits our nation gains from the outstanding service provided by members of the military. American Veterans are brave and heroic - and these soldiers put their lives on the line to defend the lives of their fellow citizens. They protect the freedoms we often take for granted, and uphold the principles and laws that govern us and make our nation unique.
Most veterans are quick to downplay their contributions to society, but make no mistake, thes...
American Veterans aid is often not easy to find. US Vets in the Tampa Bay area cab get help form HEP - a program that helps the homeless. They also offer other services to assist vets with their issues.
We applaud their commitment to helping veterans in the area. HEP's goal is to break the cycle of homelessness and be the last homeless shelter an individual or family ever has to access.
Serving American Veterans
Nearly 1/3 of HEP’s popu...
When you think about our veterans I bet you are not thinking in the millions, but according to the Census Bureau there are 19.3 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces. 2.2 million troops have been deployed just in Iraq and Afghanistan. 44% of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan reported difficulties upon returning home.
That’s an awful lot of people who stepped up, put their lives on the line and helped to protect our freedoms. Yet when they come back home ...