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1. Veterans team uses combat skills to help typhoon victims. U.S. veterans with deployment skills honed in Iraq and Afghanistan are helping save lives amid the carnage wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
2. Moving military freight runs in officer’s family. As director of logistics for U.S. Central Command, Army Maj. Gen. Aundre Piggee oversees one of the most massive moving jobs ever undertaken by the U.S. military — hauling about $6 billion worth of equipment, and more than 100,000 men and women, safely out of Afghanistan.
3. Veterans Are at Risk From Bad Advisers. Hyperlink to Article The Wall Street Journal: As the nation observed Veterans Day last week, veterans themselves remained at risk when seeking professional help accessing military benefits. As identified in an August report from the Government Accountability Office, many veterans are being sold inappropriate products by unethical or inept representatives.
4. Veterans benefits evolve, improve over time. Hyperlink to Article The DePaulia: In addition to doing what is necessary to make sure benefits are provided in a timely manner, it is crucial that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) does an adequate job of making vets aware of what they are entitled to and the steps they need to take.
5. Stress hitting some veterans later in life. Hyperlink to Article Albuquerque Journal: It wasn’t until after his retirement that Markowski went to Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and was diagnosed with PTSD. “We got on with our lives – I did – but it never goes away,” he said.
6. ‘Not all injuries bleed’: prevent military’s silent epidemic. Hyperlink to Article Stars and Stripes (Bloomberg News): Tinnitus and hearing loss are the top two most compensated disabilities in the Veterans Benefits Administration. And the incidence of auditory injury among soldiers is rising by 13 percent to 18 percent a year. In 2009, 18.2 out of 1,000 Marines experienced hearing loss. By 2012, that number was 28.7 out of 1,000.
7. Coming Home: PTSD affects veterans, family, friends in different, drastic ways. Hyperlink to Article Idaho Press-Tribune: Like many veterans and family and friends of veterans, PTSD makes everyday life difficult. But it doesn’t have to be an identity. There is help… Local VA says help is available, but veterans have to ask for it.
8. As US struggles with deficits, veterans’ programs considered. Hyperlink to Article The News Tribune: The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday released a report of more than 100 options for reducing budget deficits… But for select veterans’ programs, CBO makes some hard-edged points that lawmakers bent on cutting spending might find compelling, if not persuasive, to help address the nation’s debt crisis… Here are some of those ideas…
9. For Assaulted Veterans, a Second Battle. Hyperlink to Article The New York Times: For military veterans, the trauma of rape, sexual assault or sexual harassment can be as devastating as combat wounds… The men and women who endure such crimes often have to fight a second battle, to convince the Department of Veterans Affairs that they are disabled and entitled to compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and other afflictions resulting from service-connected sexual violence.
10.Veterans Call for Practical, Non-Partisan Veteran Care at Putnam Forum. Hyperlink to Article Hudson Valley Reporter: Veterans and elected officials gathered Saturday morning at the first Veterans Legislative Forum to discuss the main issues veterans face today… Dale Cusack, commander of Carmel’s American Legion Post 270, said that there is too much red tape impeding veterans from receiving their benefits and not enough veterans service officers to provide assistance.
Have You Heard?
Find out about OEF/OIF/OND Veterans’ use of VA health care facilities and common diagnoses, including post-traumatic stress disorder, by viewing the latest reports for the second quarter of fiscal year 2013:
Visit www.publichealth.va.gov to learn more about other public health topics.