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Prosthetic’s for Peace. The costs of Land Mines and War.

A friend of mine called and said: We should try to find ways to advance ourselves with our allies and even our perceived enemies by sharing our knowledge of prosthetics.

Veterans Support Organization

I was searching the internet the other day and came across a story online about a group collecting money for homeless Veterans outside a shopping center.

Veterans and Children: NOT Just Homeless at the Holidays

Republican Governor Rick Scott was also photographed passing out Thanksgiving dinners in an East Naples, Florida shelter, which fed 7,000 families during the holiday week. Scott said “I care completely about all these programs,” but reality is that his budget cuts “slashed funding to some veteran and farm surplus programs that helped the homeless.”

“Occupy HUD” Movement Gains Traction

Forget about Occupy Wall Street. My readers and other Veteran Advocates nationwide say "Occupy HUD" and ask How many Iraqi or Afghanistan Combat Wounded Veterans Live in HUD Subsidized or Disability Housing?

Hundreds Sign Up 4 Veterans Hotline

As my readers already know, I volunteer once a month for the Veterans Hotline. This is a two-hour commitment and I will be "On Station" from 5am to 7am, the third Monday of each month.

Veterans Hotline Seeking Volunteers

A new Veterans nonprofit, "Veterans Workshop" has begun their nationwide recruitment for Volunteers who can assist with answering calls from American Veterans via a new Veterans911 hot-line.

Your Military Service will be used Against You in a Divorce

In today’s world marriages which last a lifetime are extremely rare. In our society today, failed marriages and divorce are common place.

2011 Marine Corps 236th Birthday Message

The Continental Marines were the Marine Force of the American Colonies during the American Revolutionary War.

Veterans First – Not Veterans Last

The Department of Labor (DOL) has a "Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project" that is operated out of the office of the Assistant Secretary of Veterans Employment and Training.

HUD Secretary Donovan – Shame on You.

I know people who work at HUD, one of the largest federal agencies in the country. HUD of course deals in housing, but also in homelessness.

Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans To Meet in DC

The National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition will be holding their annual board meeting and Lunch Celebration that kicks off the activities that takes place during Veterans’ Day Activities.

Veterans Suicide – Ken Smith on Iran’s Press TV

Military suicides have increased since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a study conducted by the Center for a New American Security.

America’s War on Disabled Veterans

Do you pay federal income taxes every year? Do you think you know where your tax dollars are going?

A Veteran Commits Suicide Every 80 Minutes

A veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes, according to a study published Monday.

American Prosthetic Sharing Program

"Used Prosthesis should be brought to foreign military veterans."

Veterans Unemployment Continues

I was called recently by someone I know, who asked me to talk to a veteran that he knew who was in trouble.

Vets with PTSD and Compassionate Cannabis Laws

From the time of the United States Revolution through World War I, Veterans had legal access to cannabis; but in 1942 a few powerful men managed to have cannabis removed from the United States Formulary. Medical research has shown medical marijuana has been very successful in treating PTSD and it's symptoms.

“When Jane & Johnny Come Marching Homeless”

There are hidden wounds soldiers have always experienced upon returning home from every war- this documentary will shed Light and Healing on these many issues through the Voices of Veterans and their Families.

All Men Are Created Equal – Except Homeless Veterans

Since our nations founding, America's Veterans have fought for our liberties contained within our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

“Traumatic Brain Injury and the Great Lie”

I recently was invited by a good friend who lives in the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts to participate in a panel discussion about PTSD and TBI .

Tribes of the Veterans who are Homeless

After founding and then running a shelter for homeless veterans for a number of years, I began to see patterns of pathology among the clients.

Harold Russell, Where Are You When We Need You?

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The VA in 3D: Urine Uranus (Part 5)

I used an average rate of $200 per hour per psychiatrist, and estimated that the psychiatric department's pair of visits and post-visit reports cost the VA around $5000. Mind you this is in a hospital that had refused me, a quadriplegic ventilator patient, a $50 oximeter to make sure that I didn't slide into a coma, and a $5 condom catheter change to make sure I didn't wet my bed. Of course the psychiatrists, dutifully following hospital orders, weren't responsible for the crazy cost. On the contrary, overall I found them to be the sanest group in an insane institution, and had been pleased to tell them so.

America’s “Ready, Fire…Aim” Government

Some may remember the horrific wild fires that burned in Pinal Mountains of eastern Arizona near Globe, from August 28th to mid-September. They became known as The Frio Fire, which was cause by lightening.

Understanding Mental Health More Each Day

Veterans may be interested in some highlights from Grand Rounds held this month, "Facing Down Stigma in the Consulting Room: Reality Oriented Treatment."

Care For The Veteran Patient

Is treatment of veterans done in an equitable manner and if not, how do we remedy the situation?

Secure Messaging Now Available for Patients

Seven care teams at the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System are using Secure Messaging (SM)! More than 700 veterans have opted in. Your clinic might be next!

Veterans Exposed To Enviromental Hazards

Former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California, is a safer environment today than prior to its closure in July 1999. Since the 1980s, the Navy spent hundreds of millions on remediation work at the base.

A Tragic June 1967 Day Veterans Will Never Forget

To support the troops we must march and demand justice: an open congressional hearing that includes any LIBERTY survivor who wants to tell what they saw that day in infamy, 44 years ago.

USS LIBERTY and Acts of Congress

The attack on the USS Liberty remains the only incident of damage to a major US ship since the sinking of the USS MAINE in Havana Harbour that has not been investigated by the US Congress.

Important Lesser Known Programs for Veterans

Learn all about the important not well-publicized programs are that available for the transitioning Veterans.

DTAP Program for Transitioning Disabled Vets

There are many available programs for transitioning disabled veteran, from both the public and private sectors; they will not be forgotten.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

Last Thursday, Dr. Patricia Hayes, Chief Consultant for Women Veterans Health, and Stacy Garrett-Ray, Deputy Director for Patient Care Services, held the first of what will be monthly roundtables on women Veterans healthcare.

Check your Vitamin D Levels-More Research

Vitamin D insufficiency has been associated with a variety of clinical disorders and chronic diseases, including impaired balance, decreased muscle strength, mood and cognitive dysfunction, autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes (types 1 and 2), and certain forms of cancer," the authors write as background information in the article.

Research Showing Clues to Protect Neurons

Cell biologists pondering the death of neurons - brain cells - said that by eliminating one ingredient from the cellular machinery, they prolonged the life of neurons stressed by a pesticide chemical. The finding identifies a potential therapeutic target to slow changes that lead to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases

Latest Taps Desert Storm Veterans

We want to continue to honor our Gulf War Veterans and recognize their early deaths, it has only been 20 years since the Gulf War/Operation Desert Storm. WE are concerned that they are dying too early and still call for national registries of diagnosed illness deaths and the undiagnosed illnesses. This data could prove helpful to health care providers, medical researchers, and the veterans and their families in being proactive in their health concerns.

The Crisis Point For Gulf War Illness

It is 20 years since the Gulf War 1990-91, Operation Desert Storm(US), and our British Coalition Forces that are suffering with Gulf War Illness/es stood tall in London and welcomed the other coalition members that served and are also part of the unfolding health crisis of Post Gulf War Service. This crisis involved the largest ever number of veterans that have been affected by their service in the most Hazardous Toxic Soup of Environmental Exposures in any war.

VA RAC GWI Meeting in DC Next Week- Shout Outs Point...

VA RAC GWI MEETING FEB 28-MAR 1 in DC AGENDA AND DISCUSSION

Marines Delta Battery 20 Years Gulf War Reunion

Again the ill Gulf War Veterans are the ones doing the outreach and getting the word out, it is a shame they don't even provide grants for outreach work nor rooms for veterans to use when attending VA RAC GWI meetings. Nor do they encourage interaction and sharing of important health care providers and research being done at annual type meeting for Gulf War Researchers both Civilian and VA. Much less having Civilian and VA Providers also involved fully in caring for Gulf War Veterans. There is a need for these type meetings and meetings should be open to veterans. These meetings also need videoconferencing live and archived and available openly on the internet!

Gulf War Veterans Medical Alert: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Increase Risk...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a rateable condition by the VA that falls under gulf war illness. The gulf war veterans also have a researcher at VA Minneapolis, Dr Ron Bach studying Hypercoagulation in Gulf War Illness. So the following news article on medical research today on Blood clots and Inflammatory Bowel diseases/disorders needs to be circulated to the Gulf War Veterans and to the health care providers and researchers that are concerned about our gulf war veterans 1990-91. The take home highlights of the article are in Bold and underlined to draw your attention to what is the most important items in the research.