Weatherford Democrat

Top News

April 20, 2014

VETERANS’ CORNER: Veterans’ needs the target of recent discussions


Ministers responsible for Veterans Affairs and officials from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States completed a series of meetings April 8-11 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., discussing the latest research, best practices and various areas of collaboration to address the growing needs of veterans.

The Ministerial Summit is an event held every 18-24 months and the objectives are to address challenges facing veterans communities. As host of the 2014 Summit, the United States and the welcomed guests, discussed the importance of collaborative research in the areas of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), transition and employment initiatives, strategic communications, women’s health and memorial affairs.

Providing services and honoring veterans is one of the foundational strengths of the alliances. All participating governments at the summit have programs aimed at the growing needs of their veteran populations. Research continues to play a vital role in further understanding the array of issues veterans face both when they return from the battlefield, and when they transition to civilian life. Close collaboration on these shared values allows each country to continue to provide quality care to their veterans.

While each nation has unique challenges in providing services to veterans, they all are committed to finding solutions to improve the quality of service for service members, veterans and their families. As a result, each country places great emphasis on the sharing of research methods, findings and best practices. This spirit of cooperation and collaboration ensures the departments have the understanding and ability to help our nation’s heroes as they take off the uniform and enter civilian life.

With the impending end of major military operations in Afghanistan, participants emphasized the importance of continuing collaborative efforts through information exchanges and research so agencies can continue to provide insight into the issues that face our veterans and their families. With the vast knowledge and expertise of each participating country, the alliance can continue to share findings and look for ways to enhance services for veterans and their families.

Text Only
Top News
Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Don't care
     View Results