- Veterans' Corner
VETERANS' CORNER: VA announces cost-of-living increase beginning Jan. 1
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Dec. 4th that families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1.
VETERANS' CORNER: VA pushes online health info for vets, service members
The Department of Veterans Affairs is urging all veterans and service members to join the millions already accessing VA health care information and service online. VA is marking this milestone by spreading the word about the benefits of My HealtheVet Personal Health Record, such as VA prescription refill, VA notes, VA Blue Ribbon and secure messaging with VA health care providers.
VETERANS' CORNER: Low-tech treatment making a difference in PTSD cases
Having read and heard of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), many do not realize how prevalent PTSD is among our veterans. More than 20 percent of soldiers returning from the war in Iraq and 11 percent of those who served in Afghanistan are affected, as are 30 percent of veterans across the board, with more than 184 new cases diagnosed daily.
VETERANS' CORNER: Many veterans, families don’t know of living care assistance
According to a Harris Interactive survey commissioned by “A Place for Mom, Inc.” (APFM), the nation’s largest senior living referral service, 70 percent of veterans and their families who are 55 and older are not aware of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Aid & Attendance benefit, which provides financial assistance to help pay for assisted-living care for veterans and their spouses.
VETERANS’ CORNER: The differences between Memorial, Veterans days
Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Both holidays were established and honor the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces.
VETERANS’ CORNER: Report details sexual abuse against women in military
A female soldier is groped inside a barracks, another in a base supply room, a third on a shooting range. A sailor is molested by her defensive tactics instructor and a Marine lance corporal is raped by a gunnery sergeant, who’s also a recruiter.
VETERANS’ CORNER: Take a good look before undergoing cataract surgery
As Vietnam-era military veterans are reaching their 60s and 70s, they are facing the inevitable. Several have undergone surgery and many more will have to do so in the future.
VETERANS’ CORNER: Veterans stepping up to help meet veterans’ needs
In the last weeks I have received some emails regarding veteran housing, especially from individuals personally responsible in assisting our veterans. One is a former Green Beret, 81-year-old Richard Simonian, an independent successful homebuilder, and the other is the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation, chaired by Col. ( Ret.) Robert Siegert.
VETERANS’ CORNER: Federal shutdown could affect veterans benefits
Veterans, who already face a lengthy backlog in getting help, risk not getting their disability and pension benefits at all next month if the federal government shutdown lasts several weeks.
VETERANS’ CORNER: Time to change soldier perceptions, standards
An Army officer writing in a prestigious journal says the military services should not overemphasize physical strength when deciding whether a woman qualifies for direct ground combat.
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