Commentary: Veterans deserve our support every day

Commentary: Veterans deserve our support every day

Our recent annual observance of Veterans Day marked a genuine, heartfelt “thank you” to the men and women who have bravely served our nation. But now that the celebrations are over, it’s an appropriate time to ask an important question: Are we truly supporting America’s veterans? A landmark survey conducted by my organization, Disabled American Veterans, reveals a very mixed answer. There are 22 million veterans in this country. They are our family members, friends and neighbors; indeed, we all likely know at least one veteran. But there is much that many of us don’t know or understand about their experiences, attitudes and perceptions. That’s why we conducted the DAV Veterans Pulse Survey. Nationally representative of America’s veterans, it is the largest, most comprehensive assessment ever to reveal how generations of veterans from World War II through the post-9/11 era view their military experience, benefits and overall quality of life. The survey results reveal that whether they served in Vietnam or Afghanistan, Korea or Kuwait, veterans are glad that they answered the call. Seventy-nine percent would serve again. Eighty-four percent believe their military service had an overall positive impact on their life. This is true even though many veterans report paying a price for their military service. For example, nearly four out of 10 post-9/11 veterans say their military service had a negative effect on their physical health, and almost three out of 10 say that it had a negative impact on their mental health. Some of the research findings are troubling — one primary conclusion is that this country is not keeping its promises to America’s veterans. Large numbers of veterans...
VFW, Hiring America Expand Partnership to Aid Veterans Nationwide

VFW, Hiring America Expand Partnership to Aid Veterans Nationwide

Syndicated show will now air in 195 markets   The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) is proud to announce its expanding support of the highly successful, syndicated television show Hiring America will provide more veterans than ever before access to the valuable workplace resources they need as they transition to civilian life or simply look to build their current careers.   Hosted by award-winning anchor and ABC correspondent Gigi Stone Woods, Hiring America is the first employment TV program for transitioning veterans and their families. Each episode connects veterans with several carefully selected U.S. companies with strong veteran hiring initiatives, offering real jobs and uniquely tailored job seeking advice.   The VFW first announced its support of Hiring America in early 2014 in light of major cuts to defense spending and plans of military downsizing. Originally airing with 13 episodes in 80 markets, Hiring America will now expand to 26 weeks of programing with availability in 195 markets, including American Forces Network which is seen around the world.   Currently airing in markets nationwide from New York and Philadelphia to Chicago and Los Angeles, click here to watch Hiring America in your local market.   More Information: VFW    ...
VETERANS VOICE: Benefits, limitations in VA care system

VETERANS VOICE: Benefits, limitations in VA care system

It’s important to know that VA health care is a health care system, not health insurance, though eligibility and enrollment in VA health care meets the health insurance requirement under the Affordable Healthcare Act.   Veterans are often confused or upset if they receive a bill from a private medical facility, if that facility billed the VA and VA refused payment. In some cases, the VA will pay outside providers, but only in specific circumstances and only for veterans enrolled in VA health care.   For example, if a veteran has no health insurance and is only enrolled in VA health care, the VA will pay for emergency room care at a non-VA facility, but only if the condition is a life-threatening emergency that requires the veteran to go to the nearest hospital. If it’s not a life-threatening emergency, the veteran is expected to go to the nearest VA medical center. If a veteran goes to a private hospital ER and the problem is not deemed an emergency, VA will not pay the bill and the veteran is responsible for payment.   If the ER visit to a private hospital is for a life-threatening emergency, the hospital must submit the ER report to the VA when requesting payment. But if a veteran has health insurance, the bill for services will be sent to the private insurer, and VA has no part in payment. The hospital might also send the bill to the VA in addition to an insurer as a matter of course, but the VA will never pay for ER care for a veteran who has health insurance....
Renewal Coalition 42nd Retreat

Renewal Coalition 42nd Retreat

[Show as slideshow] 123► All of our military families arrived safely yesterday and what a wonderful group! They were treated to a delicious cookout provided by the Vietnam Veterans of America along with some wonderful music performed by acoustic duo Dave Craig and Joe Sofia. Today started with another great breakfast provided by the Eagles and Jim Kamen. After breakfast, everyone was treated to a full day of yachting on the Bon Jou Jou. We would like to extend a very special thank you to Mr. and Mrs.Tendrich and their excellent crew for making today a once in a lifetime experience. Not only were our guests treated to a beautiful lunch but also went snorkeling, tubing and diving off the yacht. Tonight, “G” Money BBQ and The Knights of Columbus from St Rita Catholic Church provided a fabulous dinner and a lot of help. We would also like to thank Laura Yonkers who introduced our organization to the Palm Beach Quilters Club. Each family was given a beautiful hand made quilt. Today has been very special for our wounded warriors and their families. We are so grateful for the overwhelming community support we receive. Our organization would not exist without all of you and we look forward to continuing to work together as we help many more service members and their families. —————————— Our 42nd Retreat was a great success and the guests all traveled home safely yesterday with full bellies and wonderful memories of the time that they had this weekend in Jupiter, Florida. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this retreat possible for these wounded...
Why Having Veterans In Congress Matter

Why Having Veterans In Congress Matter

By Thomas L. Day on August 3, 2015   A candidate for congressional office shares the danger of having historically low numbers of veterans in office.   The Democratic and Republican party nominees in 2016, and likely their vice presidential nominees, will almost certainly have the same thing in common as the nominees in 2012; Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mitt Romney, and Paul Ryan — no military service.   Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Joe Biden, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Chris Christie, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Marco Rubio — none of them served in the military not one day. Two likely vice presidential picks for Clinton, Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, are also without military service on their resume.   This is a systemic problem. Just 96 current voting members of Congress have served in the military, a historic low. The value of military service, beyond patriotic appeal, has been lost in our political system.   Military service alone does not qualify a veteran to be elected to Congress. Standard bromides of “I know what it’s like to go to war,” while true, in the end have little to do with voters’ pocketbooks, the quality of their child’s school, the safety of their neighborhoods, or whether they have access to quality and affordable health care.   And to be clear, there are a lot of veterans I would not want representing anyone I cared about in Congress, including a few who unfortunately are sitting there right now.   But military service should be seen as one big plus — bigger than previous...
APPLY NOW for Paid Internship Positions at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

APPLY NOW for Paid Internship Positions at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

<– Click on image to download the PDF. NASA Pathways Internship Employment Program (IEP): This is a Program for students currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree seeking program. These positions may lead to full time employment with NASA after graduation. NASA Center: Kennedy Space Center, FL Application Open Date: Monday, October 5, 2015 Application Close Date: Friday, October 9, 2015 11:59 EST Anticipated Position Start Date: Monday, January 25, 2016 Available Positions: between 40-50 Application Website: https://www.usajobs.gov/ KSC Pathways Program Website:...