Joseph A. Boscarino, Alexandra Sitarik, Stuart C. Gordon, Loralee B. Rupp, David R. Nerenz, Vinutha Vijayadeva, Mark A. Schmidt, Emily Henkle, Mei Lu. Abstract. Research suggests that Vietnam era veterans have a higher prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) than other veterans and nonveterans. However, the reasons for this are unclear, since this research has been conducted among Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) patients and most veterans do not use the VA. The current study compares HCV risk factors between the Vietnam era veterans and nonveterans seen in 4 large non-VA systems to explain this disparity. A total of 4,636 HCV patients completed surveys in 2011-2012. Vietnam era veterans were defined as those who served in the military any time between 1964 and 1975. Bivariate tests followed by logistic regressions, and multivariable modeling were conducted to study risk factors among Vietnam era veterans and nonveterans. Since few veterans were female (~2 %), they were excluded. Among male ...
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the neuropsychological functioning of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) combat veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). More specifically, this study sought to examine whether the neuropsychological functioning of OEF/OIF combat veterans with PTSD and a comorbid mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) significantly differed from those with uncomplicated PTSD across multiple tests of cognitive functioning. To accomplish this objective, the medical records and neuropsychological assessment data of 59 OEF/OIF combat veterans with PTSD and 66 OEF/OIF combat veterans with PTSD and comorbid mild TBI were examined and included for statistical analysis. Results of this study yielded three main conclusions. First, neither group of OEF/OIF combat veterans demonstrated notable performance deficits across the battery of cognitive tests examined in this study. Second the neuropsychological functioning of OEF/OIF combat ...
County Veterans Service Officer (VSOs) are your local resource for dedicated and professional assistance in obtaining federal and state veterans benefits. They provide the expertise and advocacy that veterans need to optimize access to benefit programs. County VSOs handle inquiries and applications regarding veterans health care, compensation, pension, long-term care and other benefits for veterans of all ages. Burial benefit assistance is provided to the survivors of veterans. Widows and widowers of veterans are eligible for many state benefits, and in limited cases, federal benefits. County VSOs are there to assist them as well. Most of the programs veterans utilize are offered through the US Department of Veterans Affairs or the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. County VSOs are in contact with these agencies on a regular basis. They also work with the National Service Officers of various veterans organizations when filing VA benefit claims. County VSOs also interact with several
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It is the policy of the City of Tallahassee to give preference to eligible veterans and spouses of veterans in appointment to non-exempted vacant positions and retention in employment in accordance with Florida Statutes s.295.085. Download or print the Veterans Preference Information Sheet (48kb PDF) for more information on the Citys process.. NOTE: Effective July 1, 2007, changes to the Florida Statutes provide that an eligible person may claim Veterans Preference more than once. Visit the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs website for full information on Veterans Preference. IMPORTANT: In order to receive Veterans Preference, an applicant for a City position who is claiming Veterans Preference must attach/upload a DD214 and/or other applicable documentation of his/her veterans status at the time of application, and with each application submitted.. ...
April 16, 2014 - Recently, the Veteran community has been forced to fight back on a disturbing narrative: Veterans are dangerous, violent people that society should be wary of. It doesnt take much for some media outlets to push this agenda either. It seems all they need is one person, who happened to serve in the military at any time, to commit a heinous act, and the sensationalist headlines driving high ratings start pouring in.. Today, The Opinion Pages of the New York Times posted a story by Kathleen Belew that claims the return of [Veterans] from combat appears to correlate more closely with Klan membership than any other historical factor, and linked the murder of three innocent people in Kansas by one man to a generation of Vietnam Veterans.. Even though she admits the number of Vietnam [Veterans] in that movement was small and a vast majority of veterans are neither violent nor mentally ill she continues disparaging Veterans in general. Ms. Belew interprets information from a ...
SEATTLE-August 25, 2009-Researchers working with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have found that post-traumatic stress disorder, the current most common mental disorder among veterans returning from service in the Middle East, is associated with an increased risk for thoughts of suicide.. Results of the study indicated that veterans who screened positive for PTSD were four times more likely to report suicide-related thoughts relative to veterans without the disorder. The research, published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, establishes PTSD as a risk factor for thoughts of suicide in Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. This holds true, even after accounting for other psychiatric disorder diagnoses, such as substance abuse and depression. Veterans who screened positive for PTSD and two or more comorbid mental disorders were significantly more likely to experience thoughts of suicide relative to veterans with PTSD alone.. As many as forty-six percent of veterans in the study experienced ...
MAEGHAN MYERS The Factors Behind High Rates of PTSD and AUD Comorbidity Among Military Veterans Why is alcohol used by military veterans as a coping mechanism for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? PTSD has quickly become the third most prevalent health diagnosis for returning veterans in the U.S. However, the high rates of PTSD diagnoses are undertreated among veterans experiencing symptoms. The military culture, lack of knowledge, difficulty accessing care, and mistrust of others all impact a veterans help-seeking behaviors. The effects of these factors make a veteran unlikely to seek out treatment for their symptoms. However, as symptoms remain untreated many instead turn to alcohol use in an effort to quell their ever-evolving symptoms. This prolonged and high rate of alcohol consumption eventually leads to the development of Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD). Two commonly debated models, the Mutual Maintenance Model and Self-Medication Model, aim to understand and explain the development of comorbid
WASHINGTON, July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paralyzed Veterans of America Urges Movement on Veteran Healthcare Data System. As VA healthcare...
Washington • The Mall is studded with monuments to iconic people and events, from presidents to wars to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Later this month, finalists will be announced for a memorial to a group with less name recognition: Native American veterans. Source: Native American veterans, who served at a higher rate…
Several studies addressed cardiovascular risk and mortality in the general population, but data in veteran patients is lacking. This study was designed to investigate the association between echocardiographic left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and all-cause mortality in a male, high-risk group of veterans. Valid echocardiograms were evaluated in 10,406 male veterans, mean age 68.3 ± 13 years. Using the left ventricular mass/body surface area (LVM/BSA) method 6,575 (63.1%) patients had normal left LVMI and 3,831 (37.9%) had LVH, defined as LVMI ≥116 g/m2. Of those 1,371 (13.2%) had mild LVH, 1,025 (9.9%) moderate LVH, 605 (5.8%) severe, and 830 (8%) had extreme LVH. After a mean follow up of 5.9 ± 4.4 years, a total of 3,550 (34.1%) patients died. Cox proportional hazard analyses adjusted for co-morbidities revealed increased risk for individuals with mild LVH (hazard ratios [HR] 1.21; 95% confidence intervals [CI]: 1.09 to 1.33); moderate LVH (HR 1.37; 95% CI: 1.23 to 1.52); severe (HR = ...
This report describes the complex challenges faced by veterans and their families in seeking, navigating, and attaining adequate mental health care in Texas. There are 1.7 million veterans in Texas, comprising 8.6 percent of the adult population. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the number of veterans requiring mental health services has grown dramatically and will continue to increase, making veterans mental health care an urgent issue in Texas. The federal agencies responsible for military and veterans mental health care, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the VA, have created new programs and invested significant financial and staff resources. Despite barriers to addressing veterans mental health needs. Texas state agencies have increased funding and instituted new mental health programs supporting returning veterans. Nonprofit agencies focused on veterans mental health have multiplied across Texas and the U.S. over the past decade to fill gaps in care. While ...
About Paralyzed Veterans of America:\r\nParalyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans has ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.\r\n\r\nAs a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation, and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 74 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families, and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto ...
Those who have given the United States their best, deserve our very best, Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco said. Our Veteran Center, a dedicated space for our veteran students and military family members and Battle Buddy Center, offer a quiet place for study and the opportunity to connect with those who share similar experiences. Our director of veteran enrollment is a retired Army colonel (Martin Dinan) and three-time combat veteran, who understands the challenges veterans face transitioning to civilian life. He has walked that path himself. We are proud to see that these resources have provided needed support to our veteran students and military family members, and that our commitment to veterans at Saint Rose is among the best nationwide.. ...
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it has eliminated paper signature requirements for Veterans wishing to enroll in VA health care. Effective immediately, VA has amended its enrollment regulations to allow Veterans to complete enrollment applications for enrollment in VA health care by telephone without the need for a paper signature. This action also accelerates VAs effort to enroll all Combat Veterans with pending enrollments as part of its ongoing Veterans Enrollment Rework Project (VERP).. By adding this telephone application option to VAs regulations with this amendment, VA will now offer three ways to enroll under 38 CFR 17.36(d) (1). This option provides Veterans a convenient third enrollment option in addition to the paper VA Form 10-10 EZ and the online health care application.To apply, call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Mon-Fri between 8 am and 8 pm, EST.. SOURCE: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs email, Office of the Under Secretary for Health, July 5, 2016. ...
Data Dictionary - Survey ACS 2008 (3-Year Estimates); American Community Survey Tables: 2006 -- 2008 (3-Year Estimates) (ACS08_3yr); Sex By Age By Veteran Status For the Civilian Population 18 Years and Over (Black or African American Alone); B21001B016; Veteran
Data Dictionary - Survey ACS 2009 (3-Year Estimates); American Community Survey Tables: 2007 -- 2009 (3-Year Estimates) (ACS09_3yr); Sex By Age By Veteran Status For the Civilian Population 18 Years and Over (Some Other Race Alone); B21001F020; Veteran
Technical information: (202) 691-6378 USDL 08-0456 http://www.bls.gov/cps/ For release: 10:00 A.M. (EDT) Media contact: (202) 691-5902 Thursday, April 10, 2008 (NOTE: This news release was reissued on Friday, April 11, 2008, to correct an estimate shown in the text on page 3. The estimate of Gulf War-era II veterans with a service-connected disability was cor- rected from 18 percent to about 17 percent. Data in the tables and other figures in the text were not affected by this correction.) EMPLOYMENT SITUATION OF VETERANS: 2007 In 2007, the unemployment rate among veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces since September 2001 was 6.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. About 17 percent of these veterans, also called Gulf War-era II veterans, had a service-connected disability in August 2007. The jobless rate for veterans of all eras combined was 3.8 percent in 2007. About 12 percent of all veterans had a service-connected ...
Dont ask, dont tell is how many veterans have approached health-care conversations about marijuana use with the doctors they see from the Department of Veterans Affairs.. Worried that owning up to using the drug could jeopardize their VA benefits - even if theyre participating in a medical marijuana program approved by their state - veterans have often kept mum. That may be changing under a new directive from the Veterans Health Administration urging vets and their physicians to open up on the subject.. [related_articles location=left show_article_date=false article_type=automatic-primary-section curated_ids=]The new guidance directs VA clinical staff and pharmacists to discuss with veterans how medical marijuana could interact with other medications or aspects of their care, including treatment for pain management or post-traumatic stress disorder.. The directive leaves in place a key prohibition: VA providers are still not permitted to suggest veterans try state-approved medical ...
b,Objective,/b, Serving military personnel are more likely to drink heavily than civilians. The aim of our study was to examine whether veterans have an increased risk of alcoholic liver disease and alcohol-related death compared with non-veterans.,p,,/p, ,b,Design,/b, Retrospective cohort study of 57 000 veterans resident in Scotland and 173 000 age, sex and area of residence-matched civilians, using Cox proportional hazard models to compare the risk of alcoholic liver disease and alcohol-related death overall, by sex, birth cohort, length of service and year of recruitment, adjusting for socioeconomic status.,p,,/p, ,b,Results,/b, Over mean 29 years follow-up, 677 (1.20%) veterans developed alcoholic liver disease compared with 2175 (1.26%) non-veterans (adjusted HR=0.91, 95% CIs 0.84 to 0.99, p=0.035). Only the 1945-1949 veterans birth cohort was at higher risk, unadjusted HR=1.25, 95% CIs 1.07 to 1.47, p=0.004, although their difference in risk became non-significant after adjusting for ...
Bulletin Board: A Post From the Community | Armed services personnel are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the safety and security of our nation at home and abroad. That's why all 14 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture campuses in Illinois and Indiana will provide free haircuts for male and female veterans and active military personnel on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. Male veterans can choose a haircut or shave at Tricoci University's campuses that offer a Barber Program. Barbering is offered at six campuses, including Northwest Chicago/O'Hare, Northeast Chicago/Rogers Park, Libertyville and Bridgeview in the Chicago area. We can never do enough to say thank ...
If youve seen booths at East Texas Walmarts and Sams Clubs asking for donations for homeless veterans, it could be the Veterans Support Organization.. U.S. Army Veteran Dr. Dwayne Collins says, I question where the money might be going.. J.D. Collett with the Andrews Center has opened two local houses for homeless vets. He says his organization and others like it havent seen a dime.. None of its going to East Texas, Collett says.. Collins says, Its a situation of false advertising, of wheres the money going and is it benefiting their cause to the extent that it should.. The president and founder of the Veterans Support Organization, Richard VanHouten says that was never the intent.. He says, Donating money is basically a secondary. No nonprofit raises their money and gives it all away. read more>>> ...
Background: Over 100 million Americans lack affordable access to behavioral health care. Among these, military veterans are an especially vulnerable population. Military veterans require unique behavioral health services that can address military experiences and challenges transitioning to the civilian sector. Real-world programs to help veterans successfully transition to civilian life must build a sense of community, have the ability to scale, and be able to reach the many veterans who cannot or will not access care. Digitally based behavioral health initiatives have emerged within the past few years to improve this access to care. Our novel behavioral health intervention teaches mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy and narrative therapy using peer support groups as guides, with human-facilitated asynchronous online discussions. Our study applies natural language processing (NLP) analytics to assess effectiveness of our online intervention in order to test whether NLP may provide insights
Take Action!. Background: For the last year, the VFW and its partners have pushed Congress to offer in-state tuition protection for student veterans attending public colleges and universities. Next week, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on its veterans in-state tuition bill, H.R. 357, which means we may be one step closer to ensuring our student veterans have access to the quality, cost-effective education we promised them.. In 2008, the VFW and its partners helped pass the Post-9/11 GI Bill with the intention of allowing Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans to go to college for free at the public school of their choice. Sadly, many of our student-veterans cannot take full advantage of this opportunity because of outdated public education policies. Many veterans may be disqualified from receiving in-state tuition simply because their past military obligations do not conform to the states stringent residency requirements. This often forces veterans to either take out burdensome ...
Unfortunately, many eligible beneficiaries are initially denied these benefits when a claim is filed. Applicants should be aware that the decisions for these claims can be appealed by veterans and their eligible family members. The process for appeals generally begins with the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) in Washington, D.C. Once a claim has been filed and consequently denied, the veteran or other potentially eligible beneficiary has sixty days to file for an appeal with their regional office. In order to do so, it is necessary to complete a Notice of Disagreement (NOD), and veterans have the option of retaining an attorney at the NOD stage.. The Department of Veterans Affairs benefits claims and appeals process can be complicated. If a veteran or a veterans family members have received a denial of benefits to which they believe they are entitled, it is in their best interest to contact an attorney who is familiar with veterans benefits to assist them with the application and appeals process. ...
Elks pledge So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them. The Elks National Veterans Service Commission takes that pledge one step further, and promises service to our nations veterans and military members, with a special focus on service to those in need. Thousands of Elks volunteers give generously of their time, energy and resources to serve veterans and military members each day, to ensure that pledge is not an idle one. Today, our volunteers provide direct service to veterans in more than 330 facilities each month. Through our grants to Elks Lodges, we connect with veterans and military members in their communities, providing them with services where they live. We help veterans rehabilitate and thrive through adaptive sports programs and therapy kits. And our Welcome Home initiative is reaching out to some of our most vulnerable veterans: those who are experiencing homelessness. Resources for Elks Volunteers: ...
We have demonstrated that returning OEF/OIF women Veterans who were eligible for VA care were more likely than men to initiate use of health care services at VA facilities. However, there was no gender difference in the intensity of use, even after adjusting for socio-demographic and military service variables. Our study has some important strengths and limitations. While, this analysis is reflective of only those Veterans who sought health care at a specific VA facility and may not reflect OEF/OIF Veterans in other VA networks or those using services outside the VA, the results of our study support our hypothesis that OEF/OIF women Veterans were more likely to seek VA care than men Veterans. Although intensity of use was similar between women and men users of VA care, insufficient power may explain why the intensity of utilization and interaction terms were insignificant. Additionally, because of the small number of women included in our study population, we combined utilization at VA ...
Today, VA announced that it is on track to eliminate the hepatitis C virus (HCV), in all Veterans willing and able to be treated.. As of March 3, nearly 116,000 Veterans started all-oral hepatitis C medications in VA, of which 96,654 Veterans completed treatment and have been cured. VA expects to reach 100,000 Veterans cured in as few as two months.. As the largest single provider of HCV care in the U.S., this is terrific news because it means we are within striking range of eliminating hepatitis C among Veterans under the care of the Veterans Health Administration, said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. Diagnosing, treating and curing hepatitis C virus infection among Veterans has been a significant priority for VA.. HCV infection can lead to advanced liver disease (ALD), liver cancer and death. Treatment of HCV can prevent development or progression of ALD, greatly improving survival. However, before 2014, HCV treatment required weekly interferon injections for up to a year, with low cure rates ...
In a letter sent earlier this week to Rep. Mark Takano (D-Ca.), the Chairman of the Committee on Veterans Affairs, Roe asked that the bill be added to the agenda of a September 11th legislative hearing as a substantive step in preventing suicide among those who have served and noted that the bill would greatly expand the reach of VAs suicide prevention programs, enable more at-risk servicemembers and veterans to be identified and supported, and improve coordination among currently disparate resources aimed at the military and veteran communities. The letter can be read here ...
Many soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are struggling with the transition to civilian life, say lawmakers who want Congress to give more funding for veterans mental health services.. Rep. Lane Evans. D-Ill., introduced legislation in April that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to add more clinical teams, family therapists and other full-time staff at veterans health facilities.. If estimates hold, we can expect at least 17 percent of those men and women returning from deployment in Iraq to have a post-deployment mental health issue, Evans said. We need to be quicker in intervening with those service members now deployed.. One out of four veterans treated at Veterans Affairs hospitals in the past 16 months have been diagnosed with mental disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and general anxiety, according to a New England Journal of Medicine study released in March.. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., is among 49 co-sponsors of the Evans ...
Oakland County Veterans Services has been providing Oakland County veterans and their families with professional veterans benefits advocacy and assistance for over 60 years. We have a staff of highly trained and accredited Veterans Benefits Counselors who are dedicated to ensuring that the sacrifices of our nations veterans are recognized, and that they and their families receive all veterans benefits to which they are entitled. Our goals are to obtain the maximum veterans benefits available for our clients through our professionalism and advocacy while making the process as simple and understandable as possible. As a Division of Oakland County government we are able to provide our services free of charge. ...
The mission of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to serve Americas veterans and their families with dignity and compassion and be their principal advocate in ensuring they receive health care, benefits, social support, and lasting memorials, in order to promote the health, welfare, and dignity of all veterans in recognition of their service to this Nation.. VA is composed of three major organizations, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), and the National Cemetery Administration (NCA). VHAs mission is fourfold: delivering high quality healthcare, teaching medical and healthcare professionals, conducting medical research, and responding to national emergencies as backup for DoD, FEMA, and other Federal agencies. With more than 1,300 sites in veterans communities across the nation, VHA has the largest inventory of health care related buildings in the United States.. ...
United Spinal Associations VetsFirst program and the Coca Cola Foundation celebrated Giving Tuesday with over 50 disabled Veterans at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in The Bronx, NY.. United Spinal staff members had an opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country by providing lunch and sharing valuable resources including our New Beginning Backpacks filled with information on living with a spinal cord injury.. Join United Spinal in supporting our disabled veterans so they can transition back into their communities and receive the resources needed to pursue their goals. There are many ways to give back!. Its an honor to give back to those who have given so much for our country. For over 70 years weve been advocating to improve the lives of veterans across the country. Were committed to ensuring each and every vet has access to the benefits they are entitled to as well as support to transition back into their communities, said James Weisman, United ...
There has been an ongoing battle to end homelessness in the United States, particularly among veterans. Over the past three decades, considerable research has been conducted to identify risk factors for veteran homelessness, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has funded much of that research. In 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its commitment to end veteran homelessness in five years. As we near the end of that five years, its important to reflect on what we have learned and what we now know about veteran homelessness.
Last week, Democratic and Republican members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs met with Chairman Bob Filner to talk with 40 veterans service organizations to discuss priorities for Congress second session. The roundtable marked the second time during the 111th Congress that the committee has met with veterans advocates to discuss issues facing the nations veterans and plan how to best solve veterans problems.
By Debbie Gregory.. The Veterans Administration offers assistance to low-income veterans and surviving spouses, 65 years and older, through its Aid and Attendance program.. Many Veterans and loved ones who are in need of and eligible for this benefit are not cognizant of it. You can apply by contacting your local Veteran Service Officer. While there is no fee to apply, there are those who charge a fee to assist, so stay clear of them.. This benefit can literally be a lifesaver for many senior veterans and their loved ones. To find out more, please read about it in our Veterans Scene column by Ted Puntillo at https://militaryconnection.com/veterans-scene/veterans-widows-aid-and-attendance.. These benefits are available to Veterans or their surviving spouses who require in-home care, nursing care, assisted living and other needs. This may include help with daily living activities such as bathing and preparing meals. A family member can provide this in-home help.. Aid and Attendance is a benefit ...
In our sample of veterans engaged in VA care, we found that HIV-infected veterans were more likely than their uninfected counterparts to be enrolled in Medicare and/or Medicaid, but this difference varied by age. HIV-infected veterans under age 65 were more likely to be CMS enrolled, while HIV-infected veterans 65 years and older were much less likely to be CMS enrolled. Confirming our initial hypothesis, we also found that male, HIV-infected veterans enrolled in FFS Medicare and/or Medicaid were less likely to have an outside hospitalization. This was despite the fact that these veterans were generally sicker, more likely to have multiple admissions, and more likely to be enrolled in FFS Medicaid - independent risk factors for greater non-VA use.. We suspect that HIV-infected veterans were less likely to use non-VA hospitals because they feel more tied to the VA - possibly due to the integrated care and the different providers they see in VA infectious disease clinics or the desire for ...
During the 1940s, Long Beach was known as a military town where the downtown streets were often a sea of white, crowded with sailors. Although the Long Beach Naval Shipyard closed in 1997, thousands of veterans remain, while still others continue to return home from more recent conflicts.. Several of those veterans attended the City of Long Beachs Department of Health and Human Services third annual Veterans Forum at the Alpert Jewish Community Center on Friday.. We wanted to bring people together because we recognize Long Beach - because of the local VA - we have a military town here, said Patti LaPlace, mental health coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services. We have a lot of veterans who have a lot of needs, and while we specifically work with homeless veterans, we recognize the multiple issues these individuals have. . Often veterans are unaware that services like counseling are available to them, LaPlace said.. We felt it was important to bring the community ...
Colorado businesses joined together over the weekend to distribute free medical marijuana and pot-infused products to military veterans, reports CBS Denver.. Organized by Operation Grow4Vets, the giveaway distributed nearly $60,000 in cannabis products to the veterans at an event that was open to the public.. According to Grow4Vets Facebook page, more than 700 people showed up.. Thank you to all of our sponsors, to our volunteers and donors, and to the more than 700 people who came out to support Operation Grow4Vets, Roger Martin, Operation Grow4Vets Executive Director wrote. We gave away nearly $60,000 in cannabis products, awarded $2,000 in prizes, helped a dozen Veterans test their cannabis products for FREE, and met so many people with so many great stories to share.. In an interview, Martin said, Thats our mission, to offer veterans a safe alternative to the dangerous prescription drugs that theyre prescribed to deal with PTSD, TBI, chronic pain, and all sorts of other ...
March 23, 2011-Stars and Stripes,. WASHINGTON -- Female veterans still face significant frustration getting medical care, even in Veterans Affairs facilities with female-specific services, according to a new survey released by the American Legion on Tuesday.. One in four female veterans said the availability of gender-specific health care was poor within the VA system, and more than half felt the sexual trauma services at those facilities were inadequate, according to the report.. Legion officials said those perceptions could discourage other females from using the VA system -- or from seeking medical help at all.. Too many times, women veterans who seek help at a VA hospital are mistaken as civilian wives, said Jimmie Foster, commander of the American Legion. Too many people still think that veterans are men and not women.. Legion officials noted that the 1.8 million female veterans in America today make up just under 8 percent of the total veteran population, but that percentage is ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - Comparing the Neuropsychological Test Performance of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans with and without Blast Exposure, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms. AU - Storzbach, Daniel. AU - ONeil, Maya Elin. AU - Roost, Saw Myo. AU - Kowalski, Halina. AU - Iverson, Grant L.. AU - Binder, Laurence M.. AU - Fann, Jesse R.. AU - Huckans, Marilyn. N1 - Publisher Copyright: Copyright © The International Neuropsychological Society 2015.. PY - 2015/6/30. Y1 - 2015/6/30. N2 - To compare neuropsychological test performance of Veterans with and without mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), blast exposure, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. We compared the neuropsychological test performance of 49 Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans diagnosed with MTBI resulting from combat blast-exposure to that of 20 blast-exposed OEF/OIF Veterans without history of MTBI, 23 OEF/OIF Veterans with ...
The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness of two talk therapies for OEF/OIF Veterans at the Michael J. Crescenz and the West Haven VA Medical Centers. Participants will randomly receive one of two individual treatments intended to improve the sleep disturbance and nightmares of returning Veterans ...
Anticipated Impacts on Veterans Healthcare. Ending homelessness among veterans is a major priority for VA. Veterans represent between one in four and one in three homeless adults. Almost 200,000 veterans are homeless each night. Rhode Island has the second highest per capita concentration of homeless persons in the United States and an estimated 2,000 homeless veterans. Half report unmet service needs related to substance use disorders. The VA is a major service provider to homeless persons and has developed innovative housing assistance programs. However, sobriety is required to access many housing services. Effective medication-assisted treatment for the alcohol-dependent, homeless population could improve their substance use, health care utilization and housing stability. If depot naltrexone is a useful tool for engaging alcohol-dependent, homeless veterans in effective treatment, a definitive study showing its effect would lead to fewer restrictions on depot naltrexone on the VA formulary, ...
Intervention by peer mentors has a statistically significant effect on improving glucose control in African American veterans with diabetes, says a Medical News Today article based on study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. In the study, 118 African American veterans aged 50 to 70 years old with persistently poor diabetes control were randomly assigned to 3 groups-usual care, peer mentoring, and financial incentives. Patients receiving usual care were notified of their starting levels and recommended goals for HbA1c. Those in the mentor group were assigned mentors, matched by age and sex, who previously had poor glycemic control but now had good control. Mentors participated in hour-long 1-on-1 training, including motivational interviewing techniques, and were informed that they would receive $20 per month if the patient confirmed that they had spoken at least once a week. Patients in the financial incentive ...
Intervention by peer mentors has a statistically significant effect on improving glucose control in African American veterans with diabetes, says a Medical News Today article based on study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. In the study, 118 African American veterans aged 50 to 70 years old with persistently poor diabetes control were randomly assigned to 3 groups-usual care, peer mentoring, and financial incentives. Patients receiving usual care were notified of their starting levels and recommended goals for HbA1c. Those in the mentor group were assigned mentors, matched by age and sex, who previously had poor glycemic control but now had good control. Mentors participated in hour-long 1-on-1 training, including motivational interviewing techniques, and were informed that they would receive $20 per month if the patient confirmed that they had spoken at least once a week. Patients in the financial incentive ...
JANET NAPOLITANO Governor January 15,2008 ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS SERVICES OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR 3839 N. Third Street, Suite 200 - Phoenix, Arizona 85012 - 2069 Telephone: ( 602) 255- 3373 - Fax: ( 602) 255- 1038 www. azdvs. gov RICHARD G. MAXON Director MEMORANDUM FOR THE HONORABLE TIM BEE, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AillZONA STATE SENATE RE: Final Report of the Arizona Veterans Research Council The Arizona Veterans Task Force, established by Executive Order 2005- 15, dated June 17, 2005, addressed many issues relevant to the veterans of the State of Arizona. Several concerns were tabled for further research and study. The Arizona Veterans Research Council was formed to provide that research and make recommendations. In accordance with Executive Order 2007- 08, dated January 30, 2007, which formed the Arizona Veterans Research Council, I respectfully submit this final report.. The Council reviewed five specific areas. They include: Homeless Veterans; Women Veterans; Disabled Veterans; ...
SOMERVILLE, Mass., Dec. 3, 2019 - Podimetrics, a care management company with the leading solution to help prevent costly and deadly diabetic foot ulcers (DFU), announced the VA began regional implementation of the Podimetrics SmartMat™ on December 1 as part of broader efforts by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to confront diabetes and its complications.. The Podimetrics SmartMat™ is now in use at 15 VA medical centers, and will be available to all veterans across the country through their local Prevention of Amputations for Veterans Everywhere clinic providers. In addition, the VAs Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem is implementing a pilot program using the mats at VA facilities in the southeast, where some of the highest DFU rates are found.. The Veteran population is particularly vulnerable to limb loss due to diabetes. Partnering with the VA gave us an opportunity to have an immediate impact on the health and quality of life of those who deserve our support the ...
It is worth noting that the VA is not limited to providing health care services to only the VHA Surgery Programs providing bariatric surgery. Under Title 38 USC §1703, the VA has the authority to refer enrolled Veterans to a non-VA provider (Community Care) when care and treatment are not feasibly available at a VA health care facility.4 The enactment of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-146) extended Community Care to Veterans waiting more than 30 days for services, living greater than 40 miles from a VA health care facility, or experiencing an undue burden in receiving VA treatment and services.5 In FY 2015, the VA provided reimbursement to non-VA providers for 233 enrolled Veterans referred to Community Care for bariatric surgery. All VISNs referred Veterans for bariatric surgery under Community Care (range 3-32 procedures per VISN) regardless of the presence or absence of an approved VHA bariatric surgery program in the VISN. ...
My experience working with Veterans Affairs Health Administration (VHA) has been very satisfying and unique. I feel that VHA offers the right balance and opportunity to both young and mid-career nephrologists. The aging veterans with a myriad of complex problems are always respectful and grateful for the care they receive at a VA Medical Center (see fact sheet about the kidney disease and veteran population) . The VHA offers the right combination of integrated primary care services, pharmacy, home monitoring services, and patient education support to provide optimal outpatient care. The major hurdles one encounters while managing patients in a VA hospital are limited resources for providing dialysis and transplant care. I see these limitations as a major opportunity to map a career path unlike that chosen by new nephrology graduates.. I was introduced to the VHA system in 2001 because of my desire to settle down in the United States. I joined as a staff nephrologist at the Overton Brooks ...
What is the Vietnam Veterans Sons & Daughters Support Programme? The Vietnam Veterans Sons & Daughters Support Programme (VVSDSP) assists eligible children of Vietnam Veterans who have one of the following conditions: spina bifida manifesta cleft lip cleft palate adrenal gland cancer acute myeloid leukaemia The VVSDSP provides financial assistance with out-of-pocket expenses for medical treatment for these conditions.
These Veterans may be eligible for presumption of herbicide exposure thought Public 116-23,. Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, which was sign into law June 25th, 2019, goes into effect Jan. 1st, 2020. They may also qualify for a presumption of service connection if they have a disease that is recognized as being associated with herbicide exposure ...
Addiction and alcoholism among Vietnam veterans has traditionally been very high since the conflict ended in 1975. War is extremely traumatic and often causes soldiers to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD - a condition that frequently co-occurs with addiction or alcoholism. But while any war can cause a soldier or sailor to turn to drugs or alcohol in order to self-medicate their pain and stress, Vietnam veterans were subject to a hostile return when the war was over. Instead of being treated like heroes as their fathers were after World War II, Vietnam veterans were shunned, ridiculed and expelled from their customary peer groups. Additionally, these veterans found it difficult to reintegrate into a workforce that largely had no use for their military skills. Consequently, many of Americas most courageous veterans became disillusioned addicts and alcoholics with few opportunities to better their lives.. PTSD is widely considered the most common cause of addiction or alcoholism ...
The academic objectives of the MEG proposal were met and exceeded. Specifically, students were exposed to local and national venues in which Veterans and their history are prevalent. Examples of this include visits by the students and faculty to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, VA Medical Center War Related Injury and Illness Study Center, Arlington National Cemetery, US Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Memorial, WW I Memorial, WW II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Museum of American History, etc. We also met with Senator Mike Lee from the State of Utah to discuss issues pertaining to our Veterans.. Students were provided the opportunity to be mentored in this clinical experience by myself and Kent Blad, both Veterans of Operation Desert Storm and practicing nurses at the VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Students were exposed to the above sites in Washington DC, in addition to meeting with several panels of Veterans in rural Utah towns.. Students ...
The petition asks the U.S. District Court to take over the matter and conduct a naturalization hearing for Barajas.. Veterans who are not U.S. citizens can be deported for criminal convictions. Some veterans are not fully aware of the process they need to go through to become citizens after serving in the military. A common assumption is that citizenship is automatic.. There are at least 239 deported veterans from about 34 countries, according to a July 2016 report by the American Civil Liberties Union of California.. Other estimates put the number of deported veterans at about 1,400.. Barajas became a lawful permanent U.S. resident in 1992. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the army in 1995 and could have applied for naturalization, but he thought honorable service in the military automatically made him a citizen, the ACLU said.. Barajas, who is well-known in the deported veteran community, is now in Tijuana where he founded the Deported Veterans Support House in 2013. It houses ...
pain pills.. The promising benefits of medical marijuana have caused a 15-fold increase in veterans seeking cannabis for treatment. However, Veterans Affairs Canada is known to discourage veterans from using medical marijuana and is reluctant to pay for the treatment.. The federal government has recently announced the former 10 gram limit will be reduced to three grams, which is primarily due to the increasing cost. Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr explained that in 2016, about $75 million was set aside for medical cannabis because of the increase of veterans who want to use medical marijuana to treat PTSD. Henry believes the Canadian governments unwillingness to provide medical marijuana to veterans is also because of the governments official position on cannabis, which was made known in a report by Michael Ferguson, Canadas Auditor General.. It is thought the governments stand on medical marijuana may make it difficult for veterans to get a prescription, which is because doctors are now ...
Citation Nr: 18132291 Decision Date: 09/06/18 Archive Date: 09/06/18 DOCKET NO. 15-35 079 DATE: September 6, 2018 ORDER Service connection for a lower back disability is granted. Service connection for hypertension is granted. REMANDED Service connection for a bilateral lower extremity neurologic condition is remanded. FINDINGS OF FACT 1. The Veteran has a diagnosis of…
Objective: As the veteran population ages, the incidence of clinically significant aortic stenosis (AS) is increasing and aortic stenosis has become a veterans health issue. This analysis focused on using serum Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) levels as an adjunct to aid decision making for early aortic valve replacement (AVR) in veterans with severe AS to reduce hospital admission rates. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the charts of patients referred to the heart valve clinic at the Washington DC, Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Heart Center between 2004 and 2015 who were diagnosed with severe AS. We identified veterans who had a BNP drawn in addition to traditional echocardiography during their diagnostic workup. This cohort was then stratified based on their serum BNP levels and whether they received medical therapy or aortic valve replacement. The primary endpoint of interest was admission to a VAMC for valvular heart failure. Results: Univariate analysis of BNP quartile and operative
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulations regarding presumptive service connection, adding certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (Camp Lejeune), North Carolina, from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987. This final rule establishes that veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members, who served at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) during this period, and who have been diagnosed with any of eight associated diseases, are presumed to have incurred or aggravated the disease in service for purposes of entitlement to VA benefits. In addition, this final rule establishes a presumption that these individuals were disabled during the relevant period of service for purposes of establishing active military service for benefits purposes. Under this presumption, affected former reservists and National Guard members have veteran status for ...
1: The Top of Page Banner. Use the banner that runs across the top of every page to navigate between the Veterans Law Blog, Veterans University, to read about our Client Victories, or find out about me and my Team at the Attig Law Firm.. #2: Blog Category Listings. The Veterans Law Blog has over 500 FREE posts of information that is available to Veterans battling the VA. Each post is assigned to one or more Categories, which you see listed on the right side of the page. These Categories are each of the 8 Steps that a Veteran Can follow to Improve their Own VA Claim.. #3: Blog Search Box. With over 600 FREE posts of information that is available to Veterans battling the VA, it can be hard to find the information you are looking for. Use the Search box in the right hand column of every Blog Post. Type in the key words you are looking for, and any post that has those key words will be returned in your search results. For more ACCURATE results, put your search term in quotes.. The cool thing ...
The article of the name Clare Dismuke-Greer, Ph.D., was defined as Geographical Damage in Death of Death in a Generic Sample of US Veterans People with Traumatic Brain Injury . and colleagues from Ralph H. Johnson Department of the Veterans Medical Center (Charleston, SC), South Carolina Medical University (Charleston), University of Utah University of Medicine (Salt Lake City), Wisconsin Medical College (Milwaukee), US Department of Veterans Issues (Washington, DC), and Health Management Associates (Washington, DC).. The above-mentioned advanced TBI deaths appear to be among Spanish veterans associated with living in the United States territories. Researchers of this study expressed concerns about possible differences in the quality of healthcare between the mainland territories of the United States and the United States.. Too often, veterans are clustered as one large group. Although there are many cross-cutting issues that are important to all veterans, just as important is the ...
Older adults comprise an increasing proportion of the prison and homeless populations. While older age is associated with adverse post-release health events and incarceration is a risk factor for homelessness, the health status and homelessness risk of older pre-release prisoners are unknown. Moreover, most post-release services are geared towards veterans; it is unknown whether the needs of non-veterans differ from those of veterans. To assess health status and risk of homelessness of older pre-release prisoners, and to compare veterans with non-veterans. Cross-sectional study of 360 prisoners (≥55 years of age) within 2 years of release from prison using data from the 2004 Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities. Veteran status, health status (based on self-report), and risk of homelessness (homelessness before arrest). Mean age was 61 years; 93.8% were men and 56.5% were white. Nearly 40% were veterans, of whom 77.2% reported likely VA service eligibility. Veterans ...
This brief presents a picture of Illinois new veterans, or individuals from Illinois who have served in themilitary since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in 2001. It uses data from the U.S.Census Bureaus American Community Survey (ACS). According to the ACS, there are approximately76,000 a new veterans living in Illinois, and they make up about 8 percent of the total veteran populationin Illinois. Information on the personal characteristics, geographic location, employment and income,discharge status, and disability status of new veterans presented in this brief can help service providersunderstand the service needs of new veterans and facilitate their reintegration to civilian life.
Dear Sgt Shaft Are there any new programs of concern to women veterans? Nancy K Via the internet Dear Nancy The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Women Veterans recently announced a partnership with LeanIn.Org, the nonprofit organization founded by Facebook Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, to empower women to achieve their ambitions. Building…
The Division of Veterans Homes includes the state Veterans Homes located in Bellevue, Norfolk, Grand Island and Scottsbluff. Services range from assisted living to skilled nursing care. The Grand Island Veterans Home focuses on wellness and allowing people to live their lives to the fullest extent possible, said John Hilgert, director of the Division of Veterans Homes in DHHS. A recent survey of Veterans Home members shows that nearly 90% would recommend their veterans home to others. Thats a positive affirmation that were on the right track. LR 323 can be found at: http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/Current/PDF/Intro/LR323.pdf ...
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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the U.S. government.. Financial Support: This article is based on research conducted by the Minneapolis Evidence-based Synthesis Program and was supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Research and Development, Quality Enhancement Research Initiative.. Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M13-1027.. Requests for Single Reprints: Nancy Greer, PhD, Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, One Veterans Drive, Mail Code 152, Minneapolis, MN 55417; e-mail, [email protected] Current Author Addresses: Drs. Greer and Wilt, Mr. MacDonald, Mr. Fitzgerald, and Mr. Rutks: Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research, Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, One Veterans Drive, Mail ...
Chair Bernie Sanders: Ive been Chairman of the Senate Committee for a little over a year and the one thing that Ive learned is that the cost of war is a lot higher than I think most Americans understand: the people who return come back with a host of issues. Their families have problems that I think many of our fellow Americans dont understand. So let me just touch on some of the things we have done in the past and where we want to go in the future. There was, as you know, an effort to take away a COLA from military retirees. Congress dealt with most of that -- retracted that error. But there still is a problem that for those people in the military now, they will not get the COLA that the veterans -- other veterans -- are getting. We are working to make sure that we address a problem that I know is particularly of concern to the paralyzed veterans, but to all veterans, and that is that some of you will recall that a couple of years ago, Congress did the right thing by passing a Caregivers ...
Upon request, VA furnishes headstones and markers at no charge for graves in cemeteries around the world for service members who die while on active duty and for eligible veterans. VA also provides headstones and markers for spouses and dependents buried in military, state, or national cemeteries, but not for those buried in private cemeteries. When a veteran is buried in a private cemetery, an application for a government-furnished headstone or marker must be made to the VA. The government will ship the headstone or marker free of charge; but will not pay for its placement. Funeral homes can complete and process the application for a headstone and marker at the time arrangements are made or we can assist with the application in the Veterans Affairs Office. To check the status of an application for headstone or marker, call 1-800-697-6947.. In June 2010, VA announced a new option for marking veterans graves in private cemeteries. Veterans whose death occurred on or after November 1990, and ...
Pets for Vets is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States dedicated to providing a second chance to shelter dogs by rescuing, training, and matching them with American veterans who need a companion pet. Pets for Vets was founded on October 21, 2009, by animal behaviorist and trainer, Clarissa Black, who was looking for a way to help American veterans who were suffering from combat stress and other emotional issues related to their service. Many Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans suffer physical and emotional injuries making it difficult to transition back to civilian life. Pets for Vets helps military veterans reclaim normalcy in their lives through companion dogs. Each companion dog is rescued in connection with local animal rescue groups. They are then given basic obedience training and any additional training that will help them assimilate into their new lives and then finally placed in their forever home. Estimates that anywhere from one in ...
Method. Participants. Participants were drawn from a sample of 101 veterans receiving outpatient or residential treatment for PTSD at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). Specific details regarding treatment setting (e.g., outpatient, residential) were not collected. Recruitment efforts were mostly directed toward veterans participating in outpatient group therapy with some participation by veterans receiving residential treatment. Therefore, at the time of their participation we estimate that approximately two-thirds of the sample was receiving outpatient treatment, and one-third was receiving residential treatment. All veterans seeking treatment for PTSD at the Baltimore VAMC met full criteria for the disorder during a semi-structured intake prior to receiving a referral to the Trauma Recovery Program; the diagnosis of PTSD could have been given related to either a military or civilian trauma. No formal data were recorded for individual participants about the process of PTSD ...
The Obama administration insists its routine for officials to send out letters informing veterans that an unidentified report indicates they may be declared incompetent and consequently stripped of their Second Amendment rights.. Its the same administration that in 2009 warned that returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists. The 2009 report, from the Department of Homeland Security, was called Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment. It also said Obamas governmental managers were concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.. So when hundreds, perhaps thousands, of veterans began receiving letters like the one dispatched from the Portland, Ore., office of the Department of Veterans Affairs, alarm bells went off.. WND reported only days ago that a veteran in Oregon ...
Dallas VA Medical Center Opens New Suite for Veterans with Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury - DALLAS - With the grand opening of a new suite at Dallas VA Medical Center comes an enhanced system of care for North Texas Veterans with Polytrauma. A ...