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Nov 26 12

9 more Iraq, Afghan war veterans joining Congress

by Operation Vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Tammy Duckworth sees it, her path to Congress began when she awoke in the fall of 2004 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was missing both of her legs and faced the prospect of losing her right arm.

Months of agonizing therapy lay ahead. As the highest-ranking double amputee in the ward, Maj. Duckworth became the go-to person for soldiers complaining of substandard care and bureaucratic ambivalence. To read entire article, please click here.

Nov 15 12

Hearing loss the most prevalent injury among returning veterans

by Operation Vets

After a decade of war, America is well schooled on post-traumatic stress, lost limbs and traumatic brain injury, but the most common injury sustained by U.S. troops is literally a silent wound: hearing loss.

Mark Brogan, a retired Army captain, can speak quite personally about almost all of those examples of combat carnage – he suffered a brain injury, a spinal injury and a nearly severed right arm when a suicide bomber on foot detonated his weapon near Brogan six year ago in Iraq. What does Brogan, 32, consider the worst of the physical trauma? “Hearing loss and the brain injury,” he said from his home in Knoxville, Tenn. He has “profound unusable hearing” in his right ear and severe hearing loss in his left, he said, along with constant ringing, or tinnitus, in his ears. To read entire article, please click here.

Nov 14 12

Major hurdles remain to end veteran homelessness

by Operation Vets

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Arthur Lute’s arduous journey from his days as a U.S. Marine to his nights sleeping on the streets illustrates the challenge for the Obama administration to fulfill its promise to end homelessness among veterans by 2015.

Lute has post-traumatic stress disorder from the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon. He spent years drifting through jobs, two years in prison for assault, then 15 months sleeping in the bushes outside the police department of this city south of San Diego.

Today, he lives in a $1,235 a month, two-bedroom apartment in a working-class neighborhood. The federal government pays nearly 80 percent of the rent and mostly covers the cost of medicines for his depression, high blood pressure, and other health problems. State-funded programs pay for doctor’s appointments for his 6-month-old son and therapy for his wife, who he said is bipolar. To read entire article, please click here.

Nov 13 12

For VA, mountains of disability claims remain a problem as vets wait for help

by Operation Vets

As President Obama’s first term winds down, his administration has  reported significant progress in combating several high-profile veterans
problems, including reducing unemployment and homelessness.

But in another key area — the backlog of disability claims —  the problem has worsened under Obama’s watch, spurred by an influx of
new veterans into a weak economy, new rules that make it easier to file  claims, including for Agent Orange-related conditions and post-traumatic
stress, and a growth in the average number and complexity of medical  conditions claimed by veterans. To read entire article please click here.

Nov 12 12

In this department, every day is Veterans Day, says Shinseki

by Operation Vets

Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Eric Shinseki issued the following message regarding Veterans Day:

“Today, America honors the men and women whose profound acts of citizenship — service in the armed forces of the United States of America — have safeguarded our country for 237 years and guaranteed our rights as Americans to choose our leaders. Twenty-two million living Americans today have distinguished themselves by their service in uniform.  Their devotion and sacrifice have been the bedrock of our sovereignty as a Nation, our values as a people, our security as a democracy, and our offer of hope to those in other lands, who dream our dreams of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” To read entire article, please click here.

Nov 12 12

Thank you to all those who have served our country!

by Operation Vets
Oct 11 12

Returning vets swell ranks of entrepreneurs

by Operation Vets

HARTFORD, Conn. — As a truck driver for the U.S. military in wartime Iraq, Ed Young racked up 7,000 miles, facing a constant threat of attack that left him struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.

Four years later, he is driving long hauls again, but now in the U.S. as one of a growing number of veterans turning entrepreneur. The Navy veteran who had seen his post-war life spiraling out of control says his Connecticut-based car transportation business has helped to put him on the road to recovery.

Young received training to run his enterprise through a program for disabled veterans at the University of Connecticut, one of many efforts emerging nationwide to help returning service members start small businesses. To read entire article please click here.

Sep 17 12

Vocational Rehabilitation

by Operation Vets

Did you know? VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs.

Benefits include vocational counseling, on the job training and apprenticeships.

Learn more about VR&E today! vba.va.gov

What is the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment VetSuccess Program? The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31….

Aug 5 12

Paying for College Still a Major Challenge for Military Students, Vets

by Operation Vets

Some colleges and universities have significantly ramped up programs for military students and veterans, a new survey has found, but many still see financial aid as a pressing issue for the increasingly college-bound demographic.

From Soldier to Student II: Assessing Campus Programs for Veterans and Service Members,” released by the American Council on Education, asked 2,916 colleges and universities about their offerings for military students and veterans in 2012. The findings, submitted by 690 public two- and four-year colleges, private non-profit four-year schools, and private for-profit institutions, were compared to a similar study of the same name conducted in 2009.

Jul 26 12

Veteran Combat Call Center

by Operation Vets

1-877-WAR-VETS is a confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. Learn more