Healthcare · Politics

Veteran Court Legislation Dies in Virginia General Assembly, Again

Today it is well understood that military veterans returning from war may suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.  According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, 13.8% of military members returning from Afghanistan or Iraq experience PTSD symptoms.  With just under 3 million veterans in 2016 having served in those wars, there are 412,000… Continue reading Veteran Court Legislation Dies in Virginia General Assembly, Again

Healthcare

No, Veterans Don’t Get Free Healthcare

On Wednesdays I will be trying to write about something obvious to us veterans that civilians don’t fully understand.  Today, since my shoulder hurts, let’s chat about healthcare. Contrary to memes on Facebook or emails from questionable email addresses, no, being a veteran does not entitle you to free healthcare for life. Of course there… Continue reading No, Veterans Don’t Get Free Healthcare

Healthcare · Veteran Suicide

How Hollywood is Killing Veterans

Among veterans there are a veritable litany of phrases. I got your six. Where’s your SA? Tactical trunk monkey. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. Tragically, there’s a new phrase. A hashtag, even. #22kill. No, this isn’t a reference to a sniper count. Rather, it references the 22 veterans a day that commit suicide, and… Continue reading How Hollywood is Killing Veterans

Healthcare · Veteran Suicide

A conversation about service dogs and Northwest Battle Buddies

Tonight we speak with Ms. Shannon Walker, president of Northwest Battle Buddies. Their organization provides service dogs, free of charge, to veterans who need them. These dogs help veterans come home well by giving them the independence and companionship they need as they struggle with acclimatizing to life here in the States. Listen in as… Continue reading A conversation about service dogs and Northwest Battle Buddies

Family · Healthcare · Jobs · Politics · Veteran Suicide

A conversation Down Under

What is life like for veterans of other nations when they come home?  Do they have the same challenges with PTSD and VA hospitals?  What is the support structure like for them? We speak with MAJ Mathew Brooks from the Australian Army about life Down Under for veterans. https://www.crowdcast.io/e/cominghomewell9   *We had some serious technical… Continue reading A conversation Down Under

Healthcare · Politics · Veteran Suicide

A conversation about the VA hospital system (the first of several)

Tonight we discuss what the VA hospital system is like for veterans.  We talk about the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly.  It’s true, you get what you pay for.  And remember, we veterans are not the customers of the VA hospital network.  We are the users.  Congress is the customer because they… Continue reading A conversation about the VA hospital system (the first of several)