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What in the world is going on?
While researching this blog post, I ran into a publication by the Brookings Institute.
The executive summary for the publication by Brookings.edu on 2/26/19 is “Democracy & Disorder: The struggle for influence in the new geopolitics”
“The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.”
Why is democracy fading or even more correctly failing?
Why have American servicemen and women dedicated themselves to preserving the international order founded at the end of WWII?
Have all the lives that lost and disabilities suffered been for naught?
This was a great beginning to this post.
A TRULY SAD TALE THAT IS INEXCUSABLE
Task & Purpose January 22, 2018, by James Clark
“For the first time in seven years, the number of homeless veterans in the United States has increased.
Yes, the VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development has made strides in those seven years, the total homeless vets dropped by 46% in the period.
But what about the over 40,000 vets still living on the streets of these United States?
Are we more concerned about a wall than the souls of those who served?
Where is our national conscience?
ANOTHER DISTURBING TALE
Women Veterans face a greater risk of becoming homeless compared to male vets.
Male vets chances of being homeless at 1.4%.
Women’s chances at 2.4%! almost twice as much.
Post-traumatic stress disorder; loss of employment; dissolution of marriage and a lack of gender-specific support.
TO MAKE IT WORSE!
Now I can continue with the post.
It has provided rides to 615, 000 medical appointments.
It has represented 250,790 claims for vets.
Over 1 million veterans are helped each year.
AN APP FOR WHAT YOU MISSED ON MY HEALTHeVET
Gulf War Veterans ay have unexplained illnesses related to their service in Southwest Asia.
The symptoms vary from fatigue to respiratory disorders. The term is “chronic multi-symptom illness.”
It has a name: the Exposure Ed mobile app. It is available to anyone that has a smartphone, tablet or another mobile device.
It can answer your questions on military-related exposures and exposure-related benefits and services.
Not only can vets or those caring for them identify potential exposures by conflict, date or location but they will find VA facilities and exposure-related programs nearest them.
The free app can be downloaded for iOS or Android devices.
This link is to the ehealthevet page listing: Gulf War Veteran’s Medically Unexplained Illnesses & VA Benefits Overview for Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses posted December 21, 2018.
TWO OTHER TOPICS IN THE January 9th 2019 edition of My HealtheVET:
My HealtheVet shared over 100 articles through the newsletter and website in 2018.
That’s a lot of great health information and health care management reminders.
VA announced on December 21, 2018:
The VA is temporarily suspending discharges and decreases in level of support from its Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers because of continued concerns expressed by veterans, caregivers and advocated about inconsistent application of eligibility requirements by VA medical centers.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT LINE: 855-260-3274
OK THIS IS NOT CHRISTMAS
But I found this you-tube video. Please view it and pass it on.
Did you know?
That veterans account for roughly 11% of the adult homeless population
Roughly 45% of homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic?
(These two groups make up only 30% of active duty personnel)
Nearly half of all homeless veterans served during the Vietnam War
A third of homeless vets served in a war zone
Over 1.4 million vets are ‘at risk’ of homelessness
Organizations that help Homeless Veterans
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MAC-V)
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
Wings for Warriors
Operation Home Front
Lift Up Veterans
Housing and Urban Development
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
The Military Wallet
Disabled American Veterans
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Volunteers of America
Thanks for stopping.
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