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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America (IAVA)

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America (IAVA) is the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. With over 200,000 Member Veterans and supporters nationwide, IAVA strives to build the New Greatest Generation. Our programs empower our community online and offline, and include Smart Job Fairs, our signature New GI Bill calculator and Community of Veterans, a veterans only social network.

BEWARE OF PENSION POACHING SCAMS

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pension exists to help financially disadvantaged wartime Veterans and their survivors.

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National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

Homeless Veteran in need of help? Call 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838)

The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) has founded a National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline to ensure that homeless Veterans or Veterans at-risk for homelessness have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors.

Paralyzed Veterans of America

For more than 65 years, Paralyzed Veterans of America has been on a mission to change lives and build brighter futures for our seriously injured heroes—to empower these brave men and women with what they need to achieve the things they fought for: freedom and independence.

Whistleblowers call VA inspector general a joke

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to retaliate against whistleblowers despite repeated pledges to stop punishing those who speak up, a group of employees said Tuesday. One called the department's office of inspector general a "joke."

VA whistleblowers from across the country told a Senate committee that the department has failed to hold supervisors accountable more than a year after a scandal that broke over chronic delays for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the waits.

Shea Wilkes, a mental health social worker at the Shreveport, Louisiana, VA hospital, said agency leaders are "more interested in perpetuating their own careers than caring for our veterans."

Wilkes, who helped organize a group known as "VA Truth Tellers," said "years of cronyism and lack of accountability have allowed at least two generations of poor, incompetent leaders to plant themselves within the system," harming medical treatment for veterans. The informal watchdog group includes more than 40 whistleblowers from VA facilities in a dozen states.

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Childrens Grief Education Association (CGEA)

The mission of the Children's Grief Education Association is to provide grief education and support to bereaved children, their families and professionals in schools and community organizations through local, national and international outreach and training.

Macho Spouse PTSD Video Series

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Macho Spouse PTSD Video Series: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Treatment

Our friends over at Macho Spouse - the male military spouse online community - have posted the fourth video in their Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) series.  In this video on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment, Dr. Nicholas Lind, Co-Owner of Post Trauma Resources (Columbia, SC), shares his philosophy behind what makes PTSD treatments effective and what programs Post Trauma Resources uses to help those suffering from PTSD control their symptoms.

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HOPE4PTSDVETS.ORG: By Combat Veterans For Combat Veterans and their Families

HOPE4PTSDVETS.ORG is a registered nonprofit organization founded in 2011, by combat veterans for combat veterans and their families. Their mission is to provide hope and holistic help to veterans and their families suffering from combat trauma.

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Homeless veterans: Stand Down - 60 Minutes - CBS News

Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes (CBS) did a great report on Stand Down - an annual encampment in San Diego where veterans can find hope, help and services. This is an informative report about how people help homeless veterans.

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The Pentagon Used to Hook Everything To The Internet.

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Once upon a time, very smart people in the Pentagon believed that connecting sensitive networks, expensive equipment, and powerful weapons to the open Internet was a swell idea. This ubiquitous connectivity among devices and objects — what we now call the Internet of Things — would allow them to collect performance data to help design new weapons, monitor equipment remotely, and realize myriad other benefits. The risks were less assiduously catalogued.

That strategy has spread huge vulnerabilities across the Defense Department, its networks, and much of what the defense industry has spent the last several decades creating.

“We are trying to overcome decades of a thought process…where we assumed that the development of our weapon systems that external interfaces, if you will, with the outside world were not something to be overly concerned with,” Adm. Michael Rogers, the commander of Cyber Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee today. “They represented opportunity for us to remotely monitor activity, to generate data as to how aircraft, for example, or ships' hulls were doing in different sea states around the world. [These are] all positives if you're trying to develop the next generation of cruiser [or] destroyer for the Navy.”

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Border Security

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan and Deputy Chief Carla Provost testified at a hearing on their agency's priorities and ongoing efforts to improve border security.

Renewable Fuel Standard

Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) testified a hearing on the management of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The program requires transportation fuel to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuels for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the nation's reliance on imported oil. The witnesses addressed GAO reports that claim the goals for reducing greenhouse emissions are unlikely to be met.

Navy Littoral Combat Ships

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing with top Navy officials about the production and deployment of the littoral combat ship -- small surface vessels for operations close to shore. According to the Government Accountability Office, overruns had doubled the cost of each ship from an initial estimate of $220 million to $478 million. Armed Services Committee Chair John McCain (R-AZ) said that Navy officials needed to be held accountable for the cost overruns and testing delays.

As North Dakota Pipeline Is Blocked, Veterans at Standing Rock Cheer

The presence of many hundreds of veterans organizers were anticipating 2,000 or more adds another potent layer to a fight that is already steeped in sharp contrasts.

Donald Trump and the Veterans

Former service members try to explain veterans support for the president-elect.

Littoral Combat Ship, at a Critical Juncture

With the ships purchase plans in doubt, detractors exchange fire with Navy supporters at contentious Senate hearing.

Washington, D.C., Metrorail Safety

Paul Wiedefeld, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) general manager, testified before a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee to provide an update on DC Metrorail's current maintenance initiative known as SafeTrack. He informed the committee that two independent prosecutors have been appointed to investigate whether Metro workers falsified inspection reports. Mr. Wiedefeld also addressed efforts to eliminate WMATA's funding gap, reduce train delays and increase overall ridership. Other witnesses included WMATA board of directors chair Jack Evans and officials from the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Transit Administration and the Amalgamated Transit Union.

Vets Who Could Use an Assist From Mr. Trump

Building housing for homeless veterans in Los Angeles is a realistic goal that plays to the president-elects strengths.

National Security Threats

Generals James Mattis (Ret.), General John Keane (Ret.), and Admiral William Fallon (Ret.) testified at a Senate Armed Services committee hearing on threats to U.S. national security. Topics included Islamic extremism, efforts to combat Islamic State militants, as well as potential threats from Iran and Russia. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) chaired the hearing as committee chair Senator John McCain (R-AZ) attended the funeral of Saudi King Abdullah.

Obama is Quietly Expanding the War on Terror in Africa While the World is Distracted by Trump

If congress doesnt become more assertive, future presidents are likely to head into even murkier legal terrain.

US Department of Veterans Affairs

The US Department of Veterans Affairs provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents.

The VA's mission is to fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's veterans.

Still Serving - Bill Gray

These are the stories of true American Heroes, of men and women who served in the US Armed Forces - Veterans now, still serving their fellow Americans. Meet Bill Gray, an Army veteran, volunteer and the Chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Commission for Montgomery County, Maryland - part of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

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Marine Corps League

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The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marines and Navy FMF Corpsmen, who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe and anchor of the Corps. It takes great pride in crediting its founding in 1923 to World War I hero, then Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune. It takes equal pride in its Federal Charter, approved by An Act of the Seventy-Fifth Congress of the United States of America and signed and approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937.

The League is the only Federally Chartered Marine Corps related veterans organization in the country. Since its earliest days, the Marine Corps League has enjoyed the support and encouragement of the active duty and Reserve establishments of the U. S. Marine Corps. Today, the League boasts a membership of more than 76,000 men and women, officer and enlisted, active duty, Reserve Marines, honorably discharged Marine Veterans and qualified Navy FMF Corpsmen and is one of the few Veterans Organizations that experiences increases in its membership each year.

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Grant to help veterans

Agencies to expand services within state

Veterans homeless shelter receives VA funding: Veterans homeless shelter receives VA funding

Officials with state-based nonprofit groups that provide shelter and other emergency services to at-risk military veterans say the $847,000 grant awarded them Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs is a windfall that will provide tangible benefits soon.

 

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Bill Would Strengthen New GI Bill

By Tom Philpott

What if the military gave every service member an expensive car as a reward for honorable service, but they could take delivery only at night and the headlights didn't work? Many of those gift cars might end up damaged.

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Study To Examine If Fatty Acids Lower Veterans' Suicide Risk

By Harriet McLeod, Reuters
Reuters.com
October 8, 2012

CHARLESTON, South Carolina -- A new $10 million, three-year study will investigate whether daily doses of a common dietary supplement could help curb the number of suicides among military personnel and veterans, researchers said on Monday.

The study, set to begin in South Carolina in January, is part of the Defense Department's heightened focus on suicide prevention as the number of service members attempting to take their own lives has risen.

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Veterans' Homelessness High Priority For Agency

VA pursuing strategic, and some say lofty, goal of ending problem by 2015

WASHINGTON -- On a cold night in Monmouth County, N.J., a lone dishwasher stayed late, taking on extra work to buy time. The restaurant's owners, trying to close up, guessed the man had no place to go. And when they tried to find him one, they struck out.

The restaurant is owned by rock legend Jon Bon Jovi's foundation, and Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea Hurley, discovered that night that finding services for the homeless is no easy task. For the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is trying to tackle the problem of veterans' homelessness, figuring out how to make the task easier is a pivotal goal.

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An Army Ranger's Field Guide To Networking

By Mohana Ravindranath

Kelly Perdew has founded and led at least three Internet companies, won the second season of “The Apprentice,” served as the executive vice president of the Trump Foundation and is a former Army Ranger. He also has written a book on leadership principles learned from the military.

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For Ex-GIs, Next Battle Is Finding Job

By Beth Brown
San Antonio Express-News
September 20, 2012

The transition into civilian life hasn't been easy for Michael Jenkins.After 23 years in the Army, he retired as a sergeant first class in February. He has been unemployed ever since.

Jenkins is not alone in his struggle. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that while veterans have a nonseasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.6 percent, Gulf War-era II veterans — or those who have served in the military since Sept. 11, 2001 — have an unemployment rate of 10.9 percent. The country's overall unemployment rate is about 8 percent.

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Pentagon Wants To Raise Some Retirees Health Fees

By Elisabeth Bumiller

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has warned that runaway personnel costs at the Pentagon are "unsustainable," and on Monday he tried to put a big brake on the spending: Over the next five years the Defense Department plans to nearly quadruple the health insurance fees paid by many working-age military retirees.

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Celebrating Veterans Service on July 4th - Thank You For Your Service
Thank You

America has a rich, unique history that allows us to celebrate many different things. Freedom is one thing we can celebrate on this Independence Day (4th of July).

While you celebrate with your family and friends, remember our Veterans - and celebrate them and the sacrifices they made for our Freedom.

To all our Veterans - Thank you for your service!

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Volunteer to Help Veterans - What Will You Do?

Our Veterans put everything on the line to protect our freedom. We may never be able to repay them for their sacrifice, but we can show them just how much we appreciate all that they’ve done.

Everyday, hundreds of people just like you volunteer to help our veterans. You can help by simply sharing your time, lending a warm smile, a supportive hand, or a sympathetic ear to someone ear needs it.

Everyone can do something to make our Veterans know how much we appreciate their service. What will you do?

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Video - Vet to Vet: Prepare Yourself for a Career with the Federal Government

This video shows several Veterans giving advice to Veterans and transitioning service members about how to prepare for employment with the Federal Government as a civilian.

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Radio - Armed Forces Talk Radio

Armed Forces Talk Radio is dedicated to all members of the United States Armed Forces, past and present. The show airs every week for an hour, on Thursday's at 10 AM Pacific Time. Armed Forces Talk Radio will cover issues important to Veterans and Military personnel, with information concerning all Branches of the Military and issues facing their Families. We’ll also bring you interesting Guests from a wide variety of organizations with an interest in Veterans and the Military!

About The Host: Introducing your host - Scott Langhoff is a Navy Veteran with many years of experience in Veterans Service.

Show Contact Info: 888-327-0061, VETRADIO@COX.NET

TUNE INTO "Armed Forces Talk Radio" Thursday 1pm Eastern 10am Pacific on wsRadio.com


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