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The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) has been the voice of veterans' rights for more than 25 years. NVLSP is an independent, non-profit, charitable organization acting to ensure that the U.S. government honors the pact made with our 25 million veterans.
The National Center for PTSD is the center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD. The Center has seven divisions across the country.
Be sure to check out the History website, where we found this great video that gives the history of Veterans Day and its beginning as Armistice Day following the end of World War I and tells the significance of the moment of silence at the eleventh day, eleventh hour, eleventh month.
How to Access or Request Your Official Military Personnel File Documents
Accessing or Requesting Your Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) Documents
There are two ways to obtain copies of specific document(s) or your entire OMPF:
You may be able to access your OMPF electronically at no charge. Electronic access is an easy, fast, 24/7 way to view your OMPF, and it gives you the flexibility to print specific document(s) or download your entire OMPF.
As weeks slip away, Pentagon officials say they're only on step one' of a crucial survey of alternate locations for the detainees.
American Combat Veterans of War (ACVOW) is a non-profit organization that enables combat veteran volunteers to mentor, coach and assist our warriors in the transition from combat, allowing them and their families to lead productive and fulfilling lives in the wake of combat.
ACVOW has numerous programs to help warriors adjust to life after combat. Learn about our Safe Warrior Outreach program, the Warrior Transition program, peer-to-peer mentoring and our VA benefit assistance services. Get the details here.
American Ex-Prisoners of War is a not-for-profit, Congressionally-chartered veterans’ service organization advocating for former prisoners of war and their families.
The mission of Honoring Our Fallen is to assist Family members of Fallen Heroes during the initial shock of notification.
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.
And all of them are in the temperate zone.
The administration needs a single line on various policies but even more urgently, it must fill about 100 top federal jobs, says James Stavridis.
Federal officials, including Postmaster General Megan Brennan, testified at a hearing on possible updates to the U.S. Postal Service.
Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, Government Publishing Office (GPO) Director Davita Vance-Cooks, and U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa testify before the House Administration Committee on their departmental budgets for 2017 and 2018. Modernization and cybersecurity efforts were among the top priorities for all of the agencies.
Congressional Budget Office Director Keith Hall presented his agency's budget and economic outlook report. He was questioned by members on a wide range of issues relating to economic growth and government spending, including immigration policy, health care, the labor force participation rate, and deficit reduction.
Officials from the Office of Personnel Management, the National Background Investigations Bureau, and the Defense Department testified at a hearing on information technology security and the security clearance process. Committee members asked the witnesses questions on the progress of ongoing projects to encrypt and further protect federal employee data from breaches such as one that occurred in 2015 that compromised millions of employee and applicant records. Committee members also argued amongst themselves over whether the committee should investigate the hacking of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic National Committee email servers during the 2016 election.
Ive never seen anything quite like Trumps approach to national security, says a former counterterrorism adviser to three presidents.
How did Trumps new National Security Advisor win over the president and what changes might he make in his new role?
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing about the deployment status of self-driving cars. Auto industry officials explained their companies' ongoing efforts in developing autonomous vehicles, and answered questions from members on several topics including safety, cybersecurity, and their hopes for updated rules and regulations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee on her semiannual report on the U.S. economic outlook for the year and the future of monetary policy. She said the Federal Open Market Committee could raise rates at its March 2017 and future meetings, stressing that doing so was dependent on economic indicators and analysis.
Saturday marked the first of what will be three days of Veterans Day commemorations across the United States.
The holiday falls on a Sunday, and the federal observance is on Monday. It's the first such day honoring the men and women who served in uniform since the last U.S. troops left Iraq in December 2011.
It's also a chance to thank those who stormed the beaches during World War II — a population that is rapidly shrinking with most of those former troops now in their 80s and 90s.
By David Wallis
FALLING asleep in a crowded lecture hall was never a problem for Adam Connell. Just the opposite.
As a freshman at the University of Iowa in fall 2010, he uneasily eyed his classmates. "I had feelings of bad anxiety," recalled Mr. Connell, 25, a Navy veteran. "When you pull into ports, because terrorism is so high, you are always super-vigilant at all times. In these 300-person lecture halls, you are just surrounded by people you don't know."
By Hugh Lessig
The Obama administration has selected the Hampton VA Medical Center and a site in San Antonio as launch points for a massive medical record-sharing program between the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense.
According to Greg Rivara, Communications Manager for Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), the 100,000 Jobs Mission job fair held Thursday was a big success.
The event was held at UIC Forum and was attended by over 1,300 veterans and more than 60 companies. The 100,000 Jobs Mission is a collaboration of the IDES, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), JP Morgan Chase, Joining Forces, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), American Legion, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Student Veterans of America, U.S. Department of Labor – VETS, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Since the program’s launch in 2011, the group has collectively hired more than 12,000 veterans, and has a goal of 100,000 hired by 2020.
CNN Sunday Morning, 6:00 AM
RANDI KAYE: Thousands of U.S. troops are heading home from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But now many of them are fighting a war after the war. We're talking about post-traumatic stress disorder, also called PTSD. It is a term that we first started to talk about in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, but for today's troops, it is as relevant as ever. PTSD is a mental disorder that some get after seeing or living through a dangerous event such as war combat. A person may have a flashback or begin reliving the event. They may have bad memories or even nightmares. They might feel numb or become jittery, or always be on alert or on the lookout for danger.
Even knowing what PTSD does to a person, it's shocking that many veterans commit suicide in this country. How many? On average, as many as 18 every day. Mike Scotti is a former Marine lieutenant who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has recovered from PTSD. Good morning, Mike, thanks for joining us this morning.
But vets must take first step: seek help
The most common misconception about post-traumatic stress disorder is that there is no effective treatment.
Dr. Matthew Friedman, executive director of the Department of Veterans Affairs' National Center for PTSD, is working to get the word out that it's "very treatable."
PTSD is more prevalent among service members today, with 17 percent to 20 percent of the troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from it, he said. But studies have shown that 80 percent of those, given proper treatment, are without symptoms after five years.
The American Council for Education â€“ the national organization for accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities and higher education associations within the United States â€“ GI Bill site includes step by step guides determining your eligibility, calculating your benefits and much more.
LESTER HOLT: Tonight we're proud to announce our NBC News network-wide initiative in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help more than a million unemployed veterans get back into the workforce. Tonight we're focusing on unemployed women veterans and the mentors helping them realize their full potential.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness released a report Thursday calling on the Defense Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Health and Human Services to eliminate barriers to mental-health care and make better use of local care in the treatment of military service members, veterans and their families.
By Michael Melia, Associated Press
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.
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 theyâ€™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?
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. Weâ€™ll also bring you interesting Guests from a wide variety of organizations with an interest in Veterans and the Military!
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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.
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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