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Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide

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The Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide website is an online book by Dr. Glen Johnson, a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director of the Neuro-Recovery Head Injury Program in Traverse City, MI. The website is setup like a book with links to chapters, and the information is focused specifically on TBI and is given very concisely in laymen's terms.

The goal of this online book is to better prepare the person with the head injury and family for the long road ahead.

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Veterans Affairs (VA) suicide prevention hot line for veterans

VA's Suicide Hot Line Begins Operations

July 30, 2007

Nicholson: “Help a Phone Call Away”

WASHINGTON – To ensure veterans with emotional crises have round-the-clock access to trained professionals, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun operation of a national suicide prevention hot line for veterans.

“Veterans need to know these VA professionals are literally a phone call away,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson. “All service members who experience the stresses of combat can have wounds on their minds as well as their bodies.  Veterans should see mental health services as another benefit they have earned, which the men and women of VA are honored to provide.”

The toll-free hot line number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  VA's hot line will be staffed by mental health professionals inCanandaigua, N.Y.  They will take toll-free calls from across the country and work closely with local VA mental health providers to help callers.  

Read more: http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1363

US Vets

U.S.VETS provides comprehensive services to the veterans we serve, including case management, employment assistance, job placement, counseling, as well as drug and alcohol free housing. At our facilities veterans progress through a seamless continuum of services designed to help them increase their level of responsibility and prepare them to live independently in the community.

The American Legion

American Legion logoThe American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

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VeteranAid website Has Information On Veteran Aid and Attendance Improved Pension

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The Veterans Administration offers Aid and Attendance as part of an "Improved Pension" Benefit that is largely unknown. This Improved Pension allows for Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, undressing, medication dosing, or taking care of the needs of nature to receive additional monetary benefits. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an Assisted Living facility also qualifies.

U.S. Policy in the Asia-Pacific Region

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified at a hearing on U.S. foreign policy toward Asia. He responded to questions on China's aggression in the South China Sea, sanctions against North Korea, and human rights issues in Vietnam and Burma (Myanmar).

Nuclear Energy Regulation and Modernization

Nuclear energy experts testified at a hearing on legislation to increase cooperation between the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The goal of the cooperation was to improve the development of nuclear technologies as well as licensing, budgeting, and regulatory processes.

Transportation Security Administration Management Practices

Transportation Security Administration employees testified at a hearing on management practices and TSA misconduct. The witnesses said they were mistreated by senior level officials at TSA, and employees feared retaliation for reporting problems. One employee said he was instructed by management to racially profile Somali-Americans. A report from the inspector general's office concluded that the TSA had a serious staffing problem, losing more than 100 airport screeners every week.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Brain Injury Treatment

Health officials from the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs testified at a hearing on research into post-traumatic stress disorder, and methods of diagnosing and treating traumatic brain injuries. Topics included the lower amount of research on traumatic brain injuries in comparison to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the impact of military sexual assaults on one's mental state.

Business Tax Policy

Business representatives and tax experts testified at a hearing on possible changes to the business tax code.

Illegal Immigration, Crime, and Deportation Policy

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldana, relatives of crime victims, and local law enforcement officials testified at a hearing on crimes committed by people living in the U.S. illegally. Director Saldaa testified about the agency's deportation practices and why those convicted of violent offenses were released back into the U.S. rather than deported to their country of origin.

Pet Medication Industry

Witnesses testified at a hearing on federal oversight of the pet medication industry.

U.S. Strategy Against ISIS

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Joseph Dunford testified at a hearing on operations against ISIL,* including the Obama administration decision to deploy 250 additional troops to Syria. Secretary Carter said that as the U.S. was continuing to battle ISIL in Syria and Iraq, he had been becoming increasingly concerned about the political and economic challenges each country was facing. * The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

Guantanamo Bay Transfers to the U.S.

Officials from states and counties around the U.S. testified at a hearing on the Obama administration plan to close Guantanamo Bay Detention Center and transfer the detainees to facilities on U.S. soil. Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) said the plan to use a military prison in Charleston "made zero sense" and would cost her state potential jobs and new business. Then state and local law enforcement officials talked about the potential cost to local communities. Mr. Gude testified that the Guantanamo Bay facility should be closed and that transferring the prisoners did not pose an unacceptable risk.

North Korea Sentences an American to 10 Years in Prison

Kim Dong-chul of Fairfax, Virginia, was arrested last October.

Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital Compare website

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The VA Hospital Compare web site. This site is for Veterans, family members and their caregivers to compare the performance of their VA hospitals to other VA hospitals. Using this tool, Veterans, family members, and caregivers can compare the hospital care provided to patients.

Defense And VA Can’t Track PTSD Treatments, Report Finds

Neither the Defense nor the Veterans Affairs department -- which operate the world’s largest electronic health records systems -- tracks treatments used for post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a report the Institute of Medicine issued last week. What’s more, Defense does not even know how many PTSD treatment programs it or the services provide.

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VA News this week - October 15 2012

VA News 517

October 15, 2012

Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

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Unemployment Rises For Afghanistan And Iraq Era Veterans

By David Lerman, Bloomberg News

The unemployment rate for U.S. veterans who've served during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan increased last year, while the rate for non-veterans declined, the Labor Department reported yesterday.

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U.S. Army Should Embrace, Not Repress, Soldiers' Ambition

By Elizabeth Samet

In his landmark 19th-century treatise "On War," Carl von Clausewitz asked "whether history has ever known a great general who was not ambitious; whether, indeed, such a figure is conceivable."

Clausewitz knew that ambition had gotten a bum rap: "Other emotions," he explained, "may be more common and more venerated -- patriotism, idealism, vengeance, enthusiasm of every kind --but they are no substitute for a thirst for fame and honor."

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How to Apply for VA Healthcare Online

How to Apply for VA Healthcare Online

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Army Surgeon General on Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and Army Medicine is taking this time to increase awareness about it. Watch this video to see Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho's message to the soldiers about how the Army is leading the charge in care, education, and technology to treat those with traumatic brain injuries.

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Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Budget

Robert Hale and Lieutenant General Larry Spencer, spoke to reporters about the fiscal year 2013 budget proposal.

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

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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.

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VA News this week - October 8 2012

VA News 516

October 8, 2012

Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

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