Veteran Suicide Higher than Reported – Help is Available

The suicide rate among service members is an epidemic. Leon Panetta, the former Secretary of Defense agreed six years ago. Unfortunately, data regarding the veteran suicide rate is incomplete. For example, veterans who commit “suicide by cop” are not included in the tally. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made an appeal for more uniform reporting of suicide data.

Women Veterans: Proud Part of Our Military History

Women have played an important role in our nation’s military history. They set the stage for future generations who wanted to serve their country, and  proved that women could be as resilient and inspiring as men in times of conflict.

Women have actually been in every crisis and every war the United States has ever been in.  But only recently have their contributions been  recognized and appreciated.

Guitars For Veterans: Another Great Tool in the Battle Against PTSD

Music is not only enjoyable, but can be extremely therapeutic as well.   Thousands of war Veterans suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, more soldiers have committed suicide since the Vietnam War than have died in actual battle.

More than half of the 2.6 million veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars struggle with both physical and mental challenges as a result of their service. Unfortunately, 22 veterans commit suicide everyday, but many are finding hope in the wood and strings of an acoustic guitar. The healing power of music helps soldiers cope.

(Wow!) Advocate Greshun De Bouse Founds Disabled Veterans Day™ Receives Proclamation in Home of Fort Benning

WOW! Ms. Greshun De Bouse is unstoppable!  You may recall Greshun De Bouse is the military granddaughter and disabled veterans advocate who founded Disabled Veterans Day™ or DVDay celebrated annually on June 30 to raise awareness and funding specifically for disabled veteran heroes and their and their families’ unique set of challenges to help ensure All their service-related disability needs are met with timeliness in a low-resistant process.

Disabled Veterans Day™ (DVD) is June 30 #dvday630

Celebrated annually on June 30, national Disabled Veterans Day™  or DVDay™ is dedicated to raising awareness and funds specifically for our beloved “disabled” veteran heroes, the unique challenges they face, and to ensuring all their service-related disability needs are met with timeliness in a low-resistant process. The celebrated holiday fits perfectly between PTSD Awareness Day and Independence Day, and is an awesome way to give our heroic disabled veterans the much-deserved attention.  We have Memorial Day for our heroes who have transitioned.

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) ~ Celebrates their Inspirational Stories

The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) celebrates the strength and perseverance of veterans living with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D) by sharing their inspirational stories.

The PVA which is a 501 C 3 Charitable Veterans Service Organization (VSO) works arm in arm with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Together they strive to ensure that veterans with spinal cord injuries are able to live full and productive lives through adaptive sports, employment, research advances, health care and accessible design for people with disabilities.

Veterans May Soon Get Free Child Care

Veterans may soon be provided free child care while undergoing treatment for mental health and other medical issues. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced the possibility of this benefit in hopes that it will make it easier for veterans to get help. A House of Representatives Bill (H.R. 840) would extend and seek to make permanent a 2011 pilot program Veterans Child Care benefits program.

Dust of Serving Those Who Serve

The Mantra for 2019 is “Serving Those Who Serve.” I am making it a personal mission and challenging my readership to adopt this mantra as well.

When I say “Serving Those Who Serve,” I mean all who serve in any and every capacity to make us safer, healthier and happier. In short, the backbone of “Keeping America Great!” Over the holidays, I received a T-Shirt from a dear friend that had the American Flag on it and the words “No One Fights Alone.”