IRS Reminds Members of the US Armed Forces of Special Tax Breaks, Helpful Resources as the July 15 Tax Deadline Approaches

The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged members of the military and their families to learn more about the special tax benefits available to them as the July 15 tax filing season deadline approaches.

Most military bases offer free tax preparation and filing assistance during the tax filing season. Some also offer free tax help after the July tax filing deadline. Some of these programs may be impacted by the current COVID-19 so it’s best to check first.

Happy Disabled Veterans Day 2020!

Happy Disabled Veterans Day™! It seems we were just celebrating last year, and now another year has come! Celebrated annually June 30 in the U.S. Disabled Veterans Day™is founded by Advocate Greshun De Bouse as an awareness holiday specifically for our beloved “disabled” veteran heroes to ensure All their service-related disability needs are met with timeliness, in a low-resistant process. 

Mental Health Amid COVID 19

May is Mental Health Month. Before addressing the issues of Mental Health amid a Pandemic, I would like to take a moment and recognize all “Essential Frontline Workers.” I particularly want to acknowledge my “Warrior Angels” at the Alzheimer’s Community Care Centers (ACC) where for years I have volunteered providing Music Therapy.

Veterans Affairs Recipients Will Receive Automatic Economic Impact Payments – Step Follows Work Between Treasury, IRS, VA (IR-2020-75)

The Internal Revenue Service, working in partnership with the Treasury Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs, announced today that recipients of VA benefits will automatically receive automatic Economic Impact Payments. Veterans and their beneficiaries who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments from VA will receive a $1,200 Economic Impact Payment with no further action needed on their part. Timing on the payments is still being determined.

Courage Demonstrates Character – The COVID 19 Battle

Last week, I told my 21 year old son that “This would be the last time things we’re going to feel normal.” Upon viewing his reaction I tempered my comment by adding, “At least for a while.” Obviously for Baby Boomers and above, the COVID 19 Pandemic reminds of us of 9/11 and brings to mind the 10th of September 2001.  You know, the day before everything changed the last time.

Psychology Effects of Coronavirus on Veterans

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) AKA “The Coronavirus” is undoubtedly stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. There is evidence that coping with stress will make you, your loved ones, and our community stronger. For Veterans, this crisis can be doubly challenging.

Veterans New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions are a waste of time. At least, that’s what a majority of psychologists maintain. After all, if there was something that could significantly improve your life, you’d have already done it right?  Indeed, New Year’s resolutions are almost useless. In fact, by some studies the percentage of Americans who keep their New Year’s resolutions are in the single digits.

Did Disabled Veterans Day Founder Greshun De Bouse Inspire President Trump?

We all know and love her.  There’s nothing not to love about Greshun De Bouse.  Her positive track record across the globe, helping to improve conditions for disabled veterans and other groups in need is irrefutable.  Greshun has received recognition for her efforts from mayors, governors, celebrities, and other notables across the globe.

The Soldier’s Night Before Christmas

It’s now time for a Christmas Tradition. Here’s an unedited reprint of The Soldier’s Night Before Christmas.

Before I do, I like to take a moment for reflection. I am always amazed at how important a veteran’s military service is to an individual, long after his or her discharge or retirement from Active Duty, Reserves or the National Guard. It doesn’t matter what age we are or how long we served, it’s the fact that we served that binds us.  We proudly wear our affiliations on jackets, hats, shirts, bumper stickers and license plates.

Veterans Day: Cost of Freedom

Veterans Day is difficult for me every year. This year, Veterans Day will be particularly challenging.  Normally, I either keep myself busy with mundane tasks or submerge myself in some monumental project. To be sure, I am never idle.  Some years I participated in Veterans Day ceremonies.  Sometimes, I have the honor as a keynote speaker or as a performer singing our national anthem. Some years, I have avoided all contact.

Greshun De Bouse Invited to Alabama State Capitol for Historic Proclamation from Governor

Montgomery, AL – Greshun De Bouse is a global phenomenon who constantly “wows” us with her supernatural persuasion and global impact. Now, this unstoppable leader “wows” us again. It’s all so exciting! From the north, south, east coast, west coast, and every place in between, it seems all everyone is talking about is Disabled Veterans Day™– the awesome fundraising awareness holiday specifically for disabled veterans, and ensuring all their service-related disability needs are met with timeliness in a virtually hurdle-free process!  Sounds awesome, right? (Of course)  Well, its founder is absolutely awesome as well!

Disabled Veterans Day™ Founder Greshun De Bouse Accepts President Trump’s Rally Text-Vite in Light of Disabled Veteran Process Streamlining

Dallas,TX – Disabled Veterans Day™ Founder, Greshun De Bouse, received her “text-vite” from President Trump to attend his “Keep America Great” Rally on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the American Airlines Center.  A disabled veterans advocate familiar with the challenges disabled veterans follow, Greshun De Bouse was pleasantly surprised when Trump announced he had streamlined the process through which “totally and permanently” disabled veterans obtain student loan forgiveness.  De Bouse is credited with streamlining the process for disabled veterans in all 50 U.S. states to connect with their respective VA offices, and says “President Trump’s automatic student loan forgiveness is necessary process streamlining for the qualifying disabled veterans population.”

A Viable Plan for Identifying Veterans At-risk for Suicide

In looking closely at a practical scenario picturing a veteran at-risk for attempted suicide, one may clearly detect the serious flaws in the DVA/VHA programming that is currently being represented to the American public by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as an effective use of the approximate $1.3 billion that have been appropriated to fund VA Suicide Prevention, since around 2012.

Dual Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt Complimentary Program for Veterans

What are the opportunities available for me? Should I enroll for a professional training course? These are a couple of questions a veteran would ask himself post service. It is not easy for a veteran to transition from a military lifestyle to a civilian environment. Some of the qualities and skills that veterans acquire during service include excellent teamwork, leadership skills, punctuality, a keen eye for detail, resilience, critical thinking, endurance, strength, transparent communication, problem-solving skills, and never give up attitude. These are the qualities that any organization would love to see in their employees. However, the challenge is how to manifest these qualities into a corporate resume in civilian language, and what can put you on top over your competitors?

The VA, Veterans Healthcare and Worker’s Comp

Recently, I received an inquiry regarding the difference (if any) between a “military service member” and a “veteran.” Often, the term veteran or vet is used as a catch all term for both active duty, retired and former service members. President Abraham Lincoln established the framework of the Department of Veterans Affairs with this quote “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.”

Complimentary PMP Training for Veterans by Certification Planner

The life of a veteran is very different from the life of a civilian. While the life of a civilian, in general, is marked by the desire for stability and growth, moving is the norm for veterans. This obviously comes with a lot of challenges for veterans not only during the service period but even after they transition into civilian life. Gaining high qualifications during service is a challenge that haunts our veterans.

Veterans and the Opioid Crisis: A Helpful List of Resources for Veterans and Their Families

September is Suicide Prevention Month. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and I strongly urge veterans and their family members to learn more about suicide prevention, drug overdose, and substance abuse treatment. Suicide prevention takes a village.

The VA,  other veteran and military stakeholders are desperately trying to raise awareness about the dangers of overdosing and encourage veterans to get help:

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.”