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U.S. honors Veterans on first official National Vietnam War Veterans Day

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VN Vets Day

 

On March 29, 1973, the last American combat troops left Vietnam and returned home. Unlike troops of more recent wars, the vast majority of those brave service members did not receive a warm welcome. In fact many were spat upon, called names and treated with disdain.

Joint Base reports high levels of two hazardous chemicals in water

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McGuire AFB 003

 

A pair of hazardous chemicals used for decades in firefighting at Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst have contaminated ground, surface, and drinking water on and near the base, a spokesman said last week, with tests showing levels 20 to thousands of times higher in some samples than federally recommended standards.

A Village of 50 Tiny Houses is Being Built so Homeless Veterans Have a Place to Live

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Tiny Homes 007

 

Veterans are paying it forward to Veterans in need in Kansas City, Missouri. Several groups are working together as they build a community of tiny homes, to provide homeless Veterans with a place to live. Kevin Jamison from The Veterans Community Project says: “What we’re trying to do is to bring the community together to attack this problem.”

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Robotic Brace for Veterans of Spinal Cord Injury

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Robotic Brace

 

In a series of thumps, whirrs and clattering noises, Brandon Myers was able to achieve what his body would no longer let him do on his own. Augmented by brace support, motion sensors and a computer control system and further aided by his caregiver and crutches, he slowly walked forward in an upright posture. His steps were small and unbalanced at first but became more fluid as he got used to the machine saddled to his torso, hips and legs.

Study shows volunteering improves mental health in Veterans

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Ian Smith

 

Participants showed lower rates of PTSD and depression following 6 month volunteer program

Ian Smith served eight years in the Army and deployed to Iraq twice before exiting the service in the early part of 2009. He got by working three jobs while attending school in a suburb of Nashville, Tenn. He lived on his couch, often with a pistol in hand, rarely slept and relied heavily on alcohol. Smith even seriously contemplated suicide, having pressed the gun to his head on more than one occasion.

VA, DOD study a major breakthrough for understanding PTSD

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PTSD 40 yrs

 

Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) recently released findings of a new study called Prospective Post-Traumatic Stress disorder Symptom Trajectories in Active Duty and Separated Military Personnel, which examines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms in Veterans, compared with active-duty populations.

VA’s modernization of the claims process continues

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Modernization Process

 

More than 300,000 digitalized inactive-claim records removed to improve process service

Early this year, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) began extracting hundreds of thousands of inactive-claim records from regional offices east of the Mississippi for digital conversion. Inactive-claim records are claim files that have been settled and have remained inactive for a number of years. The initiative will help reduce processing time for thousands of new claims associated with inactive records.

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