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City thanks women Veterans

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Thanks Women Vets

 

“I didn’t do a very good job of picking easy topics for tonight’s meeting,” joked City Administrator Brent Buerck at Tuesday night’s Board of Aldermen meeting. But, although the meeting was characterized by a slow progression through several topics, the highlight was most certainly “The Year of the Woman Veteran” proclamation early in the meeting.

Leaving The Military Wasn’t My Idea: How Separation Status May Affect Homelessness in Women Veterans

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Ask enough women Veterans about their own experience with homelessness and you hear a consistent refrain, that they were “unprepared” for life after the military, that homelessness “surprised” them, and they were therefore unable to plan for it. In an effort to better understand the topic overall, we surveyed almost 3,000 women Veterans — from every service era from World War II to the present — about housing issues and homelessness after military service.

Compensation and Pension Exams

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Compensation and Pension exams, referred to as C&P exams, are a large piece of the evidence the VA uses when making a determination of your claim. A C&P exam is scheduled by the VA and usually takes place at either the closest VA Hospital to you or through an outside contractor hired by the VA. A C&P exam is not always scheduled for every claim, however, if the VA feels that they need more evidence to determine if your condition is service related, if it needs to be diagnosed, or if it has become worse, they will schedule you for an exam. Even if you are scheduled for a C&P exam, it is still highly recommended that you submit your own medical records that will help support your claim.

The PTSD Presumption – How this is Important for Your VA Claim

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PTSD Presumption

 

As the medical world continues to evolve and improve with advancements in research and treatment, so also the realm of mental health has significantly improved in identifying and treating psychiatric disorders. With that, too, has come an increased awareness of mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), that have been plaguing Veterans for decades, largely undiagnosed or often misdiagnosed with ineffective treatment. The most common misdiagnosis we see as advocates is some form of a personality disorder (versus PTSD), and we see this most often with Viet Nam Veterans. Recent updates to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) have improved accuracy and clarity in diagnosing psychiatric conditions, along with treatment appropriate for the diagnosis. Clinicians now are identifying mental health disorders, previously misdiagnosed as personality disorders, as actually early stages of PTSD.

Exposures and Military Bases in the United States

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started the “Superfund” program in 1980 when Congress enacted the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). This program is an effort to clean up land that the EPA has deemed contaminated by hazardous waste and poses a risk to human health and/or the environment. Superfund sites are found all over the world due to the United States’ presence in multiple countries through private business, government, and military programs. There is a complex assessment in place to determine if a site should be deemed a Superfund site. The assessments include looking at the types of toxins; whether the toxins are found in the soil, water, air, or sediments; and at what phase of cleanup the site is in already. The main toxins the EPA assesses are asbestos, dioxin, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and radiation.

Navy to Forgive Past Fitness Test Fails, End Most Fitness Discharges

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Past Fitness Test

 

WASHINGTON — The Navy will forgive past fitness test failures for all its sailors in the new year and will end its policy mandating discharges for ones who fail two Physical Fitness Assessments in a three-year period, the service announced Thursday.

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