- A catalog of links to other sites that provide information about military and Veteran benefits; and
- A personalized workspace called My eBenefits that provides quick access to eBenefits tools. Using eBenefits tools, you can complete various tasks. You can apply for benefits, download your DD 214, and view your benefits status.”
Click on this link to go to the ebenefits web site:
The Wounded Warrior Handbook. A resource guide for returning Veterans. (2009) by Don Philpott and Janelle Hill.
ISBN-13: 978-1-60590-271-5 (paper book)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60590-273-9 (electronic)
‘A HANDBOOK FOR INJURED SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES’ (A 149 page handbook put out by the Wounded Warrior Project and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.–“Navy Times” page 17, 12/17/07) Here is a direct link to the book/page/site: http://www.fallenheroesfund.org/common/page.php?ref=familyinfo
I really enjoyed reading this autobiography. Captain Scott Smiley shares his life’s journey in a relaxed, personal manner. I found his story to be inspiring, touching and encouraging. As he quotes Albert Einstein: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” He demonstrates with his life the decision and courage to not only face life’s challenges (or near death experiences), but the motivation to find the will to not be defined by adversities, rather to embrace the miracle of life and live it to the fullest.
Consider sending get well cards/post cards, holiday cards to wounded service men and women at the VA Hospitals–they would appreciate the kind words of support.
Audie Murphy VA Hospital
Spinal Cord Injury Unit GLD
San Antonio, Texas. 78229
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
Wounded Warrior Ministry Center
APO AE 09180
Walter Reed Medical Center
Medical Family Assistance Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20307-5001
Michael De Bakey Veterans Hospital
Spinal Cord Unit
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Brooke Army Medical Center
3851 Roger Brooke Drive
Fort Sam Houston, Tx 78234
from military service back into civilian world: http://www.transitionassistanceprogram.com/register.tpp
The above link is to a web page/service that has down-loadable information, links and resource guides for active duty and reserve troops.
Wounded Warrior: “The greatest casualty is to be forgotten”
LET’S SHOW THEM WE DID NOT FORGET-NOR WILL WE EVER TAKE FOR GRANTED THEIR PERSONAL SACRIFICE FOR OUR COUNTRY.
The above link will take the reader to a program that uses Equine therapy (horses) to facilitate strength, coordination, agility and confidence for Wounded Warriors and their families. The program is located in Colorado.
FARMER VETERAN COALITION
“The mission of the Farmer-Veteran Coalition (FVC) is to mobilize our food and farming community to create healthy and viable futures for America’s veterans by enlisting their help in building our green economy, rebuilding our rural communities, and securing a safe and healthy food supply for all. The coalition seeks to simultaneously assist the farming community by developing a new generation of farmers and to help our returning veterans find viable careers and means to heal on America’s farms.”
The USOC Paralympic Military Program provides post-rehabilitation support and mentoring to American servicemen and women who’ve sustained physical injuries. Veterans are introduced to adaptive sport techniques and opportunities through clinics and camps and are also connected with ongoing Paralympic sports programs in their hometowns.
The program isn’t just about sports; it’s also about attitude, camaraderie and promoting healthy, active lifestyles. A huge role in that process is played by mentors, made up of Paralympic athletes – athletes who’ve gone through similar experiences by overcoming their own physical disabilities to achieve excellence.
GIVE AN HOUR
Our mission is to develop a national network of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Our first target population is the U.S. troops and families who are being affected by the current military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Give an Hour is asking mental health professionals nationwide to literally give an hour of their time each week to provide free mental health services to military personnel and their families. Research will guide the development of additional services needed by the military community, and appropriate networks will be created to respond to those needs. Individuals who receive services will be given the opportunity to give an hour back in their own community.”
Acinetobacter Baumannii-a strain
Acinetobacter Baumannii – a strain is a bacteria that appears resistant to many antibiotics and has caused severe-fatal infections and complications in some recovering wounded warriors. Below are some links on this:
“Leishmaniasis” (Baghdad boil) results when a person is bitten by a sand fly (found throughout tropical and sub tropical countries-Iraq and Afghanistan-especially near/in Kabul-due to lack of waste disposal. It is a parasitic condition that infects/invades a person in four main types of leishmaniasis. (Skin sores form near the bite within days to weeks…internal symptoms fester/grow within victim and can remain undetected for years— enlarged spleen (spleen becomes larger than the liver!)– is a tale tale sign. Leishmaniasis, left untreated poses a serious health threat and can be fatal as a result of infections and other conditions that develop.
This article describes a direct link/cause between Sarin and Gulf War illness. some of the article and it’s link:
Study: Sarin at root of Gulf War syndrome
By Kelly Kennedy – Staff writer
Posted : Saturday May 26, 2007 15:59:15 EDT
As benefits administrators, officials and politicians argue the worthiness of studies on Gulf War syndrome, researchers say they have no doubts that they’ve found the root of the problem.
And they have advice for as many as 300,000 troops exposed to small doses of sarin in 1991: Don’t use bug spray, don’t smoke and don’t drink alcohol.
“Don’t do anything that would aggravate a normal, healthy body,” said Mohamed Abou-Donia, a neurobiology scientist at Duke University who conducted two studies for the Army.
Research released in early May showed that 13 soldiers exposed to small amounts of sarin gas in the 1991 Gulf War had 5 percent less white brain matter — connective tissue — than soldiers who had not been exposed. A complementary report showed that 140 soldiers who were exposed had the fine motor skills of someone 20 years older — what researchers called a “direct correlation” to exposure.
The data was the work of Roberta White, chairwoman of the Department of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health.
Her study was noteworthy because it was funded by the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, and used Pentagon data to triangulate the locations of troops who were in the path of a huge sarin plume unleashed when U.S. forces destroyed an Iraqi chemical weapons dump in Khamisiyah in March 1991. The study also used new technology to look at troops’ brains.
Of the 700,000 service members who served in Desert Storm, 100,000 have reported mysterious symptoms. Until recently, each study commissioned by the VA and Pentagon concluded the problems were caused by stress and had no physical cause.
“We’ve been asking for this for so long,” said Denise Nichols, a Gulf War veteran who spends much of her time fighting for more information. “It’s not surprising to me. It’s what I would expect.”
Nichols, like the other veterans, has heart palpitations, a cough, nose bleeds, joint aches, spine pain, twitching in her legs and leg pain. She also reacts to strong chemical smells with coughing so heavy she can’t breathe, she said.
The issue surged to the fore in a Senate hearing Wednesday as Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., asked if the VA would send out letters to veterans who may have been affected, as they did to 100,000 troops at higher risk of brain cancer because of sarin exposure.
Murray called the study a “great example” of how recent research can provide guidelines for care. It seems easy enough: If a soldier complains of Gulf War syndrome, why not check him out with an MRI?
She called the study’s findings “overwhelming,” but noted that the VA’s response, once again, was merely: “We’re going to study this.
“They were told, ‘It’s all in your head, you’re making it up.’ Now there is a study that provides a direct link. They deserve to know the answer,” Murray said.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., called the research “profound.”
“We started out by denying there was any problem,” he said. “It shows that many soldiers may have suffered brain damage.”
Dr. Gerald Cross, acting principal deputy undersecretary for health at the Veterans Health Administration, agreed with Murray that troops deserve answers.
To read the entire article: http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/05/military_sarin_gulfwar_070525w/
This is a link to the “Distinct Army and Air Force Units that were exposed to Sarin during the Gulf War. This page lists the units state by state.
How many of our Vietnam Veterans suffered and are still suffering from Agent Orange exposure— first shrugged off as psychosomatic and then the mounting evidence could no longer be ignored.
VA Must Pay Agent Orange Victims
Associated Press | July 20, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO – An appeals court chastised the Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday and ordered the agency to pay retroactive benefits to Vietnam War veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and contracted a form of leukemia.”The performance of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has contributed substantially to our sense of national shame,” the opinion from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals read.
It was not immediately known how much the department would have to pay under the order or how many veterans would be affected.
VA spokesman Phil Budahn said late Thursday that officials were reviewing the ruling, and declined further comment.
The VA agreed in 2003 to extend benefits to Vietnam vets diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, known as CLL. U.S. troops had sprayed 20 million gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicides over parts of South Vietnam and Cambodia in the 1960s and ’70s to clear dense jungle, and researchers later linked CLL to Agent Orange.
But the VA did not re-examine previous claims from veterans suffering from the ailment, nor did it pay them retroactive benefits, which was at the heart of the latest dispute.
Thursday’s opinion was on a technical matter involving whether a lower court had properly interpreted a landmark agreement in 1991 on benefits, stemming from a class-action lawsuit originally filed in 1986.
The appeals court sided with veterans groups who said the veterans were entitled to retroactive benefits.
“We would hope that this litigation will now end, that our government will now respect the legal obligations it undertook in the consent decree some 16 years ago, that obstructionist bureaucratic opposition will now cease, and that our veterans will finally receive the benefits to which they are morally and legally entitled,” Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote in the court’s opinion.
Richard Spataro, a lawyer with the National Veterans Legal Services Program, said Thursday’s ruling could finally halt years of legal battles – if the VA does not appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Spataro said if researchers link other disabilities to Agent Orange the decision will prevent the VA from denying retroactive benefits for those veterans, too.
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