Veterans Stand Down

I had the opportunity to participate (as a vendor) in a Stand Down event recently. For those of you who don’t know what it is here’s a brief description: The concept of Stand Down, as related specifically to the homeless veteran crisis, was the brainchild of two Vietnam veterans, Robert Van Keuren, and Dr. Jon … More Veterans Stand Down

PTSD and genetics

Yalies find genetic link to PTSD Excerpts: Yale researchers have discovered a strong link between genes and the likelihood that someone will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Pingxing Xie GRD ’13 and Yale School of Medicine professor Joel Gelernter ’79 found that a particular form of a gene found on chromosome 17 made some … More PTSD and genetics

VA Eligibility Letter Postmortem

VA letter addressed to my dad on November 1, 2008: “According to records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), you were stationed in the Republic of Vietnam during your military service.” The letter goes on to tell my father all about disability compensation he may be eligible for. Great! Just one problem:

Iowa Veteran Finds Himself Lost…

Here’s the link to the article: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/19/iowa-veteran-finds-himself-lost-in-vas-benefits-logjam/?test=latestnews Summary: Due to the backlog of paperwork at the VA, a 24-year-old former Marine who lost his leg in Iraq is still waiting to see if his full disability will be instated.  According to the article, ONE MILLION vets are waiting for their disability cases to be reviewed. … More Iowa Veteran Finds Himself Lost…