This Pets and Vets Program Is Changing Veterans' Lives

Posted in Uncategorized on August 7, 2018

This Pets and Vets Program Is Changing Veterans' Lives

Animals can heal – and when it comes to coping with service-related mental health concerns, service dogs are instrumental. One innovative pet program pairs rescue dogs with veterans who are coping with anxiety, severe depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health-related issues. The program “saves lives at both ends of the leash,” rescuing Read More »

Empathy Lab Showcases Smart Technologies to Help Disabled Veterans

Posted in Uncategorized on July 31, 2018

Empathy Lab Showcases Smart Technologies to Help Disabled Veterans

What if a veteran’s home could detect and respond to symptoms of a PTSD-related event in everyday life? What if more elements of life were connected through emerging technology to make life for disabled veterans easier and more accessible? These are questions that employees at USAA recently tackled through a 24-hour “Hackathon,” submitting ideas and Read More »

Battling PTSD and Suicide Among Female Veterans

Posted in Uncategorized on July 24, 2018

Though the risk for depression and suicide has risen among all veteran in recent years, the PTSD and suicide rate for female veterans has soared to 85% with female veterans being 250% more likely to commit suicide than their male counterparts. These staggering numbers are leading advocacy groups, the military and the U.S. Department of Veterans Read More »

VA Gives Veterans Access to Medical Images Online

Posted in Uncategorized on July 17, 2018

As the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) explores new ways to give veterans better access to their care and care records, they have announced a feature that will allow veterans to securely access their medical images online. Learn more about this new feature and how it is impacting veterans and their care. Veterans Can Now Read More »

NOAA, USPHS Veterans Now Eligible for Free VA Photo ID Cards

Posted in Uncategorized on July 10, 2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced the availability of new VA photo ID cards for all honorably discharged veterans, a move aimed at making it easier to claim veteran benefits without having to carry around important discharge documents. Many argued the previous identification system – which involved showing your DD-214 that contained personal information like Read More »

Are You Eligible to Have Your Disability Ratings Upgraded?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 3, 2018

A specific group of medically discharged veterans may be entitled to an adjustment of their disability benefits, retroactive to their medical, thanks to the Dignified Treatment of Wounded Warriors Act. The little-known act, passed a decade ago, is still under-utilized by the more than 77,000 veterans known to be eligible for a review that may Read More »

The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame Memorial: the First in the Nation

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2018

Breaking ground in September 2016, the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame Memorial recently cut their opening ribbon. The Military Veterans Hall of Fame Memorial building in Lawrence, Indiana, provides a physical space to honor inductees from every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Read more about the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame and how Read More »

Congress Allows National Cemetery Burials for "Secret War" Veterans

Posted in Uncategorized on June 19, 2018

New legislation has passed in Congress allowing “Secret War” veterans who fought in Laos during the Vietnam War to be buried in U.S. National Cemeteries, with the exception of Arlington National Cemetery. Learn more about the “Secret War,” the brave veterans that fought alongside U.S. troops in Laos and how they will be honored in Read More »

New Predictive Analysis Program Combats Veteran Suicide

Posted in Uncategorized on June 12, 2018

With suicide in the headlines, we are reminded that mental health issues and suicide can impact Americans of any background, lifestyle or social status. Studies continue to suggest, however, that male veterans are twice as likely as their civilian counterparts to die by suicide. Additionally, female veterans have a rate between two and five times higher Read More »

VA Becoming More Tech-Friendly Due to Veteran Demand

Posted in Uncategorized on June 5, 2018

As the population of veterans evolves to include more servicemen and women who grew up in the age of emerging technology, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is continuing to look for ways to become more technology-forward. The VA is rolling out a handful of technology-friendly initiatives on a regular basis, including the ability Read More »