What the VA is Doing About the Opioid Epidemic

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2017

In October 2017, President Trump officially declared the United States’ opioid crisis a “public health emergency,” a proclamation that allows for more funds to be dedicated to combating opioid abuse, hiring specialists to focus on the crisis, expanding telemedicine services for rural areas and increasing training for federally employed prescribers of painkillers. Trump also referenced Read More »

7 Great Podcasts for Veterans

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2017

If you’ve ever enjoyed listening to talk radio, or are simply looking for interesting topics you can enjoy at your leisure, you’ll be happy to know that a wide range of military podcasts – many covering veteran-specific issues and topics – are available and easily accessible from your computer or smartphone, 24-hours a day. Podcasts Read More »

5 Popular Products Invented by the U.S. Military

Posted in Uncategorized on December 19, 2017

Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, and extreme times – like those brought on by war – can yield great innovations from the minds of America’s most forward-thinking inventors. Government rations, limited supplies and the need to improve over the enemy has always driven civilians, researchers and scientists to think outside Read More »

The New Blended Retirement System and Life After the Military

Posted in Uncategorized on December 14, 2017

The Department of Defense is ramping up its recruitment and retaining efforts in the form of improved retirement plans for its active duty and reserve components, starting January 2018. In what is being labeled by DoD leadership as one of the “most significant changes to military pay and benefits in the past 70 years,” the Read More »

9 Ways to Support Veterans This Holiday Season

Posted in Uncategorized on December 12, 2017

As the giving season approaches, there’s no better time to reach out and support veterans as a sign of appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifices and service. The good news is that there are numerous opportunities to give back in your own community, and most only require your energy and time. Here are nine easy and Read More »

PTSD in Men vs. Women: What We Are Learning

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2017

While Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is commonly associated with male combat veterans, more research is being conducted to understand why women overall are twice as likely to develop PTSD than men. Early research on the topic primarily focused on studies of Vietnam veterans, but emerging information is now proving that more understanding is needed Read More »

4 Tips for Veterans Transitioning to Government Contractors

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2017

In 2016, the U.S. federal government spent more than $390 million on goods and services to support and maintain its massive infrastructure. From low-tech/no-tech goods and services that keep commissaries stocked, to super-high tech specialty skills in cyber-security, the federal government employs thousands of contractors to meet its wide range of needs. If you are Read More »

National Family Caregivers Month: Insight on Military Caregivers

Posted in Uncategorized on December 1, 2017

For the last two decades, every November has been recognized as National Family Caregivers Month, a time intended to raise awareness of caregiver issues, celebrate the efforts of caregivers, educate family caregivers on self-identification and increase support for family caregivers. Sponsored by the Caregiver Action Network, the 2017 theme for the month-long focus is "Caregiving Read More »

Changes to the Family Caregivers Program

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28, 2017

The number of U.S. service men and women seriously injured Post-9/11 is slowly changing the face of caregiving in the United States, as almost 20% of the 5.5 million “military caregivers” today are caring for younger loved ones injured in conflicts over the past 16 years. While caregivers for older veterans – an estimated 4.4 Read More »

National Day of Listening to Veterans

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24, 2017

A handful of hospitals within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical community recently began an experimental program called "My Story," that set up “interviews” with veterans receiving treatment. A volunteer writer spends about 30 minutes one-on-one with a veteran receiving treatment, then compiles the interview answers into a life story that is then included Read More »

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