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60 Dead Veterans left to rot in LA County Morgue for 18 months while Obama Gets Photo Op in Afghanistan -

60 Dead Veterans left to rot in LA County Morgue for 18 months while Obama Gets Photo Op in Afghanistan - | Veterans | Scoop.it
Nothing our president does comes as a surprise anymore, but when he uses our troops, still stationed in Afghanistan, for nothing more than a photo-op to deflect from his abysmal neglect of veterans here at home, it’s beyond shameful!
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This past Thursday, the LA County Coroner’s Office was asked why the bodies had not yet received a proper burial after a source indicated there may have been as many as 60 veterans at the morgue for the past year and a half. #Veterans #Caregiving

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Why You Should Never Pet A Service Dog - The Dodo

Why You Should Never Pet A Service Dog - The Dodo | Veterans | Scoop.it

Service Dog:  Flynn the dog does a lot to help out his 17-year-old human, Hailey Ashmore: He can open and close doors, fetch her parents and, most importantly, alert her to oncoming seizures.


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Service Dog:  But in just a moment of distraction Flynn had missed a crucial opportunity to warn Hailey about an oncoming seizure. When he did warn her, it was too late.   #Veterans #Seizure #Caregiving #Caregiver

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Traumatic Brain Injury, Symptoms, Causes and Treatment | Mediologiest

Traumatic Brain Injury, Symptoms, Causes and Treatment | Mediologiest | Veterans | Scoop.it
Traumatic brain injury, a type of acquired brain injury, usually occurs when suddenly a trauma causes damage to any part of the brain. Traumatic brain injury is
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  • Traumatic Brain Injury: The cause behind traumatic brain injury is an external force i.e. might be due to some blow on head. It will in return cause the brain to move inside the skull or it will damage some part of the skull. As a result severe damage in the brain may arises. #TBI #BrainInjury
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Former treasurer for Salem Disabled American Veterans chapter indicted for embezzlement

Former treasurer for Salem Disabled American Veterans chapter indicted for embezzlement | Veterans | Scoop.it

WDBJ7 first reported in December, multiple members of the board confronted Clem on these claims at a meeting in October. Clem, who was treasurer for more than two decades, admitted to many of the unauthorized charges and agreed to pay back around that five thousand dollar amount if the internal investigation stopped there.

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 A majority voted not only to remove Clem as treasurer but to hand over documentation to State Police to pursue criminal charges. July 17, eight months later, Clem was indicted by a Salem grand jury on four counts of embezzlement.  #Veterans #DAV #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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Group creates signs for Vets sensitive to firework displays

Group creates signs for Vets sensitive to firework displays | Veterans | Scoop.it
While you might be excited for the Fourth of July and celebrating the holiday, one group is asking residents to be thoughtful of veterans...
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A group called Military with PTSD has created yard signs to help out with the situation. The signs read "Combat veteran lives here. Please be courteous with fireworks."  #Veterans #VA #PTSD #Disability #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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Alzheimers...Prison of the Mind - A Poem Dedicated to My Dad - www.christineemoya.com:

Alzheimers...Prison of the Mind - A Poem Dedicated to My Dad - www.christineemoya.com: | Veterans | Scoop.it

"Alzheimer's Disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder in which the nerve cells of the brain are destroyed and the brain substance shrinks."



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This is dedicated to my Dad.  @ChristineeMoya - The man who raised me, loved me, fought for me and our country. He fought for us all in Vietnam and retired Major USAFR. Little did he know that the biggest battle he would fight would be within.  #Alzheimers #Dementia #Memory #Family #Veteran #Vietnam #Father #Daughter #Caregivers #Caregiving

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This is dedicated to my Dad.  @ChristineeMoya - The man who raised me, loved me, fought for me and our country. He fought for us all in Vietnam and retired Major USAFR. Little did he know that the biggest battle he would fight would be within.  #Alzheimers #Dementia #Memory #Family #Veteran #Vietnam #Father #Daughter #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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Chipotle Tosses GMOs, but Will Other Restaurants Follow?

Chipotle Tosses GMOs, but Will Other Restaurants Follow? | Veterans | Scoop.it
The national fast-food chain rid its menu of genetically-modified ingredients this week, but other restaurants might not find it as easy to go cold-turkey from the genetically engineering crops currently dominating the market.
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The Mexican-style restaurant said it was concerned about the long-term effects of GMOs for its patrons, and for that of the environment. #Health  #GMO #Chipotle

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Talk Therapy May Cut Suicide Rate Among U.S. Soldiers: Study: MedlinePlus

Talk Therapy May Cut Suicide Rate Among U.S. Soldiers: Study: MedlinePlus | Veterans | Scoop.it

 Short-term cognitive behavioral therapy can lead to fewer suicide attempts among at-risk U.S. soldiers, a new study suggests.

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"To see a 60 percent reduction in suicide attempts among at-risk active-duty soldiers after a brief intervention is truly exciting," Peterson said.  #Veterans #Soldiers #Suicide #PTSD #HealthCare  #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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Two Intense Emotions Linked to 750% Increase in Heart Attack Risk - PsyBlog

Two Intense Emotions Linked to 750% Increase in Heart Attack Risk - PsyBlog | Veterans | Scoop.it
Two intense emotions that are linked to massive increase in heart attack risk.
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The effect of an anxiety attack is even more pronounced, the study found, increasing the chances of having a heart attack by 9.5 times.  #Veterans #PTSD #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers #Anger #AnxietyAttack 

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Wes Moore: How to talk to veterans about the war - YouTube

Wes Moore joined the US Army to pay for college, but the experience became core to who he is. In this heartfelt talk, the the paratrooper and captain—who wen...
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#Veterans -  "The Other Wes Moore"—explains the shock of returning home from Afghanistan. He shares the single phrase he heard from civilians on repeat, and shows why it's just not sufficient. It's a call for all of us to ask veterans to tell their stories — and listen.  #MilitaryService #PTSD #VA #HealthCare #Caregivers #Caregiving
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Oldest Female Veteran had Pioneering Spirit

Oldest Female Veteran had Pioneering Spirit | Veterans | Scoop.it

Coffey met Obama when she visited the White House last year. In a statement Friday, the president said "it was clear that the passage of time never dampened her patriotic love of country or her pioneering spirit."

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Oldest Female Veteran:  Lucy Coffey was 108 when she died this week in Texas. Her friend, Queta Marquez, says she'd been sick for about a week. She was found dead in her San Antonio home Thursday. #Veterans #OldestFemaleVet  #Obama #SanAntonio #MilitaryService
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Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy helps resolve PTSD - United States Army

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy helps resolve PTSD - United States Army | Veterans | Scoop.it
Approximately 30 patients have been treated with positive results through the Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy, or VRET, program since it was donated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center last October by the Wounded Warrior Project.
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#Veterans - Valdovinos said he had a patient who felt like he emotionally just couldn't get past losing his best friend during a firefight in a building where they were ambushed.  #PTSD #Military #LRMC #VirtualReality 

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If Stroke Victims Cannot Receive Appropriate Care in the VHA, Who Can? » Rawls McNelis + Mitchell: Lawyers for Complex Medicine

If Stroke Victims Cannot Receive Appropriate Care in the VHA, Who Can? » Rawls McNelis + Mitchell: Lawyers for Complex Medicine | Veterans | Scoop.it
RT @RawlsMcNelis: Stroke patients not receiving proper care under #VA... http://t.co/uigVzXnmNq
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#Veterans - Strokes are a serious medical condition that must be properly managed to maximize a patient’s chances of recovering.  It is my sincere hope that no veterans suffered unnecessary harm due to the stroke treatment shortcomings at the TVHS.  #VA #VeteransAdministration #Strokes #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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VA Officials Don't Talk Vet's Recent Death - whotv.com

VA Officials Don't Talk Vet's Recent Death - whotv.com | Veterans | Scoop.it
  DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Des Moines Office of Veterans Affairs hosted a town hall meeting Monday and the talk turned to the recent death of Army veteran Richard Miles, but the VA refused to t...
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#Veterans - His family and friends say he suffered from PTSD, They say he wanted a long-term mental health evaluation at the VA, but instead, he was sent home with a prescription. #PTSD #Military #Caregivers #Caregiving #VA #VHA 

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The Power of Puppies for Mental Health

The Power of Puppies for Mental Health | Veterans | Scoop.it
A new program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill called UNC Paws is harnessing the cuteness of puppies to help improve the lives of people.
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Then the pups are brought to a women’s prison in West Virginia where they are formally trained as service dogs. Once they complete their training they are paired with a veteran suffering from PTSD.  #Veterans #PTSD #MentalHealth #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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Can We Spot Soldiers at Risk for PTSD?

Can We Spot Soldiers at Risk for PTSD? | Veterans | Scoop.it
Telltale differences in the brain and immune system before deployment may predict which soldiers are most likely to succumb later on
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By the time Adams returned home to San Diego four years later in 2012, he was drinking heavily, irritable and prone to fits of anger. He spent most of his time alone, playing video games. People told him he had changed. He ignored them. #PTSD #Veterans #VA #Caregivers #Caregiving

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Richard Griffin, VA inspector general, steps down amid controversy

Richard Griffin, VA inspector general, steps down amid controversy | Veterans | Scoop.it
The acting director of the Veterans Affairs Department’s investigative arm said Tuesday that he will step down after facing criticism from both whistleblowers and members of Congress that he has interfered in the agency’s investigations to protect VA leadership.
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He came under fire last year at the height of the VA scandal after a whistleblower alleged at least 40 veterans died while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA. When the inspector general released a report clearing the VA of any wrongdoing in those deaths, lawmakers alleged that Mr. Griffin changed the report at the request of VA leadership and the White House...  #Veterans #VeteranCare #VA #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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Cemetery worker in RI 'stole veteran's headstones to use for flooring'

Cemetery worker in RI 'stole veteran's headstones to use for flooring' | Veterans | Scoop.it
Kevin Maynard, a 59-year-old who worked at a veterans' burial ground in Exeter, reportedly admitted taking at least 150 of the granite slabs and using them for projects including a shed and two garages.
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A cemetery worker in Rhode Island is expected to admit that he stole granite headstones from the graves of U.S. veterans and used them as flooring.  #Veterans #Military #Cemetery #VeteranCare

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12 Breathtaking Photos Show What It's Really Like To Have General Anxiety Disorder

12 Breathtaking Photos Show What It's Really Like To Have General Anxiety Disorder | Veterans | Scoop.it
"Trying to explain a mental illness to someone who's never experienced it is like trying to explain color to a blind person," photographer Katie Crawford tells me. Instead of relying on words alone to convey what it feels like to suffer from general anxiety disorder and depression, which Crawford
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...she calls for greater understanding of and compassion for the 3.1% of the populationwith general anxiety disorder. #Veterans #PTSD #Caregivers #Caregiving


"There's a misconception that anxious people are antisocial, short-fused, or overdramatic," she states. "But, they're most likely processing everything around them so intensely that they can't handle a lot of questions, people, or heavy information all at once." 

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Veterans Choice Reversal Doubles Access To Non-VA Care

Veterans Choice Reversal Doubles Access To Non-VA Care | Veterans | Scoop.it
VA publicly announced a reversal of its “crow flies” Veterans Choice policy this week following public outcry after Minnesota news media called out the program. Local KARE 11 News highlighted outrageous impacts of VA’s foul up of the Veterans Choice Card Program.
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True Veterans Choice would cost taxpayers around $50 billion. So, Congress and the executive branch negotiated the initiation interpretation. This initial interpretation resulted in most veterans not being eligible for the program. #Veterans, #VA #VetransChoice #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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5 Classic Signs of Depression Most People Don't Recognise - PsyBlog

5 Classic Signs of Depression Most People Don't Recognise - PsyBlog | Veterans | Scoop.it
A hidden epidemic: research reveals many Americans are depressed without knowing it.
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This study shows an increase in symptoms most people don’t even know are connected to depression, which suggests adolescents and adults really are suffering more.” #Veterans #HealthCare #Depression #Caregivers #Caregiving

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This Rewarding Way of Seeing Your Life Can Protect Heart Health - PsyBlog

This Rewarding Way of Seeing Your Life Can Protect Heart Health - PsyBlog | Veterans | Scoop.it
This perspective has been linked to a wide range of psychological and physical benefits.
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The research found that a high sense of purpose reduced the risk of heart disease by 19%.  The risk of death by any cause was reduced by 23% in those who had a high sense of purpose.  #Veterans #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers #PTSD

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SENATOR McCAIN ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S VISIT TO PHOENIX VA TODAY

SENATOR McCAIN ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S VISIT TO PHOENIX VA TODAY | Veterans | Scoop.it

“At the roundtable with President Obama today, I questioned the Administration’s obvious foot-dragging on fully funding and implementing the VA reform law that he enacted just a few months ago, which is essential to delivering better health care to America’s veterans. I

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#Veterans - Further, of the 10,000 Arizona veterans eligible for the Choice Card, only 500 have been able to make appointments at non-VA health care facilities in over four months since the VA reform legislation was enacted. #VA #VeteransAdministration  #HealthCare #ChoiceCard #VABureaucracy  #Phoenix #MedicalCenter #CarlT.Hayden #Caregiving #Caregivers


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Fort Hood-based brigade to aid Ebola response in West Africa| The United States Army

Fort Hood-based brigade to aid Ebola response in West Africa| The United States Army | Veterans | Scoop.it
The 48th Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Brigade headquarters will deploy to Liberia to command the remaining American forces supporting the U.S. effort to contain the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
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#Veterans - As many U.S. troops return home from the Ebola mission in Liberia, the Fort Hood-based CBRN brigade will replace the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as the joint forces headquarters.  #Military #FortHood #Ebola #WestAfrica


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Fort Hood prostitution case shows military's challenges with sexual assault (+ ... - Christian Science Monitor

Fort Hood prostitution case shows military's challenges with sexual assault (+ ... - Christian Science Monitor | Veterans | Scoop.it
Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen was a sexual assault response coordinator, but Army reports show he used his job to victimize women. He received a two-year sentence in a plea deal this week.
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#Veterans - McQueen “exploited his rank and position of authority to abuse young enlisted women, but at the end of the day, he is walking away with a slap on the wrist,” says retired Col. Don Christensen, who was chief prosecutor for the Air Force.  #Military #SexualAssault #Prostitution #FortHood 

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Shelter dog helps disabled Army veteran learn to trust again

Shelter dog helps disabled Army veteran learn to trust again | Veterans | Scoop.it
Rico barely tips the scale at eight pounds, but this once homeless shelter dog is worth his weight in gold for helping a disabled Army veteran regain her trust in others.
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#Veterans - Shortly before Valentines’ Day in 2014, Venice was matched with Rico, a then four year-old Chihuahua mix, at the Texas Humane Heroes’ Killeen shelter location.  #PTSD #Military #DAV #VA #VeteransAdministration #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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