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Shooting Of Sikh Army Veteran Divides Community - NPR

Shooting Of Sikh Army Veteran Divides Community - NPR | Veterans | Scoop.it

Shooting Of Sikh Army Veteran Divides Community
The victim was a Sikh-American Army veteran. His death has roiled that community and the city of Lodi.

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The controversy started on the morning of Jan. 25. That's when Shergill's sister-in-law, Kuldeep, says she called 911 to ask the police to take the veteran to the VA hospital. #Veterans #VHA #Caregiving #PTSD

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Unacceptable work at two VA facilities is an insult to the nation’s Veterans - The Buffalo News

Unacceptable work at two VA facilities is an insult to the nation’s Veterans  - The Buffalo News | Veterans | Scoop.it

@RepChrisCollins - The nation’s veterans should never have to wonder whether facilities meant to serve them are clean and sanitary, or if they have an emotional crisis someone will pick up the suicide hotline. Yet, veterans are facing such obstacles. What an insult to people who put

their lives on hold to serve...

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@ReChrisCollins - According to Representative Chris Collins:  Our Veterans continue to be under attack. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is failing them at every turn. I have made sure to do anything and everything I can to raise awareness about the VA's troubles and demand that action be taken. Our veterans deserve better. Here is a recent editorial from the Buffalo News detailing the VA's recent failures. #Veterans #VA #VeteranCare

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Benghazi for Dummies - On September 11, 2012, a Muslim terrorist group stormed the American embassy outpost in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans were killed, including the United States Ambassador t...

Benghazi for Dummies - On September 11, 2012, a Muslim terrorist group stormed the American embassy outpost in Benghazi, Libya.  Four Americans were killed, including the United States Ambassador t... | Veterans | Scoop.it

RT @WSpelling: @PacificCove If u still center on Benghazi u r a uneducated RWNJ moron.

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#Veterans #Benghazi During the eight-hour siege, the only military asset that was afforded to the outpost in Benghazi was a loitering drone that could stream live video back to the Commander-in-chief.  A special forces team, anxious to respond, was ordered twice to “Stand down.”

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 #Veterans #Benghazi During the eight-hour siege, the only military asset that was afforded to the outpost in Benghazi was a loitering drone that could stream live video back to the Commander-in-chief.  A special forces team, anxious to respond, was ordered twice to “Stand down.”

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VA to Provide Robotic Legs to Paralyzed Vets

VA to Provide Robotic Legs to Paralyzed Vets | Veterans | Scoop.it
The Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to pay for robotic legs that could allow scores of paralyzed veterans with spinal cord injuries to walk again.
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#Veterans -  Gene Laureano, 53, is praying his application for robotic legs will go through soon. The former Army corporal remembers the day he first tried the ReWalk at New York's James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx two years ago.  "The tears came down," said Laureano, who was left paralyzed five years ago after falling off a ladder. "I hadn't spoken to somebody standing up in so long."  #VA #HealthCare #Veterans #VeteranCare #Caregivers 

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Military Dog Killed in Wyoming Receives Soldier\'s Burial

Military Dog Killed in Wyoming Receives Soldier\'s Burial | Veterans | Scoop.it

Remember the story of the military dog who was shot and killed by a bicyclist who said he was attacked. The 9-year-old Belgian Malinois who served two tours of duty in Iraq with distinction and was promoted to major when he retired from an Army special operations group was back in the news recently.

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More than 100 people attended the funeral. The cemetery service also included the military’s bugle call Taps, a 21-gun salute by the Wyoming National Guard, and a member of the Guard presented Bessler, as he wept, with an American flag, one of the most emotional moments of the day.  #Veterans #Service #Duty 

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Disabled Veteran Leave Law Only Applies to New Title 5 Feds

Disabled Veteran Leave Law Only Applies to New Title 5 Feds | Veterans | Scoop.it
OPM reminds agencies that certain wounded warriors hired on, or after Nov. 5, 2016, are eligible for 104 hours of up-front sick leave.
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The employees only would be able to use their disabled veteran leave for treatments directly related to their service and would not be able to carry over the one-time “wounded warrior leave” after the first 12 months on the job.  #Veterans #VA #Caregivers #PacificCoveCares

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Sleep Paralysis And Demons In The Bed

Sleep Paralysis And Demons In The Bed | Veterans | Scoop.it
Have you ever woken up unable to move your body? Don't worry, it's probably not demons or aliens to blame.
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“It is not uncommon for the frequency of the attacks to diminish as a direct result of learning more about the condition, presumably because the sufferer no longer feels so anxious about going to sleep and thus their sleep patterns are less disturbed.”

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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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A Doctor's Open Letter to Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan - Robyn O'Brien

A Doctor's Open Letter to Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan - Robyn O'Brien | Veterans | Scoop.it
An incredibly powerful open letter from an emergency room physician to Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan.
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In light of recent news regarding EpiPens, I would like to give you an opportunity to justify your pay increase from $2,453,456 in 2007, to $18,931,068 in 2015.  In that time, the wholesale cost of an epipen has gone from $56.64 to $317.82.  By the way, the cost of a 1 ml amp of epinephrine is $4.49. So, I give you the opportunity to justify the increase in the cost of an epipen, as well as the increase in your salary.

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Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan Show Brain Changes Related to Explosion Exposure

Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan Show Brain Changes Related to Explosion Exposure | Veterans | Scoop.it
Researchers pinpoint the cerebellum as particularly vulnerable to blast injury
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In the group of veteran participants in this study, the average number of blast exposures that were severe enough to cause acute symptoms consistent with the diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury was 20. It was more common to have been exposed to between 50 to 100 blasts than to have a single one. #Veterans #VA #VeteranCare #Caregivers #TBI

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Bacteria on the Brain

Bacteria on the Brain | Veterans | Scoop.it
A brilliant neurosurgeon offered an untested therapy to dying cancer patients. Was it innovation or overreach?
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#BrainTumorThursday - The tumor had spread to his brain stem and was shortly expected to kill him. Muizelaar cut out as much of the tumor as possible. But before he replaced the “bone flap”—the section of skull that is removed to allow access to the brain—he soaked it for an hour in a solution teeming with Enterobacter aerogenes, a common fecal bacterium.   #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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#BrainTumorThursday - Muizelaar hadn’t seen Bradley’s latest test results. Her condition had suddenly deteriorated, and new scans revealed that her tumor—a deadly type known as glioblastoma multiforme, or GBM—had returned. It had spread from the right side of her brain to the left frontal lobe, acquiring an ominous winged shape that doctors refer to as a butterfly glioma.  #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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Documentary Explores America’s Treatment Of Physically Disabled Veterans

Documentary Explores America’s Treatment Of Physically Disabled Veterans | Veterans | Scoop.it
This new film called "Debt of Honor" explores how a democracy pays the debt it owes the people it sent to war, and who is responsible for it.
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“Ever since the Vietnam War made the draft unthinkable, we have an all-volunteer army, and that means 99% of America doesn’t have any skin in the game,” Burns said.  #Veterans #VA #Caregivers #PacificCoveCares 

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VA won't fire officials who defrauded agency, pleaded Fifth

VA won't fire officials who defrauded agency, pleaded Fifth | Veterans | Scoop.it
The officials were accused of manipulating a VA program that pays for the relocation of employees.
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"Rubens and Graves clearly should have been fired. The fact that VA leaders refused to do so gives me no hope the department will do the right thing and take steps to recover the more than $400,000 taxpayer dollars Rubens and Graves fraudulently obtained."  #Veterans #VA #Caregivers #Caregiving

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307,000 veterans died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care, report says

307,000 veterans died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care, report says | Veterans | Scoop.it
Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday.
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Veterans - In one case, a veteran who applied for VA care in 1998 was placed in "pending" status for 14 years. Another veteran who passed away in 1988 was found to have an unprocessed record lingering in 2014, the investigation found.  #VA #MilitaryCare #HealthCare #Veterans #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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DebbyBruck's curator insight, September 5, 2015 12:28 AM

No human being should die in this world awaiting health care, especially veterans.  America's veterans have served our country, putting their lives, health and well being in harm's way for our protection.  Americans should not settle for less - for themselves and for the vets who have given so much for us to have the liberties we do have.  Hound your governmental agencies to do what is right for healthcare for vets and all people.  The very least we could do for them is provide the care they need to recover the parts of themselves lost in battle and defense of the American people - and provide the psychological help (if needed) to reintegrate into society with peace and dignity.  That's not really much to ask for those who sacrificed everything and who served our country. 

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No human being should die in this world awaiting health care, especially veterans.  America's veterans have served our country, putting their lives, health and well being in harm's way for our protection.  Americans should not settle for less - for themselves and for the vets who have given so much for us to have the liberties we do have.  Hound your governmental agencies to do what is right for healthcare for vets and all people.  The very least we could do for them is provide the care they need to recover the parts of themselves lost in battle and defense of the American people - and provide the psychological help (if needed) to reintegrate into society with peace and dignity.  That's not really much to ask for those who sacrificed everything and who served our country. It's not really much to ask that any human being anywhere receive the same.

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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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DebbyBruck's curator insight, September 5, 2015 12:35 AM

It is so nice to see a local news program report on the issue and facilitate changes like this for veterans healthcare.  If enough media and the people call them out and remain vigilant, who knows what changes can be made?  The sky is the limit...