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Fellow soldiers call Bowe Bergdahl a deserter, not a hero

Fellow soldiers call Bowe Bergdahl a deserter, not a hero | Veterans | Scoop.it
Some of the veterans and soldiers who served with Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl call him a deserter whose "selfish act" ended up costing the lives of better men.
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The sense of pride expressed by officials of the Obama administration at the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not shared by many of those who served with him...#Veterans 

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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

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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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12 Most Mind-Blowing Mental Delusions and Syndromes - PsyBlog

12 Most Mind-Blowing Mental Delusions and Syndromes - PsyBlog | Veterans | Scoop.it
Alice-in-Wonderland syndrome, thought insertion, clinical lycanthropy, Paris syndrome an
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Delusions come in all shapes and sizes; from transient episodes to full-blown and incurable mental illnesses. But they all have one thing in common: being detached from reality
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The Irritating Reason That Overconfident People Get All The Breaks - PsyBlog

The Irritating Reason That Overconfident People Get All The Breaks - PsyBlog | Veterans | Scoop.it
Why does society seem to reward those who are the most overconfident?
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These overconfident individuals are probably more likely to get promoted, to become the leaders of organisations and even nations.
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Beautiful "Cure" For The Negative Thinking Neurotic - PsyBlog

Beautiful "Cure" For The Negative Thinking Neurotic - PsyBlog | Veterans | Scoop.it
How to fight the negative thinking at the heart of neuroticism.
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Love helps people who think pessimistically to approach life with more confidence and see events in a more positive light.
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Rage Disorder Linked To Common Parasite Carried By 30% of People - PsyBlog

Rage Disorder Linked To Common Parasite Carried By 30% of People - PsyBlog | Veterans | Scoop.it
Around 30% of people are thought to carry the parasite often caught from a common domestic pet.
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People with impulsive anger problems could have a parasite in their brain, a new study suggests.
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6 Purely Psychological Effects of Washing Your Hands - PsyBlog

6 Purely Psychological Effects of Washing Your Hands - PsyBlog | Veterans | Scoop.it
Wash your hands, wash your mind: recover optimism, feel less guilty, less doubtful an
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Washing your hands doesn’t just keep you healthier; it has all sorts of subtle psychological effects as well.
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New Scam Is Targeting Veterans, Authorities Say

Dallas-Hiram, GA - Criminals are trying to fool retirees into making an expensive mistake with their pension money.
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The scam involves convincing veterans to transfer their assets into a special trust account, then charging them exorbitant fees to help complete lengthy, complicated paperwork associated with the transfer.  #Veterans #Fraud #Scam
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Days Into Trump Admin, Corrupt Employees Are Already Being Fired At The VA

Hospital director canned on inauguration day, one of multiple belated VA firings this week
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Under former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald, the agency ignored years of evidence about shoddy work ethic, theft and whistleblower retaliation.
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Retired Marine: Camp Lejeune payout a good first step, but not enough

Retired Marine: Camp Lejeune payout a good first step, but not enough | Veterans | Scoop.it
Affected veterans can now submit applications for those benefits.
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The Obama administration agreed Thursday to provide disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion to veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water aboard Camp Lejeune. The VA estimates about 900,000 service members were potentially exposed between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987.
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"Hero dogs" trained to help disabled vets

"Hero dogs" trained to help disabled vets | Veterans | Scoop.it
About one quarter of America's 19 million military veterans live with a disability. Some vets who face physical or mental challenges rely on support from therapy dogs. But the animals can be hard to train and few are available. The nonprofit group "Hero Dogs" has helped more than a dozen veterans find the help they need. Chip Reid reports.
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Some vets who face physical or mental challenges rely on support from therapy dogs. But the animals can be hard to train and few are available.
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After article, contractors step up to help disabled Raymond veteran with home addition | New Hampshire

After article, contractors step up to help disabled Raymond veteran with home addition | New Hampshire | Veterans | Scoop.it
Disabled Army veteran Mike Beauregard is more optimistic than ever that he'll be able to find the right contractor to get the home addition he needs as he struggles with multiple sclerosis.
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Beauregard was unable to find a contractor willing to commit to the project, which has to be approved by the VA, but he’s been flooded with responses since the story was published. 
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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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Therapy Dogs Help Veterans Cope with PTSD

Therapy Dogs Help Veterans Cope with PTSD | Veterans | Scoop.it
A Stateline group is helping veterans who suffer from PTSD by using therapy dogs.
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When Army Veteran Steve Culver returned to the U.S. from Vietnam, he couldn't sleep. He also suffered from panic attacks and was depressed. He struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
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This Anxiety Treatment Easily Better Than Stress Management - PsyBlog

This Anxiety Treatment Easily Better Than Stress Management - PsyBlog | Veterans | Scoop.it
In comparison, a 'stress management' actually increased stress, the researchers found.
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Meditation reduces the body’s inflammatory response as well as causing a striking reduction in levels of stress hormones, new research finds.
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VA Leaves Corpse In Shower Room, VSOs Gush Over Sec McDonald?

VA Leaves Corpse In Shower Room, VSOs Gush Over Sec McDonald? | Veterans | Scoop.it
News that a veteran’s corpse was left in a shower room for nine hours linked to a cover-up as dinosaur VSOs call on Trump to keep Sec McDonald.
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The corpse was left in the room, then moved to the hallway, and later placed in a shower room for 9 hours and allowed to decompose. Once hospital supervision learned of the failure, VA employees generated false reports to whitewash the inciden
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VA Spent Billions Without Denting Doctor Hiring Problem

VA Spent Billions Without Denting Doctor Hiring Problem | Veterans | Scoop.it
An NPR investigation found that despite $2.5 billion in special funding, VA added no more doctors and other clinicians than without the extra money.
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An NPR investigation found that despite $2.5 billion in special funding, VA added no more doctors and other clinicians than without the extra money.  #Veterans #VA
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The Simple Questions That Really Help Depressed People - PsyBlog

The Simple Questions That Really Help Depressed People - PsyBlog | Veterans | Scoop.it
This therapeutic technique can really help depressed people, research finds.
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They found that more Socratic questioning led to more improvements in depressive symptoms.are your insight
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How stress impacts your heart

How stress impacts your heart | Veterans | Scoop.it
Unless you can claim Margaritaville as your permanent ZIP code, dealing with stress is a part of life. But just as calories can creep up and add extra pounds, chronic
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Periods of stress cause your muscles to tense and your pulse and blood pressure to increase, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
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Sec McDonald Lashes Out Over Negative USA TODAY Article

Sec McDonald Lashes Out Over Negative USA TODAY Article | Veterans | Scoop.it
VA Secretary Robert McDonald publicly blasted USA TODAY in a press release for publishing a series of stories exposing secret hospital ratings.
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He implicitly believes veterans should be uninformed or risk being upset if they know about the poor rating of a facility like Phoenix VA or Tomah VA, both of which have internal one-star ratings. #Veterans #VA #VeteransAdministration
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Marietta Police Department warns against scam targeting elderly veterans

Marietta Police Department warns against scam targeting elderly veterans | Veterans | Scoop.it
The Marietta Police Department is warning elderly veterans about scammers.
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Criminals are posing as attorneys and financial advisers in the scam and are trying to convince veterans to move their assets into trust accounts or invest in certain insurance products.
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Quadriplegic veteran hires other disabled vets at Long Beach restaurant

Quadriplegic veteran hires other disabled vets at Long Beach restaurant | Veterans | Scoop.it
At 4th and Olive Restaurant in Long Beach, you’ll find disabled veterans working at the bar, the kitchen and serving customers.   
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"I decided that the only way that I could really avoid disability discrimination was to start my own company and that also gave me the opportunity to hire other people that are in my position," says Daniel.
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Disabled Veterans in need of rides

Disabled Veterans in need of rides | Veterans | Scoop.it
The Allen County Chapter of Disabled American Veterans is in dire need of volunteer drivers to help transport veterans to treatment.
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The Disabled American Veterans is a organization that provides lifetime support to veterans after service, they work mostly with making sure the veterans can receive medical treatment and getting them back and forth to treatment facilities is where the volunteer drivers come in.
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Any business owner can become "The Best Boss Ever!" It is all about the metaphor you use for your company
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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.”