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Submitted by Shad Meshad on 
Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:55

Veterans Day is next Tuesday. Our nation has seen twelve years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The war has been present, but perhaps at a safe distance for those who haven’t had someone close to them in harm’s way.  One thing is clear: it’s going to take all of us to bridge the civilian/military divide and completely reintegrate our warriors back into our society.

This reintegration is not a new process.  I’ve been working with veterans’ “coming home” since the Vietnam War. 

Submitted by Kristine on 
Tue, 11/04/2014 - 20:46
Homeless Women Vets: No Housing and Lack of Accountability
One of the places the VA is referring veteran families for transitional housing in LA is a local facility for previously incarcerated and mentally ill individuals. I have visited this place and it is seriously scary. If I had a choice of spending a week there, alone or with my child, or spending it in my car, I would pick my car too. This is unacceptable for women who served and sacrificed for their country. They deserve better.
Submitted by admin on 
Tue, 10/28/2014 - 16:23

As Veterans Day approaches, I wanted to highlight a couple of veterans’ successes by sharing stories that show the importance of vet-to-vet connection and what can happen if treatment and housing options are available to help vets rebuild their lives.  

Submitted by admin on 
Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:40

It was 1987, a little over ten years after the end of the Vietnam War, when Good Morning, Vietnam opened in theatres across America.  The actor playing Airman DJ Adrian Cronauer won a Golden Globe Award for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture”, an American Comedy Award for “Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)”, and was nominated for a “Best Actor” Academy Award.  That actor was someone very special.

Submitted by admin on 
Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:37
Treating PTSD: Maybe It’s Time for Another Look at Our Options
Figley thinks we should re-evaluate medical marijuana for use in treating trauma like PTSD, especially in the face of veterans being over-prescribed pharmaceuticals and psychotropic drugs, sometimes several at a time, and often very powerful ones, to treat the symptoms of PTSD. For the VA, a quick prescription can be an easy answer to the onslaught of returning veterans suffering from PTSD. It moves vets through the system, but at a high cost to their overall health and with a limited chance for real recovery, management and transition back into civilian life.
Submitted by Shad Meshad on 
Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:59
Losing a Hero: Remembering James Garner

You probably knew him as Maverick or Rockford. He was an icon in film and television. At the National Veterans Foundation we knew him as a supporter who was there for veterans over and over. James Garner served as an honorary board member of the NVF for many years. In 1996 we honored him as our Veteran of the Year. But he wasn’t the kind of man to make a big deal of that. I doubt that there are even a handful of people out there who knew about his support for vets.

Submitted by Shad Meshad on 
Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:17

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: a duck walks into the VA…

Sometimes exaggerating to the point of absurdity is a way to draw attention to something. And sometimes a story needs no exaggeration at all.  It’s absurd all on its own.

Submitted by Shad Meshad on 
Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:12

Everybody’s in, right?  So what’s first class medical care?  Maybe Bill Gates’s plan?   The President’s? Donald Trump’s? One of those should work for sure.

If we all agree that our vets deserve that level of care, is the next step how to pay for it?  Let’s put that on hold for a minute and back up a step.

Submitted by Shad Meshad on 
Fri, 06/06/2014 - 10:38
Making medical care more accessible is great, and the long-term goal of building new facilities and refurbishing old ones sounds great. But let’s address the real problem: the VA system as a whole, the staggering bureaucracy it’s become, and its culture of unaccountability. Just throwing money at the VA isn’t going to accomplish change. That’s been proven.
Submitted by Shad Meshad on 
Fri, 05/16/2014 - 14:17

Not that you’d want to get here, but there might be some usefulness in examining factors that might lead to 22 per day. Memorial Day, when we stop to remember and thank our veterans seems like a good time to look ahead to what we can do to prevent these suicides.