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Submitted by Shad Meshad on 
Thu, 2015-05-21 10:24

We’re here again, in this spot where we look forward and back.  This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.  Fallujah comes to mind, and now Ramadi.

Both will be on the minds of veterans whose lives were changed by these wars.  Rippling out, the families and friends of these vets will also be thinking about these events. You know what happens when a stone is cast into a pool…the ripples extend out in ever-widening circles.

Submitted by admin on 
Fri, 2015-05-01 13:34

When published suicide statistics reached 22 veterans a day, Frank Spady said “Enough!”  A decorated Vietnam combat Airborne ranger, Spady realized that vets in crisis couldn’t wait for the VA or Congress  to fix the system to address their needs. The problem didn’t need more discussion, it needed action and that’s something Spady knows about.

Submitted by admin on 
Wed, 2015-04-08 12:45

So here are the characters:  a guy named Frenchy and a guy named Sneaky. Does this sound like a 1940’s film noir opening?  Let me introduce you to two unforgettable characters, both Vietnam vets.

Submitted by Shad Meshad on 
Tue, 2015-03-10 16:10

Los Angeles might be the largest urban area in the richest country of the world.  But you wouldn't know that if you were standing in downtown LA's Skid Row, seeing the sidewalks crowded with homeless, many of them veterans, many more of them mentally ill, on crutches, or in wheelchairs.

Submitted by Shad Meshad on 
Wed, 2015-03-04 10:50

It seems like the more we know about PTSD, the more there is to know.  While the term PTSD didn’t enter our language until the 1980’s, writers since Herodotus have been describing it. I’ve talked here before about the various treatments in use now, modalities that range from holistic to pharmaceutical.  One thing I didn’t mention earlier was hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, the application of pure oxygen.

Submitted by admin on 
Wed, 2015-01-28 17:53

Vietnam veterans showed us the breadth, depth and long-term ramifications of non-physical injuries—Post Traumatic Stress.  The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have brought greater awareness to the issues returning veterans face in healing both physical and emotional injury while transitioning out of the military back into society.

Submitted by Shad Meshad on 
Wed, 2015-01-07 14:58

A lyric heard in elevators, markets and malls probably since last Thanksgiving. But an impossible dream if you’re among the chronically homeless.  Statistics from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty in July of 2014, showed that over one million people were homeless, and 40% of those were U.S. military veterans.

Submitted by Shad Meshad on 
Fri, 2014-12-05 10:17
Joe Orr, WWII Veteran turns 100 this December 7th

The message came in on our website from the caretaker for a vet. Richard Miller, a Vietnam vet, wrote to us about Joe Max Orr, a Navy veteran who’ll celebrate his 100th birthday this December 7. This will be his first birthday celebration since 1941, Pearl Harbor Day.  On that day, Joe did not celebrate his birthday, but instead honored the fallen at Pearl Harbor. 

Submitted by Shad Meshad on 
Thu, 2014-11-06 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, 2014-11-04 20:46

As the Women Veterans Outreach Coordinator at the National Veterans Foundation, I work with many veterans who are struggling to reintegrate into civilian life, but one of the most challenging and frustrating aspects of my work is helping young vets who are homeless.  There are so many, and I have cannot  believe the numbers of veterans, and particularly women veterans, who are living in their cars.