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.

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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.

Submitted by Shad Meshad on 
Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:44

Not the usual profile you might think of, these caregivers of wounded warriors.  Most of them are young.  Many are parenting young children while holding down full-time jobs.

Submitted by Shad Meshad on 
Tue, 03/04/2014 - 14:52

“I should have the same health care that the Senators and Congressman that sent me to war have.”

That’s what former Marine Lu Lobello said to me in an email after a harrowing experience with the VA…not filing the claim, nor proving the need, and not even the wait for benefits or medical treatment.  All that had been done.  This was something simpler.  He was moving to Las Vegas and needed his prescription mailed to the new address. One time.

Submitted by Shad Meshad on 
Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:09

In January of 2014, CNN reported that at least 19 veterans had died because of delays in diagnosis and treatment at VA hospitals.   In January of 2013 I posted a blog here about the VA’s backlog of claims and the fact that, according to The Bay Citizen, retroactive benefits had been paid to nearly 19,500 veterans who died waiting.