Richard McFarthing, a homeless vet living on the streets of Hollywood Boulevard. Copyright Jessica Jewell Lanier. The rain in Los Angeles today will continue into tomorrow. For here, it’s cold. In most other parts of the country it’s even colder and wetter. Most of us will spend tomorrow in warm, brightly lit places with family…

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Veterans Day commemorates the end of World War I, the war to end all wars. It’s become a day to remember all Veterans and victims of war. In America we especially honor that precious one percent of our population who have fought our longest-running wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, their brothers and sisters who served…

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I thought I knew about all the issues facing our nation’s veterans, particularly those with TBI and PTSD. Then VeteransAgainstAzheimer’s reached out to us. VeteransAgainstAlzheimer’s, part of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, is a national network of veterans and their families, military leaders, veterans service organizations, researchers, and clinicians focused on raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease as an urgent…

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When I first heard about this, I thought maybe some of these ER visits were unwarranted. But that’s not the case. The report from the VA’s Office of the Inspector General is titled, “Non-VA Emergency Care Claims Inappropriately Denied or Rejected.” Ouch. The report is the result of an investigation prompted by Congressional Rep. Tim…

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At the latest count, homelessness in Los Angeles was up over 16%. According to Steve Lopez, writing in the Los Angeles Times on June 16, the state count was twice as high. Disappointing news, especially since we’ve thrown $800 million at it and LA housed over 20,000 homeless last year. There’s plenty of frustration, explanation and…

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Nothing to be proud of—Los Angeles County has the highest percentage of homeless vets in the nation. Still. So, can somebody please explain why a successful program to take in homeless men and women veterans is being shut down? That’s right. Shut down. Vets forced out of housing and treatment. After six successful years taking…

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In September 2018, a team of five blinded veterans kayaked the Grand Canyon, a journey of 226 miles that took twelve days. Their guides, men and women, were also veterans. At least one of the blinded vets had a prosthesis. A friend sent me a link to the video, filmed by Google Maps. It’s an…

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The holidays bring a particularly busy time to our Lifeline for Vets. You might have read last month about VA problems processing benefit payments—tuition, housing, etc. The problem rose in September when vets returned to school.  By October and November it was in the national press. Here at the NVF, our Lifeline for Vets hotline…

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I hardly know where to begin. USA Today published this story on October 1st.  A radiology technician at the VA Hospital in Iowa City noticed anomalies. A patient arrived for a test, but the doctor’s order for the test had been cancelled. He began seeing cancellations for other tests—CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds. None had been…

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