In his recent book “Tribe”, Sebastian Junger writes, “In humans, lack of social support has been found to be twice as reliable at predicting PTSD as the severity of the trauma itself… No one goes to war and returns unaffected, and these burdens do not belong to the veteran alone – they belong to all…

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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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The vote was unanimous. On August 21, the California Board of Parole Hearings voted to recommend that James “Sneaky” White’s sentence be commuted. White has served 37 years of a life sentence. If White’s name is familiar to you, it’s likely because the NVF has been advocating for him for years. Shad Meshad met White…

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The National Veterans Foundation honors the memory of Burt Reynolds (1936 – 2018). Though not a veteran himself, Reynolds was a staunch advocate for veterans. He joined our honorary board in the late nineties. Reynolds was a close friend of Charles Durning, a WWII veteran who served on Normandy Beach. Durning joined our honorary board…

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What is VASH? The Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) is run through the department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  You might be familiar with HUD’s Section 8 vouchers for low-income families. VASH is similar, but serves only qualifying veterans. Like the HUD program, there are income thresholds and other criteria to be eligible.  …

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With the replacement of David Shulkin as VA Secretary, the second largest department of our federal government (after the Department of Defense) is once again looking for new leadership. Frankly, that’s more than a little disheartening.  I can’t help thinking how damaging that must be to staff morale, and how that might impact the veterans…

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47 years of working with Veterans. I thought I’d run into every kind of challenge they face.  Then, recently I attended a cybersecurity conference in Los Angeles, with presentations by the LAPD’s cybersecurity team and others fighting identify theft. That’s where these experts hit me with the information that Veterans are twice as likely to…

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James "Sneaky" White Home for Chistmas

National Veterans Foundation President & Founder Shad Meshad has been working for decades on a pardon case here in California, the 44-year imprisonment of James “Sneaky” White, one of the most decorated chopper pilots of the Vietnam War. The Jewish News of Northern California recently published a terrific and thorough article on James White and…

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James "Sneaky" White Home for Chistmas

National Veterans Foundation President & Founder Shad Meshad has been working for decades on a pardon case here in California, the 44-year imprisonment of James “Sneaky” White, one of the most decorated chopper pilots of the Vietnam War. The Jewish News of Northern California recently published a terrific and thorough article on James White and…

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