VA Campaign to End Veteran Homelessness in 2015: Is It Possible?

VA Campaign to End Veteran Homelessness in 2015: Is It Possible?

The optimist would say anything is possible.  The skeptic might say it depends.  The realist would likely say it’s not possible.  The key word is “end” and possibly ending veteran homelessness would depend on the Department of Veterans Affair’s (VA’s) definition of “end.”  Does VA literally mean that there will be no veterans experiencing homelessness come 2016?  Not exactly.

Four Military Women in Congress: Does It Matter?

Four Military Women in Congress: Does It Matter?

Meet the four Congresswomen who collectively bring active duty, Reserve and Guard experience with them to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. 

Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa

Representative Tammy Duckworth, R-Illinois

Representative Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii

She’s A Veteran...One of 2+ Million

She’s A Veteran...One of 2+ Million

As we all go about the mundane business of our everyday lives, we sometimes get an unexpected jolt that stops us in our tracks and demands that we reflect.  This is exactly what happened to Air Force veteran Mary Claire Caine who served in Kuwait when she returned to her car in a “Reserved Veteran Parking” spot after grocery shopping.  A note on her windshield anonymously signed “Wounded Vet” read:

Planning Your Care in a Home Away from Home

Planning Your Care in a Home Away from Home

What do any of us have in common with Jack Nicholson’s crusty healthcare tycoon character in the 2007 hit movie “The Bucket List?”  It might not be his extravagant around-the-world adventures romp, but like him, our “do it while we can” dream lists often originate from impending health care challenges that may require care outside our homes.  Most of us will avoid anticipating the need for caretaking and more likely, we’ll expect to be the caregiver.  Yet it is known that about 15% of U.S. citizens will need to use residential and nursing home care during their lifetime.  

After-the-Uniform Advocacy: Opening Doors to Combat Sexual Violence in the Military

After-the-Uniform Advocacy: Opening Doors to Combat Sexual Violence in the Military

Soon after the 2012 release of “The Invisible War,” a documentary about sexual assault and rape in the U.S.

VA Benefits: Are You Eligible? Apply!

VA Benefits: Are You Eligible? Apply!

Each veteran’s military service is a unique experience as is their journey with the Veterans’ Administration (VA). Listening to others’ VA experiences can be helpful, but be aware that “barracks counseling” may steer you away from vital steps that could positively impact you and your family’s day-to-day life.

When Our Military Was Outed, the Truth Was Out

When Our Military Was Outed, the Truth Was Out

The blowback from the public's outrage about the unchecked pervasiveness of sexual assault and rape in our military continues with rigorous, impassioned Senate discussions this week focused on historical military justice and command reform.  Unprecedented changes are expected to make it into the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act.

U.S. Military in Korea: Prostitution and Human Trafficking Reemerge in the Media

U.S. Military in Korea: Prostitution and Human Trafficking Reemerge in the Media

It seems like we have to say out loud that condoning prostitution and human trafficking does universally impact individuals' attitudes about fellow human beings, particularly women and children, who are the most vulnerable targets of these criminal activities.

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