Posts Tagged ‘veterans’
Monday, February 1st, 2010
In the first eight days of 2010, eight Army soldiers took their own lives. In 2009, the Army saw 160 confirmed or suspected suicides among their active-duty personnel. These numbers are despite the Army’s anti-suicide campaign launched in 2009. In January of 2009, 29 Army soldiers killed themselves. Conversely, there were 15 soldiers killed in combat that month.
In response to the tragedies the Army began this year with, commanders were instructed to have face-to-face contact with GIs to remind them not only of their value to the Army, but of their own self-worth. Further, all leaders were told to pay special attention to certain groups of soldiers, such as those moving installations.
While the Army has not released any concrete reasons or actions triggering this recent rash of suicides, they do believe these suicides may be linked to:
- Lengthy separations;
- Fractured relationships due to these lengthy separations; and
- A soldier’s connection to the Army.
The Army’s suicide rate has doubled since 2005 and is currently measuring at 23 soldiers out of every 100,000 taking their own lives. The current civilian rate is about 20 per 100,000. Although no specific numbers were given, and despite the first eight days of this year, the Army’s rate for suicides is far less than it was January 2009 according to a January 8th Memo.
Learn more about the current suicide crisis facing the Army.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact LaVan & Neidenberg. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.
Friday, January 22nd, 2010
For years, studies and statistics have demonstrated that a significant portion of veterans struggle with substance abuse. Sadly, substance abuse is increasingly becoming a problem for active military personnel, whose time spent in active combat predisposes them to mental-health disorders and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which in turn can lead to substance abuse.
The abuse of illicit drugs – or more commonly – prescription drugs, can certainly impact a soldier’s health and mental well-being when they leave service and seek to adjust to life as a veteran. Prescription drug abuse is particularly a risk for disabled or injured veterans and soldiers who have suffered from painful combat-related injuries.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has said that more than 7% of veterans suffered from issues related to substance abuse. This information is based upon surveys they conducted between 2004 and 2006.
Substance abuse of prescription medications can have a severely negative impact on a veterans’ life, making it difficult to find reliable employment or to support their family and themselves.
In recognition of their duty and service to their country, active-duty soldiers and veterans should be provided with adequate support to cope with and overcome drug abuse. Likewise, veterans should be given the resources needed to prevent substance abuse and drug addiction in the first place.
If you are a veteran who has been injured while serving in the U.S. military, and you have struggled with substance abuse related to your injuries, please contact the Florida veterans disability rights law firm of LaVan & Neidenberg.
Thursday, January 21st, 2010
Reduced federal funding for Veterans Administration projects could represent yet another challenge for injured and disabled veterans who rely on VA projects for financial, medical and day-to-day support.
A story in the Alabama newspaper, St. Clair Times, reports that the VA currently has a project list totaling about $400 million, but the VA has received only $100 million by Congress. This means only 38 out of 157 VA projects will receive matching grant funds.
This funding shortfall has already delayed important projects and services for disabled veterans. One such project is the opening of a new veterans’ home in Pell City, AL, which was to begin construction this year.
A spokesmen from the VA Regional Office in Montgomery, Alabama said they hope to get the necessary matching funds in 2011. The proposed veterans’ home should eventually provide more than 250 private rooms and assisted living housing.
Many disabled and wounded veterans rely on programs and funding from the VA in order to survive. These resources, such as veterans’ disability benefits, are a recognition of the valuable commitment and sacrifice that veterans have made in serving their country.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation by the VA, contact LaVan & Neidenberg. We can appeal your rating decision and fight for your rights. You are entitled to certain programs and benefits based upon your VA rating decision so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell hopes to get approval for a plan that will provide mortgage loans for qualified veterans in the state of Alaska.
The Anchorage Daily News reports that Gov. Parnell is seeking up to $800 million in state-guaranteed bonds for the established program, which helps veterans by offering a guaranteed source of housing funds.
The Veteran Affairs Department (VA) also offers several options for housing for veterans. The veteran housing programs include grants and loans in specific circumstances, such as when a veteran or service member has sustained a service-connected disability.
Injured and disabled veterans might also be interested in pursuing the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant Program, which helps qualified veterans to find and afford barrier-free housing.
Veterans also can receive help with housing by applying for a VA guaranteed loan. You must first ask for a Certificate of Eligibility and present proof of your military service.
Learn more about the established VA programs for veteran housing.
Additional housing benefits are available to disabled veterans which may be based on your disability rating. If you are a disabled veteran who is fighting the VA to receive disability compensation, contact the veterans disability rights law firm of LaVan & Neidenberg.
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
A job fair specifically designed for veterans and their spouses will be held today at the Straz Center in Tampa, Florida. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will offer a variety of opportunities for those looking to transition from active duty to civilian life.
Participants will have an opportunity to meet with potential employers from corporations, law enforcement agencies, and franchisers. Additionally, there will be representatives from veteran service agencies and veterans’ associations on hand to answer questions.
RecruitMilitary has coordinated the event and expects between 300 and 500 people to show up for it.
If you are a veteran and suffer from a physical or psychological disability, you may be eligible for VA disability compensation. Fort Lauderdale, Florida disability lawyers, LaVan & Neidenberg, represent over 5000 disability claimants. Our disability attorneys have experience with cross examining agency-appointed medical and vocational experts and take time when speaking with you about your disability claim. Call us today at 1-888-234-5758 for a FREE legal consultation. There is NO OBLIGATION to hire our firm and there are NO FEES unless one of our trained disability lawyers wins your case.
Monday, November 9th, 2009
Did you know that you may be entitled to special veterans benefits from your state?
Although most veterans benefits are granted through the federally-funded and managed Department of Veterans Affairs, most states also have a state agency that provides services and assists veterans. These services may include cash bonuses for servicemembers returning from the war, special housing benefits for disabled veterans, and vocational rehabilitation.
To find out more, you can go the VA’s website which provides links to the state veterans affairs offices. You can also look for the website for your state department of veterans affairs on a search engine by searching something like, “Montana veterans affairs office.”
If you are a disabled, homeless, or in need of special services, state veterans affairs offices may be able to provide assistance to you in addition to the benefits the VA has to offer.
Monday, November 9th, 2009
Secretary Shinseki spoke at the University of South Florida last week regarding the VA’s pilot program, “VetSuccess on Campus.” The new VA program is designed to aid veterans who are transitioning from the military to college life.
Shinseki said, “By providing on-campus benefits assistance and adjustment counseling, this Veteran-focused support program is on the leading-edge of VA’s drive to ensure Veteran-centric services to all Veterans.”
VetSuccess provides veterans at the University of South Florida with Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service and mental health counselors on campus.
Stay tuned to find out if this program is expanded to other college campuses around the country.
Friday, November 6th, 2009
The insurance company and financial services firm, USAA, has opened enrollment to all veterans who have honorably served. More than 18 million veterans and 17 million of their dependents will now qualify for services through the company.
Initially the company offered membership to officers only, but in 1996, enlisted personnel were invited to the enroll with USAA.
“We believe everyone who served honorably in the armed forces should be able to manage their financial well-being with USAA, a company committed to caring more about the unique needs of the military community than any other,” said retired Army Maj. Gen. Joe Robles, USAA’s President and CEO.
This is good news to many veterans like myself who enjoyed competitive car insurance rates through USAA while on active-duty in the Marine Corps.
Thursday, November 5th, 2009
Craigslist founder, Craig Newmark, has been selected by the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to sit on a VA panel that will review ideas to improve disability claims processing times and provide greater transparency to vets.
“Transforming VA into an organization that is veteran-centric, results-oriented and forward-looking is my top priority,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said in a press release. “Leveraging the talent, innovation and creativity of stakeholders, like Craig Newmark, is just one of the many ways VA can think outside of the box to help deliver tangible results to our nation’s veterans.”
Interesting selection by the VA. According to his bio on Wikipedia, Mr. Newmark is not a veteran. Nor, to my knowledge, does he have any experience with veterans disability claims. However, as a successful business founder and a leader in technology, Newmark may well offer insights that are fresh and relevant to the newest generation of veterans.
Read Craig Newmark’s blog on his appointment to a VA panel.