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- 360,000 Veterans May Have Brain Injuries (USA Today – 3/5/09)
Pentagon officials estimated for the first time Wednesday that up to 360,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans may have suffered brain injuries. Among them are 45,000 to 90,000 veterans whose symptoms persist and warrant specialized care.
- A Guide and an Ally (New York Times – 1/17/10)
Patti's Comments: Honest and sincere story about the importance of a guide dog to a returning veteran.
- Aging Veterans Fight for Dignity (Graceful Aging.com)
Freedom carries a responsibility to serve the aging veterans who sacrificed life and limb. Brave men and women answered America’s call to duty. Now it is our time to return the favor. Please celebrate Veterans Day, November 11, 2010 with these shows. Join the fight to give Aging Veterans their deserved dignity.
Part 1 – Aging Veterans: A Fight for Deserved Dignity
Part 2 – Aging Veterans: Health & Burial Benefits
- Bill to Require Asset Transfer Rules for VA Pension Applicants Introduced Following GAO Report (Elder Law Answers – 6/8/12)
Sen. Ron Wyden has introduced legislation that would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to impose asset-transfer rules on pension applicants. The bill follows a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that found abuses among a small group of attorneys and financial planners who help veterans transfer assets in order to qualify for the VA pension benefits. In its report, the GAO recommended that Congress consider establishing look-back and penalty periods for pension claimants who transfer assets, similar to the rules for Medicaid applicants. The GAO unveiled its findings in testimony at a June 6, 2012, Senate hearing, where lawmakers also heard from a VA official, veterans advocates and a woman whose father was victimized by one of the unscrupulous “pension poachers,” as Senate aging committee chair Sen. Herb Kohl dubbed them.
- Can Virtual Worlds Provide Support to Military Amputees? (Reuters – 11/2/09)
Virtual worlds can provide military amputees with an opportunity to enhance their overall quality of life, expedite their reintegration into society, and improve their physical and mental wellness.
- Disability Employment Month: Army Helping Wounded Warriers Find Jobs (Army.mil – 10/15/09)
This month the nation observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the Army Wounded Warrior Program is focusing on efforts to help more disabled veterans find employment.
- Enabling Veterans to Care for Their Special Needs Children (The Hill's Congress Blog – 4/28/09)
Info from Rep. Bill Foster regarding Survivor Benefits, which typically can be transferred to a child. However, current law does not allow military retirees to designate Survivor Benefits to their special needs children through a “blind” special needs trust fund.
- Group Relieves Veterans of Student Loan Burdens (NPR – 7-8-10)
Despite a new, more generous GI Bill, plenty of veterans have paid for college with little or no help from the government. Because the new measure isn't retroactive, these vets are mostly digging out of college debt on their own. One group is trying to help veterans pay off their student loans and get on with their lives.
- Social Security and Department of Defense Implement New Process to Improve Efficiency for Wounded Warriors Applying for Disability Benefits (SSA Press Release 4/30/12)
The Social Security Administration and the Department of Defense (DoD) are working together to improve access to disability benefits for the nation’s Wounded Warriors, service members, veterans, and their dependents. A new nationwide project enables Social Security disability case processing sites to receive military medical records from multiple DoD facilities with a single request to a centralized DoD site. As of today, this initiative is in its first phase of nationwide expansion.
- VA Hospital Upgrades Care for Female Vets (NPR – 2/8/10)
More than 230,000 women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, but many report that when they return from war, they face another battle at home: getting the care and respect they need at VA hospitals.
- VA Report on Female Veterans Reveals Special Needs (U.S. Politics Today – 8/31/12)
A recent draft report from the Women Veterans Task Force (WVTF) of the Department of Veterans Affairs outlines the challenges of addressing disability among women veterans. The need to deal with issues unique to women vets arose because of significant changes in the culture generally and the military specifically.
- Veterans Turn to Online Strangers for Financial Help (NPR – 1/23/09)
A seriously burned veteran posted his story on the web when government compensation wasn't enough.
- Vets With Disabilities Can Qualify for Pensions, Other Benefits (Special Needs Answers – 7/19/12)
In addition to federal benefits like Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance, disabled veterans who have served our country during wartime are also entitled to a pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs.