Monthly Archives: July 2011

Debt Debate Goes On and On

U.S. Army Veteran

As the debt debate goes on, my greatest fear is that all Veterans will suffer because of the lack of action and/or compassion we are receiving from Washington.

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VA Focuses on Prevention to End Veteran Homelessness

Veteran homelessness is a critical issue: The economic downturn continues and thousands of service members leave the military every year to a tough job market. VA has recently focused its efforts on preventing homelessness–that is, helping Veterans get access to …

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Camaraderie at the County Fair

U.S. Army Veteran and middle school teacher

Our country is blessed to have such a varied group of people with one thing in common: They served their country with pride. Thank you, Veterans!

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Fastest Growing Industry in the U.S. – Solar Energy

President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association

The U.S. solar energy industry is booming. In June, the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research released the U.S. Solar Market Insight: 1st Quarter 2011 report showing that in the last three years the U.S. solar industry has gone from a start-up to a major industry that is creating well-paying jobs and growing the economy in all 50 states.

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5th National Summit on Women Veterans

“It’s not enough to just do something, but what do we need to do?” Secretary Eric Shinseki asked a room full of women Vets at the 5th National Training Summit on Women Veterans. Over 700 women Veterans, active duty women …

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Another Way to Treat PTSD

It’s difficult to find the right treatment for post-traumatic stress after its diagnosed. Experiences and intensities vary from person to person, and everyone responds differently to treatment. Many Veterans have reported, at an alarming rate, about their reliance on prescription …

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Finding Peace on the Other Side of the World

It was supposed to be a routine patrol. Two hours up a main road and back to the base on a relatively light day in a week filled with roadside bomb attacks, sniper fire, and house-to-house fighting northeast of Baghdad. …

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Overload: Finding the VA Information You Need

Our yearlong deployment to Iraq was officially over. I stood at attention with my fellow soldiers for the last time before being thrown back into the civilian world. It was finally time to shed my desert camouflage uniform. It was …

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Finding Solace in Companion Dogs

Early this spring I attended a briefing about the importance of dogs in the medical treatment, recovery, and quality of life of Veterans. Not having been around this much, I had no idea the integral role that animals, particularly dogs, …

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Beaufort National Cemetery: From Glory to Great Santini

VA Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs and Chief Financial Officer of the National Cemetery Administration

Beaufort National Cemetery is located in Beaufort County within the city of Beaufort, S.C. The cemetery is best distinguished by its unusual fan-shaped layout and the dense shade offered by majestic trees. Nineteen African-American soldiers from the Massachusetts 55th Infantry Regiment were also reinterred here on Memorial Day 1989.

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