Monthly Archives: September 2011

Johnny Get Your Textbook

U.S. Army Veteran

With a half empty bottle of cheap wine in one hand (my third of the evening) and a DVD remote in the other, I sat on the sofa—eyes glazed over—numb. Somewhere in that drunken fog the night before I promised myself I was done drinking and I intended to keep that promise.

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Retroactive Traumatic Injury Benefits, No Matter Where You Were Injured

Insurance Specialist at the Philadelphia VA Regional Office

On October 1, 2011, the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI) underwent a few changes. Now, those injured between October 7, 2001 and November 30, 2005, stateside can receive benefits.

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Raleigh National Cemetery: The End of the Road

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

Raleigh National Cemetery in North Carolina was established in 1871 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. This cemetery is a place of honor and memory designed to evoke a sense of serenity, historic sacrifice and nobility of purpose.

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PACT and Nutrition: A natural pairing

Dietitian at the Milwaukee VAMC

The Patient Aligned Care Team is sweeping the nation with innovative practice redesign, increased access to care, improvements in care management and superior care coordination for in all Veteran’s Affairs Medical Centers.

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What’s in a Name: Polytrauma and How VA Cares for Severely Injured Vets

Chief Consultant of Rehabilitation Services and the Director of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Program

Polytrauma used to describe the complex, combat-related injuries sustained in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, has shaped the way VA now cares for wounded service members.

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Younger Vets Develop Arthritis, Too

As I write this post, I can feel the consequences of war on my body. Ceramic plates and ammo burdened my shoulders and put pressure on my knees. A sprained ankle from basic training never felt the same, especially after …

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The Missing Link: National Resource Directory

U.S. Army Veteran

Today, government agencies are joining in the efforts to provide resources to the more than two million members of the Armed Forces who have deployed across the globe, the millions of Veterans from other eras, their families, and their caregivers.

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Housing Payment Difficulties? VA Can Help

Acting Director of the VA Home Loan program

In these unstable economic times, it is worth reviewing some of the protections afforded to Veterans and Servicemembers with monthly housing payments.

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Rehab on the Beach: National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic

Chris Carver had to go to the bathroom. The nurse at Walter Reed Hospital was taking too long to assist him, so he threw his legs off the side of the bed and planted his feet on the floor. Chris …

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CWT Success: The Program That Helped Change My Life

U.S. Air Force Veteran and VA employee

It’s called the CWT program, which stands for “Compensated Work Therapy,” and it helped change my life.

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