Intel Report, February 8



This week’s wrap-up of Veterans news and resources:

  • When doctors look to predict outcomes, they rely heavily on historical data to guide them to better treatment. VA researchers in Palo Alto and elsewhere have been awash in traumatic brain injury data, and now they’re linking up with civilian hospitals to get even more depth. Check out more from The Atlantic.
  • Winter storms are battering the northeast as I write this, so please pass along this contact information to any homeless Vets you encounter, or make the call yourself to help connect them with shelter and other resources: 1-877-4-AID-VET. This is a good time to put the number in your phone, too.
  • Wondering what benefits you and your dependents may be eligible for? Check out our 2012 Federal Benefits for Veterans handbook, now available online in both English and Spanish. This comprehensive guide provides information on education, home loan, health care, and burial benefits.
  • Speaking of benefits, the folks over at the Veterans Benefits Administration asked for questions on disability compensation from their Twitter audience. Check out some of their answers.
  • Some may let a life-altering injury slow them down, but Todd Love seems to have sped up. After losing three limbs in Afghanistan, the Marine Veteran has gone skydiving, alligator wrestling, and certified as a SCUBA diver. And he’s not done yet. Take a look at his story.

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Alex Horton

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  1. Carolyn Griffor    

    U need to get a bill passed to help Korean DMZ Vet’s widows get retro accrued disability compensation just like the Nam Vet’s widows receive under Nehmer. My husband served On DMZ 68-69 and was exposed to Agent Orange. My Government covered up the fact that the DMZ used AO. They were not even allowed to get* tested* like that of the Nam Vet’s. They were *denied* access to VA hospitals for their Illness that AO caused to their bodies, unlike the Nam Vets, that always received access. I feel this is discrimination in the first degree!!! How can my Government turn their backs on the DMZ Veterans Widows??? All the claims were denied by VA, due to not proving exposure!!! How does one prove ingestion, water contamination, and breathing such toxic chemicals, while only having fatigues as their haz-mat uniforms ???? The whole Government should be ashamed of how these men were treated. 44 years, it has taken to release declassified Gov. documents to admit this information. My husband Paul had diabetes 2, ischemic heart decease, COPD, thyroid problems, and heart attack at age 35. He suffered many years with these ailments, which pushed us into poverty, at a time when his working ability should have been at his best. He also had 5 by-passes and difb/pacemaker placed into his chest, along with recommended heart transplant. I consider these men hero’s because they gave the Government a blank check for their lives only to have it turn it’s backs on them. In the end, they did give their lives, but no memorial for the Agent Orange forgotten !!! Shame on you and all those who haven’t made a wrong,*right* Have a great retirement on tax payers funds and access to hospitals that my husband never seen. I will never get to spend any *Golden Years* with Paul, for I am a Widow!!!! Don’t get me wrong I am so grateful that the Nam Widows are able to receive this benefit. This cover up about AO and the DMZ is a disgrace and should be under the protection of Nehmer .
    Sincerely, Carolyn Griffor

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