Battling the Storm Within

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Shulkin confirms VA will transition to commercial EHR

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Less than a month after he was confirmed as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin, M.D., said the VA is officially switching to a commercial, off-the-shelf EHR system, replacing its frequently maligned VistA software.


Shulkin made the announcement during a hearing before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs discussing the VA’s Choice Program aimed at improving community health options for veterans.


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http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/shulkin-confirms-va-will-transition-to-commercial-ehr

Sexual assault in the military is more than a political problem


Sexual assault in the military is more than a political problem

The U.S. Marine Corps is investigating allegations of an unspecified number of Marines and potentially veterans that allegedly distributed nude photos of female colleagues, and other women, as part of a social media network; these charges illuminate that sexual misconduct is still a very real problem for the U.S. military.


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http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-military/323197-sexual-assault-in-the-military-is-more-than-a-political

Nude photo sharing scandal expands throughout the military





















Defense officials are investigating an image-sharing message board, where troops from all branches of the service are crowdsourcing naked pictures of specific female service members, Military Times has learned.

“This alleged behavior is inconsistent with our values,” said Army Lt. Col. Myles Caggins, a Defense Department spokesman. 


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Documentary about women veterans to air on public television




This March, public television stations across the country will air “Soldier On: Life After Deployment,” which shares the stories of three women veterans readjusting to civilian life after being deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. 

The film follows the lives of Army National Guard veteran Lyndsey Lyons, Army veteran Amanda Tejada and Marine Corps veteran Natasha Young.


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https://www.legion.org/womenveterans/236492/documentary-about-women-veterans-air-public-television

After online photo scandal, female Marines unite to start a campaign of support



A new site called the “Female Marines United campaign” wants to raise money to support women in the Corps after hundreds of nude photos of female marines were posted to a secret Facebook group called “Marines United.”


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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/03/08/after-online-photo-scandal-female-marines-unite-to-start-a-campaign-of-support/?utm_term=.c1fc007c9308

Marines United’ Is Now Sharing Explicit Videos Of Servicewomen On Porn Sites

A Marine with II Marine Expeditionary Force locates practice targets using binoculars while conducting observation lane training at the Division Combat Skills Center aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 9, 2015, during a designated marksmanship course.


The reports of the demise of ‘Marines United’ are greatly exaggerated.

The 30,000-member Facebook group that served as ground zero for the nude photo-sharing scandal that’s rocked the Marine Corps is alive and well. Despite an ongoing investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and a harsh warning from Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller, the members of a new private Facebook group called “Marines United 2.0” (or MU2.0, apparently) have resumed uploading and sharing explicit photos of their fellow servicewomen.


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http://taskandpurpose.com/new-marines-united-facebook-nudes-porn-sites/

There Are No More Excuses For Neglecting Our Sisters-In-Arms


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When I was a young Marine on my first tour in Iraq’s Anbar province, I met then-Lance Cpl. Gabby Altamira. Not only were we both boots, we were also augmented from a different unit, so naturally we were the first ones to be “voluntold” to go on security duty when the time came. I spent a few weeks guarding an empty desert in western Iraq for a few weeks, and Altamira ended up doing something far more impactful.


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http://taskandpurpose.com/no-excuses-neglecting-sisters-arms/

VA to start offering mental health care to 'bad paper' veterans









WASHINGTON -- Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said his department will start offering mental health services for veterans with other-than-honorable dismissals as soon as possible, saying the issue is too important to wait for congressional intervention.

“We have some authorities to do that,” he told members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Tuesday night. “So many veterans are just disconnected from our system. The 20 a day committing suicide are not getting the care they need.



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http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/bad-paper-va-extending-mental-health-services

Ending Harassment Of Women In The Corps Starts With Marine Leadership

U.S. Marine Corps enlistees Emily Warren, Carlota Rolden, Dylan Kowalski and Maria Daume meet Maj. Gen. Paul Kennedy, commanding general of Marine Corps Recruiting Command, outside of the Fox News building in New York City, Aug. 17, 2016.


As a Marine vet, I love the Corps and I tend to focus on the positives aspects of service. While I was on active duty from 20022008, I never talked about harassment and assault nor spent much time contemplating the severity of the problems. The result is guilt I still carry today.


My last active-duty billet was at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. At 4th Recruit Training Battalion, I was responsible for the training and welfare of women who had just joined the Corps and were attempting to complete boot camp.


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http://taskandpurpose.com/ending-harassment-women-corps-starts-marine-leadership/

Ex-Marine Describes Violent Hazing and the Lies That Covered It Up




PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. — In Marine Corps boot camp, Thomas Weaver learned to endure punches, kicks and choking by drill instructors in the Third Recruit Training Battalion at Parris Island, S.C. When one instructor repeatedly bashed his head against a doorway, he kept quiet and acted as if it were no big deal. But what he eventually could not take was the lying that covered up the abuse.


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http://americaflashnews.com/ex-marine-describes-violent-hazing-and-the-lies-that-covered-it-up/

DoD Investigating Hundreds Of Marines For Sharing Explicit Photos Of Servicewomen On Social Media


Newly promoted corporals engage in a professional military education class during a corporal’s Indoctrination course aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.


Hundreds of Marines could face charges of misconduct for their participation in soliciting and sharing naked photos of female service members and veterans on social media. According to an investigation by Reveal News and The War Horse published March 4, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating scores of enlisted Marines for compiling thousands of naked photos of servicewomen, often surreptitiously, and distributing them through Facebook and Google Drive.


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http://taskandpurpose.com/dod-investigating-hundreds-marines-sharing-explicit-photos-servicewomen-social-media/

Rape In The Military: Sexual Abuse - VIDEO



Sexual assault programs in the U.S. Army are crippled by bureaucratic complications, such as not enough staff and investigations that taken an excessively long time, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office released Monday.


The GAO investigated sexual assault prevention and response programs in the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve — the institutions have been criticized for the way they’ve handled accusations of rape and sexual assault in the past. Victims have reportedly kept silent about instances of assault, fearing retaliation.


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http://www.ibtimes.com/

Veteran dies after medication error at Asheville VA hospital- VIDEO


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ASHEVILLE, NC (WBTV) - When Jason Powell went to the Asheville VA Medical Center in September 2012, he thought he had a bad case of the flu.
The 40-year-old father of three had recently moved to Asheville after finishing a career in the Army that spanned more than two decades.
He left the Army on terminal leave in July but his official retirement date was September 1, 2012.


Powell and his wife, Jennifer, made the trip to the VA hospital, less than a mile from their new house, before the moving truck had even arrived with their belongings.





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http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/34587692/veteran-dies-after-medication-error-at-asheville-va-hospital

VA Secretary Shulkin To Remove Rule Blocking Vets From Private Care






President Donald Trump spoke often about reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs while campaigning. He called it a disgrace. After all our veterans, have done for us to get treated so poorly.
 
He was outraged at the treatment of our veterans he saw across the country. He vowed to shake up the VA system and get our vets the care they deserve. And as with every one of his campaign promises, he’s following through.


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https://www.worldnewspolitics.com/2017/02/28/va-secretary-shulkin-remove-rule-blocking-vets-private-care/

ATTENTION VETS IN MICHIGAN!

 Make the Connection is coming to Detroit and Ann Arbor Michigan Thursday March 23 - 26th they are looking to do professionally filmed interviews with veterans willing to talk about their mental health challenges and recovery you'll receive $100 compensation if interested follow instructions in pics below! Peace and God bless  www.maketheconnection.com







Sexual Violence Might Reshape the Female Brain





Why you should care

Because sexual violence might harm the brain, even at a cellular level.
“My independence, natural joy, gentleness and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition. I became closed off, angry, self-deprecating, tired, irritable, empty.” These chilling words, penned in a letter that a woman known only as “Emily Doe” read aloud in June to her attacker, former Stanford University student Brock Turner, offer a mere glimpse into the emotional devastation left by her rape. For Doe and others among the estimated one in three women who experience sexual violence, the damage can ripple throughout a lifetime.


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http://www.ozy.com/acumen/sexual-violence-might-reshape-the-female-brain/72030

How to file a Notice of Disagreement on your VA compensation claim

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If you disagree with the decision VA made on your disability compensation claim, your first step is to formally tell VA that you disagree.

I received my rating and it’s wrong

“I received my rating and it’s wrong” is a statement our call center agents hear every day. You may think that VA shouldn’t have denied your claim, that you should have received a higher percentage, or that the effective date was wrong, but the odds are against it. That’s not to say that VA never makes a mistake, but an overwhelming majority of the time VA makes the correct decision based on the evidence available. In fact, VA’s issue-rating accuracy is 95 percent.


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http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/33909/how-to-file-a-notice-of-disagreement-on-your-va-compensation-claim/

VA Sec Shulkin Says Veterans Should Use The Private Sector If It’s Better Than VA


David Shulkin testifies before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee during his confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Veterans Affairs secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 1, 2017.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque.


Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin said Thursday that he supports veterans receiving care from the private sector if that care is superior to the care offered by the VA.
Pete Hegseth, once himself a candidate for the position of secretary of the VA, sat down with Shulkin on the show “Fox & Friends” to discuss Shulkin’s vision for the department under the new Trump administration.

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http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/23/va-sec-shulkin-says-veterans-should-use-the-private-sector-if-its-better-than-va/

Skin disease in Gulf war veterans

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Background: Gulf war veterans report more symptomatic ill‐health than other military controls, and skin disease is one of the most frequent reasons for military personnel to seek medical care.
Aim: To compare the nature and prevalence of skin disease in UK Gulf veterans with non‐Gulf veterans, and to assess whether skin disease is associated with disability.
Design: Prospective case comparison study.


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https://academic.oup.com/qjmed/article/95/10/671/1538320/Skin-disease-in-Gulf-war-veterans

Iraq, Afghan vets may have their own Agent Orange

                 Amie Muller received a chemotherapy treatment at Mayo Clinic, Thursday, June 16, 2016.
– They are known as the Agent Orange of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars: Massive open-air burn pits at U.S. military bases that billowed the toxic smoke and ash of everything from Styrofoam, metals and plastics to electrical equipment and even human body parts.
The flames were stoked with jet fuel.


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http://m.startribune.com/iraq-afghan-vets-may-have-their-own-agent-orange/383522481/

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Check out! 2016 MIWVE Conference Video- Highlights!~


Our 1st Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Conference was success!


WATCH VIDEO!!!


Our Conference Theme: “The Voice of Women Veterans”
The 4 principals: Prisms, Pathways, Platforms, Potential

Prisms:  Who are we – the different aspects and facets of who women veterans are.

Pathways: How do we navigate through to achieve a better quality of life through empowerment, education, support and resources.

Platforms:  Opportunities available entrepreneurship, gainful employment and more.


Potential:  Leveraging our military experience, skills and education in order to be effective leaders.  

Saturday, November 19, 2016 – 8:00 – 4:00 pm
International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit Inc.                             
111 E. Kirby Detroit MI 48202

Our Mistress of Ceremony and Panel Moderator was the Honorable Judge Denise Langford Morris.
Our Keynote Speaker was the Honorable Judge Shannon A. Holmes – 36th District Court - Women veteran former JAG officer.
1st Panel Discussion – Women Veterans- Michigan women veterans that are active and visible in the community and advocate for women vets and hold a leadership position.
 2nd Panel Discussion –Politicians Panel -Senator Vincent Gregory.
3rd Panel Discussion - Veteran Service Organizations
4th Panel Discussion – Community Veteran Service Organizations
Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment a 501c3 non-profit faith based organization that empowers women veterans and their families in the 8- Dimensions of Wellness.

For more information visit: www.empowermiwomenvets.com


WATCH VIDEO ON YOUTUBE!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I96zj7qD1Fs&feature=youtu.be

SPECIAL REPORT: Female vets with PTSD- VIDEO

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Post traumatic stress disorder in veterans comes in many forms, whether it stems from combat missions,  sexual trauma, feeling alone or worrying about family. Now more and more women are showing signs of the disorder In fact, 20 percent of female vets have been formally diagnosed.


"I'm not crazy, but PTSD is not something you can just wake up from in an instant," said Kathy Harrington. Military life is all Kathy knew


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http://www.newswest9.com/story/34496511/special-report-female-vets-with-ptsd

This Is How To Respond To A Veteran Contemplating Suicide







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GI Jane Needs a Place to Sleep




Every other year around this time, including this year, volunteers fan out across their communities on a single night, attempting to count the homeless. As part of that count, they also attempt to eyeball who’s a homeless veteran. Later, this count is put together with a tabulation of how many people pass through services geared to the homeless in a year, like shelters, to get a federal estimate of both how many homeless there are across America, and also how many veterans are homeless.


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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/587d14dce4b077a19d181007?timestamp=1485927785845

Women Marines celebrate 74 years of service Feb. 13






The Marine Corps has been in existence for more than two centuries, but women have only been able to wear the eagle, globe and anchor for the last seven decades.


The Women Marine Association, Tarheel Chapter, NC1 will celebrate 74 years of women Marines 11 a.m. Saturday at Logan’s Roadhouse.
Chapter President Shirley John said celebrating the anniversary is important to remember where women succeeded in the Marine Corps in the last 70 plus years.


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http://www.jdnews.com/news/20170210/women-marines-celebrate-74-years-of-service-feb-13?utm_content=buffercdeb4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Women Veterans — ‘Sisters Under the Skin’ — Share Experiences During VA Gatherings




Hartford — When Gail Fancher recently met Tish Hutchins, their conversation naturally turned to one thing they had in common: military service. In fact, both had served in the Air Force, albeit during different eras — Fancher from 1984 to 2016, and Hutchins from 1950 to 1972.


“I understand you are Air Force, too,” Fancher, a Hartland resident, said by way of introduction, asking what type of work Hutchins did in the service.


Hutchins, a Charlestown resident, said she was a computer analyst. She then asked Fancher if she had served as a nurse.


“I went in as a nurse and went to medical school to become a doctor,” she said.


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http://www.vnews.com/Women-Veterans-1126377

Clinical trial using marijuana to treat PTSD in veterans gets underway

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The first participant in a clinical trial designed to evaluate the effectiveness of smoking marijuana to treat PTSD in veterans was given cannabis on Monday, according to the organization conducting the study.

The study is the first such trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of using marijuana to manage symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder in U.S. veterans, officials with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies said in a release on Tuesday.


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https://www.armytimes.com/articles/clinical-trial-using-marijuana-to-treat-ptsd-in-veterans-gets-underway

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

What Happens When a Rape Goes Unreported





I was a cadet at the Air Force Academy when one day at lunch the nine men with whom I shared a table started discussing sexual assault. It was February 2003, and seven current and former Air Force Academy cadets had just appeared on “20/20,” shocking the country with their stories of having been raped and then punished for reporting the rapes.


The senior cadet at the table asked, “What do you think of those whores who are tarnishing our academy?” The first-year across from me answered, “Sir, I think a woman who gets herself raped isn’t strong enough to defend herself, let alone the country, and shouldn’t be in the military.”
“Couldn’t agree more,” the senior cadet said.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/04/opinion/sunday/what-happens-when-a-rape-goes-unreported.html?_r=0

Survey: Women troops feel undervalued and unappreciated




Female troops and veterans want the public to know their military service is much more than just discussion of sexual assault in the ranks, according to a new survey released Monday.

Almost three in four women in the new Service Women’s Action Network survey said they do not believe their military service is understood or valued among the general public, and only 24 percent said they think military leadership does enough to publicize their work.

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http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/swan-survey-women-troops-vets

Former soldiers with service-connected sexual trauma can apply for discharge upgrades



Thanks to a provision in this year's National Defense Authorization Act, soldiers who were forced to leave the Army due to discipline issues following sexual assault or harassment are now able to request honorable discharges if they can provide medical proof.

In much the same way the Army has been allowing soldiers as far back as Vietnam to have their post-traumatic stress recognized in their records, former soldiers can bring medical documentation from the VA or a civilian doctor to the Board for Correction of Military Records if they received a less than honorable discharge and believe their trauma contributed to their dismissal.


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https://www.armytimes.com/articles/former-soldiers-with-service-connected-sexual-trauma-can-apply-for-discharge-upgrades

VA Changes Gulf War Veterans Need to Know


There have been some changes to the eligibility and claims period for Gulf War Veterans concerning presumptive illnesses. Because of the mystery of the illnesses Gulf War Veterans have experienced, the rules seem to be ever changing, and we expect that to possibly continue into the future. Studies on the illnesses many Gulf War Veterans experienced continue to be conducted to find causes, treatment, and But for now, here are the changes that Veterans should know about when it comes to filing for a Gulf War related presumptive illness.
Change in Eligibility:


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https://www.hillandponton.com/changes-va-gulf-war-veterans-need-know/

Military Sexual Trauma On The Rise In US Military-VIDEO







Female US Military soldiers are now in record numbers are getting treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) After being sexually assaulted by male US soldiers.




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https://www.ptsd-forum.net/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/video-post-traumatic-stress-disorder/military-sexual-trauma-on-the-rise-in-us-military/

Report says troops wouldn’t recommend military service to their own kids

                            
Spc. Yemima Tarber, a communications specialist with Charlie Company, 326th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, extended her commitment to the Army during a reenlistment ceremony that was presided over by her mother, Capt. Lisa Campbell, Alpha Company, 71st Transportation Battalion, Fort Lee, Va
Spc. Yemima Tarber extended her commitment to the Army during a reenlistment ceremony that was presided over by her mother, Capt. Lisa Campbell at Fort Lee, Va. A new survey by military advocacy group Blue Star Families says most service members with multiple deployments wouldn’t want their kids to go through the same hardship. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class John Brown)

A new report from military family support organization Blue Star Families shows more than half of service members would not recommend military service to their own children. Additionally, slightly less than half of the respondents would not recommend it to other young adults who aren’t related to them.


Blue Star Families has compiled the so called “Annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey” reports since 2009, which are widely used by government officials from the White House, Congress, the Department of Defense, and state and local officials to help understand the unique needs and challenges of military families. Data collected from the annual survey often impacts legislation.


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http://www.wearethemighty.com/articles/report-says-troops-wont-recommend-military-to-their-own-kids

Its not PTSD but it can be just as dangerous


Combating Moral Injury- For some veterans, guilt and shame can linger years after combat — and it’s not PTSD.

Aaron Throckmorton decided to join the military the day the Twin Towers fell. A standout high school linebacker at Midland Lee (of Friday Night Lights fame), Throckmorton quit his team that very afternoon. He doubled up on his schoolwork so he could finish early and become a Marine. There were military men in his family. His grandfather served during the Korean War, and an uncle was a “river rat” in Vietnam. But Throckmorton didn’t know much about their experiences.
“I never really asked,” he told me. No, it wasn’t because of his family’s pedigree that he was enlisting. He had watched the second plane hit the towers and felt “it was my duty to go and take care of those who had done it.”


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https://www.texasobserver.org/combating-moral-injury/

Veterans Talk About Why They Joined The Women’s March In DC






Task & Purpose interviewed veterans who attended The Women’s March on Washington to find out why they sympathize with the movement’s message.

On Jan 21., the day after the presidential inauguration, hundreds of thousands of people from across the country poured into the nation’s capital to participate in The Women’s March on Washington, a protest against the Trump administration that inundated the streets of D.C. with a sea of protest signs and pink hats. Task & Purpose spoke with a group of veterans who participated in the event. All had come to stand in solidarity with the movement and its call for universal rights and equality, which march participants believe are now under threat by the new administration. Of course, each had his or her own personal motivations for marching, too. Here’s a lightly edited version of what they had to say.  


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http://taskandpurpose.com/veterans-talk-about-why-they-joined-the-womens-march-in-dc/

Bankole: Gov. Snyder can’t turn his back on Flint


      

I expected the governor to match his words about repairing the damage done in Flint with action.
But in his 2017 State of the State address Gov. Rick Snyder failed the basic test of any leader: that is to give a status report — whether good or bad — on a growing problem on your watch so that others can determine if you have done enough or need to do more.


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http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/bankole-thompson/2017/01/22/bankole-flint/96928588/

VA by the numbers: Has the department made progress?

    

If Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Health Dr. David Shulkin is confirmed as the next VA Secretary, he’ll take on a broader profile than just the medical aspects of the department.

Here’s a look at some key facts and figures on where the department stands today, based on current officials’ own statistics and assessments of operations since current VA Secretary Bob McDonald took office in August 2014. 


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http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/va-numbers-obama-trump-new-administration


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9 Warning Signs You’re In An Emotionally Abusive Relationship

9 Warning Signs You’re In An Emotionally Abusive Relationship


While defining physical abuse is fairly straightforward, fewer people are sure what constitutes an emotionally abusive relationship. As such, you might find yourself feeling deeply unhappy and unsettled, but might delay leaving or getting help because you never quite know whether your partner is wronging you on some level.

Look out for the ten warning signs below that you’re in an emotionally abusive relationship, and consider the advice at the end of the article if you want help fighting such a toxic dynamic.




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The Invisible Veterans

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Women are the fastest growing veteran population, with 2.2 million women veterans representing every branch of the military living nationwide, a number that is expected to double over the next ten years. That’s ten percent of the current veteran population. But as more women veterans return to civilian life, many are facing new battles at home.


According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, one in four women seen at a VA health facility reports experiencing military sexual trauma while in service. Women veterans are the fastest growing segment of the homeless veteran population. One in five women veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. One-third of women Veterans experience intimate partner violence, an increase from the already astounding number of one in four among civilian women. The rate of suicide is 2.5 times higher among female veterans when compared to civilian adult females.


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http://ameriforce.net/the-invisible-veterans/


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www.empowermiwomenvets.com

Saturday, January 14, 2017

U.S. agrees to pay billions of dollars to Marines affected by toxic water




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WASHINGTON — After years of waiting, veterans who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina may now be able to receive a portion of government disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion.

Beginning in March, the cash payouts from the Department of Veterans Affairs may supplement VA health care already being provided to eligible veterans stationed at the Marine base for at least 30 cumulative days between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987. Veterans will have to submit evidence of their diagnoses and service information. 


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https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/articles/us-agrees-to-pay-billions-to-marines-affected-by-toxic-water?fb_action_ids=10208252659699612&fb_action_types=og.comments

No Pushback on Plan to Arrest General Kevin P. Byrnes- Justice for Lavena Johnson



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No Pushback on Plan to Arrest General Kevin P. Byrnes
By Donald V. Watkins
©Copyrighted and Published (via Facebook) on March 1, 2016
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Something strange but positive is happening in the murder case of Pfc LaVena Johnson. On February 14, 2016, we publicly named former four-star Army general Kevin P. Byrnes, a Huntsville, Alabama resident, as the person who murdered Private Johnson. On February 28, 2016, we announced our plan to effectuate a citizen’s arrest of General Byrnes using the arrest powers codified in Section 15-10-17 of the Alabama Code. After his arrest, Byrnes will be delivered to a U.S. magistrate in Birmingham, Alabama, as required by the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act of 2000.


Since we made these two announcements, there has been absolutely no pushback from the Pentagon or any federal law enforcement officials on our plan to arrest General Byrnes. Back-channel communications in Washington suggest that the current Pentagon leadership wants General Byrnes arrested and held accountable for the murder of Private Johnson. However, they do not want to initiate criminal proceedings themselves. The arrest will be used as a triggering event for the Pentagon to reopen its 2005 investigation into Private Johnson’s death.

The murder of Private Johnson and subsequent cover-up by the Pentagon occurred on the watch of President George Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. There is no longer any perceived strategic value or vested interest in the Pentagon carrying out a cover-up of Private Johnson’s murder for the purpose of protecting General Byrnes.


Rumsfeld fired Byrnes as an Army general on August 8, 2005. His close military friends are no longer in positions of power and influence. Byrnes, who now works as a top executive at Raytheon, is presently viewed by the Pentagon as a "liability".


Interestingly, General Byrnes has not demanded a retraction of our designation of him as Private Johnson’s murderer. In Alabama, “truth” is a complete defense to any defamation of character legal action. No such action has been threatened, and such is not likely to occur in the future.
Our arrest team has been assembled and is making detailed plans for General Byrnes’ arrest. He will not be arrested at his home or place of work. Byrnes’ arrest will be effectuated in a professional manner and in accordance with state and federal laws.
Stay tuned….

US troops enter Poland, 1st deployment at Russia’s doorstep- VIDEO

BRUCKE-LEHNIN, Germany – Soldiers assigned to 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colorado stage their military vehicles before beginning their third day of their convoy to Poland for their nine-month deployment training along side multinational partners, Jan. 11. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Tarr)


troops enter Poland, 1st deployment at Russia's doorstep
US troops enter Poland, 1st deployment at Russia's doorstep



WARSAW, Poland (AP) — American soldiers rolled into Poland on Thursday, fulfilling a dream some Poles have had since the fall of communism in 1989 to have U.S. troops on their soil as a deterrent against Russia.


Some people waved and held up American flags as U.S. troops in tanks and other vehicles crossed into southwestern Poland from Germany and headed toward the town of Zagan, where they will be based. Poland’s prime minister and defense minister will welcome them in an official ceremony Saturday.


“This is the fulfilment of a dream,” said Michal Baranowski, director of the German Marshall Fund think tank in Warsaw. “And this is not just a symbolic presence but one with a real capability.”




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http://popularmilitary.com/us-troops-enter-poland-1st-deployment-russias-doorstep/

5 Things No One Tells You About Getting Out Of The Military

Soldiers of the 144th Military Police Company, 210th MP Battalion, 177th MP Brigade, Michigan National Guard, road march across a foot bridge in McCurdy Park as part of the Blackhats' Last Charge through Corunna, Mich., May 7, 2016.


In interviews with dozens of veterans, the author found 5 things that kept coming up about transitioning from the military to a civilian career.


When I decided to leave the Navy, I had no idea what I’d do. When I decided to seek an MBA, my thought process was as simple as:


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http://taskandpurpose.com/5-things-veterans-dont-know-getting-civilian-job/

Millions More Vets to Be Able to Shop at Exchanges Online



Edwards AFB Exchange. (U.S. Air Force Photo)


Military Update: After two years of study and debate, the Department of Defense has made a policy change, effective next November, to allow 16 million honorably discharged veterans to shop online for discounted military exchange products.


Peter K. Levine, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, signed a memorandum Wednesday announcing the benefit expansion, effective Veterans’ Day Nov. 11, and giving Congress the required 30 days’ notice before actions begin to implement the plan.


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http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2017/01/millions-more-vets-to-be-able-to-shop-at-exchanges-online/

What Everyone Should Know Before Joining the Military

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You’ve probably heard the ads and the recruiter’s sales pitch. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? All advertising does. But if military life doesn’t live up to the advertising, you can’t bring your enlistment agreement back to the recruiter for a refund. You are obligated to the military for a total of eight years, including time in the Reserves when you could be recalled.




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http://winningthepeace.org/

Gulf War Veterans Still Fighting Serious Health Problems

The veterans of the victorious 1990-91 campaign against Iraq suffer from the mysterious Gulf War Illness, and are getting little medical assistance.
Gulf war soldier
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Persian Gulf War.
It was fought in late 1990 through early 1991 by a U.S.-led coalition of 34 countries against Iraq in response to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait.


It also was the first U.S. war to be waged after the advent of the 24-hour cable television news cycle.


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http://www.healthline.com/health-news/gulf-war-veterans-still-fighting-serious-health-problems

The number-one disability among vets isn’t PTSD. And it’s getting worse every year.





William Milzarski was 40 years old when he ​finished his infantry training. His two sons had enlisted, and he felt a midlife crisis coming on. “It was either enlist, or buy a red convertible,” he says. Shipped off to Afghanistan, Lt. Milzarski led his platoon into 244 combat missions, until a bullet ricocheted off a rock during a firefight and hit him in the face. He stayed with his troops, wounded and bloody, until the battle was over. Then, seven months later, he rotated home.


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https://newrepublic.com/article/135754/full-metal-racket

Trump considering 'public-private option' for VA reform


Trump is also weighing the creation of an advisory committee on VA reform. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)


President-elect Trump is considering a "public-private option" at the Department of Veterans Affairs that would allow all veterans to choose whether they want to receive care from the VA or from private doctors.


"We think we have to have kind of a ... public-private option, because some vets love the VA ... some vets want to go to the VA," a transition official told reporters at Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday.

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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-considering-public-private-option-for-va-reform/article/2610502

Healing through the Arts Event- Sat. March 18th 2017 12 to 4pm


SAVE THE DATE: Saturday March 18, 2017 from 12 to 4 pm at the Peace & Art Gallery Join us for the Healing through the Arts - Art Therapy and Writer's Workshop. We will be working on artistic work that will be published in the next Our Voice United Women Veteran Anthology Book






 REGISTRATION is open for more info www.empowermiwomenvets.com
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healing-through-the-arts-veterans-art-therapy-and-writers-workshop-tickets-29424055141

Treating Women For Post-traumatic Stress Disorder





Treating Women For Post-traumatic Stress Disorder



Once considered a problem limited to active duty male military service members and veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder is regularly diagnosed in female service members and veterans who most often suffer the condition because of sexual assault while serving in the military.
















































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