Battling the Storm Within

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Fake charity pledged to fight veteran suicide. Instead, it kept millions of dollars.


People Who Are Suicidal Don't Want to Die, They Just Want the Pain to Stop

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DoD to bar GI Bill transfer for long-serving troops

Starting next year, service members who have been in the military for more than 16 years will no longer be able to transfer GI Bill benefits to their dependents — a change to current Pentagon policy that’s garnered mixed reviews from military advocates.

The Defense Department announced today it is instituting the 16-year cap, effective in one year, and making other changes “to more closely align the transferability benefit with its purpose as a recruiting and retention incentive,” according to a statement.


You Can Get PTSD From Staying In An Emotionally Abusive Relationship

I wanted to leave, but I didn’t know how…
Stop. Just stop asking why a woman is so stupid and so weak when she stays in an abusive relationship. There’s no answer you can possibly understand.


U.S. Army Veteran Deported to Mexico After 2 Tours in Afghanistan

.S. Army veteran Miguel Perez Jr. was deported to Mexico Friday, despite having served two tours in Afghanistan that reportedly left him with post-traumatic stress disorder, CNN reports.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) escorted Perez, 39, across the US-Mexico border and handed him over to Mexican authorities after a felony drug charge prevented him from obtaining U.S. citizenship.

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The Pentagon Promised citizenship to immigrants who served.

Exposing them to deportation, a Defense Department memo shows.
The undated action memo, prepared for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis by personnel and intelligence officials at the Pentagon and obtained by The Washington Post, describes potential security threats of immigrants recruited in a program designed to award fast-tracked citizenship in exchange for urgently needed medical and language skills.


AP Report: U.S. Army is quietly discharging immigrant recruits

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.

The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more than 40 who have been discharged or whose status has become questionable, jeopardizing their futures.


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Launching DIRT THERAPY: Veterans Agriculture & Agribusiness Bootcamp Series 2018-2019

Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment is launching our NEW Program Dirt Therapy: Veterans Agriculture & Agribusiness 2018-2019 Bootcamp Series this fall.

This is a partnership between MIWVE, MIFFS-Michigan Food & Farming Systems  and MSU Extension Services

Details will be released soon... so stay tuned! ❤️✌🏾🙏🏾🇱🇷

Sgt Stephanie Shannon - Honored as Associate Fellow for PuLSE Institute

Sgt Stephanie J Shannon was chosen by Author Bankole Thompson the incoming chief analyst and executive editor of The PuLSE Institute, Detroit's first anti-poverty think tank. I will serve in a honorary role as an Associate Fellow representing the veteran population.

The Institute believes her life's work reflects their mission as the Voice of America's Anti-Poverty. Sgt. Shannon will  be submitting articles regarding how poverty impacts the veteran population that'll be widely shared in the media and discussed.

An unique opportunity to be a voice for the veteran population as a whole. 

"The curse of poverty has no justification in our age." Martin Luther King Jr.

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U.S. Senate Votes 86 to 5 to Allow Medical Marijuana for Veterans

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The full United States Senate has passed a bill that allows physicians at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend medical marijuana to veterans living in states where the medicine is legal.

The Senate voted 86 to 5 on a spending bill that includes a provision to finally allow veterans living in medical marijuana states to receive recommendations from their physicians at the VA.


BREAKING: U.S. Senate Grants Veterans the Right To Use Medical Marijuana

Under a provision included in a budget bill which funds the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through Fiscal Year 2019, U.S. government doctors will be allowed to recommend medical marijuana to veterans. The provision prevents feds from interfering with the ability of a veteran to participate in a state-approved medical marijuana program or from denying any VA services to veterans who do so.


Why are they moving up faster?: Women in the Corps are doing better than you think

Female enlisted Marines are promoting at faster rates than men — on average picking up E-6 almost a half year more quickly than male Marines, Defense ­Department data shows.

The unexpected trend is unique to the Marine Corps; a Military Times analysis of forcewide promotion data from 2016 and 2017 shows no similar gap among soldiers, sailors or airmen.
The surprising numbers indicate that the trend may start early in a Marine’s career and persists nearly until retirement.

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The 7 everyday struggles of women in the military

Being in the military means keeping up with grooming standards. Being a woman in the military means keeping up with grooming standards of the military and society. While there is a lot of press around sexual harassment and assault in the military, and it is a real problem, there are plenty of other aspects to being a female in uniform. It also means plenty of trash talk, confusion, and humorous adventures dealing with men in the line of duty.


Veteran who set himself on fire outside Georgia Capitol identified

ATLANTA - A disgruntled veteran set himself on fire in protest Tuesday outside the Georgia Capitol in downtown Atlanta, according to the Georgia State Patrol.


An Alarming Share of Americans Think Women Are Making False #MeToo Claims

The #MeToo movement is now an undeniable force in American culture—but a new poll is a reminder that not everyone thinks it’s entirely a force for good.

According to a new poll of 6,251 adults released by the Pew Research Center on Wednesday, 31% of respondents say that women making false claims about being sexually harassed or assaulted is a major problem in today’s workplace. Another 45% think baseless allegations are a minor problem.


Veterans Sustain Two Serious Defeats From Trump And The House To VA Health Care

Veterans face two separate challenges to the VA that have come to a boil this week – one from Trump, one from the Republican House.

One concerns Trump and the makeup of a commission focused on closing VA facilities.  The other concerns transferring funding of veterans’ healthcare from VA facilities to private entities.

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This Is The Military Base Water Contamination Study The White House Didn’t Want You To See

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Toxic breast milk. Contaminated umbilical cords. Testicular cancer. Organ failure.

These are just some of the side effects of the chemical compounds that have poisoned drinking and groundwater sources at dozens of military bases across the country, according to a major government study that the White House and Environmental Protection Agency sought to keep from the American public.


Veterans fear Brooklyn VA hospital may soon shut down

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Shuttered clinics and transferred doctors have veterans fearful the Brooklyn VA hospital is on its way to closing.


Veteran dies outside emergency room at Leavenworth VA hospital

A Veterans Affairs official says a Vietnam-era veteran died Wednesday outside the emergency room of the Leavenworth VA medical center.

Joseph Burks, a regional spokesman for the VA, said Michael Douglas, 69, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 4 p.m. in the parking lot outside the ER.


Trump signs $55 billion bill to give vets more healthcare options, VA overhaul and more

President Trump on Wednesday signed the VA Mission Act, a new bill that seeks to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and provide more healthcare options to veterans.

The $55 billion bill will change how the VA pays for private care, expand a VA caregiver program for pre-9/11 vets and start the process of reviewing the overall infrastructure of the VA itself.