Category Archives: Gulf War Issues

INSPIRATIONAL VETERANS MOMENTS

Sent to me by Trooper Tombo of the Oooh-rah platoon. Great stuff. But then everything Tombo sends us is great stuff.                 This statue currently stands outside the Iraqi palace, now home to … Continue reading

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Post-9/11 veterans and a look-back to 9/11/01 and 9/11/12

I’ve been reading about younger veterans.  One nonpartisan organization, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), has released a very modest set of questions this cohort should ask candidates before the upcoming mid-term elections.  Like Vietnam veterans, this group … Continue reading

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VHA’s Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA)

If climbing into a tub to take a shower is a perilous activity, installing a low-threshold shower is a sensible preventative measure to reduce injuries as these VA before and after photos illustrate.  Clearly the cost of such alterations is prohibitive … Continue reading

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ALS, a presumptive service-connected disability

Final Rule.9/23/08. Presumption of Service Connection for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis  page 54691 Col. 3.   “The cause of ALS is unknown, but these studies indicate that there exists a statistical correlation between activities in military service and development of ALS.”  Service connection is … Continue reading

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A few recent Air Force photos

The Official photostreams of the branches of military service show tomorrow’s veterans at work today.  They are doing dangerous work, useful work, and humanitarian (also dangerous) work.  Will they find meaningful well-paying work commensurate with their experience and skills when … Continue reading

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Guinness–Coming Home

Few commercials move you as this one submitted by members Paul and Leigh.  Someone who feels he has the stoic control of his emotions may still feel the lump and remember the moment when he/she arrived back from being in … Continue reading

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PTSD AND FIREWORKS

I was contacted numerous times during the leadup to July 4th by some who suffer PTSD and asked-almost begged- to write an article about the negative effects of loud explosions on those with PTSD. The folks who wished me to … Continue reading

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VA TO EXPAND TBI INJURIES

Well, the VA finally has decided to think like an AO presumptive claim. Certain diseases travel in a herd. TBI is a compendium of many brain damaged functions in no particular order. Additionally, no one suffers from exactly the same … Continue reading

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UGLY STATISTICS ON DISABLED VETS BEING HIDDEN

This hardly surprises me. ‘Pop’ Smoke sends us this news flash which should hardly come as a surprise but does. In the early stages of World War II, this was commonplace. Roosevelt did not want America to lose heart at … Continue reading

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The big GI bill carrot, student veterans, and the shutdown

Who are these veterans? Student Veterans of America (SVA) have a few facts up on their website.  They note that 47% have families, 85% are older than 25, and 27% are female.  My DS (dear son) is in the first … Continue reading

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