Monthly Archives: October 2012

Changes at Veterans for Common Sense

The Board of Veterans for Common Sense is sorry to announce the departure of Patrick Bellon as executive director of Veterans for Common Sense. Patrick will be moving on to take on bigger challenges, and we wish him the best. … Continue reading

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Veterans can find help through crisis line

By MARY WICOFF  Commercial-News, Danville, Ill. Published: October 7, 2012 DANVILLE — Veterans in crisis no longer have to keep the problem a secret — especially if it’s something life-threatening, such as thoughts of suicide. “We’re here. We’re proactive,” said Natalie … Continue reading

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House bill would speed disability payments to wounded troops

From Triblive.com By Carl Prine Published: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 5:36 p.m.Updated: Saturday, October 6, 2012 A bipartisan bill promises to speed disability payments to troops wounded in Afghanistan, but it must clear a Congress so divided that 96 percent of proposed legislation … Continue reading

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Sergeant carried his secret anguish home

From the Leaf-Chronicle by Philip Grey CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — Sgt. Justin Junkin came home from Afghanistan to his wife and infant daughter in May 2011, carrying his weapon, his gear and a bomb inside his head. The secret that he brought … Continue reading

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Veteran creates nonprofit that provides clothing to wounded

From the Baton Rouge Advocate By George Morris Badly wounded in Iraq, Lt. j.g. Jason Redman, a Navy SEAL, thought he would die, but did not. Later, he dealt with the emotions of well-meaning hospital visitors. He’s faced 37 surgeries … Continue reading

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Preventive care, doctor access improving for women veterans

From Stars and Stripes by Tom Philpott For a lot of years, women veterans felt unwelcome in Department of Veteran Affairs hospitals and clinics as if they weren’t real veterans, they complained. Reinforcing that impression was routine referrals to multiple … Continue reading

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Department of Education Gives $14.3 Million to Support Veterans in College

From US News and World Report The U.S. Department of Education recently announced in a press release that it has donated more than $14.3 million in grants to Veterans Upward Bound projects, which are designed to help former service members … Continue reading

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VCS ED on PRI’s “To the Point”

Yesterday VCS Executive Director Patrick Bellon was on Public Radio International’s “To the Point” with Warren Olney.  Also on the program were Jim Dao of the New York Times and Under Secretary for Benefits Alison Hickey. The topic was the … Continue reading

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SMA on suicide: ‘It’s okay to seek help’

SMA Chandler frankly discusses his own issues.  From usamy.mil By David Vergun  Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, tells Soldiers thinking about suicide that it’s OK to ask for help. He also discussed his own behavioral health … Continue reading

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Scores of recent Texas war veterans have died of overdoses, suicide and vehicle crashes, investigation finds

By American-Statesman Investigative Team They survived the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. But they did not survive the homecoming. A six-month American-Statesman investigation, which paints the most complete picture yet of what happened to Texas’ Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who … Continue reading

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