My father died in 1986. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer as he was a heavy smoker starting in his military years just over 18 years old. Ironically, the chemotherapy and radiation treatments he underwent worked and his cancer was in remission. Read more
Looking At The The Battle From Different Angles
Most people, especially “baby-boomers” and the generations beyond, have heard of the battle of Iwo Jima and can relate that it was primarily a Marine battle in the South Pacific in WWII and there was a famous photograph taken when they raised the American flag. Sometimes history can blur reality or lessen the blow of what really happened. Read more
Despite the swirling controversies that still haunt the nation about the Vietnam conflict, major advancements in medical services emerged from that era and are still employed today saving thousands of military and civilian lives. Call it one of the ironies of the destructive nature of war. Read more
Veterans of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) were often exposed to occupational hazards that could cause serious health issues. These health risks were similar to hazards encountered by U.S. Navy personnel, such as noise and vibration (guns, equipment and machinery), and exposure to asbestos, industrial solvents, paint, lead, radiation and PCBs. Read more
Veterans of the U.S. Coast Guard who served full-time are eligible for Veterans Administration (VA) benefits including disability compensation, health care, pensions, home loans, life insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment for veterans with service-connected disabilities; and education, training and career counseling.
For most benefits, there is no minimum length of service required if the veteran enlisted prior to September 8, 1980. On or after September 8, 1980, the veteran must have served their full enlistment period or, if less, 24 months of continuous active duty. Read more