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The Future of Veterans Aid in America

 

One of the many subjects Donald Trump has addressed in his bid for the Presidency is Veterans Aid.  In his opinion the Department of Veterans Affairs’ health-care system is badly broken and American Veterans are not getting the help they deserve.

This week the Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump campaign released some guidelines that would steer changes to American veterans aid he would implement if he wins in November.

Although the statement did not go into details, it appears that the idea is to push the VA towards privatization and even perhaps an insurance model similar to Medicare. The notion that our veterans should get the best possible aid and care is one that should be applauded and supported. But since there is no specific plan yet, right now it’s just an idea.

When Mitt Romney spoke about this idea four years ago the VA stated that they would not support it.   Ben Carson also proposed this last summer and seven different veterans groups made it very clear that they don’t agree with this approach. (Watch the Video)

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May is Military Appreciation Month and we certainly hope that whoever wins in November will express their appreciation of our military – both current and veterans – and address the backlog of American Veterans Aid.  They need to streamline the process so that every American veteran who is eligible for benefits gets helped in a timely fashion.

 

 

 

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Military Appreciaton Month

 

May is Military Appreciation Month. Here are 10 good reasons for us to appreciate our men and women currently in the military and the American Veterans who served in other times.

1. They risk their lives for our country.
2. They protect our freedom
3. They do what they believe in
4. They understand discipline, integrity and honor
5. They have courage
6. They serve in tough conditions overseas
7. They are determined and they get thing done, no matter what
8. They sacrifice a lot to serve and protect
9. They struggle with physical and mental injuries and adjustment when they come back
10. They don’t always get the help they need when they return

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Military Spouses Appreciation Day

Today is National Military Spouses Day.

President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members and declared May 23, 1984 the first Military Spouse Day with Proclamation 5184, dated April 17, 1984. The US Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger standardized the date by declaring the Friday preceding Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Day.

This year President Obama signed a proclamation  noting that military spouses “demonstrate a strength reflective of the spirit of our nation.”

The proclamation goes on to say:

Serving alongside our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, our Nation’s military families give of themselves and give up their time with their loved ones so we may live safely and freely. Few Americans fully understand the sacrifices made by those who serve in uniform, but for spouses of service members across our country, the costs of the freedom we too often take for granted are known intimately. On Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we honor the spouses of those who have left behind everything they know and love to join our Nation’s unbroken chain of patriots, and we recommit to giving military spouses the respect, dignity, and support they deserve.

A laudable sentiment. However, there are many military spouses and widows who are eligible for the Aid & Attendance benefit who are not receiving it.  Here is just one such story.

If you need help with getting your Aid & Attendance benefit visit our website http://www.americanveteransaid.com/eligibility.html

 

 

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Veterans Have the IT Skills American Companies Need

There is a lot of media coverage about unemployment, but there are in fact many job openings that American companies struggle to fill.  Vacant jobs can cost companies hundreds of dollars a day in lost profits, research shows, and ultimately the job skills gap hurts America’s economic growth.

Companies are not finding the right people to fill those jobs and it points to a skills gap particularly in the IT and technology field.  One neglected resource for recruiting top tech talent is American veterans.  Military researchers have long been on cutting edge of technology. Many vets who served overseas were building networks, installing software and handling security for communication systems.

Apart from their obvious work skills vets have other skills that they bring to the table – they know discipline and understand a chain of command.  They know how to persevere and get stuff done.

Next time you’re looking for tech talent, hire a qualified American Veteran.

 

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Top 10 Veterans Aid Complaints in America

 

 

There are now almost 20 million American veterans. A high percentage of these brave men and women need aid and assistance when they return home, but unfortunately they are not always receiving that care and attention.  According to a 2015 report, the wait for VA aid and benefits has in fact increased since the VA scandal broke.  These are the top 10 Veterans Aid complaints in America.

 American Veterans Aid

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