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New Congressional Caucus to Focus on Servicewomen, Female Vets

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

A new Congressional initiative, the House Servicewomen and Women Veterans Congressional Caucus, was launched on Capitol Hill to address long-standing issues impacting the fastest growing military cohort. They plan to focus on “growing issues facing female servicemembers and veterans today, from concerns of reports of increased sexual assaults in the ranks to more women serving in combat to health care.”

The caucus is chaired and co-chaired by women veterans.

ALS News Today (Higher Rates of ALS Amongst Military Servicemembers & Veterans)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Category: Health Care - National

This site offers past and current Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (ALS) news, inclusive of military veteran-specific news.

Research indicates that there is a higher rate of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (ALS) amongst individuals who served in the military. In 2008, laws passed making ALS a presumptive compensable illness. Through the Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans are rated at a minimum of 100% with access to other supportive benefits to assist them and their families/caregivers with the veteran’s daily care. Veteran families should expect ALS claims to be processed expeditiously. Families can benefit from assistance from veteran service organizations, particularly the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) who have extensive training in working claims for complicated illnesses.

22nd Annual Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues & Women in the Military Wreath Laying Ceremony

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

The “22nd Annual Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues Women in the Military Wreath Laying Ceremony” will be hosted at “the Women’s Memorial,” Arlington Cemetery, Washington D.C.

As information becomes available, it will be posted on this site.

ALS Awareness Month: ALS in the Military...Unexpected Consequences of Military Service

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Category: Health Care - National

On April 11, 2019, the ALS Association released a report, “ALS in the Military: Unexpected Consequences of Military Service,” including reviews of numerous studies, reports, and other evidence demonstrating the link between ALS and military service. In summary:

‘Existing evidence supports the conclusion that people who have served in the military are at a greater risk of developing ALS and dying from the disease than those with no history of military service. As outlined in this paper, study after study continues to demonstrate this to be true: If you serve in the military, regardless of the branch of service, regardless of whether you served in the Persian Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, or World War II, and regardless of whether you served during a time of peace or a time of war, you are at a greater risk of dying from ALS than if you had not served in the military. The questions we are asking today are these: Why is there a greater risk of ALS with military service? And what are we, as a nation, going to do about it?

It is the goal of The ALS Association that this paper raise awareness of the important work that so far has been done on the relationship between ALS and military service. In this effort, we hope to impress upon the Congress, the Administration and the American public the seriousness of this issue and the need to act now.’

In 2008, the VA implemented regulations to establish a “presumption of service connection” for ALS. Under the regulation, the VA presumes that ALS in military veterans was incurred or aggravated by a veteran’s service in the military. Veterans diagnosed with ALS are rated 100% disabled by the VA through an expedited claims process, understanding the fast progression of the disease and the need for medical equipment and services. The disabled veteran and their survivors are eligible for “service connected” benefits.

The month of May is “ALS Awareness Month,” providing an opportunity to better understand what is known about the disease and how to help afflicted veterans and others as well as their families. A reputable starting point is the ALS Association (http://www.alsa.org/search/search.jsp?query=ALS+Military&Image2.x=0&Image2.y=0).

News: Department of Defense

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | Category: Department of Defense - National

Current and past Department of Defense-released news is posted on this site with "word," "unit," "category," and "date" search capability.

News: U.S. National Guard

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | Category: Department of Defense - National

Current and past U.S. National Guard-released news is posted on this site with search capability.

News: Department of Veterans Affairs

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | Category: Department of Veterans Affairs - National

This link is focused on "Women Veteran" news. "VAntage Point" news is one way to keep up with some of what's happening in the Department of Veterans Affairs. At VAntage Point, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, they intend to stop "that same old way of communicating (or not communicating), toss it out the window, and be engaging not adversarial." See the VAntage "About" page. They want to provide women and men with military service, the nation's veterans, with information that will help and inform them. Their blog news includes a women veteran-focused article archive.

News: Protect Our Defenders

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | Category: Military Justice - National

The "Protect Our Defenders News Blog" posts news relative to their day-to-day work with the "women and men in uniform who have been raped or sexually assaulted by fellow service members. Protect Our Defenders seeks to fix the military training, investigation and adjudication systems related to sexual violence and harassment--systems that often re-victimize assault survivors by blaming them while failing to hold perpetrators accountable."

They work with survivors, have an in-depth understanding of military process and procedure, and respectfully work with others to promote change from within. It is their belief that "it is a human right to work and live in a safe and respectful environment and fostering this environment within the military’s ranks will make the military more effective. Whether advocating for reform, filing a legal brief, providing legal support, or coordinating peer support for survivors; each project and activity manifests POD’s core values."

Nancy Parrish, Founder & CEO, is a human rights activist, philanthropist, and investor. POD President, Don Christensen, Colonel, USAF (Ret.) served as chief prosecutor for the United States Air Force between 2010 and 2014. He served as a trial counsel, defense counsel or military judge for every year of his 23-year career in the United States Air Force. His full bio is posted on the POD site.

News: Service Women's Action Network (SWAN)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

Founded in 2007, the Service Women's Action Network's (SWAN) "goal is to ensure all service women have access to the information, tools and support they need to reach their personal and professional goals during and following their years of service." SWAN advocated for "opening all military jobs to service women, holding sex offenders accountable in the military justice system, eliminating barriers to disability claims for those who have experienced military sexual trauma, and expanding access to services for a broad range of reproductive healthcare services."

SWAN knows their "work has only just begun." Their Steering Committee includes active duty and veteran servicewomen.

News: Department of Veterans Affairs "Center for Women Veterans"

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

The "Center for Women Veterans" posts "News for Women Veterans" on the page linked below. If you are interested in receiving automatic e-mail or text messaging updates, you can subscribe at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVA/subscriber/new?qsp=USVA_1.

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