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June is PTSD Awareness Month: Resources for Veterans

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 | Category: Mental Health - National

The Department of Veterans Affairs hosts the “National Center for PTSD,” a national resource for research, treatments and connections to assist individuals experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other traumatic stress. This site offers information for veterans, caregivers, family and friends.

ALS Awareness Month of May: Military/Veterans at Greater Risk of Developing ALS

Friday, May 27, 2022 | Category: Health Care - International

The ALS Association’s Defense Health Research Programs office reported:

‘The ALS Association has developed a report, “ALS in the Military: Unexpected Consequences of Military Service,” that details the numerous studies that have been conducted which have found that:

Military veterans, regardless of the branch of service, regardless of the era in which they served, and regardless of whether they served during a time of peace or a time of war, are at a greater risk of dying from ALS than if they had not served in the military. The full report is available on The ALS Association’s website, www.alsa.org/Military and includes reviews of numerous studies, reports, and other evidence demonstrating the link between ALS and military service.’

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

Friday, April 29, 2022 | 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).

National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month April 2022

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 | Category: Sexual Harassment/Assault/Trauma - International

The month of April is “National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.” Sexual assault and harassment remain systemically prevalent in many institutions, including the United States military.  Long-term prevention measures are needed to effect socio-cultural attitudinal change as well as ensure safe federal work environments where employees can report incidences without fear of reprisal and/or retaliation and receive just knowledgeable and legal representation.

This link includes extensive “Military Sexual Assault” and “Military Sexual Trauma’” references.

This ongoing campaign intends to raise public awareness about sexual violence in our nation and its prevalence within federal, state, public and private institutions and businesses and societal subcultures.

Women’s History Month

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - International

Every year in March, women’s continuing national and international contributions are studied, recognized and celebrated around the globe.

Go Red for Women: National Heart Month

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 | Category: Health Care - National

February is the national campaign month to raise awareness about women's heart health.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women with and without military service. Please click on link for more information.

American Veteran: PBS Digital Series

Monday, January 24, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - National

PBS Digital Series Quoted Description:

‘ Today, America has nearly 18 million living military veterans, from the “Greatest Generation” to men and women coming home from recent tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. They join the now-silent ranks of American veterans reaching back to our earliest conflict, the Revolutionary War.

American Veteran illuminates the veteran experience with a stunning range of voices from today and across the arc of American history.

The military is part of America’s founding story – a project to which, as George Washington put it, every citizen owed “his personal services.” In war and in peace, what veterans have done in America’s name, and how they have been treated when they return, is woven into the fabric of the American story and has had a profound impact on our nation.

For those who have served, from the beginning of the republic to the present, military service has been a transformative experience. What is that experience, and how does it change the men and women who have joined the ranks? And throughout the nation’s history, how have vets been perceived? Sometimes honored, sometimes reviled, ignored, or forgotten, veterans may re-enter civilian life to encounter a population that often has little or no knowledge of their experience.

"American Veteran" Panel Discussion and Q&A

Recorded on Nov. 10 in partnership with the Military Women's Memorial, this 60-minute virtual conversation is moderated by Army veteran Kelly Kennedy, an "American Veteran" consulting producer and award-winning journalism, and features highlights from the multi-platform initiative.’

Veterans Day 2021

Saturday, October 30, 2021 | Category: History/Heritage - National

A brief history of Veterans Day is posted on the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

News/Events: Military Women’s Memorial

Thursday, September 30, 2021 | Category: History/Heritage - National

The Military Women’s Memorial posts "News You Can Use” on their website in addition to archived news and upcoming events.

Constitution Day: September 17th Annually

Friday, September 17, 2021 | Category: Congress - National

Site excerpt:

‘Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. We encourage all Americans to observe this important day in our nation's history by attending local events in your area. Celebrate Constitution Day through activities, learning, parades and demonstrations of our Love for the United State of America and the Blessings of Freedom Our Founding Fathers secured for us.’

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