Wednesday, January 10, 2018

How much veterans news reports have you missed this week?

These are some of the stories on Google+ that you may have missed...
  Police and PTSD "like your brain getting shot"
They say it’s an illness, a disorder, cumulative stress disorder, post-traumatic distress — but it’s an actual injury, no different from being a cop and getting shot and having this disability now because of an injury. It's like your brain getting shot.” Matt Frank
Vietnam Veteran learned to love again...from dog
"He married once, twice, three times. He attributes much of the failure of the first two to post-traumatic stress disorder, a diagnosis he didn’t get until some 15 years ago. But he fathered two kids. For a man who can make the literal claim that “half of me is still in Vietnam,” no shelf seemed too high." #combatptsd
John Young, astronaut who grew up in Orlando, dies at 87
Young’s sharp wit struck a high note when asked about then-President John F. Kennedy’s plan to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth. According to a NASA story posted at the time of his retirement in 2004, Young quipped: “I thought returning safely to Earth sounded like a good idea.” Young was in NASA’s second astronaut class, chosen in 1962, along with the likes of Neil Armstrong, Pete Conrad and James Lovell. Young flew twice during the two-man Gemini missions of the mid-1960s, twice to the moon during NASA’s Apollo program, and twice more aboard the new space shuttle Columbia in the early 1980s. Orlando Sentinel
Indiana National Guard Soldier's Death Under Investigation
Indiana Guard officials said 43-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Mark Boner of Fort Wayne died early Saturday.
WWII Veteran Honor Restored and Medals Back
"Virgil Westdale was part of the most decorated battalion in military history: the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, after he was stripped of his Army Air Corps badge during the war because he was a Japanese-American. Westdale had his pilot's license taken away and was demoted to a Private in the Army."
Veterans' Group Calls on Troops to Own the 'Me Too' Movement
Long standing "efforts" have left far too many suffering and far too few being treated like a criminal for doing it to them!
"Military officials say this is because the Defense Department has its own longstanding efforts underway to educate about sexual assault and prevent it. But some veterans and critics say that, despite policy, training, and initiatives to prevent reprisal, it's still too difficult for victims of military sexual assault to speak out publicly on the issue."
Rental units set aside to help low-income veterans
"Thanks to Air Force veteran Bill Phillips and his active-duty son William Phillips, three more veterans and their families will have an affordable place to live while they get back on their feet. The Phillipses are working with Community Action of Skagit County to rent the units in their Mount Vernon four-plex to low-income veterans."
'Get ready to fight:' Veterans condemn DOJ rollback of Obama-era marijuana policy
Too many VA doctors have said they would prefer their veterans were using medical pot instead of most of the drugs they are allowed to prescribe. For this to happen goes against what doctors want to do for their patients.
"He did away with a guideline signed in 2013 during President Barack Obama’s administration by former Deputy Attorney General James Cole – and known as the Cole memo – that discouraged U.S. attorneys from prosecuting marijuana-related cases in cannabis-friendly states. In a statement, Sessions called the change a “return to the rule of law.”
Zillah memorial pays respects to city’s veterans
"The pathway on which the sentinels are positioned is reminiscent of the World War II Memorial in the nation’s capital while the black granite for the sentinel walls was inspired by the Vietnam War Memorial, Clark said."
Navy: Fallen pilot’s ‘heroic’ flying saved lives in Philippine Sea crash
"Navy Lt. Steven Combs determined an emergency landing of his transport plane on the choppy waters of the Philippine Sea was necessary as the aircraft he was piloting failed only miles from the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, according to Navy officials."
Scientists seek veterans for final act of service - CBS News
"For many soldiers who are involving themselves in this research — and many of the families who are donating their brains to this research — they're viewing this as sort of a final act of service, so that they can help the soldier coming up behind them or help the veteran who they served within Iraq or Afghanistan," says 60 Minutes producer Ashley Velie, who produced this week's piece with Alfonsi. #tbi
Gulf War veteran Frank Williams is back home for his last battle
"Now, Frank Williams is fighting brain cancer. He's stage IV. It forced him to quit his long career as a civilian graphics artist at Fort Bragg. But he may create more art so that his voice can live on. "I don't want to become forgotten," he says."
And those are just from 3 days ago. You'll have to check to see what else you missed this week.

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