Recent news regarding legislation and regulatory actions affecting veterans and people with disabilities.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has agreed to provide disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion to veterans who had been exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
The decision was quietly made public Thursday with a notice in the Federal Register, the government’s official journal.
Beginning in March, the cash payouts from the Department of Veterans Affairs may supplement VA health care already being provided to eligible veterans stationed at the Marine base for at least 30 days cumulative between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987. Veterans will have to submit evidence of their diagnosis and service information.
The NWPVA Christmas Party was held at the Seattle Veterans Hospital in the SCI/D Unit on December 21, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. There was a good turnout that included Santa Claus and even an appearance by the future National Paralyzed Veterans of America incoming President!
The President of NWPVA, Tom Bungert came across a series of images that he emailed to all of our members. He wrote, “This email is going out to all of my friends, for it is so true that behind every good man is a great woman.”
This is a story about the willingness of a catastrophically disabled American Veteran to overcome diversity at all costs, and a testament of what true love can actually do. Thank God he had someone who loved him unconditionally!
NWPVA was honored by a presentation from an amazing man at a recent Board of Directors meeting. Michael G. Reagan is a wonderful portrait artist who has been donating his work, completely free of charge, to the families of American soldiers killed in action. He presents them with a beautiful, heartfelt, framed portrait of their lost son or daughter. He has donated more than 4,700 portraits during the last 13 years for his Fallen Heroes Project foundation.
From 2012 to 2015, Western Washington Area Health Education Centers (WWAHEC), facilitated The Veteran’s Grant Steering Committee (VGSC), which served to help military-trained, enlisted health professions across multiple entry-level occupational specialties, transition into civilian-equivalent positions, by attaining credentials issued by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). The committee worked with numerous stakeholders across the state to also help develop and implement “gap” programs to supplement shortfalls in education, training, and experience to becoming credentialed.
The results of a recent study conducted by the Center for a New American Society were published in a report titled, Onward and Upward – Understanding Veteran Retention and Performance in the Workforce – https://www.cnas.org/publications/reports/onward-and-upward. It revealed a number of indicators of veteran-specific obstacles, resulting in the proposal of various recommendations.
The USS Arizona Memorial, at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and Marines killed on USS Arizona (BB-39) during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and commemorates the events of that day. The attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of Oahu led to the United States’ direct involvement in World War II.
I was the Veterans Representative on an Institutional Review Board for veteran medical research. I served on committees to promote research into finding answers to hypotheses. One of the reasons I served on the committees was that I wished we could take the mystery out of why so many veterans for so long have suffered from the aftermath of their combat trauma through studies. Wouldn’t it be nice if medical research discovered a simple test to diagnose, and a tool kit to help the patient try to repair their new neuropsychiatric condition and adapt to life when home from the battlefield? Would it help de-stigmatize the trauma and promote more warriors to seek help?