GUEST POST IN FORBES WRITTEN BY Paul A. Dillon,
President/CEO of Dillon Consulting Services LLC, a U.S. Dpt of Veterans Affairs certified Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business
The stories keep coming—relentlessly. Daily in the national media—on TV, radio, online and on the printed page—are heartrending tales of broken young veterans returning from the recent wars, and their heroic caregivers. Young people, burdened by all types of injuries, seen and unseen–blown off limbs, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, and mental illness dominate the national discussion regarding those who most recently have served. The terrible shootings at Ft. Hood and the Washington Navy Yard only reinforce how damaged these veterans must be.
And, surely, without a doubt, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have taken a terrible toll on the 1% of our citizenry who have stepped forward to defend the other 99% of our national population. According to a report published by the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, in the 13 years since the 9/11 attacks our nation's military has been deployed and in a state of war, more than 2.5 million young men and women have volunteered to serve and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan—and, as of May 2014, more than 6,668 have been killed and over 51,785 have been physically wounded.
September 25, 2014 | Kate Horrell
Despite much debate, complaint, and argument, Lowe's continues to offer two different discount policies for various military folks. Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusion about the discount policies, amongst both the military and veteran population and also amongst the Lowe's staff.
Since most of the Lowe's staff has never served in the military, it is easy to understand how their own policies can be confusing to them. Please be kind and don't be rude to the staff. Honestly, from some of the comments I've seen here, I'm surprised they haven't cancelled the discounts altogether. Let's not have that happen because of confusion and frustration.
The official Lowe's policy, as listed on their website today, explains two different discounts: military and veteran. The way that Lowe's defines military and veteran is the key to understand which discount you might be eligible to receive. I have copied the section below from the Lowe's website, with some formatting changes to make it easier to read and understand.
The NCTSN is pleased to announce a product for providers working with military families. Working Effectively with Military Families: 10 Key Concepts All Providers Should Know is now available. This brief tip sheet outlines the top ten things to keep in mind when working with military families and, for each key concept, includes links to additional information.
- Helping Military Children Grieve: Tip Sheet for Educators offers information on howchildren dealing with trauma and grief responses may feel and how you can help them.
- Helping Children with Traumatic Grief outlines how children struggling with the death of someone close may feel and what you can do to help.
- 10 Things a School-Age Child with Traumatic Grief Wants You to Know and How to Help gives ideas on what school-age children with traumatic grief may think and ways you can help.
Like the decade following the end of World War II, the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has been marked by a tremendous influx of veterans into the classroom.
Traditional "brick and mortar" and virtual universities and schools are frantically trying to keep pace with the opportunities afforded to troops through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
And these opportunities range from technical and scientific fields as found in the Professional Program for Veterans and Military Personnel at California State University to business as exemplified by the Master of Business for Veterans degree at the University of Southern California.
US Marine Charlie Schletz gets comfortable with his precious cargo Lydia for the 1073 mile drive to Kansas City and her new owner, US Marine Sam Collins.
Travels with Charlie
Over a year ago, Sam Collins was an in-patient at the Kansas City VA Hospital undergoing treatment for cancer. Sam had had one type of cancer or another for going on 10 years straight. When the Hearts 4 Heroes US (H4HUS) truck pulled into the parking lot of the VA, he had no idea he’d meet someone that day that would change his life.
The H4HUS team put on a four-day clinic for inpatients and outpatients at the Kansas City VA. Alongside ten therapy dogs the H4H staff introduced the Veterans to canine assisted therapy. Sam figured he would attend; if for anything to break up the monotony of the VA. It was at this clinic he first met the three legged therapy dog Lydia. Often you’d find Sam and Lydia off to the side, off in the corner, or out in the middle of a field away from the larger group. Sam and Lydia’s relationship grew into one that he hadn’t felt in years.
Summary: By all accounts, veterans have the capacity and should be able to effectively retrain themselves to operate in an environment other than that which they were accustomed to being successful
On the backdrop of a sky filled with colorful fireworks and streets crowded with animated parades celebrating the Fourth of July, what emerges in the minds of many is the deliberation and decision of our founders to pen and defend the Declaration of Independence. That was pen-to-paper, and then the real work and battle had to begin to realize the landscape we now call the United States of America.
What comes to mind for others on the backdrop of commemorating July 4, 1776, an epic day in history, is the battle that rages on in Iraq. Veterans who have volunteered to fight, whether in the name of duty or honor, watch as nearly 12-years of grueling battle for groundbreaking democracy comes unraveled, seemly in the blink of an eye. Now veterans are in the fog on the return on investment for their battle wounds and scars.
Lake County Honor Flights are available to Veterans at no cost to honor their service and their sacrifice. The trip includes a personal guardian, transportation, airfare, meals, hotel accommodations (if necessary) and more.
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