MVFORCES: Military & Veteran Forces Blogosphere

Forgotten Vet: A Military/Veteran Horror Story

Washed away by the tide.

I will be sharing a series of articles that detail my journey to becoming disabled and the thirty-plus years of horror that followed. My story encompasses multiple layers, including the military and veteran aspects, as well as personal experiences that I will only touch upon briefly during this series. This initial segment pertains to the cake's pr...

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Service Dogs for Veterans: A Path to Healing and Empowerment

Service dog

Veterans needing help can benefit from service dogs and the available programs. Dog providers, like Dogs International, offer assistance dogs that canine professionals have specially trained to provide life management support for veterans dealing with trauma resiliency. These organizations work with professional trainers who are experienced in...

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A Guide to the VA Homeless Veterans Program: Understanding Benefits and Application Process

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The VA Homeless Veterans Program provides critical support and assistance to veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  This comprehensive program offers a range of services, including housing assistance, job training, and medical care, to help veterans transition back into civilian life and achieve self-sufficiency.  If ...

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Tailored Therapy: How the PAWS Act is Making a Difference for Veterans with Mental Health Issues

Service Dog Waiting Patiently

The Paws Veterans Therapy Act has been designed to help veterans with mental health issues through the assistance of puppies and service dogs. The bipartisan legislation, which was passed in 2019, seeks to provide veterans with the opportunity to receive therapy with a trained dog. The program will allow veterans access to specially trained pu...

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Combatting the Tragedy of Military and Veteran Suicide

Psychologist supporting patient in depression

On March 1, 2021, the United States Department of Defense, commonly referred to as the Pentagon, announced the launch of a significant study on veteran suicides. The study aims to identify the specific factors that contribute to a higher risk of suicide among veterans compared to the general population.  The study will be the largest to date, ...

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Overcoming Homelessness: My Experience in the VA Homeless Veterans' Program

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The VA's Homeless Veterans' Program has been instrumental in providing support and assistance to those who have struggled with homelessness.  Through my personal experience with the program, I have seen firsthand the positive impact it can have on veterans' lives.  In an effort to give back and help others in similar situations, I have st...

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Filing a Fully Developed Claim: A Guide to VA Benefits for Service-Connected Injuries

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This article discusses how to file for a VA benefits claim for service-connected injuries. The article discusses the different ways you can check the status of your claim and provides examples of the types of evidence that may be helpful in filing a claim. Receiving VA disability benefits for a service-connected injury can be a complicated process....

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