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Submitted by Pasley on 23 April 2010 - 8:23pm.
USAF Veteran Kelly tells her story of SCUBA diving as a paraplegic veteran. http://www.disabledveteransscuba.org
Submitted by Veteran.com on 15 April 2010 - 10:00am.
The Treasury Department is releasing new rules preventing banks from seizing Social Security and other federal benefits from customers facing debt collectors.
Federal law prohibits creditors from taking Social Security to recover a debt, but the law doesn't say how money deposited directly into bank accounts is to be protected.
The proposed new rules, to be published Wednesday in the Federal Register, will require banks that receive garnishment orders to review the accounts to see if they have received any direct deposits of federal benefits within the past 60 days.
The rule would be jointly issued by the Treasury and the four major benefit agencies: the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Railroad Retirement Board.
The new rules would protect Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income benefits, Veterans Administration benefits, Federal Railroad retirement benefits, Federal railroad unemployment and sickness benefits, Civil Service Retirement System benefits and Federal Employees Retirement System benefits.
After comment period, the rule could become law later this year.
Submitted by Veteran.com on 6 April 2010 - 10:12pm.
I recently received this and thought this deserved some help and attention:
My name is Sgt. Cody Conway. I am currently involved with the V.A. Mental Health Department at Mather, with a pilot program called Peer Support. Our goal is to provide mental health services to Veterans using a Peer Support approach, not only allowing Veterans to be counseled by fellow Veterans, but to also be counseled by Veterans who have been in their shoes. Our services will range from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury counseling to drug and alcohol addiction counseling. We believe that, with all of the current struggles to get Veterans of Vietnam and current wars into the V.A. for treatment, this will allow a new and more effective approach to get Veterans the treatment that they deserve. We will be starting our first round of training for this position on April 12th Through April 16th and that is where we need help. We have Veterans coming from all over California to attend this training and, due to it being a voluntary position at the time, need to find them a place to stay near Mather so that they can attend the training. Due to most of these Veterans being in Recovery or Disabled, they do not have the money to afford to pay for the hotel for the week. This is where we as a community need to step in to help! I know that these are troubling times, but this is a great event that could change the lives of all Veterans, young and old! We ask that you give only what you can spare. If we were to get 150 people to donate just $10 dollars, we could raise $1500 dollars towards our goal! This would not only pay for the hotel room for these Veterans, but would also help to provide them with a meal during their training and possibly even a little reimbursement for gas. I am more than willing to answer all questions about this program and can be reach by email or from my cell phone, both of which I will provide. To those who wish to donate, please contact myself, Laurie Sheerer, or American Legion Post 169 Commander Dave Ramsey at (916) 783-7267 or mail your checks to American Legion Post 169 at 110 Park Drive, Roseville, CA 95678. Make sure you make the checks payable to American Legion Post 169 with the words "Peer Support" in the memo line please. Thank you for your help and support and special thanks to Commander Dave Ramsey and American Legion post 169 for helping us raise money for this event. And please send this to everyone you can!
Sgt. Cody Conway USMC
OIF I Veteran
Submitted by Veteran.com on 4 April 2010 - 2:46pm.
Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson (Democrat) said during an Armed Services Committee hearing last week that Guam would be in danger if some Marine Corps elements were moved there. "My fear that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize," he said in all seriousness. "We dont anticipate that," responded Adm. Robert Willard. For some reason he did not bust out laughing.
Submitted by Veteran.com on 1 April 2010 - 10:24am.
The VA says it is developing a national policy for instances where states allow medical marijuana to treat PTSD, and some experts claim a VA policy allowing medical marijuana "is inevitable." The real reason we should give Veterans every access to alternative medicines like marijuana is because we already give them access to every kind of prescription drug there is, including morphine and oxycontin. According to a recent news report about 1/4 of active duty soldiers are on psychotropic medications for PTSD, and we are in Afghanistan protecting the opium crops of the Afghan tribes loyal to us. Totally hypocritical.
VA doctors prohibited from prescribing pot
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When Paul Culkin came home to New Mexico after serving with an Army bomb squad in Iraq, he tried counseling and medications offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs to cope with his post traumatic stress disorder.
Nothing worked very well. Then he found a new alternative: marijuana.
New Mexico is the only state that explicitly allows people with PTSD to smoke pot under its medical marijuana law — an issue that is getting attention around the country at a time when traumatized vets are coming home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in large numbers.
New Mexico's medical marijuana law has created a conundrum for the Veterans Affairs, which does not allow its doctors to prescribe pot because the drug is illegal in the eyes of the federal government. So, patients like Culkin must seek out an endorsement from a private doctor.
PTSD accounts for more patients than any other of the state's 16 eligible debilitating conditions approved for medical marijuana treatment.
Culkin wishes the VA could provide it.
"Oh my God, it would be so helpful," said Culkin, 30, who heads the New Mexico Medical Marijuana Patients Group formed last December as a support and education group.
If the VA handled all needs — including medical cannabis — care for veterans would improve, he said, because the doctor would know everything about the patient.
"If these guys fought the hardest they could, why not give them the best medicine, or an alternative medicine you can?" Culkin said.
Submitted by Veteran.com on 31 March 2010 - 6:42pm.
OK, OK, maybe they're not a traditional terrorist group, but I still think they are all pieces of shit who are trying to terrorize military family members. May all these terrorizing assholes burn in their fundamentalist Hell.
Dad of a fallen Marine perseveres against protests at military funerals
Washington – A father of a Marine killed in Iraq says he won't pay the legal fees of a protest group who picketed at his son's funeral in 2006 – at least not until he hears from the US Supreme Court on the matter.
Albert Snyder, whose son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, was killed in Iraq, learned Friday that a federal appeals court is requiring him to pay more than $16,000 in legal fees to the Westboro Baptist Church, a Christian fundamentalist group that demonstrates during military funerals to gain attention for its antigovernment, antihomosexual message. The group rallied at Matthew Snyder’s funeral in March 2006 in Westminster, Md., chanting antigay slogans and carrying signs such as “Thank God for dead soldiers,” says Albert Snyder’s attorney, Sean Summers.
The group was protesting about 30 feet from the church’s main entrance, and Mr. Snyder had to enter through a separate entrance, Mr. Summers says.
Snyder subsequently sued the Westboro group for emotional distress and won a $5 million judgment. But on appeal, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed, finding in favor of protecting the protesters' free-speech rights. About three weeks ago, the Supreme Court agreed to take the case and is expected to hear it in the fall. (Last year, the high court had declined to take up the issue.) Meanwhile, the circuit court has ordered Snyder, a salesman, to pay the church’s court expenses.
Snyder, of York, Pa., told Fox News on Tuesday that he would not pay the Westboro Baptist Church "until I hear from the Supreme Court."
Read more at http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20100331/ts_csm/291560