Insomnia & Sleep Disorders

Veteran Insomnia If 3 am is a regular visitor, you aren’t alone. Over 30% of the population experiences insomnia. Studies find that for veterans, the number is even higher. A study from the San Diego Department of Veteran Affairs followed over 5,500 post 9/11 veterans for 7 years. The results, published in June 2020, showed that 57% of the veterans …

Increased VA Funding Proposed for 2022

Last week, the White House outlined a fiscal 2022 budget plan that would increase funding to The Department of Veterans Affairs. The increase would be geared toward increasing funds for homelessness, suicide prevention, caregiver support, and medical research. The plan indicates an 8.2% increase in discretionary funding, which is the third largest increase of any federal department in the 2022 …

White House Collaborates with Veteran Groups to Increase Vaccine Response

A measure signed into law by President Biden on March 24th means all veterans, spouses and their caregivers will  be eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. The “Save Lives Act” increases the number eligible for the vaccine through the VA  from 9 to 33 million. Since December, the VA has vaccinated close to 1.6 million veterans and 260,000 staff.  Further …

Unisex Bathrooms Not Appealing to Majority of Male Service Members

Research from a study conducted in 2013 & 2014 was meant to explore the advantages or disadvantages of females serving in special operations units. Instead, it uncovered a recurring theme the researchers didn’t introduce or ask the 27 focus groups at all, but that was brought up over 350 times…unisex bathrooms and team room areas.  The University of Kansas study …

How Can We Make a Difference?

Last week, our post addressed rising suicide rates for veterans during Covid-19. Awareness of this real life mental health pandemic (suicide) is a great first step. But it is going to take more than just knowing the stats to make a positive change. The purpose of this post is not to treat, diagnose, or “cure” anything. We aren’t doctors or …

Veteran Suicide Rate Increase & Covid-19

Suicide is something we don’t like to hear or talk about, but its prevalence in our society, and in our veterans, is something we need to continue shining light on and fighting to change. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for the overall population of the 10-34 year old age group in our country. 2020 veteran suicide studies …

VA Secretary Selection a Mixed Bag

Veterans and veteran groups have met President-elect Joe Biden’s selection for VA Secretary, Denis McDonough, with mixed emotions thus far. Disappointment and skepticism seem to currently be the predominant responses, as more time is needed to know how this will actually pan out. More than one group has expressed there was hope this next VA Secretary appointment would be a …

Holiday Help: Part 2

From Part 1 of Holiday Help: “Christmas can be a beautiful but extremely difficult time of year for many veterans, active military, and their families. ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ can feel like a cruel joke for some who are experiencing loneliness, sadness, financial difficulties, PTSD or separation from their families and friends.” The holiday season can …

Holiday Help: Part 1

Christmas can be a beautiful but extremely difficult time of year for many veterans, active military, and their families. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” can feel like a cruel joke for some who are experiencing loneliness, sadness, financial difficulties, PTSD or separation from their families and friends. We wanted to share some resources that can help take …

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Tax Guide for Veterans

This tax season we want to make sure you are aware of how your veteran status and VA disability standing impact your taxes. Below you will find helpful tips as well as general rules regarding compensation and gross income.   VA Disability Benefits Disability benefits received from the VA should not be included in your gross income. Some of the …