Entries for April, 2016

VA Considers Adding to List of Agent Orange-related Conditions

By Debbie Gregory. The Department of Veterans Affairs is considering the addition of several diseases to the list of health conditions thought to be connected with Agent Orange exposure. Agent Orange was one of the herbicides used by the U.S. military to defoliate rural/forested land in Vietnam, depriving the Vietcong guerrillas of food and cover, […]

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Philanthropist Pledges $275 Million for Veteran Mental Health Care

By Debbie Gregory. Philanthropist Steven A. Cohen has pledged $275 million for a national network of free mental health clinics for military veterans and their families. The Cohen Veterans Network is the next phase of Cohen’s long-term commitment to help veterans and their families. Cohen’s son, Robert, was deployed as a U.S. Marine to Afghanistan […]

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Uber Demonstrates Good Corporate Citizenship through $1 Million Donation

By Debbie Gregory. Uber has reached its goal of signing up 50,000 U.S. veterans as drivers. And to celebrate, the company is making a very generous donation to a number of veterans groups. Uber is giving $1 million to a select few military organizations, including our friends at Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and […]

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Military Spouses Rock!

By Debbie Gregory. In all the years I have worked with the military and veteran communities, the one thing I am really sure of is that those who serve rock. They answer our country’s call, and put their lives on the line for our freedoms. But they aren’t the only one who serve and sacrifice. […]

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Increasingly, Veterans Denied VA Care Due to Discharge Circumstances

By Debbie Gregory. An other than honorable discharge is the military equivalent of a “scarlet letter.” Often called “bad paper,”  the designation carries serious post-service consequences. A growing number of veterans have been ruled ineligible for benefits because of less-than-honorable discharges. Former members of the military are being refused benefits at the highest rate since […]

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