Veterans Services

A new survey of 23,000 injured service members finds post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are two of the biggest mental health issues facing veterans right now. Perhaps the most significant finding is more than three in four wounded veterans are dealing with PTSD.  Wounded Warrior Project estimates at least 400,000 service members are dealing with PTSD, and another 320,000 are estimated to suffer from TBI.

On December 7, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) will hear argument on NOVA’s petition for review of the VA’s final rule governing substitution of certain qualifying survivors in pending claims and appeals upon the veteran’s death. National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, No. 2015-7024. Kenneth Carpenter, Carpenter Chartered, will present NOVA’s argument.

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee:  In a speech about the state of VA, McDonald said the agency has made progress but has “a lot more to do.” He noted a series of improvements he made, such as replacing members of his leadership team, the increasing number of people being fired across the agency for a variety of performance problems, and adding new standards

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will host a weekend long Veteran Arts Showcase -- featuring works by local artists, photographers, and authors with military backgrounds. The event will kick-off with a reception on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., followed by two full days (November 21 and 22) of exhibits, presentations, and performances.