Veterans Services

By Farran Powell: The Forever GI Bill, which passed the U.S. Senate unanimously, is estimated to cost more than $3 billion over 10 years.  "It restores benefits to veterans who were impacted by school closures since 2015 and has special benefits for our reservists, surviving dependents and Purple Heart recipients," said Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin in a statement.  The new law will also eliminate the 15-year limit on educational benefits for new enlistees.

By Bill Hathaway:  A study of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—conducted by the VA National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), National PTSD Brain Bank, and Yale University—has identified a new potential mechanism contributing to the biology of the disorder that may be targeted by future treatments. Read more here: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-07-ptsd-potential-path-treatment.html

Our Veterans' Services Group (VSG) has done another exemplary job for a deserving veteran.  The veteran served from 2004-2009 completing two tours in Iraq.  She was diagnosed with PTSD based upon an in-service sexual assault and duty in a combat zone.  She also suffered orthopedic injuries during her service in the Gulf.  Her ratings combined to 90% but she was unable to work due to the increasing severity of her symptoms.  VSG fought and obtained an increased rat

Veterans who experienced military sexual trauma (MST) are at higher risk for post-deployment eating disorders (EDs), according to a new study1 conducted by Rebecca Blais, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, Utah State University in Logan, and colleagues.According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) MST affects 25% of female and 1% of male veterans and includes “any sexual activity where a service member is involved against his or her will.” Read more here:

The PAWS Act — or Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act of 2017 — was reintroduced last month and would implement a pilot program to allow for the VA to provide service dogs to veterans with a mental disability such as post-traumatic stress disorder, a service the government doesn’t already provide.  According to the VA’s website, service dogs are provided to veterans “to do specific tasks for a person that he or she cannot do because of a disabi

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