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The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.

— Judd Gregg

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We owe our World War II veterans - and all our veterans - a debt we can never fully repay.

— Doc Hastings

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For many of the brave men and women who have fought on the front lines, returning home means trying to navigate a complicated a bureaucratic Veterans Administration benefits system.

— Kirsten Gillibrand

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Congress needs to give the Veteran Affairs every tool possible to meet the mental health challenges facing our veterans before they get to the point of danger.

— Conor Lamb

Veterans' Issues News

New mental health copayment exemptions

Includes substance use disorder care By VHA Communications On June 7, 2024 Your mental health is important to you and a priority for us. Section 193A of the Cleland-Dole Act enhances access…
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VA updates home loan benefits, helping Veterans remain competitive in the housing market

By Valery P. Behr. Loan Guaranty Service, Veteran’s Benefits Administration Published on June 11, 2024 In March, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit…
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VA Leading the Way: Screening, treatment can improve the lives of Veterans with PTSD

VA sponsors PTSD Awareness Month and PTSD Screening Day in June By Dr. Shereef Elnahal, VA Under Secretary for Health Published on June 17, 2024 Since 2014, VA has sponsored…
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Suicide Among Justice-Involved Veterans: Understanding Risk and Meeting Needs

Introduction Veterans are 57.3% more likely to die by suicide than non-veterans, with estimates ranging from 17 to 24 veterans dying by suicide in the U.S. each day.1 Research also suggests…
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New Ellis County Veterans Treatment Court utilizes Employment Services

By Ron Abrams and Dannty Wyatt Published on June 11, 2024 Ellis County just started its Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) this May. The program is designed to provide Justice Involved…
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Yale Researchers Highlight Prevalence of Anxiety in U.S. Military Veterans 

The researchers found that veterans have higher rates of generalized anxiety disorder and offered potential solutions in a study published this month. HIREN PAREKH FEB 19, 2024 Content warning: This article…
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Fact Sheet

  • As of 2019, there were 12,987 living veterans who served all through World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
  • In 2018, the unemployment rate for veterans who served post-9/11 was 3.5% — the lowest recorded rate since 2008.
  • Veterans make up roughly 13% of adults experiencing homelessness in America.
    National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
  • 22 veterans commit suicides daily, with 1 occurring roughly every 80 minutes.
  • Since 2002, more than 200,000 service members have suffered traumatic brain injuries. 1/3 of those veterans that needed mental health care actually sought treatment.
  • 84% of veterans say that the American public has “little awareness” of the challenges facing them and their families.
  • There are an estimated 300,000 post-9/11 veterans who have psychological wounds.
  • 30% of veterans have disabilities as a result of their service.

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  • Healthcare costs
  • Homelessness
  • Physical and mental trauma
  • Unemployment
  • Substance abuse
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Ways to Take Action

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a nonprofit that drives veterans to medical appointments, assist them in filing benefit claims (e.g., VA health benefits or Medicare health insurance) with the government and helps vets with medical, employment and other general needs. The DAV needs volunteers to:

  • Drive veterans to appointments at Veterans Affairs hospitals around the country.
  • Volunteer at VA hospitals.
  • Assist veterans in your community with needs such as grocery shopping, running errands or helping with yard work.
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A couple of different organizations build new homes or adapt existing homes for veterans with severe injuries. If you’re a contractor or tradesman, Building Homes for Heroes and Homes for Our Troops can both use your skills to help build homes for injured vets. If you don’t have building expertise, you can still get involved by donating funds, goods and services or land.

Stand Down programs for veterans who are homeless are local one- to three-day events that provide a single spot for vets to receive food, shelter, health screenings and other needs. To volunteer for a Stand Down event near you, check with the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.

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Recommended Media

The Best Years of Our Lives is a 1946 American epic drama film directed by William Wyler, and starring Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo and Harold Russell. The film is about three United States servicemen re-adjusting to civilian life after coming home from World War II.

In 1989, The Best Years of Our Lives was one of the first 25 films selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Where to Watch: Pluto TV, Amazon Prime Video

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This harrowing Best Picture Oscar winner examines the devastating impact of the Vietnam War on an entire community. Small-town buddies Mike (Robert De Niro), Steven (John Savage), and Nick (Christopher Walken) are captured together and brutalized. Mike returns home relatively unscathed, but Steven comes back a self-pitying paraplegic, while the tragic Nick doesn't come back at all, remaining in Saigon and ritualistically re-enacting his torture for money. The film's Vietnam sequences are hyperbolically surreal, but its meditation on survivor's guilt and a generation's loss of innocence is genuine. The movie is credited with inspiring the drive to build the Vietnam War memorial on the Washington Mall.

Where to Watch: YouTube, Google Play, Apple TV

The documentary, directed by Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers, follows the first group of women sent into direct combat. These five women were originally supposed to deal with terrorized Iraqi women and families but ended up being sent, unprepared, into combat. The filmmakers interview the quintet about their combat experience and their work in adjusting to home life.

Where to Watch: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

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