While on tour with the Navy in Guam in 2000, Brian Lewis says he was raped by a higher-ranking service member. He said his superiors told him not to report the incident, suggesting that he could lose his job and that "it would have made the command look bad."
About a year later, while suffering from posttraumatic-stress disorder from the assault, Lewis received what he says was a misdiagnosis of personality disorder instead of PTSD. He was dismissed from the military without an honorable discharge.
President Obama last week unveiled a series of measures to improve mental health care for veterans, ranging from awareness campaigns to increased funding for brain chips to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.
Some advocates, however, do not believe Obama’s efforts go far enough. Part of the joint Veterans Affairs and Defense Department-led effort, for example, is a boost to the inTransition program, which aims to provide a “smooth and seamless” change for service members moving location or rejoining civilian life.
Conley, the Richard Childress Racing product running a select NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule in the No. 33 Chevrolet for RCR this season, is sponsored by IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) with prime time hood placement.
IAVA is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing post-9/11 veterans and their families. The group's focus for 2014 is to lower the unacceptably high veterans' suicide rate -- an estimated 22 veterans die each day by suicide.
The band Five Finger Death Punch has had close ties to the U.S. military for years. Previous music videos have featured images of soldiers struggling through life in a combat zone, and they have performed overseas for the troops on numerous occasions.
Their latest project takes on a related social issue. Released this week, the video for the song “Wrong Side of Heaven” casts a spotlight on veteran homelessness. It already has been viewed online more than 1 million times.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is going to pick up the round-trip airfare for what could be 20 or more member veterans who are accepted into an immersion course in business this fall in Illinois.
The Fullbridge Program is a 5-week intensive course in business basics that IAVA officials believe can be invaluable to returning veterans, said Jeff Park, the group's strategic partnerships associate, who took the program himself in January 2013.
Anytime someone takes their own life, a circle of heartbroken family and friends are left struggling with a question of haunting simplicity: Why?
Now, in the wake of the news that comedian Robin Williams committed suicide at age 63, an entire world linked by social media has been left trying to process why a successful and widely admired man could become so overwhelmed by despair that he felt compelled to commit suicide.
Delon Beckett is losing it. He's drunk, stumbling around his living room wrestling with his 3-year-old daughter, Jayla. She kicks him in the groin, and he mumbles "stop."
He can barely stand up and walk but he drags himself to the stairs, pushing her away and faltering. His wife, Emme, is not far behind, putting herself between Delon and two kids, picking up the things he knocks over. Her husband survived the war in Iraq. Now, at home, he wants very much to die.
NANTUCKET — For the first time in a decade, eligible military veterans on Nantucket soon might receive a broad range of medical care on the island rather than embarking on daylong odysseys to VA facilities in Hyannis and Providence.
Following an urgent appeal from top state officials, the US Department of Veterans Affairs has begun work on contracting with Nantucket Cottage Hospital for services that could include primary care, specialty visits, and emergency treatment, VA officials said.
FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday by President Obama.
Other changes will take longer under the $16.3 billion law, which is the government’s most sweeping response to the problems that have rocked the Veterans Affairs Department and led to the ouster of Eric Shinseki as VA secretary.
President Obama signed into law a major overhaul of the nation’s veterans’ health care system Thursday, officially shouldering the burden of fixing the troubled department after months of sparring with Congress and complaints that his administration had been too slow to act.
Mr. Obama, who signed the bill at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, said the $16 billion in the law to boost benefits and fund measures to speed up appointments at Veterans Administration health clinics is just a first down payment on reform, vowing to continue the fight for better care.