• In Other News: Siting Clearinghouse Identifies Two ‘Areas of Concern’; Foundation Introduces Portal for Locating Veterans Services

    In Other News: Siting Clearinghouse Identifies Two ‘Areas of Concern’; Foundation Introduces Portal for Locating Veterans Services0

    DOD’s Military Aviation and Installation Assurance Siting Clearinghouse is requesting public comment on maps of two geographic areas of concern (GAOC) — Boardman, Ore., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The maps depict areas where proposed wind farms could have an adverse impact on military operations and readiness, including military training routes, and would

  • Public Grossly Overestimates Propensity for Veterans to Experience Mental Health Issues0

    The misperception held by a significant portion of the public that more than half of veterans who have served since 9/11 suffer from mental health problems is hampering veterans’ prospects of successfully transitioning into civilian life, according to veterans advocates. A study conducted by the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative revealed that about 40 percent of 1,000 surveyed adults believe more than half of the 2.8 million veterans who have served since 2001 have a mental health condition. The actual figure lies somewhere between 10 percent and 20 percent, according to a Rand Corp. estimate, reported Military Times. The survey also found that 80 percent of veterans say embarrassment or shame is a barrier to seeking treatment for traumatic brain injury or combat-related mental health conditions …

  • Successful Transition Requires Community Support, Veterans Group CEO Says0

    Citing research showing that one-third of newly separated service members opt to remain in the last community where they served, Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership, told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee last month that transitioning personnel need strong community support to be successful. “With the collective leadership of communities throughout the nation, I know that we can have a strong and vital national veteran network that not only strengthens its communities, but can also improve our military for tomorrow …

  • New York City Creates Veterans Services Department

    New York City Creates Veterans Services Department0

    New York City has established its first Department of Veterans Services and abolished the existing mayor’s office of veterans affairs in an effort to enhance the city’s support for military veterans. Legislation signed last week by Mayor Bill de Blasio is designed to increase financial support for the agency by creating an independent department that is subject to oversight by the city council, reported Capital New York. “Part of the systemic problem that has plagued [the mayor’s office of veterans affairs] over the last four administrations, quite frankly both Democrats and Republicans, is that the funding mechanism is always at the mercy of the mayor,” said Councilman Eric Ulrich …

  • Indiana Lags behind Other States in Delivering Services, Veterans Advocates Say0

    A veterans advocate in Indiana wants the state to do more to help the men and women who have served the country transition to civilian life, saying the state lags behind others in the services it provides. “The state of Indiana has not recognized veterans as an economic positive impact. And they have not taken action to help veterans,” said James Bauerle, who retired from the Army as a brigadier general. Bauerle pointed to a 2014 report by the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs that found the agency conducts little outreach, delivers inconsistent service, has a workflow “heavily based on the movement of paper” and faces “barriers to efficiently serving the veteran population statewide …

  • Legislation Easing Way for Veterans to Access Local Services Reintroduced in Senate0

    Transitioning veterans could more easily gain access to services and benefits available in their communities, such as health care and housing, employment and education assistance, under bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday by Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Angus King (I-Maine) and John Boozman (R-Ark.). The Connect with Veterans Act, first introduced last year by Heitkamp, would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a voluntary national directory of veterans that would be available to communities and state veterans affairs departments. Currently there is no mechanism for local governments to contact veterans and transitioning service members who already reside there or plan to relocate to link them with support services …