Veterans Affairs – 20th CVETSMEM http://20thcvetsmem.org/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 19:38:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://20thcvetsmem.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1.png Veterans Affairs – 20th CVETSMEM http://20thcvetsmem.org/ 32 32 Rep. Carbajal Joins President Biden for Veterans Bill Signing https://20thcvetsmem.org/rep-carbajal-joins-president-biden-for-veterans-bill-signing/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 19:38:11 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/rep-carbajal-joins-president-biden-for-veterans-bill-signing/ Congressman Salud Carbajal joined President Joe Biden at the White House for the signing of the landmark veterans health benefits bill, the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act. The new law will open health care benefits to more than three and a half million veterans exposed to toxic substances during their military service […]]]>

Congressman Salud Carbajal joined President Joe Biden at the White House for the signing of the landmark veterans health benefits bill, the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act.

The new law will open health care benefits to more than three and a half million veterans exposed to toxic substances during their military service and will finally consider exposure to fire pits and airborne hazards as a cost of war , by addressing all the problems affecting people exposed to toxic substances. veterans, including access to benefits and health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs

“I was privileged to join President Biden today, alongside veterans and my fellow lawmakers, to see the biggest expansion of veterans’ benefits in decades enacted,” the member of the Board said. Carbajal Congress in a press release.

Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors can find more information about these new benefits by visiting VA.gov/PACT [va.gov] or by calling the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-800-MyVA411. The advantages of the PACT law are accessible by filing a request on VA.gov [va.gov].

The Honoring our PACT Act authorizes exposure to combustion fireplaces and airborne hazards by creating presumptions for 23 respiratory illnesses and cancers, shifting the burden of proof from veterans. If a veteran served in a particular theater at any given time, they will be presumed to be exposed to toxic substances and therefore potentially eligible for health care and benefits.

The bipartisan legislation will also streamline VA’s presumptive decision-making process so that Congress doesn’t have to keep intervening and veterans don’t have to wait decades for help.

Rep. Salud Carbajal represents California’s 24th congressional district, encompassing Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and part of Ventura County. He co-sponsored that act in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year.

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Winnebago council to look into veterans’ issues – Mix 107.3 KIOW https://20thcvetsmem.org/winnebago-council-to-look-into-veterans-issues-mix-107-3-kiow/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 20:01:42 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/winnebago-council-to-look-into-veterans-issues-mix-107-3-kiow/ The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors will address a number of veterans’ issues at its Tuesday morning meeting that begins at 9 a.m. The board will first hear from Winnebago Director of Veterans Affairs, Mary Lou Kleveland. She will discuss salary increases for the Veterans Affairs Board of Commissioners. The board will also consider a […]]]>

The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors will address a number of veterans’ issues at its Tuesday morning meeting that begins at 9 a.m. The board will first hear from Winnebago Director of Veterans Affairs, Mary Lou Kleveland. She will discuss salary increases for the Veterans Affairs Board of Commissioners.

The board will also consider a resolution that supports the Home Base Iowa program. This initiative encourages county businesses and organizations to consider veterans first when hiring someone for a job. The hope is to decrease the current unemployment rate among veterans. The board will consider the resolution and an accompanying public policy. If approved, the board will consider a draft memo for Home Base Iowa roadside sign locations to let anyone know that Winnebago County supports the Home Base Iowa initiative.

The authorities are increasingly concerned about human trafficking. Law enforcement is particularly concerned about the I-35 corridor where traffic may be more concentrated. Supervisors are urged to adopt an Anti-Human Trafficking Proclamation that addresses the problem. Law enforcement encourages everyone to immediately report anything suspicious to the police or sheriff’s office by calling 911.

Winnebago County Engineer Scott Meinders will update council on the status of secondary roads as well as any new projects. Drainage Clerk Kris Oswald will review with the council any issues regarding drainage in the county.

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Hiring Our Heroes: Virtual Career Fair Town Hall https://20thcvetsmem.org/hiring-our-heroes-virtual-career-fair-town-hall/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 17:52:20 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/hiring-our-heroes-virtual-career-fair-town-hall/ FRESNO (KFSN) — KFSN-TV is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative and Disney’s Veterans Institute for a virtual town hall on August 10. The purpose of this town hall meeting is to prepare job seekers in the military community for the August 31 Hiring Our Heroes – Virtual Career […]]]>

FRESNO (KFSN) — KFSN-TV is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative and Disney’s Veterans Institute for a virtual town hall on August 10.

The purpose of this town hall meeting is to prepare job seekers in the military community for the August 31 Hiring Our Heroes – Virtual Career Fair event.

Click here to register as a job seeker or employer at the virtual job fair on August 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You can watch Town Hall here or by using our ABC30 app on Roku, FireTV, Apple TV, and Android TV.

We’ll be joined by a panel of experts to answer live questions about how to help veterans and military spouses make a successful transition to a civilian career.

Panelists include:

  • Cappy Surette – Senior Manager, Executive and External Communications at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products and retired US Navy Captain
  • Meredith Lozar – Vice President, Army & Veterans at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and wife of an active duty United States Marine Corps serviceman
  • Phil Martin – Talent Acquisition Manager at Enterprise Holdings, Inc. and former US Marine
  • Sonia Garza – Manager of the Military Spouse Scholarship Program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes and wife of an active duty U.S. Army Special Forces member
  • Beau Higgins – Senior Manager, Military Affairs at Amazon.com and retired US Marine Corps officer
  • Check out the following resources for veterans, military spouses, and families:

    Disney careers/heroes work here: Disney has a long history of respect and appreciation for the United States Armed Forces. Announced in 2012, Heroes Work Here is a company-wide initiative to hire, train and support returning veterans. Search for open positions based on your Armed Forces career field, military rank range, and preferred place of work. See also Apprenticeship & Development to find additional career readiness videos and tools to help you prepare for the next step in your career.

    Hire our heroes: We connect the military community – service members, military spouses, and veterans – with American businesses to create economic opportunity and a strong, diverse workforce.

    AVD: DAV is dedicated to one goal, to enable veterans to lead high quality lives with respect and dignity.

    Wounded Warrior Project: Each warrior has a next mission. We know that the transition to civilian life is a journey. And for every warrior, family member, and caregiver, that journey is different. We are here for their first step, and every step after that. Because we believe every warrior should have a positive future to look forward to.

    The Bob Woodruff Foundation: We navigate a maze of more than 46,000 nonprofit organizations to find, fund and shape innovative programs in the communities where our veterans, their families and caregivers live and work. BWF relies on partnerships with leading nonprofits, corporations, military, and government to meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans and their families.

    The mission continues: The Mission Continues is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers veterans to continue their service and empowers communities with talent, skills, and readiness to generate visible impact.

    USO: The USO strengthens American military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation.

    American Corporate Partners (ACP): American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a national nonprofit organization that helps returning veterans and active-duty spouses find their next career through one-on-one mentoring, networking, and online career advice.

    US Department of Veterans Affairs: VA for Vets, run by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, has everything a veteran needs to begin the career transition.

    Veteran Students of America: Through a network of more than 1,500 campus chapters, Student Veterans of America ensures that student veterans and military-related students realize their greatest potential.

    DOD SkillBridge: The DOD SkillBridge Program is an opportunity for Service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through industry-specific training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service. SkillBridge connects Service members with industry partners through real-world work experiences.

    USAA: USAA is dedicated to the financial security of service members, veterans and their families. We provide expert advice, a full suite of financial products, and top-notch service that lets you know you’re part of the USAA family.

    Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP): The Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) connects military spouses with hundreds of employer partners who are committed to recruiting, hiring, promoting and retaining military spouses.

    Free LinkedIn Membership: In conjunction with SheerID, LinkedIn is offering eligible members of the US military community one year of access to LinkedIn Premium. You’ll also get unlimited access to over 10,000 courses through our LinkedIn Learning platform as part of the program.

    Blue Star families: We empower families to thrive while they serve and are committed to strengthening military families by connecting them with their neighbors to create vibrant communities of mutual support.

    Work Opportunity for Veterans (VOW): The 2011 Veterans Work to Hire Heroes Act provides a seamless transition for the military, expands education and training, and provides opportunities for veterans.

    Copyright © 2022 KFSN-TV. All rights reserved.

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    Local pet rescue takes action to help veteran dog owners – Salisbury Post https://20thcvetsmem.org/local-pet-rescue-takes-action-to-help-veteran-dog-owners-salisbury-post/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 04:04:51 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/local-pet-rescue-takes-action-to-help-veteran-dog-owners-salisbury-post/ SALISBURY — A local nonprofit pet rescue is working to help veterans who own pets and need help transporting their companions. Rick Roper, president of Maverick Pet Transportation and Rescue, has been volunteering with a team of helpers for three years. When veterans are admitted to hospital or find themselves in other unfortunate circumstances, some […]]]>

    SALISBURY — A local nonprofit pet rescue is working to help veterans who own pets and need help transporting their companions.

    Rick Roper, president of Maverick Pet Transportation and Rescue, has been volunteering with a team of helpers for three years. When veterans are admitted to hospital or find themselves in other unfortunate circumstances, some do not have family or others to care for their pets while they are away.

    So Roper steps in. He spoke at a symposium at the Department of Veterans Affairs when the program was first offered, sharing that Maverick’s services are available to veterans who need care for their pets.

    “If we have the funding, we can board the dog,” he explained. “We get them vaccinated and update their vaccines.

    He said that so far six dogs have gone through the rescue program.

    Even if the animal is difficult to retrieve from a home, a volunteer from the nonprofit transportation agency can visit a veteran’s home while they are out to provide food and water to an animal that does not feel comfortable being removed. The program’s flexibility ensured pets loyal to their veteran owners were cared for, even if they couldn’t go to a boarding center.

    Roper also said the organization is considering including veteran IDs in microchipped dog profiles. Some veterans do not have identification documents to identify their status.

    “Sometimes when animal control gets calls to come to these homes, they don’t get told ‘he’s a veteran,’ so sometimes they have no idea,” he said. “A lot of veterans use these dogs to recover and get out of the house. It doesn’t matter which side you’re on, veterans need help. They’ve been through enough…I’m not here to take the dogs from the veterans, we are here to give them the help they need.

    “The long-term idea is to go through the VA and get on the veterans mailing list that ‘hey, keep your pets up to date, we can help you get them vaccinated or give them some food,'” Roper said. “It’s just a starting point.”

    You can visit maverickpet.org or the organization’s Facebook page for more information.

    “The long-term idea is to go through the VA and get on the veterans mailing list that ‘hey, keep your pets up to date, we can help you get them vaccinated or give them food. ‘” Roper said. “It’s just a starting point.”

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    Veterans Advisory Committee to Hold Town Hall for Veterans https://20thcvetsmem.org/veterans-advisory-committee-to-hold-town-hall-for-veterans/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 20:22:04 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/veterans-advisory-committee-to-hold-town-hall-for-veterans/ By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com Those who have served the nation in the armed forces and their families will have the opportunity to learn about veteran-related news, services and changes at a gathering at the Yelm Community Center on August 10. The event, hosted by the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC), will be held from […]]]>

    By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com

    Those who have served the nation in the armed forces and their families will have the opportunity to learn about veteran-related news, services and changes at a gathering at the Yelm Community Center on August 10.

    The event, hosted by the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC), will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    “This meeting is open to all veterans and their family members,” said Jerry Fugich, chairman of the Veterans Legislative Coalition. “We have also invited representatives and their staff to attend, and we hope they will be there to listen to veterans’ issues.

    The public meeting will feature updates from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, federal veterans care programs, county Veterans Assistance Fund, WorkSource and the Suicide Prevention Program.

    VAAC invites all veterans from Thurston, Pierce, Lewis and Mason counties to come to the event to learn about the various programs available to them.

    “These are all veteran communities. There is a very strong presence of veterans on the I-5 corridor and it is important for them to understand the benefits they are entitled to, Fugich said. “A lot of retired veterans don’t realize the benefits they’re missing out on, so we’re hoping to provide some clarity.”

    The VAAC provides information on a variety of topics related to veterans and their families, including resources for homeless veterans and suicide prevention. The committee also helps with paperwork in the event of the death of a veteran or his or her spouse.

    Its mission is to provide former soldiers with the help they need and to which they are entitled. There will be three duty officers at the public meeting to help attendees with complaints.

    The meeting will be led by retired Navy Colonel Jim Sims, who resides in the South Sound area.

    Speakers will include Renita Walker and Michele Elske, from the VA Caregiver program; Rochelle Hicklin, with Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Survivor Out Reach; Rafael Lozano, with WDVA programs; and Shellie Willis, President of the Women’s VAAC.

    Frank Hicks, with the Tenino VFW, will also talk about potential help for the city’s veterans, before Paul Herrera discusses the Global War on Terror and its effects on local communities.

    Fugich said the Veterans Legislative Coalition appreciates and thanks legislators who have worked with veterans organizations.

    “A lot of us are Vietnam veterans,” Fugich said. “We were not treated very well on our return and our elected officials are also treated in this way. We have to talk to them as if we want to be talked to and not make things worse. This is how things will be done. »

    Fugich said the groups he belongs to aim to provide service to veterans, while honoring local veterans who have paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting for their country.

    Fugich worked with the town of Tenino to establish a memorial wall for members of the community who served between the start of World War I and 2002.

    Fugich said the Veterans Legislative Coalition was trying to establish a memorial wall on the grounds of the Capitol in Olympia for “those who lost their lives in the Global War on Terror.” Five members of the Yelm community have died in the fight against terrorism, according to Fugich.

    “We don’t have to wait 50 years like they did for World War II veterans to honor those military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country,” Fugich said. “Honoring them is a big priority for us.”

    He later added, “How we treat people is important.”

    People can attend the meeting in person. It will also be streamed live on the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Facebook page. To join the livestream, go online to www.facebook.com/WSDVA/videos.

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    All eyes are on Sinema as Democrats face a week that could transform Biden’s presidency https://20thcvetsmem.org/all-eyes-are-on-sinema-as-democrats-face-a-week-that-could-transform-bidens-presidency/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 04:05:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/all-eyes-are-on-sinema-as-democrats-face-a-week-that-could-transform-bidens-presidency/ But there remains at least one huge question mark – Sinema’s vote, whose support is just as critical as Manchin’s in the 50-50 Senate. Like Manchin, she opposed dismantling the Senate filibuster to pass other priority bills for Democrats. She helped reshape Biden’s Build Back Better bill before Manchin blocked it last year. But now […]]]>

    But there remains at least one huge question mark – Sinema’s vote, whose support is just as critical as Manchin’s in the 50-50 Senate. Like Manchin, she opposed dismantling the Senate filibuster to pass other priority bills for Democrats. She helped reshape Biden’s Build Back Better bill before Manchin blocked it last year. But now the question is whether she will support the tax changes affecting private equity investors in the Manchin-Schumer compromise. While the 50th Democrat was expected to pass the measure with the deciding vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, Sinema has tremendous power to seek changes that threaten the bill’s fragile foundations, and she has so far avoided render its verdict on the agreement.

    Manchin suggested on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that he hadn’t told Sinema about the package since he agreed with Schumer. But he paid tribute to his Arizona colleague and her earlier work on lowering prescription drug prices — a goal included in the new bill.

    “When she looks at the bill and sees the whole range of what we’re doing and all the energy we’re putting in – all the lowering of prices and fighting inflation by lowering prices, having more energy – hopefully she’ll be positive about it,” Manchin said. “But she will make her decision. And I respect that.”

    Manchin wields his power

    Manchin, covering the Sunday TV talk shows, demonstrated his power at the heart of a tightly divided Senate as he gave his opinion on the legislation – always with an eye on voters at home in a deeply red state. Once again, Manchin has succeeded in putting his state, one of the poorest and smallest in the country, at the center of Washington’s policy-making.

    He has also used his power to defend centrism at a time when both parties seem to be moving towards their most radical grassroots supporters. After repeatedly infuriating Democrats by thwarting Biden’s agenda, he is now disappointing Republicans who had hoped he would maintain his opposition. On Sunday, Manchin insisted his program would reduce inflation, increase national energy production, ensure some corporations pay their fair share of taxes and benefit Americans by lowering prescription drug costs for patients. of Medicare.

    The measure would also spend nearly $370 billion to fight climate change and develop a new green energy economy, reinvigorating efforts that seemed doomed just weeks ago by the state senator’s opposition. coal. If the bill passes the Senate and later makes it to the House, it would instantly turn Biden into the president most committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and dedicate his global leadership to efforts. aimed at avoiding the most disastrous future effects. of climate change. It comes as extreme weather events – from drought in the American West to flooding in Kentucky that killed at least 28 people – ravage the United States.

    Climate finance isn’t the only key Democrat priority in the bill.

    The Manchin-Schumer bill, now renamed the “Cutting Inflation Act,” includes expanded subsidies to the Affordable Care Act that would also cement another key reform forged by Democratic power in the 21st century – Obamacare. These twin achievements could help change perceptions of the Biden presidency — which, despite some successes, including a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 bailout and a rare bipartisan infrastructure law — saw some key points on the agenda as voting rights and founding police reform in the Senate.

    What's in the Manchin-Schumer Deal on Climate, Health Care and Taxes

    While the bill’s passage may come too late to save Democrats from the painful punch of high inflation in November’s midterm elections, it could spur progressives demoralized by the inability to do more with it. the party’s weak control over Washington’s power. Taken together with the mobilization of liberals following the conservative Supreme Court’s overturning of the constitutional right to abortion and majority public support for gun restrictions following a series of mass shootings, Democrats would at least have a platform to run on in November if they can manage to weave a cohesive narrative about their accomplishments.

    With Republican strategists believing the House is already heading their way, according to new CNN reports over the weekend, a late spike in Democratic enthusiasm could boost the hopes of party leaders who believe the Senate is n It’s not a lost cause — especially against a clutch of candidates like ex-President Donald Trump who could scare suburban voters.

    GOP mobilizes to prevent Democratic victory

    Manchin explained Sunday that he understands the invective launched by many Democrats and independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders after he derailed the previous “Build Back Better” plan because he believed it would fuel inflation already in rise. He said he hoped the new measure would pass by the end of this week, when the Senate is due to take a recess in August.

    The timing remains an act of high tension – a single case of Covid-19 among Democratic senators, for example, could fracture the majority of the party since all Republicans are expected to be against it. There have been several recent positive tests among senators who sent them to solitary confinement, including Manchin.

    Republicans argue Manchin-Schumer energy and health care deal will raise taxes, citing nonpartisan data

    Defending his deal with Schumer, the West Virginia senator said “in normal times” Republicans would support the bill because it would cut the deficit, speed up licensing for oil and gas drilling and would increase energy production – all of which the GOP has already registered to back it up.

    But GOP senators are mobilizing to try to prevent the bill from passing, which would represent a victory for Biden and the Democrats before the midterms.

    “It really looks to me like Joe Manchin was taken to the cleaners,” Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey told Jake Tapper on the “State of the Union.”

    “Look, this bill, the corporate tax increase, is going to slow growth, probably exacerbate a recession that we’re probably already in,” said Toomey, who is retiring. He argued that controlling prescription drug prices would slow the development of lifesaving drugs and that the bill would subsidize “rich people who buy Teslas.”

    Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana told ABC News’ “This Week” that another multibillion-dollar spending bill could inject “an incredible amount of uncertainty” into the economy just as it was entering a recession.

    The debate is raging in Washington on this last point following the publication last week of an official report reporting a second consecutive quarter of negative growth. The White House insists that given strong job growth, the economy is not in a classic contraction. In practical terms, however, the semantics of the interior of the Beltway make little difference to Americans facing much higher grocery bills than a year ago, even though prices at the pumps have come down somewhat in recent years. weeks.

    Republicans accused of ‘cruelty’ to veterans’ health care

    The battle over the climate and health care bill will parallel this week with heated controversy over the GOP’s blocking of a bill that would provide health care to veterans exposed to toxic fumes from combustion fireplaces, which were used to incinerate waste at military installations during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Activists, including comedian Jon Stewart, have accused the GOP of “cruelty” after some senators who voted for a previous version of the bill voted not to advance this one. Republicans, meanwhile, accuse Democrats of inserting new spending and complain that their amendments were not included. Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough said on ‘State of the Union’ that a Toomey amendment would place a ‘year-to-year’ cap on what the department can spend on veterans exposed to burn sites and would lead to “care rationing”.

    VA secretary says Republican-backed amendments to burning fireplace legislation will lead to a
    Biden, in a FaceTime call from solitary confinement after recording another positive Covid-19 test on Saturday, promised Capitol protesters he would fight for the legislation “as long as I have a breath in me.” .

    Toomey told Tapper, however, that he had long opposed the measure because he wanted funding for fireplace care to be included in annual appropriations rather than the mandatory spending column. He said current legislation would allow Democrats to divert $400 billion for other purposes. And he denied claims that Republicans would delay the bill to prevent Democrats from winning another victory, after the Manchin-Schumer deal is reached, as “absurd and dishonest.”

    However, the sight of Republicans voting against veterans’ health care — regardless of the intricate details of the case — threatens to reinforce the impression that the party is becoming more extreme. And it also distracts from key issues that are most likely to sway the midterm elections in favor of the GOP, including inflation, gas prices and Biden’s low approval rating.

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    I-Team: Former Massachusetts Veterans Services chief back on state payroll https://20thcvetsmem.org/i-team-former-massachusetts-veterans-services-chief-back-on-state-payroll/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 22:18:43 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/i-team-former-massachusetts-veterans-services-chief-back-on-state-payroll/ BOSTON — Francisco Urena, the former Massachusetts Veterans Services chief who was in charge when dozens of veterans died at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home during the COVID 19 pandemic is back on the payroll of State. Urena had previously resigned following the deaths of the soldiers. Governor Charlie Baker praised Urena when he introduced her […]]]>

    BOSTON — Francisco Urena, the former Massachusetts Veterans Services chief who was in charge when dozens of veterans died at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home during the COVID 19 pandemic is back on the payroll of State. Urena had previously resigned following the deaths of the soldiers.

    Governor Charlie Baker praised Urena when he introduced her at an event in 2019. This was before he resigned as secretary of veterans services following the devastating COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home that has claimed more than 77 lives.

    Laurie Mandeville Beaudette’s father was one of them. “The pain is always there no matter what,” she told I-Team. “I can’t believe my dad died the way he did on his own. No one should have to die like this.”

    Laurie and the other families of the fallen soldiers sued the state and Urena for her role in the veterans’ safety failure. They settled the case for $56 million in May.

    Just a month earlier in April, the state’s website shows Urena back on the payroll, earning $100,000 as deputy director of military initiatives at Mass Development, a state agency.

    “It’s unreal, such a slap in the face for the veterans who died there. I can’t believe the state of Massachusetts would rehire him,” Laurie said.

    Steve Connor is a veterans affairs officer and a friend of Urena. He says that in the Holyoke tragedy, Urena was not the only one to blame. “I don’t think it was all on him. There were so many mistakes, there were so many issues that I don’t think you can blame any one individual,” Connor said. “I’m glad he found a chance to continue serving.”

    Urena told the I-Team in a phone call that he was hired in April, but declined to tell us how he got the job and hung up when we asked about his salary. We contacted Mass Development about Urena’s employment, but received no response.

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    K9s for Warriors pairs service dogs with veterans https://20thcvetsmem.org/k9s-for-warriors-pairs-service-dogs-with-veterans/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 11:02:09 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/k9s-for-warriors-pairs-service-dogs-with-veterans/ OSHKOSH — After serving 11 years as a boatswain for the U.S. Coast Guard, Jorel Wester’s life came to a screeching halt when an injury led to his honorable discharge in 2012. Wester, a native of Anchorage, Alaska, hadn’t considered a career outside of the U.S. Coast Guard, and while pursuing studies in welding and […]]]>

    OSHKOSH — After serving 11 years as a boatswain for the U.S. Coast Guard, Jorel Wester’s life came to a screeching halt when an injury led to his honorable discharge in 2012.

    Wester, a native of Anchorage, Alaska, hadn’t considered a career outside of the U.S. Coast Guard, and while pursuing studies in welding and drafting while living in Oshkosh, nothing seemed to stick.

    “I bounced from job to job and nothing worked. I found it kind of self-sabotaging to tell myself ‘I love my job’ and then realize that I didn’t want to do it at all,” Wester said. “The drive was gone. It added to the black hole.”

    Wester’s black hole has only grown. He wasted hours in grief, anxiety and frustration, fueled by memories of losing lives in his role with the Washington State Guard search and rescue unit, and his new limitations. physically as a result of his injuries.

    In 2017, he made a plan to end his life, with the caveat that he would listen to any sign that intervened. This sign came, perhaps unexpectedly, in the form of a Firehouse Subs soda mug advertising the Florida-based nonprofit. K9 for warriors.

    Two years later, he met a rescue dog named Betsy. They would give themselves new spells in life. Betsy has been with Wester for almost three years.

    Wester is one of 745 veterans who have received service dogs through the K9s for Warriors program, according to the nonprofit’s CEO, Rory Diamond. The program pairs veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma with rescue dogs. Dogs are frequently adopted from shelters with high mortality rates.

    “Before the dog, you’re alone and fighting demons. You almost always have trouble sleeping and have intense suicidal thoughts,” Diamond said.

    Of the 745 K9 for Warriors veterans, Diamond said 72% had attempted suicide before contacting the nonprofit. This number reflects a troubling national average of veteran suicides that is only rising.

    According to data from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, 6,261 American veterans died by suicide in 2019, which represents more than 17 veteran suicides per day. In Wisconsin, during the same period, the suicide rate for veterans was 26.2, which is significantly higher than the overall state suicide rate of 17.9 and the overall national suicide rate of 18.

    A Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine study demonstrated the clinical importance of service dogs in reducing symptoms of PTSD in veterans. Those veterans with service dogs showed less depression, better quality of life, and better social functioning.

    K9s for Warriors trains rescue dogs for approximately six to eight months before they are ready to meet their warriors. Diamond said a lot of compatibility tests are done to pair dogs — normally medium-sized dogs in the vein of Labs and German Shepherds — with the right veterans.

    And, since the dogs themselves have likely suffered trauma from upbringing, trainers ensure that the dogs have a calm, caring environment from which they can grow as service animals.

    Once Wester’s K9s for Warriors app got the green light, he still had to wait about two years before he could meet Betsy. During this period, K9s for Warriors staff inquired with him to see if he was safe.

    “They’re vulnerable at that time,” Diamond said. “We spend a lot of time talking with them. We do Facebook Live, weekly calls if that’s what it takes. We give them homework to do and tests to take. It’s about squeezing them into our arms. They already know who we are.” , especially when they get here.”

    When his “dog day” finally arrived, Wester was afraid to board the flight to Jacksonville, Florida. It was difficult, he said, to break away from his routine and leave behind his support structure with this new leap of faith.

    “I was a ball of mess,” Wester said. “I was at the facility with seven or eight other vets and we’re all struggling, and our struggles aren’t the same.”

    But everything changed when he caught the eye of Betsy, a black Labrador with a big canine smile. Wester played fetch with Betsy, Betsy dashed in and out of the pools, and with the speed of a dog pouncing after a tennis ball, the bond clicked into place.

    These days, Wester is a tooling designer for military trucks at Oshkosh Defense. Betsy sits (and sometimes drools) by his side as he works, occasionally looking at him with her big puppy eyes to assess his comfort zone and needs.

    “She’s able to see when I’m changing. She can tell when I’m agitated, when there are medical issues that may seem normal to everyone,” Wester said. “We’ve had such a couple during this time, she’s able to help distract me at crucial times.”

    Diamond said K9s for Warriors’ greatest mission is to end veteran suicides, and he considers Wester’s story emblematic of the program. During the scorching days in Jacksonville, Diamond said there was a reason he always wore sunglasses and it had little to do with the sun.

    “It’s extremely moving to see these warriors and dogs meet each other’s eyes for the first time,” Diamond said. “You watch them reborn right in front of you.”

    If you or someone you know needs help and you are a veteran or military member, call the Veterans Crisis Line and the Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273- 8255. – free hotline, online chat or SMS.​

    Natalie Eilbert covers mental health issues for USA TODAY NETWORK-CENTRAL WISCONSIN. She welcomes story tips and comments. You can reach her at neilbert@gannett.com or check out his Twitter profile at @natalie_eilbert. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or text “Hopeline” to the National Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

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    Release Date, Trailer, Cast, and Everything We Know So Far https://20thcvetsmem.org/release-date-trailer-cast-and-everything-we-know-so-far/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 17:45:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/release-date-trailer-cast-and-everything-we-know-so-far/ The next indie drama thriller to hit the big screen is Breakup, a tragic true story of a desperate hostage-taking while drawing attention to the mistreatment of American veterans. Original title 892, Breakup focuses on Brian Brown-Easley (Jean Boyega), a former Navy veteran, whose personal struggles push him to the limit. With the plot taken […]]]>

    The next indie drama thriller to hit the big screen is Breakup, a tragic true story of a desperate hostage-taking while drawing attention to the mistreatment of American veterans. Original title 892, Breakup focuses on Brian Brown-Easley (Jean Boyega), a former Navy veteran, whose personal struggles push him to the limit. With the plot taken from an important 2018 article written by Aaron Frostthe disastrous consequences of Easley’s actions still pose a real dilemma that is not entirely his fault and rather a complex problem much bigger than himself.

    The socially relevant film was announced in March 2021 with Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country) originally attached to play the lead role. However, his schedule conflicts with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania led to Majors leaving the project and being replaced by John Boyega. Following its production run through mid-2021, the film premiered on January 21 at the Sundance Film Festival 2022. It had a largely positive reception from critics praising the engrossing and tense drama as well as Boyega’s incredible performance. As the movie officially hits theaters to deliver gripping drama with a hard-hitting message, here’s a guide to everything we know so far about Breakup.

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    Watch the Breakup Trailer

    The first trailer was released on July 20, 2022, to announce its theatrical release. It jumps right into the story with Brian Brown-Easley showing up at Wells Fargo Bank in Atlanta with a note claiming he’s holding a bomb. Despite his threat, his calm and gentle demeanor towards bank employees and hostages hides a complex truth about what got him to this point.

    Here is the official synopsis that accompanied the trailer.

    When Navy veteran Brian Brown-Easley is denied support from Veterans Affairs, financially desperate and out of options, he takes a bank and several of its employees hostage, setting the stage for a tense confrontation with the police. Based on a real story.

    When is Breaking coming out and where can I watch it?

    Following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the distribution company, Bleecker Street, has acquired the rights to the film to release it in limited theaters starting August 26, 2022 in the United States and Canada. Its autonomy is 103 minutes or 1 hour and 43 minutes. Currently, there is no mention of when the film will be available for online streaming or purchase.


    When and where was Breaking filmed?

    Principal photography for the film began on July 6, 2021, after Jonathan Majors was replaced by John Boyega for the lead role. Filming took place in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California through August 16, 2021.

    Related:Jeffrey Wright on HBO Documentary ‘We Are Not Done Yet’ and Working With Veterans

    Who are the cast and crew of Breaking?

    Breakup is the directorial debut of Abi Damaris Corbin whose past projects mainly include a few short films like Moon and The suitcase. After reading Gell’s article about the incident, Corbin wanted to create the film especially since his own father is also a veteran. She also co-wrote the film with Kwame Kwei Armah who is a British actor and director. Both contacted Easley’s family to seek legitimate permission to tell his story. The film’s cinematography is done by Doug Emmetwho has participated in recent films like I care a lot and sorry to disturb you. Most of the producers came from Salmira Productions, EPIC Magazine, and Little Lamb Productions to help with the film’s development.


    John Boyega plays the lead role, with Breakup being part of a list of upcoming films by the British actor who is popularly known for his role as Finn du star wars sequel trilogy. Outraged star warshe acted in movies like Attack the block and Detroit. He also won a Golden Globe for his performance in the TV miniseries small ax. His most recent project was the 2021 film Naked singularitywhich will be followed by the release of The female king come out later this year. Boyega is also working on the sequel to Attack the block.

    Nicole Beharie plays one of the two main hostages, bank manager Estel Valerie, whom Easley interacts with while making demands. Her main role was in the television series sleepy hollow and she is also known for starring in major movies like Shame opposite Michael Fassbender and 42which was led by Chadwick Boseman. She continued to appear in other shows as well as black mirror, Small fires everywhereand Solos. Breakup and Honk for Jesus. save your soul are two of his upcoming films.


    This film also marks the posthumous release of one of the last screen appearances of Michael K. Williams, who plays Eli Bernard, a police officer trying to mediate the situation with Easley. The five-time Emmy nominated actor was well known for starring in the TV series Thread. Her other impressive television roles included the series Boardwalk Empire, The night ofand Lovecraft Country. He also starred in movies like 12 years of slavery and Bodywork Brokers. Breakup is one of the last three projects to be released after his death in 2021, which includes another film titled Surrounded.

    Selenis Leyva plays the role of the other main hostage, Rosa Diaz, who works at the front desk and encounters Easley’s threatening note. She is best known for her television roles in Law and order and Orange is the new black. Her most recent role was in the television series Diary of a Future President and his next upcoming project is the movie Creed III.


    Other supporting characters include Connie Breton (Nashville) as Lisa Larson, a local editor who contacts Easley to hear her story during the hostage situation. Robb Derringer (general hospital) and Jeffrey Morgan (Burn Notice) play Chief Jack Quail and Major Riddick, respectively, who both work as outside law enforcement in an attempt to deal with Easley’s actions. Olivia Washington (The small things) and London Covington (Abbott Elementary School) play Cassandra and Kiah, Easley’s ex-wife and daughter.

    Related: ‘892 Cast & Filmmakers Explain Why They Wanted To Tell The Brian Brown-Easley Story | Sundance 2022

    What is the breakup?

    Breakup is based on true events where the depicted incident involving Easley occurred on July 7, 2017. He was a Lance Corporal who served in Kuwait and Iraq before being discharged in 2005. Upon his return to the United States , he was welcomed by his family and even got married and had a daughter. Yet after serving in the war, he was diagnosed with PTSD, as well as struggling financially while living on a monthly disability check provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    In July 2017, he did not receive his final check, which threatened his livelihood as his rent was due. When the regional benefits office was unable to solve his problem, Easley walks into a branch of Wells Fargo claiming he has explosives in his backpack. Such drastic action only underscored his desperation to be heard and get his designated $892 check (the basis of the film’s original title) to live on. The intense situation is the premise of the dramatic film while shedding light on Easley’s disadvantaged circumstances. These difficulties were the result of failing systems and institutions that still fail to meet the needs of American veterans and African Americans in general.

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    Senators introduce bipartisan legislation to ensure dedicated breastfeeding spaces at VA medical centers for mothers who are veterans https://20thcvetsmem.org/senators-introduce-bipartisan-legislation-to-ensure-dedicated-breastfeeding-spaces-at-va-medical-centers-for-mothers-who-are-veterans/ Fri, 22 Jul 2022 20:30:27 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/senators-introduce-bipartisan-legislation-to-ensure-dedicated-breastfeeding-spaces-at-va-medical-centers-for-mothers-who-are-veterans/ 22.07.22 This week, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, introduced the bipartisan Lactation Spaces Act for Veteran Mothers ensure that each medical center operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contains a specially designated hygienic private space for the nursing care […]]]>

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    This week, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, introduced the bipartisan Lactation Spaces Act for Veteran Mothers ensure that each medical center operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contains a specially designated hygienic private space for the nursing care of veterans, VA employees, and their partners. There are currently 90 VA medical centers across the country with such designated rooms, but these spaces are reserved for employees who treat, not veterans receiving care at the VA.

    “All mothers deserve a private and hygienic place to breastfeed their children, said Senator Rosen. “We cannot continue to allow only half of VA medical centers to have a designated nursing room open to veterans and their partners. Mothers who are veterans have sacrificed so much for our country, the least we can do is give them privacy while breastfeeding by passing this bipartisan bill.

    “We should do all we can to support mothers and their babies by providing better access to breastfeeding rooms in public places,” said Senator Murkowski. “As the number of female veterans increases rapidly, we need to ensure that we have adequate support services for them. Right now, only half of VA medical centers have a nursing room, so we need to change that. I am proud to support female veterans by ensuring that our VA facilities have nursing rooms that are accessible to employees, veterans, and their partners.

    A complementary bill, presented by the deputy Elaine Luria (D-VA), past in the House unanimously in May.

    Related issues: health, veterans


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