|Posted by Tori on January 28, 2012 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
Patriot Outreach Upper Midwest Regional Director Lee Booton is pleased to announce that the annual Scrap Iron King Car Show in Jewell, Iowa lends its money and support to our organization by donating all entry fees collected at the event on June 9, 2012.
Our own Lee Booton and one of our biggest legislative supporters, the incomparable Rep. Dan Kelley, will be judges at the unique event which will feature Classic American cars and trucks, Street Rods, and Rat Rods.
Attendees and participants are urged to bring donations to support Patriot Outreach.
Many thanks to Representative Dan Kelley and Lee Booton for their hard work on this event and many others in the great state of Iowa.
Here is a link to the event page: http://www.scrapironking.com/index.html
|Posted by Stephen Rose on January 13, 2012 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
(AP) WASHINGTON - January 11, 2012 - Michelle Obama has gotten a new commitment from medical schools to boost training and research for the treatment of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health injuries.
The initiative is part of the first lady's Joining Forces campaign, which focuses on issues affecting veterans and their families.
Mrs. Obama was to announce the commitment from more than 100 medical schools during an appearance Wednesday at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. The schools are agreeing to step up training for medical students in how to treat PTSD and traumatic brain injury, increase research into the conditions and share new information and best practices.
Aides said Mrs. Obama will emphasize that while most troops come home from combat with few or no mental health issues, those who do should not see it as a source of shame or weakness.
The Defense Department estimates that nearly 213,000 military personnel have suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2000.
An earlier report by the Rand Corp. think tank estimated that 300,000 veterans of both conflicts suffered post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression. Fewer than half had sought treatment for PTSD over the preceding year and nearly 60 percent of those reporting a probable brain injury weren't evaluated by a physician for one.
"This is a long-term issue for the nation," said Brad Cooper, the executive director of Joining Forces.
There is no new funding associated with the initiative, and medical schools will make their own decisions about how to integrate more training and research into PTSD and traumatic brain injury into their curriculum.
|Posted by ROXANNE BAUCOM on December 8, 2011 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
VA issues guidelines for handling sexual trauma
By Patricia Kime - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Dec 8, 2011 12:37:09 EST
In light of a Veterans Affairs Department study showing that one-third of female Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder report being raped, sexually assaulted or harassed, and one in 100 military men say they’ve experienced unwanted sexual contact, VA issued guidelines to regional offices Dec. 2 on assessing claims for PTSD caused by military sexual trauma.
Most VA disability claims require a statement from the veteran, along with objective documentation such as a doctor’s statement or evidence of a traumatic event, a diagnosis or participation in combat for supporting a claim.
The sexual trauma guidelines encourage examiners to look for evidence that an assault or harassment occurred, including requests for reassignment, pregnancy tests, seeking treatment for depression and other signs that something happened in addition to considering statements from the veteran.
“VA is aware that, because of the personal and sensitive nature of the [military sexual trauma] stressors in these cases, it is often difficult for the victim to report or document the event when it occurs,” the guidelines state.
The information also outlines tactics for investigating and rating claims and encourages VA investigators to weigh evidence in a “light most favorable to the veteran.”
VA reiterates, though, that the final decision for determining a service connection for PTSD lies with the Veterans Benefits Administration raters and not with Veterans Health Administration medical examiners.
But “in those cases where the evidence for and against service connection is approximately equal, the benefit of doubt must be resolved in favor of the veteran and service connection granted,” the guidelines state.
In September, Shira Maguen, a San Francisco VA Medical Center psychologist, published a study online in Women’s Health Issues that found female veterans reporting military sexual trauma were four times more likely to develop PTSD than those who had not been sexually traumatized.
The study, composed of a review of military health records, also noted that 31 percent of female veterans from the current conflicts diagnosed with PTSD reported experiencing a military sexual trauma.
VA defines military sexual trauma as threatening, harassment or physical assault of a sexual nature that occurs when the victim is in the military.
Senate Veterans Affairs Committee members said Wednesday they welcome the changes.
“These efforts are long overdue, and more work remains to done. Far too many service members, both men and women, are returning home from service carrying the devastating wounds that result” from military sexual trauma, wrote committee chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., in a letter to Allison Hickey, the VA undersecretary for benefits.
|Posted by ROXANNE BAUCOM on December 8, 2011 at 4:55 PM||comments (0)|
Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Ohio
Veterans have always played a pivotal role throughout our history as not only defenders of our country. Some of our most prominent business people and leaders have served in the armed forces. They have a long history of successfully coupling their military training with the needs of corporations, dating back to the 1700's. Veterans bring a unique skill set to civilian jobs. They can call on a wide range of real life experiences, training and education that allows them to perform at the highest level.
Milicruit was created to address the premise that the traditional military career fair is costly, time-consuming and often times ineffective. Given the large number of veterans currently looking to reenter civilian life, and the large number of employers seeking to hire veterans, we designed milicruit to allow industry leading employers, veterans and military spouses the opportunity to meet and interact in a fully interactive online environment from wherever they may be located.
Some of the benefits of Milicruit include:
•Veterans get more access to more employers
•Employers gain access to veterans they may otherwise miss.
•A great screening tool for employers and veterans.
•Veterans can attend at their convenience.
•Employers benefit from tax advantages of hiring veterans.
•Provides equal access to the veteran who may have a disability
|Posted by ROXANNE BAUCOM on December 6, 2011 at 3:55 PM||comments (0)|
Vows as President to Make Veterans Affairs a High Priority
November 19, 2011
Des Moines, Iowa – Former Senator Rick Santorum today applauded the work of Patriot Outreach and other groups working with veterans, stating that if elected president he would make veterans issues a high priority in his administration.
Meeting with veterans who had gathered at the historic Fort Des Moines Military Museum, Sen. Santorum challenged his fellow Republican presidential candidates to publicly make the same commitment that he had made.
“If you desire to serve as commander-in-chief of America’s military, then I challenge you to follow my example and commit to our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines – as well as to all our veterans – that America will keep its promises to those who wear the uniform.”
“As President, I will make veterans a high priority,” he added.
Citing quantitative research from several authoritative sources, the senator stated, “Our veterans have a higher rate of unemployment, a higher rate of homelessness, and a higher rate of suicide then most Americans. And this had better concern all of us.”
“This is not a Republican issue. This is not a Democratic issue. It is an American issue. And as president of the United States, I will ensure that those who have served our country will have whatever they need to re-adjust to civilian life.”
Santorum served 16 years in Congress from 1991 to 2007, including four years in the U.S. House of Representatives and 12 years in the U.S. Senate.
For eight years, he served on the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, where he grew increasingly concerned about the challenges facing America’s military.
“I worked closely with America’s Finest, and to think of our government threatening to cut their modest retirement income and health benefits is absolutely appalling to me.”
“When I hear officials in Washington talk about making deep cuts in our defense budget, or not giving our soldiers the tools they need to achieve victory, it is another indication that America needs new leadership.”
Senator Santorum sincerely thanked Patriot Outreach and the veterans who had traveled to Fort Des Moines to be on hand for his public statement.
“I commend Patriot Outreach for your tireless efforts to bring help and healing to our veterans. Your work is invaluable. It is essential for the health of our national soul.”
“Thanks, also, to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and Forty and Eight for all your work on behalf of our veterans. Your commitment to each other, as a band of brothers, is truly inspiring. I would be humbled and honored serve you in a greater way. God bless you.”
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|Posted by ROXANNE BAUCOM on December 6, 2011 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
December 1, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Veterans for a Strong America Chairman Joel Arends announced today that the organization would hold a presidential candidate forum in Des Moines on December 10th at 2 p.m. to discuss national security, foreign policy and veterans issues.
“Veterans for a Strong America is delighted to have this opportunity to increase public understanding of the candidates’ positions on critical foreign policy, national security and veterans issues that demand American leadership in the 21st century,” stated Arends, a veteran of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, a native Iowan and former member of the Iowa National Guard.
Serving, as the Deputy Chairman of Veterans for a Strong America is recently returned Afghanistan veteran and Iowa National Guard member Mark Lucas of Iowa City, IA. “This is the perfect opportunity for Iowans to have a discussion with the campaigns about issues important to veterans said Lucas.” “We’re also setting up computers so that vets can submit questions after our forum and during the debate. Vets know how to leverage technology to achieve their goals and we want to provide them with the opportunity to pose questions to the candidates during the debate and interact on-line with others in their social networks.”
The forum will be held across from Drake University at the Varsity Theater located at 1207 25th Street in Des Moines.
To schedule an interview with Joel Arends, or another veteran, or to register your media outlet for the event please contact [email protected]
|Posted by Stephen Rose on November 30, 2011 at 2:05 AM||comments (0)|
This website, Make The Connection, is for our Soldiers and their Families:
|Posted by Stephen Rose on November 28, 2011 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
Our Director of Outreach found these modules, tools, etc. for learning about, understanding, and coping with Post-Traumatic Stress and other emotional/stress difficulties like anxiety and anger. Please check these out. Personally, I found the module on Resilience to be very informative and helpful.
|Posted by ROXANNE BAUCOM on November 26, 2011 at 11:55 PM||comments (0)|
Hello Patriot Outreach Team:
Thank you to all of those joining us here at the Volunteer Partnership Website. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns. I am honored to be working with such a talented group of people with compassion for our Patriot Outreach Warriors.
Roxanne M. Baucom
|Posted by Stephen Rose on November 11, 2011 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
Veterans Day, 2011 - Patriot Outreach wants to say Thank You to all of our Veterans and their loved ones. Thank you for the sacrifices you have made and your service to this country. Patriot Outreach Radio wanted to make this a very special day for all of our Veterans and Supporters. Tonight, we will have our Veterans Day special with Melanie Hansen Davis, a personal historian who wrote "The Triumph Book: Heroes" a collection of first-person accounts from Veterans spanning the last 70 years. She will be joining us live tonight and we will also be taking calls from our listeners. You can talk with the Patriot Outreach Hosts, Melanie or simply do a shout out for your Veterans. Hope to see you there!!
Please click on the link below to get to our Radio Station tonight at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.