VETERAN’S NEWS From the Internet
Gathered by Bob Kinsler, SSG (ret), US Army, DAV, VFW Dept. of Oklahoma, PRO/Editor
Volunteers Provided 11 Million Hours of Service
Personal contributions of time and care are the National Salute’s hallmark and the foundation of VA Voluntary Service (VAVS). VA volunteers epitomize the one-to-one sharing and caring that is a core value of our Nation. Last year, over 76,000 VA volunteers gladly gave more than 11 million hours of service to Veterans.
Everyone has the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of Veterans.
The human connection is essential to providing great clinical care. Without volunteers, the quality of our services and programs would be lessened.
Our volunteers do what it takes to make their heroes feel at home. They read to patients, provide recreation transportation, entertainment and training. They offer respite for caregivers, coaching, friendship, or sometimes the value of a volunteer is as simple as the offer of a sympathetic ear.
This personal dimension of kindness and concern goes to the heart of VA health care. We are blessed to have volunteers who make life better for those who gave selflessly of themselves.
As we treat increasing numbers of Veterans at VA, our reliance on community support and involvement continues to grow.
Actor Lou Diamond Phillips, a dedicated Veterans’ advocate, is VA’s 2017 National Salute Chairman. In 1993, he was the recipient of the Oxfam America Award for his dedication to ending world hunger.
Want to Volunteer? Here’s how.
The VAVS program is a key link between Veterans who seek care with VA and their communities. It is an avenue through which every citizen and organization can show our Veterans, young and old, that America cares and remembers.
You can volunteer to show your support and commitment to the men and women who preserved our freedom yesterday and serve freedom’s cause today. It is through the sincere dedication of volunteers and trusted partnerships that allow us to live up to the VHA mission of “Honoring Service and Empowering Health” of Veteran patients nationwide.
One way is to volunteer to drive the VA Funded Shuttle Vans, Contact your local VFW Service Officers or Post Commanders for more information on who to contact regarding this service.
Automobile Features for Disabled Veterans
Many of the latest automotive technologies that are offered as standard features for typical drivers can make driving easier for disabled Veterans. These include: (1) heated seats; (2) adjustable foot pedals for veterans with knee and ankle problems. They can be found on larger SUVs and trucks, and some come with memory functionality; (3) power-operating tailgates on SUVs and crossovers for veterans with a limited range of motion in their upper bodies; (4) voice recognition; and (5) driver assistance technologies. Be sure to check out the VA’s ‘automobile allowance‘ program. Grants are available to disabled veterans to defray the costs of some of these features. Contact your local VFW Post Service Officer for more information on this.
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A SOLDIER WITH PTSD FELL IN A HOLE and couldn’t get out.
A Senior NCO went by and the Soldier with PTSD called out for help. The Senior NCO yelled at, told him to suck it up dig deep & drive on, then threw him a shovel. But the Soldier with PTSD could not suck it up and drive on so he dug the hole deeper.
A Senior Officer went by and the Soldier with PTSD called out for help. The Senior Officer told him to use the tools your Senior NCO has given you then threw him a bucket. But the Soldier with PTSD was using the tools his Senior NCO gave him so he dug the hole deeper and filled the bucket.
A psychiatrist walked by. The Soldier with PTSD said, “Help! I can’t get out!” The psychiatrist gave him some drugs and said, “Take this. It will relieve the pain.” The Soldier with PTSD said thanks, but when the pills ran out, he was still in the hole.
A well-known psychologist rode by and heard the Soldier with PTSD cries for help. He stopped and asked, ” How did you get there? Were you born there? Did your parents put you there? Tell me about yourself, it will alleviate your sense of loneliness.” So the Soldier with PTSD talked with him for an hour, then the psychologist had to leave, but he said he’d be back next week. The Soldier with PTSD thanked him, but he was still in the hole.
A priest came by. The Soldier with PTSD called for help. The priest gave him a Bible and said, “I’ll say a prayer for you.” He got down on his knees and prayed for the Soldier with PTSD, then he left. The Soldier with PTSD was very grateful, he read the Bible, but he was still stuck in the hole.
A recovering Soldier with PTSD happened to be passing by. The Soldier with PTSD cried out, “Hey, help me. I’m stuck in this hole!” Right away the recovering Soldier with PTSD jumped down in the hole with him. The Soldier with PTSD said, “What are you doing? Now we’re both stuck here!!” But the recovering Soldier with PTSD said, “Calm down. It’s okay. I’ve been here before. I know how to get out.
There is one military veteran service organization that is filled with recovered soldiers with PTSD waiting for you to yell for help, that being the Veterans of Foreign Wars. So if you need help call them, join with them and help others climb out of that hole you are in with their help.