VETERAN’S NEWS From the Internet
Gathered by Bob Kinsler, SSG (ret), US Army, DAV, VFW Dist 4, Dept. of Oklahoma, PRO/Editor
Scholarship Recipient to Help Veterans Through Hard Times November 1, 2016
“The importance of education has revealed itself greatly in today’s time,” said 13-year Navy veteran LaShonda Hill of Georgia. “Without an education, you have to work 100 times harder to succeed in this competitive world.”
Hill is currently working on her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with emphasis on Military Families from Northcentral University, where halfway through her program, her G.I. Bill benefits ran out. Fortunately, Hill’s financial aid advisor urged her to apply for a VFW “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship,” which is helping her finish her degree without the stress and financial strain.
“I don’t think there are words to show how grateful I am to receive this scholarship,” said Hill. “It gives me the greatest sense of motivation and satisfaction.” Hill plans to dedicate her career to helping her fellow veterans through hard times.
“My ultimate goal is to establish my own nonprofit for veterans, helping them get through tough periods of transition, such as entering the civilian world, divorce and relationship issues,” said Hill.
It’s a career path Hill has no doubts about. “I chose this route because I have a passion for helping people,” said Hill. “The military is my life, and all I have known as a career. I love the military lifestyle, and I want to forever enhance, apply and share everything I’ve learned from the military culture.”
Hill credits her VFW “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” for keeping her on the path to success. “Without this scholarship, I would not be able to afford my education,” said Hill. “So many thanks to the VFW.”
VFW Helps Army Veteran Back on His Feet
VFW’s Unmet Needs program steps up to provide assistance with life’s basic necessities
Oct 31, 2016
Deon Wortham proudly served 20 years in the Army. He has been stationed all over the country, and he completed 10 overseas deployments, including two to Afghanistan.
Wortham separated from the military a year ago, and he struggled with finding a job.
“The market was hard,” said Wortham, a member of Post 1361 in Hutchison, Kan. “The jobs I was finding were paying $10 an hour. I had to transition from living off an E-7 [pay grade] to making next to nothing.”
An Army Sgt. 1st Class with more than 20 years experience makes an estimated $74,936 annually, according to military-ranks.org.
While Wortham was struggling to find gainful employment, he also was “knee deep in the VA compensation process.” He said that was the same time he was dealing with numerous medical conditions, including traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder. All of the conditions limited his ability to work.
“I was homeless for about 100 days,” Wortham said. “It became a painful thing to make ends meet. I was living motel to motel, so I decided to get smart and move to Wichita where the resources are.”
Wortham said he heard about VFW’s Unmet Needs through a national disabled veterans program.
“When I went to see the [service officer], he was on it,” Wortham said. “We did the application right in his office, and he pushed it forward.
“The DSO reps have their hand on the pulse of the problems that most service members face when they transition from military to civilian,” Wortham said. “They’re right on it. They really navigate through the benefits.”
The VFW was able to provide Wortham with a $500 gift card to purchase clothes, groceries and gas while Wortham was getting back on his feet. He accepted a job at a local grocery store and the additional funds helped him bridge the gap.
“Unmet Needs best serves service members regardless of branch or membership,” Wortham said. “It’s there to meet the needs of veterans and family members during crisis times or unexpected circumstances. I urge everyone who isn’t a VFW member to become one. It’s not just being part of an organization but being part of one that meets the needs of the veterans.”
Learn more about VFW’s Unmet Needs program by going to your local VFW Post and requesting to visit with the Veteran Service Officer. They have the forms and knowledge to get the ball rolling.
On November 11, we celebrate Veterans Day. Originally known as Armistice Day, it was created by an Act of Congress on May 13, 1938. It set the 11th of November of each year as a legal holiday to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and be known as Armistice Day, which was set in remembrance of the end of World War I. The Armistice was signed at 11:00 AM on the 11th day of the 11th month. In 1954, after World War II had required the greatest military mobilization in the history of the United States and following the Korean War, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word Armistice and inserting the word Veteran. With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became known as Veterans Day, a day to honor American veterans of all wars. We will forever be in the debt of our veterans as they are the guarantors of our freedoms. Let us honor them according.
A great way to help pay back that debt to our Veterans is to volunteer to drive the VA Funded and Licensed Shuttle Van that runs from Antlers, through Hugo, Grant, Paris to Bonham and back. And has been used to transport Veterans to VA Choice Appointments lately. Contact Mike Bray at 317-509-4165 (cell phone) or me, we will schedule for a physical (Free of charge) and background check, Driving training will be free (including operation of the handicapped equipment).
National Family Caregivers Month
Throughout the month of November, Caregiver Support Coordinators located at every VA medical center will be holding special events for caregivers of veterans to thank them for all they do to ensure their veteran loved ones are cared for and supported. Caregivers interested in participating in events should contact their local Caregiver Support Coordinators. The VA Caregiver Support Line toll-free number, 1-855-260-3274, is also available for caregivers who would like to speak to a licensed social worker for support, education and referrals.