August 6, 1995 |
The Department of Veterans Affairs recommends that veterans experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder contact their local VA hospital for help. Symptoms can include sleeplessness, anxiety, crying spells, flashbacks, nightmares, depression and heavy drinking. Veterans who don't know the location of the nearest VA hospital should call the VA at 1-800-827-4833. For the hearing-impaired with TDD access, the number is 1-800-829-4833.
July 16, 2012 |
After Moses Maddox left the Marine Corps in 2006, he took a sales job with the for-profit University of Phoenix, making up to 100 calls a day to persuade veterans to enroll using their GI Bill benefits. Only after he enrolled himself did the former corporal discover that the state university he wanted to attend didn't accept the nine course credits he'd earned at Phoenix. "Basically, I wasted my GI Bill benefits -- just like a lot of other veterans I talk to," said Maddox, who until recently was a veterans benefits counselor at Palomar College in San Diego County.
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November 7, 2010 |
Until two weeks ago, Lindsay Higgins was sleeping on friends' sofas and park benches. But on Sunday evening, the 25-year-old former soldier donned a swirling black and cream evening gown and sashayed down the runway at an improvised fashion show in Los Alamitos celebrating women's military service. "I felt like I could be a model," she said, beaming. The event held at the California Wok restaurant was organized by GI Hope and Amvets, which advocate for veterans and help them locate services such as transitional housing, career advice, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.
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December 23, 2012 |
The federal Department of Veterans Affairs plans to begin work Jan. 25 to renovate a little-used building at its West Los Angeles campus into a home for 65 chronically homeless veterans. Westport Construction Inc. of Arcadia has been chosen as the contractor on the $17.6-million project, scheduled to be completed in spring 2014. The idea of refurbishing the historic 1945 building was proposed nine years ago by Santa Monica Councilman Bobby Shriver. Veteran activists and elected officials have complained about the length of time it took to secure funding and put the job out to bid. Westport's website said the project would include seismic upgrades to the three-story structure, which recently housed a workshop where veterans learned silk screening and print-making skills.
July 18, 1989
Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward J. Derwinski asked Congress to create a commission to conduct the first review of veterans health care in 25 years and make a "take-it-or-leave-it" recommendation. Derwinski carefully excluded the possibility of hospital closings, talking only of "changing missions" and the like.
May 26, 1989 |
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that it will cut some veterans health care services because "urgently needed" funds are tied up in a congressional battle over an emergency spending bill. VA Secretary Edward J. Derwinski called the cutbacks "temporary" and said they will be closely monitored. But he warned that unless the urgently needed new funds reach the department soon, more drastic cutbacks will follow. The department said the immediate steps being taken to save health care funds include a freeze on accepting new patients whose eligibility depends on available VA resources.