August 2, 2018

{Guest Post} K9s For Warriors

Thank you to Consumers Advocate for sharing this amazing program K9s For Warriors


"HOW K9S FOR WARRIORS IS SAVING LIVES
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 670,000 dogs are euthanized each year in the United States. “We take shelter or rescue dogs and turn them into warriors,” says Duval. K9s For Warriors rescues dogs from animal shelters across the United States, particularly local ones including the Alachua County Humane Society, Putnam County Shelter, and Lake City County Shelter.
It takes K9s For Warrior six months to train a dog. They train a total of 120 dogs per year. They rescue most breeds except full-bred Pitbulls, Dobermans, Chow Chows, Rottweilers, or Dalmatians due to insurance restrictions or state sanctions. The service dogs have full public access (with papers) but are not emotional support dogs or pets.
Once the dogs are fully trained, they are ready to be paired with their warrior. As Duval says, “When the dog's healthy, the warrior is healthy.”
As of May 2018, K9s has rescued 870 dogs with 434 dogs becoming service dogs, and the remaining rescues placed for adoption with loving families.
The study found that PTSD symptoms were significantly lower in veterans with service dogs, demonstrating that service dogs are associated with lower PTSD symptoms among war veterans. 

The DoD reported that between 2000 and September 2017, about 173,000 active-duty service members were diagnosed with PTSD in the military health system, with about 139,000 of those being diagnosed following a deployment of 30 days or more.
According to the DoD, PTSD is treatable, and many service members will recover with appropriate treatment. However, many do not." To read the full article click here: https://www.consumersadvocate.org/features/k9s-for-warriors
Also click here for more information on https://www.k9sforwarriors.org/

July 25, 2018

Larry Sharpe for Governor of New York


We're getting closer and closer to November 6th, and I would like to share with my followers a candidate that is running for New York Governor who I personally endorse! Voting is your right as an American!! In the past I have shared posts on voting resources and you can find The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) administers the Federal responsibilities of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) on my Info page. It is so important for people of all ages to vote. College student may want to read this post I shared in the past: Why college voters matter! So please read below and find out who is Larry Sharpe:


Larry Sharpe, Libertarian Candidate for Governor
Larry Sharpe (L) is a Bronx native, a Marine Corps veteran, an entrepreneur, and a management consultant with 15 years of experience mentoring international executives, entrepreneurs & sales people. He is also a teacher, previously serving as a guest instructor for business management and leadership at institutions such as Yale University, Columbia University, Baruch College and John Jay College. He is now running for Governor of New York in order to make education more effective through innovation, reform the criminal justice system to focus on rehabilitation, and build an economy that works for all of New York State.
The​ ​Three Pillars of Larry Sharpe’s Platform:
  • Education:
  • ➢  Free teachers to develop curriculum that focus on skills employers need.
  • ➢  Introduce more options to education by exploring innovative alternatives like
    K-10 programs, vocational training, and more school choice.
  • ➢  Allow communities to decide what works best in their school district.
  • Economy:
  • ➢  Cut unnecessary spending by reducing or eliminating unfunded mandates, which
    will allow the state to help struggling New Yorkers by cutting property taxes and
    eliminating income tax.
  • ➢  Create real revenue raisers that are not tax based. Encourage innovation in
    business as the ​Marketer-in-Chief​.
  • ➢  Roll back regulations that stifle innovation and hurt small businesses.
    ❖ Criminal Justice:
    ➢ Give second chances and support to non-violent offenders who still have a chance

    to be productive members of society, thereby reducing prison populations.
  • ➢  Lowering the prison populations will allow for more specialized rehabilitation through educational and vocational training, which can reduce recidivism.
  • ➢  Allow Law Enforcement Officers to fight real crimes and help real victims by not enforcing laws that make criminals (like simple possession), in which there is no victim.
  • In addition to these three platforms,​ Larry Sharpe and his team have researched and developed policies relating to agriculture, immigration, infrastructure, budget reform, energy, unions, pension, medicaid, and much more. All of these policies have one thing in common: Larry Sharpe wants to empower the people of New York State to be free and innovative, bringing growth to our communities and prosperity to our state.
    To schedule Larry for an event, contact Shawn Hannon at ​shawn.hannon@larrysharpe.com​. For media related inquiries, contact Lauren Mckinnon at ​lauren.mckinnon@larrysharpe.com​.
    For more information about Larry Sharpe’s plan for New York, visit http://www.larrysharpe.com/​.
Larry Sharpe for Governor 445 Park Avenue, 9t​ h​ Floor New York, NY 10022 
http://www.larrysharpe.com/
Facebook: LarrySharpe4Gov Twitter: @LarrySharpe

July 11, 2018

{Guest Post} How to Become a Military Medical Professional

Thank you to the Real Caregivers for sharing this informational post. They showcase caregivers and their journeys through interviews, videos, and articles. 
https://realcaregivers.allheart.com/


How to Become a Military Medical Professional: A Step-by-Step Guide

Some people dream of becoming a doctor; others dream of entering the military — and some people dream of both. There are many career options available for those who wish to become a medical professional in any one of the five main branches of the United States military: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. Here, we lay out a step-by-step guide for what it takes to become a military medical professional.

Contact a military recruiter.
There are multiple medical positions, scholarship opportunities and branches in the military. A recruiter will be able to go over all your options and help you figure out the best choices for your situation and interests.

Pursue a bachelor’s degree.
Becoming a medical professional in the military follows a very similar path to that of a civilian doctor — and it starts with college. If you’re currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree, try to pick a science or medical field, such as biology or chemistry, that will make it easier to get into med school. Keep your grades up since medical schools look for students with a high GPA. When you can, seek out medical volunteer opportunities and shadow current practitioners to bolster your application.

Study for and pass the entrance exam.
No matter what specialty you select, you’ll probably have to study for and take an entrance exam to get into your medical graduate school of choice and achieve a high enough score to be admitted to the program. The most well-known exam is the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), which is required for med school.

Determine when to enter the military.
You can start your career in the military at various points in your medical career. You can apply as an undergraduate though you must already be accepted to a graduate program at that point. You can also apply during med school or your residency — or even after you’ve gone into practice. The earlier you enter the military, the more years of scholarship money you’ll get and the more years of active duty you’ll have to commit to the military.

Meet the military’s entrance criteria.
Different branches of the military have different admissions requirements, but all applicants need to meet health, character and age requirements in order to be accepted into the military, even if they’re planning a medical career. A security clearance might also be required.

Undergo officer training.
Military physicians don’t undergo the same Basic Training as enlisted service members, but they do have to participate in officer training, which takes anywhere from two to 10 weeks. Officer training helps new recruits learn what’s expected of them and varies from branch to branch of the military.

Figure out your finances.
One of the many reasons people are attracted to careers in the military is the tuition benefits, and the military extends this opportunity to medical professionals as well. For example, the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) offers full tuition for up to four years of school, funding for books and medical equipment, a $2,200-plus monthly stipend and a $20,000 signing bonus. Other scholarship programs are available as well.

Go to graduate school.
Just like civilian medical professionals, you’ll need to attend medical school, nursing school or another certified graduate program. You can apply to a “regular” civilian university or look into the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), a health science university that specifically prepares medical professionals to enter various branches of the military.

Match with your residency.
Prior to residency application, aspiring doctors will do at least one rotation at a military medical facility to see if it could be a good fit for their residency. Military medical students must apply to both the military and the civilian residency selection boards. The military match occurs first, and if students aren’t matched to a military residency or post-graduate program, they will be authorized to go through the civilian process. If you don’t match, you can switch to a military residency in another field or take a one-year internship.

Complete your residency.
If medical students match with a military residency, they will be paid as a captain in the Army and the Air Force or as a lieutenant in the Navy. Time spent in a military residency does not count toward the active duty service commitment but does count toward eventual promotion, pay longevity and retirement. Students who match with a civilian residency will be paid by the civilian facility, but they will remain an officer in the Individual Ready Reserve, and their residency time counts towards promotion and pay longevity.

Choose full time or part time.
Students, residents and licensed physicians can choose between these options. Some doctors are drawn by the perks of a military position — longer vacations, shorter hours, freedom from building a practice or worrying about the business side — and enter one of the branches as a full-time medical profession. Others prefer to work part time, maintaining their own clinical practice while serving as a reserve officer.

Consider a career change.
If you’re currently on active duty, you can still apply to become a military medical student, although you may have to fill out extra applications. For example, currently enlisted active duty members of the Army are eligible to enroll in colleges or master’s programs to become a nurse, physician’s assistant or allied health professional.

Keep your eye on the prize.
Becoming a doctor, nurse or other medical professional is a long, arduous process, and entering the military adds even more steps on top of that. But many find the choice is ultimately very rewarding because being a military medical professional allows you to serve patients and your country at the same time — and the tuition benefits certainly help, too. Follow these steps to start your journey to becoming a military medical professional today.