July 8, 2019

{Guest Post} Wounded Warriors: Fighting the Fight After the Battle is Over

Wounded Warriors: Fighting the Fight After the Battle is Over
United State veterans live a life like no other. Combat veterans have seen it all and unfortunately, once they come home, they suffer from some unique health issues that most civilians cannot understand. 

It is important to increase the visibility of these silent struggles, as civilian awareness is key to ensuring our veterans get the health coverage they both need and deserve. Most veterans aren’t aware of the silent struggles they’re facing, so it is up to their friends and family to keep a watchful eye out. 

Here are three common health problems that affect veterans every day.

PTSD and Additional Mental Health Disorders
Mental health conditions have become much more prevalent in veterans within the past couple of years. This could be related to the fact that within military culture, mental health is stigmatized and can often be a source of shame. Because of this, many veterans do not seek mental health treatment, and unfortunately, this has led to a growing epidemic when it comes to military and veteran suicides. 

Some common veteran mental health conditions include:
  • PTSD; a mental health condition that veterans can develop after witnessing traumatic events
  • Depression; a feeling of despondency and isolation 
  • Insomnia; not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep
  • Anxiety; intense and excessive worry
  • Suicidal ideation; thinking about and planning suicide
It is important to know that symptoms of mental health can show in a variety of ways, but luckily mental health conditions are easily treatable.

Agent Orange Exposure
For those veterans who have served in Vietnam, Agent Orange exposure can be especially dangerous. There is a multitude of diseases correlated to Agent Orange exposure including heart disease, respiratory and prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease, leukemia, diabetes, soft tissue sarcoma, and Hodgkin’s disease.

The VA offers compensation for veterans who have suffered at the hands of Agent Orange. And even recently, a new decision was made that allows Vietnam Blue Water Veterans to claim benefits for these health conditions that were not originally offered to them. 

Hearing Loss
Hearing injury is the number one service-related injury for combat veterans. Due to their close proximity to aircraft, bombs, explosions, gunfire, and artillery, veterans suffer from both hearing loss and tinnitus. Tinnitus is when a person experiences a consistent buzzing or ringing that makes it impossible for the individual to experience silence. 

The physical and mental effects of hearing loss can go beyond their years of service; it is common for a veteran to experience insomnia, difficulty concentrating, social anxiety, isolation, and eventual cognitive decline. There are plenty of benefits available to veterans who suffer from hearing loss, and Hill and Ponton Disability Attorneys have created a VA hearing disability calculator to help you determine what you are eligible for. 

Veterans are the people who have fought for our freedom and safety, and they deserve proper health care to ensure their sacrifices have not gone ignored. 

Thank you to Matt Hill for sharing this valuable information. Mr. Hill focuses his practice on representing disabled veterans. He represents veterans and their dependents across the nation. In addition to representing the disabled, Mr. Hill is a recognized authority on VA law. For more information on VA law, please check out Hill and Ponton Disability Attorneys www.hillandponton.com

June 22, 2019

{Guest Post} Consumer Safety Guide

Thank you Anna McClain who represents the Community Outreach team at Consumer Safety Guide. She has shared many VERY useful resources which will also be on A Military Story Info page. Ms. McClain shares, "Consumer Safety Guide was created to keep the public informed about consumer dangers and safety issues associated with numerous products that can cause the public harm. Our website is constantly being updated with the most recent information on the most popular prescription medications and FDA-approved medical devices that could be endangering your health or putting your loved ones at risk. Our mission is to keep you informed and help you make the most educated decisions about your health care!
We have been getting THOUSANDS of inquiries from Veterans who have suffered hearing loss from 3M Earplugs and we believe that it is extremely important to spread this information to as many Veteran organizations as we can - in hopes to help save or get restitution for as many Veterans who have been affected!"

Thousands of veterans who used 3M Combat Arms Earplugs and have suffered hearing loss and tinnitus may be eligible to file lawsuits.

A U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) whistleblower lawsuit filed against 3M was settled in June 2018 with an agreement for the company to pay $9.1 million.

Click here to read more about: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Veterans

June 7, 2019

Brides Across America

Nationwide (May 20, 2019) –Brides Across America is celebrating its 11th year of giving back by supporting our heroes, honoring veterans, active military and first responders with Operation Wedding Gown. This year BAA will be rolling out a new campaign called “United in Love” to honor our servicemen and women’s sacrifices. BAA along with our partner salons will be hosting a nationwide celebration of gifting during the month of July. Events kick-off July 1st at participating salons in select cities across the country. Salons will offer a selection of designer wedding gowns with values up to $6,000 and sizes ranging from 0-24. Rolling out the red carpet for our brides is our way of saying thank you. It is our honor to give back to those who sacrifice their own love for the love of our country.
Allowing love to play the starring role and minimize wedding-related financial stress for our heroes is what Brides Across America is all about. Founded in 2008 by Heidi Janson, BAA originated the movement Operation Wedding Gown and over the past 11 years we have made it possible to give back in a mighty way by gifting over 22,000 wedding gowns and hosting 22 amazing gifted weddings across the country to military and first responders. With wedding dresses and accessories costing an average of
$2,000, the lifted expense for our heroes is evident. “United in Love” will continue to make wedding dreams come true with the incredible assistance of our nationwide partner salons.
“This program means so much to us. With all the medical expenses, gifting me this gown can make our dreams come true on our wedding day! This will be a wonderful day that we can forget about our struggles and share in our love for each other," says Roseann.
How to qualify and register for an Operation Wedding Gown Event:
It’s easy to register, visit us at www.bridesacrossamerica.com and select the event you would like to attend, fill out the registration form and call your selected salon to make an appointment. Military and first responders who have served our country over the past five years qualify for a free wedding gown. Brides are required to bring supporting documentation the day of the event such as a valid work ID or proof of service.
Making dreams come true is the life work of Heidi Janson, founder of Brides Across America. She says, “Every bride deserves to have that fairytale wedding, especially our military and first responders that serve us on a daily basis. I felt compelled to give back and make a difference for our heroes sacrificing their lives. Spreading love and happiness is my life's mission.”
About Brides Across America
A national nonprofit organization, Brides Across America continues to honor our heroes by gifting wedding gowns and weddings to our deserving heroes and making wedding dreams come true. Brides Across America, in collaboration with bridal salons, designers, and private donations has been able to donate more than 22,000 wedding gowns and 22 weddings. Providing financial assistance to thousands of military and first responder couples since its inception in 2008. All donations received go directly to provide support to our couples. Operation Wedding Gown has been featured in PEOPLE, Oprah, Good Housekeeping, Steve Harvey and The Doctors.
Brides Across America recently opened their first outlet and online shop to support our continued efforts to provide years of giving to our heroes. You can shop our new outlet at www.baaoutlet.com.
Contact: Valerie Carpenter Marketing & PR Phone: 978-470-4817 Email: bridesacrossamerica1@gmail.com