The Status of Veterans in the United States This Month

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United States military veterans — along with veterans all around the world — are not treated as positively as they should be, in the eyes of most United States citizens. A significant deficiency in taking care of veterans in the USA comes with the ever-failing Veterans Affairs. Recently, the new chief of Veterans Affairs in the Unites States, David Shulkin, has clarified that homelessness programs may not be run through to fruition as quickly as United States citizens would like to.

 

There have been many meaningless, unfulfilled promises made to veterans in the United States, such as Mr. Shulkin’s assertion that reducing current veteran homelessness down from 40,000 to 10,000 is totally achievable. Chief of the VA Mr. Shulkin believes that this goal would be easier to meet if the frequency of veterans popping in and out of homeless and in between couches, friend’s houses, and other places to live.

 

Although David Shulkin does feel confident in his assertion that homelessness will decline soon, the status of having top notch healthcare for those veterans is slim to none. Veterans are unlikely to even have any insurance out of what it provided for them when they visit the Veterans Affairs hospital, which is mostly paid by the government.

 

Homeless replacement programs come in all shapes and sizes, but any attempt at ending homelessness permanently is certainly commendable. Although the status of homelessness in veterans in the United States is far from great at the moment, there are hundreds of programs to help reposition and house homeless veterans

 

 

Survey Reveals Veteran’s Trump Approval Rating

Over the past four months, the presidency of Donald Trump has been discussed heavily in the media. While he has made a lot of big moves already, he has lost support from some people that used to support his presidency. According to a recent survey, one group of people in the United States is continuing to support Trump (http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/05/26/u-s-veterans-are-generally-supportive-of-trump/).

 

According to the survey, US military veterans have an overall 54% approval rating for Donald Trump. This compares to the overall nation’s approval rating of just 39%. Furthermore, the overall approval rating has remained relatively stable over the past few months while the national approval rating has declined.

 

The rate of military veterans that support Trump tends to vary a lot based on age and political party. Overall, Republican US Veterans have a 98% approval rating for Trump, which is compared to 86% approval rating of all US Republicans. On the other hand, Veterans who identify themselves as Democrats only have a 10% approval rating while independents have an approval rating of nearly 50%.

 

Beyond the political affiliation, the age of the veteran seems to impact the approval rating significantly as well. US Veterans that are under the age of 50 have an approval rating of just 38%. This compares to those over the age of 50 that have an approval rating of nearly 60%. Another interesting fact is that those that have a college degree have a much lower level approval compared to those that have not finished their college degree.

 

Veterans Enjoy A Clerical Error In Their Favor

The Pentagon has recently stated that it will cease all attempts to recollect the bonuses that it accidentally gave to national guard veterans over the years. This news comes amidst an outpouring of congressional support, in which many U.S. senators felt it was wrong to go after veterans for money that was “incorrectly” sent to them.

 

For those that haven’t been following this story too closely, the issues began as far back as in 2008, when it was discovered that more soldiers were collecting benefits from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars than were supposed to. Unfortunately, many of these soldiers had no idea that they were incorrectly receiving payments, which complicated matters further when they began spending the money on important and expensive items, such as college tuition. When the Pentagon initially began its recollection efforts, that only served to complicate matters further. Soldiers that claimed to qualify for benefits may have had their proof misplaced by the Pentagon, or lost in some other bureaucratic obstacle.

 

In order to cut down on erroneous collection attempts, and to improve the overall organization of the Pentagon’s bonus payment program, the Secretary of Defense has announced that they are going to transition towards a more centralized process. Through this process, it is hoped that the Pentagon will have a firmer grasp on where money must be directed. It is also hoped that the Pentagon will be able to deliver money in a more transparent way, ensuring that veterans understand when an error has actually occurred.

 

Although this move seems to have put many veteran’s minds at ease, it is not the only thing that must be done. Many congressman are calling for additional efforts by the Pentagon to absolve the debt of soldiers that have benefited from the bonuses.

 

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Makes Kids Her First Priority

Recently appointed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick have given away millions of dollars of their massive fortune to several charitable causes.

The couple talks the talk and they walk the walk. Much of their giving reflects their strong political and religious beliefs. Before she became Trump’s Education Secretary, she was at the forefront of Michigan education initiatives. The DeVoses are huge proponents of charter schools and the voucher program. They believe that children are entitled to receive a good education regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic background. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org

The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation show that the doled out nearly $10 million for a variety of charities and causes. All total, about 26% of the DeVoses donations go toward education. Recently, the foundation funded former CNN anchor Campbell Brown’s The Partnership For Education with $400,000. The nonprofit helps children of limited means. DeVos has also given $150,000 to the Success Academy Charter School.

Betsy DeVos says it was always her goal to help all children secure a better education. After she graduated from college, she wasted no time studying the state’s educational system. “There were a lot of cracks and a great deal of things I saw was unfair,” said DeVos.

Betsy DeVos, like her husband, came from a background of wealth and influence. Her father was the billionaire industrialist Edgar Prince. Her husband, Dick, is the son of Amway founder Richard DeVos. Although both lived privileged lives, they learned the value of paying it forward at a very young age.

DeVos has always been a big player in Michigan politics. Before her appointment with the Trump campaign, she was the chairperson of the state of Michigan board of education. She also played a huge role in her husband’s 2006 gubernatorial run to unseat incumbent Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Although the race grew close in the last weeks, DeVos lost by 8 points.

DeVos says she will continue to give through her foundation as long as the need is there. In her role as Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos vows to continue to make education accessible for all Americans. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.com.

Trump Tweet Touts “Tremendous Progress” at the VA

President Donald Trump, who promised sweeping changes to the VA during his campaign, tweeted that he is making “tremendous progress” at the distressed agency. Earlier in the week, Trump signed an executive order creating an accountability office at the VA. The new office would protect whistleblowers from ridicule by fellow employees of the VA. Known as the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, Trump stated the new office would ensure that substandard care for veterans will never be acceptable.

 

The secretary of the VA, David Shulkin, said the new office would remove so-called “barriers” that prevent the agency from transferring or firing problematic employees. Many in the VA argue it is next to impossible to terminate “bad managers’ because of the long grievance process required by union rules. President Trump also signed a bill extending a program under the VA allowing some veterans to seek medical care outside of the department’s network. IN 2014, several veterans died as they waited for care at the Phoenix VA Medical Center.

 

According to the Los Angeles Times, the VA will not hire new employees to staff the new accountability office. Instead, existing employees will transfer into the new department despite an agency-wide shortage of employees. Shulkin said he did not have specific dollar amounts on how much the new department would cost, but he noted it will take a “substantial commitment.”

 

 

Hilton Resorts to Hire 20,000 Veterans

In recent years, a few American companies have expressed interest in adding more veterans to their payrolls, and one of the latest is the international resort chain Hilton.

 

According to a report by CNN Money, Hilton plans to hire 20,000 veterans by the year 2020. This hiring practice dates back to 2013, when Hilton executive announced a plan to hire 10,000 veterans, a milestone they recently achieved. The next phase of this program will be an enhancement to give preferential hiring consideration to veterans as well as to their spouses, and the target is 20,000 new employees.

 

The current unemployment rate among veterans in the United States stands at five percent, slightly above the national rate of 4.5 percent. One of the problems faced by veterans is that their military skills do not always translate easily in the civilian sector; for this reason, the human resources professionals at Hilton have developed a system to match the job requirements of their resorts and restaurants to those used by the Armed Forces.

 

Hilton now knows, for example that one of the Military Occupational Specialty codes for infantry in the Marine Corps is 0311, equivalent to 11 Bravo in the Army. Since the human resources department of Hilton is familiar with these MOS codes, hiring managers feel more comfortable placing veterans in hospitality, security, food service, or engineering jobs.

 

The Hilton headquarters office is located in McLean, Virginia, a community known to be home to many military families, veterans and federal employees.

Southern California Veterans Appraise Trump’s 100 Days

Not spectacular and not disastrous are the passing grades being given to United States President Donald Trump as he completed his first 100 days in office. KGTV Channel 10, an ABC affiliate station in San Diego, interviewed veterans in Coronado Island, a Southern California community that many veterans call home, and their assessment of President Trump was satisfactory for the most part.

 

One veteran gave Trump a B because he thinks the President is trying his best even though many of his actions are deeply flawed. Another veteran remarked that Trump is also trying to look out for military families. A couple of other veterans believe that Trump’s close relations with generals and top military commanders are commendable.

 

There is a consensus about Trump’s erratic behavior being the product of self absorption, something that veterans are not happy with. They believe that Trump should fine-tune his attitude and ignore reports and comments made by the press.

 

Overall, Southern California veterans seem pleased with Trump; however, they would like him to grow a thicker skin when dealing with the media, with legislators and with ranking members of his own party. In other words, they would like to see a more diplomatic Trump.

 

Many veterans do not know have an opinion on the ongoing investigation of General Michael Flynn and his alleged ties to the Kremlin. For the most part, veterans are waiting to see the results of the investigation, which may connect Russian meddling into the political campaign that helped to elect Trump.

 

Help for Veterans

The United States Veteran Affairs Department has announced that they have launched a new social media platform for minimizing ex-military suicide. For the departed, they have responded to the numerous calls to action to do something about the increased military support. For the company, nothing gives them much honor than to become the forefront capability in the industry. For this reason, they ended up working to attain better business skills in a manner that is not paralleled din the industry. The United States veterans have suffered great stress after a mission in the field, for this reason, they end up getting the wrong nature of business entities.

 

One of the United States veterans was rescued from attempting to commit suicide. For this reason, he was taken to the United States affair to develop working capabilities in a manner that is not paralleled in the industry. For those who want to attain maximum capabilities, they must seek the attention of most development veterans to advice most of their ex-military officials on how to lead a normal life. We also understand that it is not a normal procedure to transform from a military officer to a civilian life.

 

This experience can be daunting for most. However, the updated social media platform will offer the most sophisticated entity to develop working capabilities in a manner that is not paralleled in the industry. Therefore, veterans will engage in numerous discussions about their experience in the army and other organs of the military. Service to the people is paramount.

 

 

New PTSD Treatment Showing Promise for Veterans

A former Marine whose military experiences left him with post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly abbreviated as PTSD, is undergoing a clinical trial that has thus far shown a lot of promise for other veterans who suffer from this condition.

 

Mark Bratton served in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2007 to 2009; he was later diagnosed with PTSD and was forced to endure depression, anxiety and neurotic behavior. More than 2.5 million veterans suffer from PTSD, and most of them are prescribed medications such as Zoloft and Paxil, which were modeled after the successful Prozac came on the market to treat symptoms patients who suffer from depression.

 

In Bratton’s case, a service dog and a sublingual trial medication that contains a muscle relaxant have been very effective in terms of containing his PTSD symptoms. The medication is currently in its third stage of clinical trials in Texas, and has not yet been named.

 

According to television news station KGW, an NBC affiliate in Portland, the medication does not go directly into the bloodstream and does not present the typical side effects of drowsiness. Although the current trials feature veterans as test subjects, the medication will also be helpful to civilians whose PTSD symptoms are triggered by emotionally traumatic experiences.

 

The Food and Drug Administration has placed the trial medication into a fast-track phase for the purpose of making it available as soon as possible. This acceleration of trials is only granted to medications that show lots of promise and a high level of confidence in their effectiveness.

 

Mr. Trump’s Tear-Down Budget

Mick Mulvaney, the Budget Director for White House, has defended the approval of the president to reduce the military budget for 2018. This is one of the most prominent promises Trump made to the people during his campaign. He is also determined to relieve the stress accrued on the people due to heavy taxation. For this reason, he will be seen as a man who keeps his promises. According to Trump, he is prepared to spend heavily on Military and borders. This is one of the greatest things he intends to do for the people. For those who need to eliminate business strategies, they must seek their intention to engage in all entities that will give them profit.

 

It is turning out that he will spend much less on areas like education and infrastructure that need attention due to the aging roads in the United States. This is also one area that he is failing the American people. Due to the intensity animated in the budget, people must seek their business capabilities in a manner that is not depicted in the industry. According to political analysts, this is a political document. Because he will realize that he is doing much to detain the people on education, he will see better ways of increasing tax. This action will bring down the American people in a manner that is not paralleled in the industry. Trump has increased the state budget by more than 29 percent. According to him, this increment denotes economic growth.