US Business Veteran, Richard Branson, Influences Global Change

In most cases, people who have a lot tend to forget those who have less especially in today’s world where money and wealth have been equated to power. The world today desperately lacks enough personnel that are among the power elite to carry a torch of change. Nevertheless, there exist a few such as the veteran businessman and a humanitarian, Sir Richard Branson.

Richard Branson is the owner of the Virgin Brand, which has over 360 companies, and he is considered as a mega-success not only in America, but also in the world. At the age of 58, Richard is determined more than ever to leave the world in a better shape for the generations to come. He is now paying attention to mentorship programs for the youth and using avenues available to save lives through his experience, knowledge, human, and financial resource. He recently founded Virgin Unite, a non-profitable organization that plays a significant role in humanitarian activities.

He is not only focused on humanitarian matters, but also on entrepreneurship mentorship programs to help young and old individuals dive into business more confidently. Based on an interview with Steven Bertoni, Branson explained that his intentions were to start entrepreneurship mentorship and help people learn more about risk taking. He revealed that his goal is to make a difference at both the local and international level. With hundreds of companies under his control, Branson is comfortable handling more than one project at a time, and just like he did with his businesses, he is convinced that he will use the same approach to save the world.

The Medical Services Received By United States Veterans Are Functioning Poorly

When Donald Trump was still on his campaign trail he made a comment regarding the United States Veteran’s. He said if he ever heard any complaints about the health care system that operates through Veterans’ Affairs he would simply pick up his phone and make certain he fixed the problem himself.

Almost a year has passed since President Donald Trump made the comment and many individuals find it extremely difficult to believe he has not heard any complaints yet. United States Veterans are struggling with a health care system that has poor service, limited access and must function with bureaucratic operational processes and systems. For more information regarding the healthcare available for United States Veterans please visit

Congress made an attempt to improve the care received by United States Veterans in 2014. This was accomplished with the use of a provision in the Veterans Access, Accountability, and Choice Act. This act is responsible for the direction of the Veterans Health Administration referred to as the VHA. Congress felt a temporary program was needed and would give United States Veterans a much better choice. Unfortunately the reform brought nothing but minimal benefits to the Veterans. These problems are absolutely unacceptable for the men and women who have served the United States. All United States Veterans deserve a health care system that is always available to fulfill their needs, capable of delivering excellent patient care with wait times as short as possible and prompt access.

David Shulken is the Secretary of Veteran Affairs and attended the Stand To Summit on July 23rd of 2017. The summit was held at the George Bush Institute In Washington. He made a statement in regards to the United States Veterans because he feels the current system in functioning poorly and is not delivering the services required by the Veterans. He stated this could not continue.

Timothy Wright is Awarded Following His Service to the State during Deployment

The benefits of having veterans in a state include enjoying protection offered by patriarchs. Timothy Wright is one such democrat who served the state by protecting citizens against harm from different states. After serving the state for years, Tim filed a case against Jamestown City. This followed his service to the nation as a police officer. The detective filed complaints stating that the police department mistreated him when he was serving in the army.


Timothy Wright is currently serving as a chief police officer in Carroll. He filed the complaint in 2007. The case was classified under the rights act in clause 1994. Tim also complained about the department denying him some of the officer’s basic rights including a vacation. He was also denied a deserved promotion. According to Mr. Michael Macomber, his legal representative, Timothy Wrights had been deployed in 2004 following his mission in Iraq. He also served in Afghanistan for six months in 2009.


In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled against Timothy’s case stating that the claims were not valid. The ruling indicated that the time set aside for vacation was not calculated fairly. The police department, as well as the city, filed a court appeal which was later dropped. Seeing as the appeal was dropped, the Supreme Court offered a settlement worth $ 44,565 as compensation for mistreatment. The amount came in after a long haul of case proceedings in court. Tim was also awarded an additional amount of $ 44,656 to cover the damages and $ 83,000 to cater for the attorney’s fees.


According to Macomber, the ruling is a win for the veterans. This is a clear indication that most veterans who sought justice would be rewarded according to their input in the state. It also indicated that veterans who had pending cases in courts would be taken care of eventually.

MGM Resorts International Announces New Discount Program for Veterans

MGM Resorts International came up with a discount program on Thursday that offers great deals for veterans, active personals, and their families. It provides discounts on entertainment, food, and rooms in various MGM locations at different rates.

Per the official website information, the Military & Veterans Program (MVP) offers 10% discount for rooms in 17 hotels of MGM, and that includes Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. Also, there is a 10% discount on some food items and beverage products at selected dining destinations, bars, and restaurants. The veterans can receive a 25% off on spa and salon services at selected resorts, including Delano Las Vegas, Beau Rivage, MGM Grand, and more. Additionally, people can receive a 20% discount in Hakkasan Nightclubs, 1 Oak, Jewel, and The Bank.

The personals can also avail some Las Vegas offerings. It includes 40% off on some Comedian Terry Fator tickets, 15% off on The Jabbawockeez dance program seats, and up to 35% off on Cirque du Soleil shows including “Ka,” “Zumanity,” and “The Beatles Love.” It also offers 30% off on Titanic artifact exhibition at The Luxor hotel. To get the benefits of the program, the veterans and active personals have to produce the proof of service when visiting the resort for the first time. However, people should check conditions, requirements, and limitations before planning a trip to MGM locations.

It should be noted that MVP is an extension to M life Rewards, a premier loyalty program of the firm. The program provides M life Rewards card that comes with military benefits, and the card can be applied online while visiting MGM locations for the first time. The veterans and active personals have to produce one of the following documents to sign up the service: Active duty military ID, Retiree and reserve ID cards, Dependent ID, VA ID cards, State-issued identity cards including “veteran” designated driver’s license, or Form DD-214.

Arizona Veterans Court is Officially in Session

One of the most problematic issues in the United States criminal justice system is the high rate of recidivism in several jurisdictions. In Arizona, for example, the rate can be as high as 70 percent; however, the rate drops below four percent when the offenders participate in Veterans Court programs.


In Lake Havasu City, a new Veterans Court program is enthusiastically administered by municipal judges who see the societal benefit in helping those who volunteered to serve their country in the Armed Forces. Veterans Court convened in 2014 as a way to provide assistance of veterans convicted of misdemeanor offenses. To a certain extent, the program serves as an alternative to the traditional prison, probation and community service that seem to do little in terms of curtailing recidivism; completion of the program may also involve enrolling veterans in the benefits system that they are entitled to.


Veterans Court is held on Fridays, and it may last as long as 18 months. In the case of the Lake Havasu courthouse, the judge running the program is a veteran. The prosecutors and public defendants are trained to serve the program adequately.


Aside from the mandatory counseling and case review sessions, Veterans Court also holds an annual family day complete with barbecue and games for children.


The Lake Havasu City is one of dozens that have been set up around the country to deal with the issues faced by veterans who enter the criminal justice system. It is important to note that post traumatic stress is a sad reality for 21st century veterans who served in the combat theaters of Iraq and Afghanistan. This often causes undue hardships when transitioning to civilian life. Substance abuse becomes a problem, and this is many times a ticket towards criminal offenses related to drug possession and small time trafficking.


California, Florida and Alabama are the states with the most Veterans Court programs. As of late 2015, Arizona had 11 of these programs available at the county and municipal level.


Veteran Rides His Bike Across The Country

Robert Neidlenger is a U.S. veteran who is riding his bike from California to Florida. He has already ridden 1,400 miles and still has over 1,000 miles to go. He has been on this journey for three months.


Robert is 53-years-old. He is hoping that he will make it to St. Augustine, which is his ending destination, by the end of next month. On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, he arrived in College Station. He checked into a hotel and spent the night there. He also did laundry and fixed his bike.


Robert’s journey has been anything but easy. Not only has he battled with fatigue, but his diet has consistently mostly of ramen noodles and oatmeal. Even though he stayed at the hotel a few days ago, he has spent most of his nights at campgrounds.


This is not the first cross-country bike trip that Robert has taken. He once rode his bike from Kentucky to Oregon. He has also ridden his bike from Bowling Green, Kentucky to Galveston, Texas.


Robert stated that he is riding his bike in order to make sense of the world. He has also found that the exercise makes it easier for him to deal with his epilepsy. He has had fewer seizures since he started riding his bike. Additionally, Robert is helping his fellow veterans. He is riding his bike to raise awareness about the issues that veterans face after they return home.


Robert joined the military in 1981. He served for 11 years. He was forced to retire from the military after he suffered a traumatic brain injury, which lead to his seizures. Robert stated that biking gives him a sense of purpose.

Corvette Enthusiasts Help U.S. Veterans

Members of the Corvette Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania are doing their best to help veterans who live in their communities. According to television news station WNEP, Corvette owners organized an exhibit on a recent Sunday at a Valero gas station in West Pittston, and the money collected at this fundraiser will benefit organizations that advocate for the welfare of the men and women who served in the Armed Forces.


Members of a local American Legion post helped to arrange the event, which was blessed by perfect weather. The event was held in memory of a local service member who was killed in combat in Afghanistan. The $10 donation fee collected included food and beverages.


Proudly designed by General Motors, Chevrolet Corvette is a celebrated icon of the American muscle car era. Corvette owners tend to treat their treasured vehicles with lots of care, and many of them happen to be veterans who saved up enough during active duty tours just to get a desired Vette.


Other special Corvette events for American veterans include Military Appreciation Month at the national Corvette Museum in Kentucky, where veterans are invited to either drive or take a ride on a special track at the NCM Motorsports Park. Since 2014, this speedway has organized special events for veterans wounded during combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. For some veterans, test driving a Corvette in pristine condition marks the beginning of a lifelong affairs with this emblematic brand of American muscle.


The charity committee of the Northeastern Pennsylvania chapter is very active in terms of veterans outreach. Prior to the aforementioned exhibit to benefit the American Legion post, the club attended the Armed Forces parade on May 20 and the Memorial Day Parade on May 29. The club is already planning for the next Veterans Day event in November.


On July 8, the club will host an ice cream ride to a local creamery; on August 13, the club will celebrate its 50th anniversary.



The Veterans Cover: Better Health, Better Life

The signing of veteran’s choice program extension and improvement act by President Donald Trump now gives veterans a chance to seek medical care in the private sector. With the implementation of the act, the veteran’s affair department can now focus on developing a comprehensive plan that enables veterans to seek medical care outside the already established VA health system.



According to the president, the VA system will still run as usual until the funding runs out, and that’s expected to be later next year. Trump notes that veteran’s needs haven’t been taken care of, but now they are free to seek medical help from the doctors of their choice.



Shulkin, who was one of the bill-signing attendants, noted that the bill will work to improve medical service delivery to veterans. He also thinks that such an approach is a perfect way to honor their commitments and addresses their needs.



The program came to light after the death of 40 veterans in Phoenix who were awaiting appointments at the VA medical center. With this program, veterans should be able to get timely medical cover as opposed to driving 40 miles to a facility or waiting up to one month for an appointment.



The passing of the bill also saw a positive commendation from the executive director of the veteran for America who thanked the president for upholding his promise, and said that more still needs to be done to ensure veterans’ safety and health. With even tougher legislation yet to be implemented concerning the bill, we hope to see more legislation on reforms that will get rid of middlemen and VA bureaucrats.



On the same note, Senator John McCain said that there had been over seven million appointments made to different health care providers within the choice program. He adds that if it were not for the program, such appointments would have lagged behind.


35 Years Since Vietnam Veterans Memorial Erected

For three and a half decades, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall has stood tall and solemn. It provides a peaceful place for veterans and others to come and think about the sacrifice that thousands of soldiers and their families made.


Jan C. Scruggs first came up with the concept of the memorial wall in 1979. As an Army soldier who served during the War, he saw his share of action with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. He was wounded during a mortar accident that claimed the lives of 12 of his fellow soldiers.


After he came back to the U.S., he attended American University. He received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology, and during his studies, he spent a lot of time thinking about post-traumatic stress disorder. Because of his own experiences and his time spent in academia, he knew that there should be a way for people like him to come to terms with their experiences.


He ended up leading a team of young, like-minded veterans, and they received funding to build a memorial. They created a competition so they could gather ideas from the best and brightest architectural experts. Ultimately, Maya Lin, then a 21-year old student at Yale University, ended up winning the contest. Construction on the Memorial started in 1982, and it was finished a year later.


Lin’s design have proved to be timeless. Anyone traveling to the Memorial can spend minutes or hours gazing at the more than 58,000 names etched on the wall across 72 panels. Throughout this 35th anniversary year, various events will be held at the Memorial, such as a Veterans Day observance and an official reading of the names event.


US Military Veterans Are Making Money Selling Saffron

Serving in a dangerous country like Afghanistan is a very stressful situation to be in. However, there are many members of the United States military who are taking advantage of their experience serving in the Middle Eastern country. There are many spices that are grown in Afghanistan because of the climate. The US veterans are now making money by growing and selling the spices here in the United States. One of the most valuable spices in the world is called Saffron. It is so valuable that it has been used as a form of currency for centuries. These veterans are making a very good living because the demand for their spices is so high.


Café Ba-Ba-Reeba is located in Chicago and takes advantage of many spices that have been provides by Rumi Spice. This is a company that was founded bu Emily Miller, Keith Alaniz and Kimberly Jung. All three of them served at one point in Afghanistan. They have connections with farmers in the country that they met while they were serving there. Saffron that is grown there is mostly exported to other countries because the demand for it there is minimal. Rumi Spice is able to get the Saffron for much less than many other companies that import it from the Middle East. Therefore, the amount of profit they have made is quite substantial in the limited time they have been in business.


Rumi Spice has been so successful that they are now looking to expand their operations by hiring other United States military veterans. The three owners of the company have said that it is a dream come true to be able to make a living doing something they love and employing other veterans at the same time. They have said that the demand for their spices has exceeded their wildest expectations. They have many restaurants contacting them on a daily basis and wanting to do business with them. They will be expanding shortly.