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Military.com Newsletter 2010-03-23 11:51:56

$39 Million for Homeless Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs is allocating $39 million to fund about 2,200 new transitional housing beds through grants to local providers. More

Marine Combat Shirt Enhancement to Hit the Hills
The Marine Corps was the first in the game to recognize the advantages of fire resistant uniforms for its front-line grunts. Back in 2005 and 2006, Marine field commanders began issuing their grunts in Iraq flight suits to help them survive the flash burns of a roadside bomb. More

Deal of the Week: Awesome Dell Deals
Save up to 10%, 20%, 30% or more off select configurations of Dell systems! Customize a Dell system for you, family or friends now! More

Bigger, Badder IEDs in Afghanistan
I was on a conference call last week with JIEDDO commander Lt. Gen. Michael Oates, who discussed IED networks in Afghanistan, where IED attacks have doubled over the past year. More

Servicemembers Save with ASMBA
The Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association (ASMBA), established in 1963, provides comprehensive, affordable life insurance coverage to military personnel and their families. More

Those Oh-So-Annoying Toe Stubbers of the AR
Every firearm design has idiosyncrasies that need to be understood and addressed. One characteristic of the AR's direct impingement gas system, which lends itself to superb accuracy, comes with trade-offs. More

Featured Job: Government and Law Enforcement
Use your military experience to land a federal job. Search thousands of Federal, State and local jobs in Law Enforcement and Homeland Security on Military.com. More

Turn Your Military Service into a Civilian Career
Use Military.com's military skills translator to find the perfect civilian career for you. Learn from veterans within your specialty, apply for jobs that need your skills and explore new, exciting opportunities within your career field. More

POST 9/11 Payment Calculator
The new Post 9/11 GI Bill offers the biggest education benefits package since the original GI Bill. But, there are differences between the new GI Bill and other GI Bill programs. More

College Credit for Military Service and Training
Getting a degree or professional certificate will increase your potential to earn more money. We know taking classes and working is not easy, but with your military experience and training you can graduate faster. More

Female Pilots Remembered
More than 1,000 civilians and servicemembers watched as several members of the World War II Women Airforce Service Pilot Corps (WASPs) recently remembered their sisters-in-arms during a wreath-laying ceremony the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. More

Veteran Bonuses in Ohio
Ohio State officials are moving forward with plans to distribute voter-approved bonus payments to veterans of recent and ongoing military conflicts in the Middle East. More

Committee Conducts Hearing
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs recently conducted a hearing to examine the role the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) plays for veteran-owned small business. More

Imitative for Disabled Veterans
The upcoming Federal Hiring Event for People and Veterans with Disabilities, scheduled for April 26, is one of several initiatives announced in October by President Obama to ensure fair and equal access to employment for people with disabilities. More

New Insurance Law in Iowa
Iowa will allow unemployment insurance benefits for a resident who left a job because his or her military spouse was reassigned to another area under a bill recently signed into law by Governor Chet Culver. More

Number of Homeless Vets Drops
The number of Veterans homeless on a typical night dropped 18 percent as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) entered the second year of its campaign to eliminate homelessness among Veterans within five years. More

VA Honors Women Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs joins with the nation to observe Women's History Month in March by encouraging VA facilities to recognize and honor employees who are women Veterans. More

VA Launches Training Center
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has opened a national training center in Falling Waters, W.Va. More

New Forum for Silver Star Families
Join the Silver Star Families of America forum at their new online home. More


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Veteran Info 2010-01-15 06:10:18
VA Health Links
You can have an online account for your VA health care.  https://www.myhealth.va.gov/

VA Akron Medical Outpatient Clinic  http://www.cleveland.va.gov/visitors/akron.asp
55 W. Waterloo Rd.
Akron, Ohio 44319

Wooster Community-Based Outpatient Clinic  http://www.cleveland.va.gov/visitors/wooster.asp 124 North Walnut Street
Wooster, OH 44691
Phone: (330) 262-1001
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Brecksville VAMC
10000 Brecksville Rd.
Brecksville, Ohio 44141

Wayne County Veterans Service Commission  http://www.waynecountyveterans.org
356 W. North Street (Lower Level)
, Ohio 44691
Office Hours:
Monday Friday
8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Office Phone: (330) 345-6638
Toll Free: (800) 335-6638
Fax: (330) 345-6945
E-mail: mail@WayneCountyVeterans.org
* Appointments are recommended


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Veteran's Stories
A Day with Heroes at the Veteran's Clinic 2010-03-30 18:38:50

                                                                                                                                  by Terry Wells

I couldn’t help but be impressed by the new Akron VA Medical Clinic. Passing through the sliding glass doors I entered the spacious lobby. The fancy reception area had a wide counter with two lines set up. Two people alternately worked each line.

“And your ‘last four’?” Asked the receptionists when I reached the front of the line. I quickly quoted the last four digits of my social security number and got out my VA I.D. card. Fingers ran across the key board and a printout was pulled from a stack and handed to me. “They’ll call you in a few minutes. Please wait in the lobby.”

There were about thirty Vets seated in the rows of comfortable couches and chairs. Magazine covered end tables offered to help pass the time. A few TVs hung from brackets in view of most of the main seating area. Another section of chairs awaited those who wanted a little less distraction. The group was comprised mainly of older men fifties and up. One or two young men and women were there. Several wives waited next to their husbands.

The lobby was peppered with hats and clothing that displayed military emblems, unit patches and pins. These items were proudly worn like bikers wearing leather gang vests. The majority were dressed in jeans, plain shirts, and tennis shoes. A few were dressed in ragged clothes that the Goodwill wouldn’t even accept. There were two dressed in office attire.

Several wheel chairs were transporting disabled patients that had injured or missing limbs. The nurses leading them to their doctor’s office gave them the dignity of powering the chairs themselves even when they were moving slowly. A variety of aluminum walkers were assisting their owners get across the room.

On my way to take my seat, the smiles and greetings of those who made eye contact with me helped me remember what the word camaraderie means. Some men were silent, looking like their war never quite ended.   It seemed that others respected their privacy not talking to them at all. The people were not segregated by race. Friendly conversation seemed to be the “Plan of the Day”.

A World War II Vet shuffled across the lobby to go to the lab on the other side. A respectful hush seemed to come over the people seated as they watched the ancient warrior’s long journey. Some faces winced with each straining step the man took. The air cylinder hanging on his walker swayed with each short push forward. In the silence of the onlookers you could hear his labored breathing. The air hose wrapped under his nose was hissing, providing much needed oxygen. Most men in his condition would be in a wheel chair.

Another elderly Vet walked past him in the opposite direction. They smiled graciously at each other and gave a dignified nod of acknowledgement. Though the journey of short slow steps was long, the spectators watched with the patience of those waiting for the sun rise. He finally disappeared down the hall.

Time passed and a boisterous laugh came from another older man in a wheel chair with no legs proudly wearing his original bomber jacket. He shared his story with a few elderly guys sitting by. After talking about his historic planes being displayed at air shows, he talked about his life as a pilot. Though his voice was old, his tone was young—reliving his glory days in the moment. Folks throughout the lobby were listening and smiling at his stories.

As usual Paul Putnik, a volunteer dressed in his red USMC ball cap and matching wind breaker was making his rounds. Like a mom making sure her kid didn’t get out the door without lunch money, Paul made sure everyone was informed about the Summit County Veterans Commission: an organization that gives additional assistance to Veterans. He’s always good for encouraging conversation and catching up on how you’re doing. Paul, a World War II Veteran himself uses a direct approach with a smile in his effort to help his fellow Veterans.

My name was called and I was led to a quiet narrow hallway, with the same style chairs, and magazines as the lobby. The wait was unusually long that day; several other patients were waiting as well. Two elderly soldiers wore ball caps showing their Vietnam involvement. A tall well-built black gentleman was seated across from a short, plump, bald, gray-bearded man in a wheel chair.

            I sat down next to the man in the wheel chair as he was telling how he would often take off his prosthetic leg to entertain his grandchildren. They loved playing with it and tossing it around the room. We all laughed as he told his story.

A young Army Vet came in and took his seat. His fatigue camo pants and solid green t-shirt were worn but clean and pressed. He sat down and remained quiet for a while glancing down at his paperwork. It seemed he was feeling awkward sitting with a bunch of old men.

After the leg story was finished, the older black man looked over to the young soldier. “How you doin’ son? Are you comin’ or goin? … Been overseas?”

“Well, I got back from Iraq last month, but I’ll be going back in a few weeks.”

“Where you from, son?”

  “I’m from the Dayton area.”

“Hum.” The older man replied nodding. A moment passed and he turned to him again. “So tell me son, how are people treatin’ you?” His tone seemed hopeful.

“Very well sir. People have been real good to me since I’ve been back.” He smiled assuring the older man.

The older man nodded approvingly, his lips pressed together, not quite smiling. “That’s good. That’s real good.” He looked forward and contemplated for a moment. He glanced at the other Vietnam Vet and shook his head. “It wasn’t like that for us was it brother?” A scowl of disappointment took over his face.

The patient in the wheel chair shook his head and frowned. “No it wasn’t. I was scared to go out in public in a uniform. I remember some of my friends getting beat up at the airports and the bus stations.”

“Yeah, they called me a baby killer.” Said the black Vet with painful memories expressed on his face.

No one spoke for a while. “Well,” The older Vet said looking at the young soldier with a smile, “I’m certainly glad the country finally learned how to treat the military. I am happy for you, son.”

The young Vet nodded as his name was called. He got up to leave, the older gentleman said, “Keep your head down, son.”

“Thanks. I will.” The young soldier smiled. His polished combat boots thudded on the tile floor as he disappeared down the hallway.

I felt honored to be in the presence of these true patriots. I thought about how waiting in a room with them was more like visiting family—distant relatives but still family. My time of reflection was interrupted when my name was called.



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