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Health Benefits for Veterans and Local Resources for SoCal

As the country sits back and watches the end of the U.S. Military’s operations in Afghanistan, Denis McDonough, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary, promises that the VA is here for all Veterans that need help. The VA provides numerous health benefits for Veterans of the U.S. Military. If you qualify for VA healthcare, you can avail a variety of services, free of cost, to help you stay healthy and happy years to come. This October, We Are One! aims to increase awareness about the VA health benefits amongst the SoCal community so all Veterans can exercise their right to access these benefits. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – Health Benefits VA healthcare is one of America’s largest integrated healthcare systems. It has more than 1,200 care locations and serves nearly 9 million Veterans each year. To avail VA health benefits, you need to first check your eligibility. If you are available, you need to apply for healthcare. The VA takes about a week to process applications and will send you a letter in your mail with their decision. Once you get listed, the VA will tailor a unique benefits package for you. This package will mainly include healthcare services to help treat any illnesses and injuries, prevent health problems in the future, improve your functionality and enhance the quality of your life. All Veterans listed with the VA are eligible to receive healthcare coverage for most care and [...]

By |2021-09-29T14:27:17+00:00October 5th, 2021|We Are One|0 Comments

National Suicide Prevention Month – September 2021

Mental health does not have to be a battle waged on your own. It’s high time we all start speaking about the suicide rates that are incredibly high among active military service members, veterans, and their families. This National Suicide Prevention Month, We Are One! aims to spread awareness about suicide in the military and how it impacts the lives of those left behind. If you are a civilian, we encourage you to speak up for what’s important and help our dear heroes with resources so they can gain a sense of normalcy in their lives. If you are a veteran or an active military service member, we promise to get you the help and assistance you need. Suicide Rates in the Military Suicidal behavior in the military usually occurs when the feeling of belonging is lost. When one feels that they are not an integral part of a family or a valued group, they start having suicidal thoughts. Feeling like a burden to friends, family members, and society is also a significant factor that leads to suicide. The ones who commit suicide are usually of the view that their loved ones would be better off without them. Sometimes, even the opportunity for self-harm leads to veteran suicide. Many veterans own firearms or have easy access to other lethal substances like medication. According to the DoD Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces, there [...]

By |2021-08-30T17:01:27+00:00September 6th, 2021|We Are One|0 Comments

National Hire a Veteran Day 2021

Every year, around 200,000 military personnel in the U.S. leave the uniformed services. But have you ever wondered where they go and what they do? How do they continue to sustain their own lives and the lives of their loved ones? July is a great time to not only celebrate our country’s Independence Day but also to recognize the employment needs of Veterans and provide our support to them. For this reason, we celebrate National Hire a Veteran Day on the last Sunday of July every year to recognize the sacrifices made by our Veterans and help them sustain their livelihood by reminding employers to consider them when filling open positions. A Little Background National Hire a Veteran Day was first celebrated in 2017. The founder of the idea was Dan Caporale, a Marine Corps Veteran and founder of Hire Our Heroes, a national non-profit organization. National Hire a Veteran Day is celebrated to increase awareness regarding civilian employment for Veterans after the end of their military service. The occasion is also a call to action for those who hire and those who apply. Employers all across the country are encouraged to hire our heroes since they bring leadership skills, tenacity, teamwork, dedication, work ethic, determination to succeed, and many other traits that are a must-have for most job roles. How to Observe National Hire a Veteran Day As highly trained and qualified individuals, Veterans are ideal for numerous trades. Even though [...]

By |2021-08-30T16:59:05+00:00August 10th, 2021|We Are One|0 Comments

Honoring the U.S. Military, this Independence Day 2021 with We Are One!

On the 4th of July, 1776, the second continental congress, under the leadership of General George Washington, defeated the British Military, which secured the independence of the then 13 colonies. The role of the Military in America gaining its independence is often forgotten. This Independence Day 2021, let’s take some time out between feasts and fireworks to honor the military service members, Veterans, and their families. Their sacrifices and heroism are the reason why we are enjoying our freedom. The Efforts of the U.S. Military in Gaining Independence The U.S Military had stood firmly on its feet for the past 244 years when our Founding Fathers first declared independence to preserve our freedom. America’s Military has helped the country celebrate Independence Day during times of peace and war. Each Independence Day is a reminder of how the U.S Military meets the defense needs of our country. America’s sons and daughters continue to carry the same patriotism and ideals as their Founding Fathers as they serve in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria to protect us. Independence Day 2021 is an opportunity for us to reflect on our Military’s efforts and thank active military service members, Veterans their families for their bravery, service, and patriotism. How to Honor Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families on the 4th of July 1. Visit or Call Any Veterans or Active Military Service Members You Know The 4th of July weekend is a good chance for you to [...]

By |2021-07-01T20:42:07+00:00July 3rd, 2021|We Are One|0 Comments

PTSD Awareness Month – June 2021

Historically mental health has found its way throughout earlier conflicts, given terms such as “soldier’s heart,” “battle shock,” “shell shock,” and “war neurosis” during the Civil War, World War I, II, and the Vietnam War, etc.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, better known as PTSD, is a mental health condition that occurs after one experiences trauma or witnesses a traumatic event.  Traumatic events aren’t limited to combat; such events include vehicle accidents, natural disasters, terrorism, sexual assaults, sexual harassment, and physical violence.  On 27 June 2014, in honor of a North Dakota National Guard member who committed suicide after two tours to Iraq, the United States Senate announced this day as PTSD awareness day.     For many active-duty service members, Veterans, and their families, the lingering symptoms of PTSD or “combat stress” make life difficult to live. Those suffering are usually on the verge of exploding or panicking, while some feel entirely emotionally numb and disconnected from their loved ones. June is PTSD Awareness Month, and while continued attention given to PTSD is vital for our service members, Veterans and families, We Are One! also aims to create awareness about how to help those living with PTSD and make their lives easier. The Overall Impact of PTSD on Active-Duty Service Members, Veterans, and Families According to research conducted by the Department of Veteran Affairs, around 15% to 17% of service members returning from the Global War on Terrorism meet the criteria for major [...]

By |2021-06-09T18:41:56+00:00June 14th, 2021|We Are One|0 Comments

Memorial Day 2021: A Day to Honor Our Brave Military Heroes

Memorial Day is usually celebrated each year with flag hoisting ceremonies, parades, and other large group activities to honor the nation’s fallen military heroes. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has found the need to look for alternative ways to honor those who died for this country and commemorate their sacrifices. While this may not be the best time to hold large congregational gatherings, we at We Are One! want to encourage people to come together in other ways to pay tribute to our military heroes. Since most of us can’t get together and celebrate Memorial Day 2021 traditionally, we can come together digitally and pay tribute by carrying out some small act of kindness in the military community. How You Can Celebrate Memorial Day 2021 This Memorial Day, instead of attending a large gathering, we all should encourage people around us to find ways to stay home and honor service members in whatever way they can. Instead of spending days and nights thinking about ways to make a difference, we all should take a moment to reflect on what this holiday really means and how we can contribute. The best way to show your support is by carrying out small acts of kindness in the military community. If you know a military family that could use your help, offer it to them. You can go to the store and buy groceries for them or go to a hospital and [...]

By |2021-05-24T21:49:16+00:00May 24th, 2021|We Are One|0 Comments

Supporting Military Children by Collaborating with Child Guidance Center

We are all aware of the impact that military service has on those serving as active military members. Still, we all don't think much about the impact military service has on the children of service members. As with the general population, military families come from diverse backgrounds and cultures. While military children face the same barriers as children from non-service families, some unique aspects add additional challenges to their lives. April is the month to pledge support to military children and shed light on how important it is to ensure they are protected. Let's take a look at the ways of supporting military children and easing the challenges they face. Challenges Faced by Military Children 1. Mobility Mobility is when the whole family has to move from one place to another, resulting in a school change for the child or young person. Many families from the Armed Forces community move within the US and the rest of the world regularly. Most children can cope with these changes, but some may need extra help. Frequent moves can be particularly difficult for children with identified additional support needs. 2. Deployment Deployment is when the family member is away from home on an operation or a long-term training exercise. It is challenging for military children to cope with the deployment of a military parent. During deployment, children and young people can be separated from their parents for long periods, causing them to develop [...]

By |2021-04-21T10:32:40+00:00April 21st, 2021|We Are One|0 Comments

Celebrating National Medal of Honor Day – March 25, 2021

The National Medal of Honor Day is celebrated each year on March 25th to honor our Medal of Honor recipients' sacrifices and heroic efforts. The Medal of Honor is the highest military distinction awarded to U.S. military personnel by the President of the United States for extraordinary heroism acts beyond the call of duty.  There are three versions of the Medal of Honor: Army, Air Force, and the Navy. The Medal of Honor for the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard are awarded the Navy's version. The History of the National Medal of Honor Day On March 25, 1863, Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War, presented the first-ever Medals of Honor to six members who participated in the Great Locomotive Chase, an American Civil War raid, in April 1862. Among the recipients were William Bensinger, Elihu H. Mason, Robert Buffum, William Pittenger, Jacob Parrott, and William H. H. Reddick.  Since then, 3468 Medals of Honor have been awarded to Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Coast Guards, and Marines. The country has been celebrating the National Medal of Honor Day since 1991, when George H. W. Bush signed Public Law 101-564 on November 15, 1990, which the 101st United States Congress passed. The Story of Edward C. Byers, Jr. – A Medal of Honor Recipient Chief Edward C. Byers Jr. is a retired United States Navy SEAL. He was born on August 4, 1979, in Toledo, Ohio. He received the Medal of Honor on February [...]

By |2021-03-12T09:57:48+00:00March 12th, 2021|We Are One|0 Comments

Tough Transition: How Military Veterans find it Difficult to Adjust to New Civil Life

Before entering the military life, soldiers undergo a ‘boot camp.’ However, transitioning from military to civilian life is an equally tricky process and should be assisted through a ‘reverse boot camp.’ […]

By |2021-01-20T17:05:01+00:00January 27th, 2021|We Are One|0 Comments

Challenges Faced By Military Families: What you need to Know.

Sending off your loved one to far-off lands to serve and protect your country is not an easy task. Soldiers are widely acknowledged and appreciated for being brave enough to come face-to-face with death on a daily basis to serve their country. We should equally praise military families for putting up a brave front in times of financial and emotional crises. […]

By |2021-01-20T16:49:09+00:00January 20th, 2021|We Are One|0 Comments