It is with regret that we announce that the Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans has come to an end. We are so grateful for the generosity of our donor, the Iraq and Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund and the California Community Foundation for recognizing the needs of military, veterans, families and survivors. The CIAV served as a clearinghouse for over 50 agencies working in areas as diverse as the impact of deployment on small children, direct emergency financial aid, state-of-the-art PTSD and TBI treatment, and access to education, employment, housing and earned benefits. Groups also continue to deliver indispensible peer support for trauma survivors and families whose loved ones will never return.

We wish to acknowledge the members of the CIAV and all the individuals and organizations who have come together during this critical time to ensure that the needs of those directly impacted by the wars receive the support they have earned. We understand that no one entity or agency cannot and should not do all that is needed to support our military and veteran community. It requires the commitment of government at all levels, national and community-based non-profit service agencies, the private sector and our individual communities to serve those who have served.

By working together with our CIAV partners and others, we have better used our areas of expertise to recognize and respond to the men and women returning from deployment. But there is much work to be done. Even though the Coalition is coming to a close, the services for veterans and dedication to supporting veterans and their families will continue. We have forged strong relationships and learned so much from working together.

For more information on agencies whose tremendous work touches the lives of those impacted by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for reports developed by our partners and staff, click here.

Sincerely,
Amy Fairweather, JD
Director


REPORT: COMBAT SOLDIERS CARRY TOO MUCH WEIGHT

SEATTLE — A newspaper report says combat soldiers are carrying too much weight, leading to increasing injuries.

The report by the Seattle Times found that the number of soldiers medically retired from the Army with at least one musculoskeletal condition increased nearly tenfold from 2003 to 2009, according to Army statistics.

The heavy loads contributed to rising numbers of Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans retiring with degenerative arthritis, cervical strains and other musculoskeletal injuries. The newspaper estimated that disability benefits for READ MORE »

MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT GIUNTA TO END ARMY CAREER

Medal of Honor recipient and Iowa native Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta will end his Army career in June and move to Colorado to pursue his education, a military spokesman said Tuesday.

Giunta has opted not to re-enlist and will leave the Army in mid-June, said Army spokesman George Wright. Giunta and his wife, Jenny, plan to move to Fort Collins, Colo., where he will attend school.

Wright said he didn’t know what school Giunta will attend, but Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University. READ MORE »

HOUSE GOP LOOKS TO TRIM DEFENSE, VETS SPENDING

House Republicans who are hoping to finally complete work on the delayed 2011 federal budget are looking at cutting funds from defense and veterans programs.

A revised budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the House Budget Committee chairman, calls for a 2 percent increase in defense spending over 2010 levels, which is about 2 percent less than the Obama administration requested.

As a result, defense spending would increase about $9.5 billion above the READ MORE »

20,000 MILITARY MEMBERS, VETS FACED FORECLOSURE IN 2010

More than 20,000 veterans, active-duty troops and reservists who took out special government-backed mortgages lost their homes last year — the highest number since 2003.

The rate of foreclosure filings in 2010 among 163 Zip codes located near military bases rose 32% over 2008, according to RealtyTrac, a foreclosure research firm. This compares with a 2010 increase in foreclosures filings nationally of 23% over 2008.

The housing crisis has hit military families particularly hard in part because of READ MORE »

STUDENTS WANT TO HONOR VETERANS WITH IN-STATE TUITION

Here’s a press release from the Arizona Students’ Association:

Student veterans from Arizona universities will hit the State Capitol Wednesday to show their support for HB2410, a bill that grants in-state tuition status to honorably discharged veterans at Arizona universities.

The Honorably Discharged Veterans; In-State Tuition bill, which has bipartisan support, will be heard and voted on at the Military Affairs and Public Safety committee Wednesday. READ MORE »

OBAMA ANNOUNCES ‘UNPRECEDENTED COMMITMENT’ TO MILITARY FAMILIES

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2011 – President Barack Obama today unveiled a governmentwide plan to strengthen military family support, offering a glimpse at a few of the new programs and cooperative efforts being launched in the coming months to improve quality of life and well-being for military families.

“Today, I’m proud to announce that for the first time ever, supporting the well-being of our military families will be a priority not just for the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, but all across the federal government,” Obama said.

Speaking from the White House’s East Room, Obama unveiled this “unprecedented commitment” to military families READ MORE »

VA ADDS CHAT FEATURE TO ONLINE APPLICATION FOR HEALTH BENEFITS

VA Adds Chat Feature to Online Application for Health Benefits

WASHINGTON – Veterans will find it easier and faster to apply for their health care benefits now that the Department of Veterans Affairs has enhanced and streamlined its online Form 10-10EZ, “Application for Health Benefits.”

“VA is committed to tapping into the best that technology has to offer to ensure Veterans receive the benefits they have earned,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “We continue to look for new ways to improve access to care and benefits and engage Veterans.” READ MORE »

« Previous Entries Next Entries »