The American Veteran - Episode #1201



hey everyone thanks for joining us today in this episode we'll take you to a Brooklyn boxing ring discuss the new forever GI bill and share with you stories of courage and a final tribute known as the cathedral boxing Gleason's Gym has trained hundreds of champions Gleason's is now partnering with VA to offer free adaptive training to veterans it's an escape escape from problems maybe that affect me outside of the box and when I box I feel like I feel like I'm flowing like I so leaves my body when I'm punching and I'm just looking from above like okay you've thrown the punch right you want something to keep you going you want your reflexes to demand your attention I think that's why a lot of veterans in general love different kinds of adrenaline therapy because it demands you to and now I'm sure a lot of vets get out they got you know a lot of stuff they go through my stuff they might not talk about many people have a connection to the raw instincts of boxing and learning those trainings you get a feeling of wellness feeling like you're able to move your hands and move your body in a productive way coming back into civilian life the transition and trying to mesh in sometimes it gets stressful these combat sports that the VA offers definite release are you should be boxing in the army and once I got out I was like depressed and you know I don't really have that much friends you know and I saw this flyer and I saw boxing I'm interested there is a level of physicality in training for any military service there's a level of physicality and boxing training so I think those two really come together and hit home if I chase summer on the ring for 20 minutes their hearts pumping good cardiovascular work after a couple of weeks they really start getting any better shape for any veterans to want to come box over here all you have to do is go to the VA just get a script saying that you're good and you're healthy enough to participate and box let's fold adaptive sports medical experience and once they have that clearance that clearance lasts for a full year they're ready to get into the program and I can come here unleash on the bag for hours I came in frustrated annoyed and confused I couldn't concentrate or I just felt scatterbrained I usually always walk out the same you leave with ultimate content made me feel at home don't judge me I felt like I was back in the unit again that camaraderie that's what really makes it you know for me that's what really makes it to learn more about how you can take part in non-contact training with the professionals at Gleason's visit VA adaptive sports at va.gov slash adaptive sports when natural disasters bring fear and devastation VA is there to respond by bringing critical services to communities in need here's a recent training exercise in Tampa we have our situation seven point seven magnitude earthquake in the New Madrid fault area in northern Mississippi so this is an example of a casualty receiving center or exercise and it would be similar to what we might do after real events like the earthquake in Haiti my role is just to ensure that the staff and everybody responding is following safe procedures and just to ensure the safety of the entire crew it's a really good experience just to know like what could potentially happen in real life so I've been really glad to be part of it and be able to see the team work at home typically one knee and on the head count little lifts and it's straight up and then of course I'll tell you to move out forward backwards whichever way you gotta go this exercise has not opened our eyes to the trauma and the psychological impact that the family members might be experiencing trying to locate family members my responsibility is to scan the patients as they come in so that we'll be able to track them from the time of their arrival and make sure they get to the specific hospitals that they're being directed to you right now we're having our treatment in triage team was working diligently to get all of the patients taken care of before they're transported off to the outside facilities came here just as an observer initially but I got to get pulled in as a patient transporter and so get to go on the plane see a lot of the casualties seen a lot of team work here and it's been really good experience that's one of the biggest things about something like this this is a good news story show on how we support the community and support the nation at large and we want the word to get out even in the event of an emergency or natural disaster VA continues to provide services to our nation's veterans and help our emergency response partners in the community to learn more visit blogs va.gov when we come back post 9/11 GI Bill now being forever the forever GI Bill and what's in it for you my name is Greg Smollett I served in the United States Marine Corps but the two combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom when I first joined and I heard about the VA to me the VA was like if you got shot I had no idea about all the other benefits and all that they do to help veterans to be able to transition out successfully these were taken it up at Edmonton probably you were about three months old it's nice to see you in your uniform well when I came back from Vietnam I weighed 98 pounds I look like death warmed over a lot of these vectors just don't know where to go when they get out of the service I know when I got out and I got a physical and they said goodbye and you know your retirement check starts showing up but beyond that you don't know I used the GI Bill to get my bachelor's in criminal justice I've used the GI Bill throughout evening for my masters and my children use my GI Bill for college so they're graduates and debt-free I was able to use the VA home loan two years ago to buy our home with zero money down I was amazed that there was so much in place to really help the veterans and the VA serves as that catalyst for all those resources the VA does a very good job on the medical side of it I don't know if anybody who's been in the VA system that has any complaints my primary care doctors probably the best doctor I've ever had in my life and I could say that out I've got a daughter who's a doctor and let me tell you I this guy's as good or better than my daughter my friends good patient of mine he only comes once a week she comes in special the VA has been incredible to me the doctors the therapists everybody over there is amazing you know they helped me with a adaptive equipment got a hand cycle so that's really helped me get out get exercise be around veterans learn more and it's been great four years or so we've been able to do a lot out here we have a monthly barbecue every fourth Wednesday of the month where we bring a lot of VA in patients out there's some massage therapists in here so get on the list there they'll hook you up they got magic hands she's wonderful having that kind of connection with the rec therapist it's fortunate today can bring one-on-one veterans out here sometimes you think all is lost you know I'll never be able to do this again but through meeting others and just getting them together you know it really does wonders to you know see that you can do anything it's something very thankful for everything they've done for me in our great partnership the first time I set foot in the VA I literally left here feeling just so blessed there's so many things that vets just get out and they transition they oh I don't need that but in actuality once when they understand what's available to them their eyes are kind of open wide I'm pushing 80 years of age I get the best care I could get anywhere I choose VA because I am their top priority as a veteran as a woman veteran they put me and my health care first that's exactly why I choose VA in 2017 the forever GI bill became law providing veterans with expanded access to the education benefits they've earned I recently spoke with Vaz of education services to learn more what are some of the changes that the new forever GI bill offers the forever GI bill is really the most comprehensive set of updates and improvements to the post 9/11 GI Bill the 15-year delimiting date as we call it or expiration date for the use of your post 9/11 GI Bill has been eliminated for those who lost their benefits due to a school closure va will restore those benefits so what are the first steps that a veteran needs to take to restore those benefits prior to the forever GI bill the VA didn't have the legal authority to restore a student's entitlement should their schools shut down abruptly the kumari Act provides us the authority to go back and restore entitlement all the way back to January of 2015 so if an individual was going to a school that closed down we would be able to restore whatever number of months of an entitlement that they used while they went to that school so far we've restored really over five thousand eight hundred months of entitlement to nearly six hundred of our beneficiaries that were impacted by school closure what are some of the stem programs that the new forever GI bill offers one of the great provisions in the forever GI bill is the stem scholarship the stem scholarship is a way for those that are pursuing stem degrees to get nine more months of entitlement and up to $30,000 more toward that degree as part of the GI Bill and this is a provision that's going to come into effect in 2019 so there'll be a lot more information coming out about that about how to apply and all that but it's a it's a again another great enhancement to the GI bill how does the forever GI bill affect spouses and dependents there are a number of great provisions and enhancements for spouses and dependents and the forever GI Bill first when I would mention is the Frey scholarship if you're not familiar the Frey scholarship it's worse spouses and children of those who have been killed in the line of duty received full post 9/11 GI Bill benefits 36 months along with the housing and the books stipend one of the great things about the post 9/11 GI Bill is the service member can transfer it to their spouse or their children before they exit the service sometimes as we know tragedy can happen and one of the children that was a recipient of those transferred benefits may pass away so with the forever GI Bill the individual can then give it to another qualified individual what are some of the changes for the survivors and dependents Education Assistance Program I believe that's called the DEA program a couple of changes with DEA and that benefits the spouses and children of those who are permanently and totally disabled or who have died as a result of such a disability prior to this law an individual could earn 45 months of the benefit that's been reduced to 36 months but there's another part of the law effective in October of this year that increases the amount paid to each individual depending on how on their rate of pursuit in their academic programs so there's an increase in the amount of money but there's a decrease in the total number of months allowed now so are the survivors and dependents enrolling in the DEA program getting fewer benefits well it's a trade-off there are fewer months of benefits but they're getting paid more while they're going to school now can you talk a little bit more about the technology programs that the forever GI bill is introducing in addition to the stem scholarship which we talked about there's a pilot program called we're calling it vet tech and this is a pilot for five years for 15 million dollars a year where the VA will contract with hike technology training providers programs or training programs that are not normally associated with GI bill approval and so the VA will contract with some number of these providers in order to provide high technology training for for veterans and the beauty of this pilot program you can get into this program and not have any of your GI Bill entitlement charged to do it it's essentially above and beyond your GI Bill and you get paid housing while you're doing it what about Purple Heart recipients are there benefits expanded Purple Heart recipients deserve a special debt of gratitude from our nation and the co mary act forever GI bill provides a little bit of that to our Purple Heart recipients and by providing them the full GI Bill benefit post 9/11 GI Bill benefit regardless of how much time they served post on lemon GI bill is pretty much geared toward how much creditable time of service you have if you serve three years of active duty you'll be fully eligible at the 100% level anything less than that then you're partially eligible so this just says two Purple Heart recipients you were wounded in battle in recognition of that sacrifice that you made you get the full GI bill from getting from the get-go are there certain tools and resources that you would recommend to someone who would like to explore their education benefits on vets gov there's a host of information about the forever GI bill and we also have links to some of our applications for various pieces of what would you say to a veteran who hasn't explored the education benefits that they're entitled to the GI Bill comparison tool is a great tool to go to we do that through our GI Bill website on vets gov it has just a wealth of information about approved programs that are out there it has all of all the GI Bill approved programs to include ojts and apprenticeships that one might want to apply for it talks about issues related to that school where they have a Veterans organization on campus whether they commit to the principles of excellence whether they have complaints against them there are also many other tools out there for example choosing a school guide on our website just kind of walks the individual through all the things they should be thinking about as they decide on what kind of academic program school to go to things like is the school accredited how is it accredit are their articulation agreements meaning will they be able to transfer their credits if they happen to transfer out of that school to another school if you're using your GI Bill benefits go to vets a GI Bill comparison tool and if there's any questions about it they can either ask them through their website or call our call center at 8:00 at 8:00 GI bill one there's just a lot of places to go to get information and use those benefits wisely for the full interview or to learn more about the forever GI bill visit vantage point at blogs va.gov when we come back we'll meet Army veteran Audrina Bailey an award-winning adaptive at we grew up together we believed in something bigger than ourselves the military took me to one side of the world and her to the other and even though she was always the strong one when we caught up years later I found out she had fallen on some hard times it was her call to make but doing it together made all the difference when I see homeless vets on my route I always think to myself we both swore an oath to protect our way of life to protect our community with VA hotlines for homeless vets I can get them connected with help help to get them back on their feet again VTA's round-the-clock hotline can put veterans who are homeless in touch with the resources and support they earned through their military service you have the power to help a veteran facing homelessness go to va.gov slash homeless to print your wild cards for veterans who are homeless or on the brink of homelessness call eight seven seven four two four three eight three eight welcome back to the American veteran each year the National Veterans wheelchair games presents the spirit of the games award to the veteran who exemplifies athletic achievement leadership and support of their fellow veterans let's meet this year's winner ok this is a given ok ok this was in them Oh to 1977 my main name is second Audrina said ok I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1990 November 1990 as my disability increased I was still mentally confident but I became depressed it was very hard for me and I started to go to the VA hospital where I had a lot of support I really started getting involved in this butchy games it gave me a sense of well-being it made me feel like I was I could do more than what I could do because when you go to the games and you see 90% of a wheelchair you're not alone watching our Drina compete is so cool it's so funny because she's you know the most outgoing smiley person you'll ever meet but once she gets out on the bocce court it's all business she her face turns to steel and she's there away va has made an attempt to once veterans come out they keep them busy to keep their minds from becoming stagnant you know treat them alert they keep them out of depression if I didn't do sports you know I'm not I'm not physically fit but if I didn't have this to keep me going I couldn't make it you know with MS and any debilitating illness if you don't have something to keep people on or motivating you lose it you lose everything so the little bit I do is a lot Adrina credit sports would given her moral and mental stability keeping her busy and moving forward the 2018 National Veterans wheelchair games will be in Orlando Florida July 30th through August 4 to learn more about the wheelchair games visit wheelchair games dot o-r-g Navy firemen first class Charles ogle was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor unidentified f1c ogle was interred in a mass grave at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific until years later when his remains were identified using DNA analysis last month f1c ogle finally came home it's vitally important not only for us today with those of the past and those of the future that understand the sacrifice that this gentleman made on 7 December 1941 as President Roosevelt said it was a day that will live in infamy even 76 years later we grieve but as we grieve we also rejoice we rejoice in the freedom that was provided and continues to be provided for us fireman first class Oval was only 20 years old whenever he was taken from this earth when his ship was torpedoed and capsized at Pearl Harbor we can only imagine the life that he would have been able to live had that not happened we'll continue to make sure that his name is spoken that his story is told we will make sure that he lives forever and is remembered for his sacrifice to this country it is coming home everybody knows that mr. burr was from from Missouri and so the the opportunity to repatriate his remains right here at Jefferson Barracks was tremendous honor for the people here serve here we get to serve veterans every day and to have somebody of his stature who was killed in action during Pearl Harbor is tremendous honor VA has partnered with a defense Pio wmia accounting agency to identify all USS Oklahoma casualties interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to learn more visit blogs va.gov that's it for this edition of the American veteran we're honored to bring these stories to you these stories and more can be found online at v– aids blogs vantage point visit us at vlogs va.gov for more stories from the veteran community check out the veterus channel on defense TV apps and please follow our social media channels and subscribe to our podcast for in the battle available in your App Store thanks for watching see you next time you

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