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the importance of community

The Importance of Community

Jessica King – Editor   Welcome to TheWomanVeteran.com! As women who have served our nation, we have a unique set of needs but there is not a unique one-stop resource to get us on the road to obtaining benefits, information, news and the gear that we deserve. Most importantly, we really don’t have a safe space to communicate our triumphs, tragedies, frustrations, joys and knowledge.  Over the years, I have spent countless hours perusing through innumerable sites that offer little to no women veteran specific information.  Yes, there are Facebook groups for us and I belong to many and enjoy...

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TODAY'S NEWS

New Mexico VA Denied 90% Of Gulf War Illness Claims

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Albuquerque office denied 592 of 640 Gulf War illness claims it received in fiscal year 2015, the latest year for which data are available, giving it the ninth-lowest approval rate in the VA complex. A June report from the Government Accountability Office found that approval rates throughout the VA complex for claims relating to Gulf War illness, or GWI, are one-third as high as for other disabling conditions. The claims also took an average of four months longer to process. The report concluded – and the VA concurred – that instituting required training for...

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This Furry Poolee Is About To Make Marine Corps History

She’s the first, or will be — as soon as she completes “recruit training.” “Opha Mae,” an English bulldog puppy who will soon be Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island’s new mascot, will be the first female to occupy the post, according to depot officials. She is “currently a poolee,” according to depot spokesman Capt. Adam Flores, “and will begin recruit training in the near future,” with her official start date yet to be determined. She’s named in honor of Opha Mae Johnson, who in 1918 enlisted in the Corps and became the first female Marine, according to the Women...

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Trump Signs Forever GI Bill Into Law, Boosting Aid To Student Vets

President Donald Trump signed an expansion of veterans education benefits Wednesday, boosting aid by $3 billion over the next 10 years and extending assistance to some veterans and dependents who didn’t qualify. Trump signed the bill — dubbed the “Forever GI Bill” by its supporters – at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., with little fanfare and no press or public remarks, and only Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin at his side. Shulkin took a few questions from reporters following the signing, though they focused mostly on the violence that erupted during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville,...

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THE WOMAN VETERAN

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Devotion—August 4, 2017

Susan Calderón – TWV Chaplain One afternoon while walking to the post office in downtown Mérida, Yucatén México, I saw a woman slip on a mango peel and fall.  Some people passed by her with hardly a glance, others stopped at, stared, and still others rushed to assist her.  Now, you may be thinking that…

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a note of caution

A Note of Caution

Anne Boaden – Contributor   Hey, Mom and Dad! Welcome to my humble abode. Yes, please take off your shoes. Hang your coats here. No, here. Right, are you hungry? Thirsty? Do you want a nap? Yes? Oh, a note of caution. My cats. Yes, you know them. They’re still alive and kicking, even after…

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MY MOTHER WORE ARMY BOOTS!!!

  My name is Gail Gaffney Williamson.  I am a Woman Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.  I served from 9 May 65 to 9 May 68. After Active Duty with the Marines I served in the Air Force Reserve for about 6 years.   In 1965 I was attending Palm Beach Junior College…

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How Veterans’ Own Job Stereotypes Keep Them From Finding More Career Opportunities

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on The Conversation. Military veterans have a higher unemployment rate than nonveterans, according to federal statistics. One reason may be that when veterans seek civilian jobs, they often face stereotypes from hiring managers. But another set of stereotypes may come into play as well: Veterans fall prey to their own…

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Your very own skincare makeover

Source: Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine   Detox your beauty cupboards with Victorian Cosmetic Institute‘s Lisa Brown’s edit of what to keep, what to cull and what to invest in now. Cleanser Why use it?: to gently nurture the skin while removing dirt, surface impurities and make-up. Look for: a simple list of ingredients, including plant…

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From Shell-Shock To PTSD: A Century Of Invisible War Trauma

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on The Conversation. In the wake of World War I, some veterans returned wounded, but not with obvious physical injuries. Instead, their symptoms were similar to those that had previously been associated with hysterical women – most commonly amnesia, or some kind of paralysis or inability to communicate with…

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Sometimes The Best Medicine For A Veteran Is The Company Of Another Veteran

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on The Conversation. Many take time on Memorial Day to remember the Americans who have given their lives in service to our country, but for veterans and their families, that sentiment of remembrance is felt year-round. Many veterans suffer lifelong anguish over the loss of their brothers and sisters in…

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Lesser Known Benefits To The Post-9/11 GI Bill

Since its introduction in 1944, millions of Veterans and service members have used the GI Bill to pay for their college tuition. The latest iteration of the legislation, called the Post-9/11 GI Bill, offers Veterans, service members and their families a number of lesser known benefits that can help towards educational costs. “The benefits are…

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7 Post-9/11 Generals As Characters On ‘Game Of Thrones’

Since the military kicked off its global campaigns in 2001, war has turned ordinary officers into heroes. Well, some of them anyway. The same can be said of the wars of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Over the course of seven seasons, we’ve seen war tear apart Westeros, making boys into men, enemies of brothers, and…

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7 Hacks To Travel Like A Rock Star On A Military Salary

So, you’ve earned yourself a few weeks leave and you’re gearing up for a sweet, sweet respite from your grueling days in uniform. There’s just one problem: You’re a member of the U.S. armed forces, which means your pay is as scarce as your free time. But traveling on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t…

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