Horses take on role as therapists for war veterans struggling with PTSD.

War Veteran Daniel Cooper pats a horse during an equine therapy session.

Horses take on role as therapists for war veterans struggling with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Australia. http://www.abc.net.au/…/2017-12-12/horses-healing-w…/9248962 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-12/horses-healing-war-veterans/9248962

More Medicaid & Medicare cuts from the Republicans are on the way, affecting millions of veterans and their families. 

Ryan pledges ‘entitlement reform’ in 2018. http://thehill.com/homenews/house/363642-ryan-pledges-entitlement-reform-in-2018

VA slashes program that helps homeless veterans obtain housing.

President Trump’s Department of Veterans Affairs is reportedly slashing funding for a key program that helps provide housing to homeless veterans just days after VA Secretary David Shulkin and Housing Secretary Ben Carson held a press conference at a homeless shelter in which they announced a new commitment to ending homelessness among the nation’s veterans.  http://thehill.com/homenews/news/363681-va-slashes-program-that-helps-homeless-veterans-obtain-housing-report

UCLA, VA launch first-of-its-kind family wellness center, new legal clinic for veterans.

Chancellor Block fist bumps

With other new programs, partnership fills gaps in existing services.

The expanded UCLA–VA partnership aims to fill gaps in care, especially by going beyond the superficial symptoms of the challenges veterans face and treating the problems at their roots. The expanded UCLA–VA partnership aims to fill gaps in care, especially by going beyond the superficial symptoms of the challenges veterans face and treating the problems at their roots. The new family wellness center is the first facility on a VA campus to offer resilience services for veterans’ families. UCLA staff provides parenting classes, caregiver support, and other training to meet the unique needs of military families. At the legal clinic, professors and students from the UCLA School of Law help veterans address tickets and access their health and education benefits. Both opened in August on the West L.A. VA campus. Read more at http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/ucla-va-collaboration-fills-gaps-in-existing-services-for-vulnerable-veterans

Soldiers’ Angels: Veteran Mobile Food Distribution – Detroit, Michigan Dec. 14.

Join Soldiers’ Angels and assist in serving 200 at-risk and homeless veterans and their families with 50 lbs of food each. Veterans interested in receiving assistance at this event must sign-up ahead of time via this link: https://soldiersangels.formstack.com/forms/detroitmfd https://www.facebook.com/events/1980743545537617/ Location: American Legion Joe Louis Post 375, 19486 Sherwood Street, Detroit, MI 48234.

The plan to get women vets to use more health services.

Army combat medic Denise Berry at Fort Hunter Liggett in 2011. Berry worked in three different prisons in Iraq, on one ambulance team, and in an emergency room. She joined the army in 2007.

A group of nonprofits is testing a new outreach program in Los Angeles County, dubbed Women Vets on Point, which aims to overcome the barriers keeping female veterans from connecting with services.

Experts say there are many possible reasons women don’t avail themselves of veteran-specific resources. They may not think of themselves as part of a veteran community that’s dominated by men. Parenthood duties often fall to women and make it difficult to find time to reach out or travel for care. And many women have experienced sexual assault or harassment while serving, an experience that alienates them from military institutions that may have protected their assailants.

The VA has made strides in welcoming the growing number of female veterans and addressing their unique health needs. But for some, the system still feels like a testosterone-only space.

https://www.scpr.org/news/2017/11/20/77862/an-effort-to-connect-more-women-vets-with-va-healt/