President Obama Pledges to Continue Support for Veterans

I realize that this should not come as a surprise.  Honestly, if a sitting president decided to not support veterans, then that would be a story.    Nonetheless, after sitting down this month with leaders from the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, President Obama advocated for improving mental health treatment for veterans, ending the claims backlog and increased employment opportunities.  These meetings were a chance for the organizations’ leaders to discuss their concerns and challenges.

“Veterans should be above partisan politics,” American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger said.  “I feel like by reaching out to our organizations, it’s a realization of the place that veterans belong in our society.”  It was noted that Obama wants a continued focus on treatment for PTSD, depression and any other mental illness that troops struggle with after returning home from oversees combat.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and Obama reinforced the promise to end the disability claims backlog by the end of 2015.  Currently the backlog is around 330,000 cases.  The White House also aims to end homelessness, including that of veterans, by 2015.

The organizations also praised work through the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative to help transitioning veterans apply their military skills in the private sector and obtain civilian job credentials.  Obama wants to ensure that veterans “have access to the education and training they need to re-enter the workforce.”

More News for Veterans

More Articles

Federal Court Addresses PTSD Stressors

A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirms that VA must apply a generous standard when evaluating the lay testimony of veterans suffering from PTSD concerning their combat experiences and PTSD stressors. Sanchez-Navarro v....

Permanent and Total VA Disability Ratings for PTSD

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Symptoms of PTSD usually begin within three months of the...

Depression And Your VA Claim

Depression can negatively affect every aspect of your life: how you feel, think, sleep, function, and interact with others. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health Issues, about 14% of veterans suffer from depression. Depression is one of the most common...

Four Tips On How To Get The Highest PTSD Rating

If you have been fortunate enough to have been granted service connection for PTSD, then you have probably been given a disappointingly low rating.  This is a very common situation so you are not alone. The VA regularly underrates PTSD claims.  In the...

FREE CASE EVALUATION 

  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.