Posts Tagged ‘veteran support’

Veterans Encouraged to Ask Questions through White House’s Live Twitter Session

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

In light of the State of the Union address, a 3-day Twitter Q&A schedule will have officials from the Obama Administration answering questions related to their specific fields. One of the most important sessions to disabled veterans will be the 10 a.m. EST session held on Thursday, January 26 and hosted by Matt Flavin. Flavin is the administration’s lead counsel on veterans’ issues and wounded warrior policy.

During the session, veterans are encouraged to voice their questions and comments via Twitter using the #WHChat hashtag in their message. For those that won’t be able to take part in the live event, a complete transcript will be made available on the WhiteHouse.gov website later that day. There will also be a full interactive recap at the Storify website.

Aside from Twitter, the White House is making use of YouTube and Google+ as well to connect Americans with the administration. From now through Saturday, January 28, users are able to submit video questions through the White House’s YouTube channel. President Obama will have his responses released through the White House’s Google+ public page.

As the government continues to increase its interaction with the American people through social networking and the Internet, it’s important that veterans take this opportunity to have their voices heard. Issues about veterans disability benefits, veteran homelessness, and jobs for veterans can only be addressed when veterans and advocates participate in these types of forums.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today 1-888-234-5758.

New Families At Ease Program Helps Veterans Through Their Families

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) developed a new program to help veterans by educating their families on how to help the veteran at home. The Families At Ease program attempts to help veterans get the help they need through their family members and friends.

There are many reasons why veterans don’t receive the help they need. For starters, many of them don’t recognize they need help, so they don’t seek it out. Others know they need help, but refuse to seek  treatment because of either the stigma attached to it, or their symptoms actually prevent them from being able to go out and get help. Enter the Families At Ease program.

When veterans are suffering, their family members are intimately familiar with their problems. Although family members want to be a positive influence for their veteran, often they do not know how to approach doing so. The Families At Ease initiative provides information on accessing VA programs and facilities to the veterans’ families so they can help connect their loved one with the services and treatments available through the VA.

Family members are a good intermediary between the VA and the veteran as far as motivating the veteran to go into the VA for help. The program also coaches family members on how to talk to their veterans and let them know help is available without coming across as forceful or threatening.

The program has seen positive results from the roughly 50 families and veterans involved so far. Now that the Families At Ease has proven to be a successful program locally, and will now be moved to the national stage.

Learn more about the VA’s Families At Ease program and how it is helping families help veterans.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact LaVan & Neidenberg. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.