Missouri POW/MIA Awareness Run and Ceremony

September 2, 2011

Army to reconsider denied Purple Hearts

August 26, 2011

Active and Reserve Soldiers and veterans who were denied Purple Heart awards for concussive or mild traumatic brain injuries are encouraged to resubmit documentation for reconsideration of the medal.
Since the Vietnam War, concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries, or MTBIs, as a direct result of an enemy action has always been an injury that warranted the award of the Purple Heart, according to Defense Department guidelines. Nevertheless, field commanders have sometimes been unclear on what constituted concussion.

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So many wonderful things happening in Branson, MO

August 22, 2011

So many wonderful things happening in Branson, MO…

Hand in Hand for Veterans will be bringing to Branson, September 6, 2011, Fred Sager, a decorated fireman, who volunteered his time at Ground Zero for two years. He will be sharing his riveting story at the Tri-Lakes Center and it will be free to the public. If you are in the area, or know of anyone who lives in the area, please let them know…we are so honored to have him as a guest in our community.

Then of course we have our 236th Marine Corps Ball on November 10th, here in Branson at the Branson Convention Center. I’m sure you noticed the banner when you opened the page. Click on it and read about the speaker. This is one of the most exciting venues that happen during veteran’s week. We are so proud to be apart of this wonderful time that is provided for the veterans.

We are almost ready to launch our Hand in Hand for Veterans website and share with you all that we have in place to be of more help to the veterans. So keep in tune for that is well.

Thanks for your support and please let everyone know about Veterans Galleria. We are also on Facebook. I ask you please to submit information, pictures, stories, links…

236th Marine Corps Birthday Ball

August 21, 2011

Vets with PTSD, government reach settlement

August 4, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a thousand Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder would be given lifetime disability retirement benefits such as military health insurance under the terms of a settlement reached between the government and the veterans.

Attorneys for the veterans, the Justice Department and the military jointly filed a motion on Thursday that spelled out the terms. The settlement must be approved by a judge to be final.

It also affects another thousand veterans who already had lifetime retirement benefits, but would receive a higher disability rating from the military. All of the veterans affected by the settlement would potentially receive new monthly disability compensation.

The settlement stems from a 2008 class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington by veterans unable to serve, at least in part, because of the anxiety disorder who said they were illegally denied benefits.

The law requires the military to give a disability rating of at least 50 percent to troops discharged for PTSD, but each of the plaintiffs received a disability less than that, said Bart Stichman, co-executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program, a nonprofit organization that represented the veterans.

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