Americans need to be made more aware of a growing problem.
Every 65 minutes, 22 vets die from suicide—and these numbers do not include family members.
The issues facing our veterans and their family members are not something new, but they don’t get enough attention.
People are either unaware, or the issue is being ignored. This is the very reason why The Team Veteran Foundation and the A.L.I.V.E. Program (Advocacy for Life In Veterans Empowerment) were created: to make a difference.
Founded in 2012, the Team Veteran Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Our mission is to reduce or eliminate suicides among veterans and their family members. We are committed to continuously improving the quality of life for veterans and their families by bridging the gap with knowledge and understanding. (See our logo.) We are creating values that make a difference in the lives of those who sacrificed so much for the freedom we enjoy in this country.
The foundation is a group of dedicated individuals from across the country. They include experienced U.S. military veterans of all branches and civilian community leaders with a passion for assisting veterans and their dependents.
The foundation needed a vehicle to accomplish their mission, so they created the A.L.I.V.E. Program. It was designed to be a stand-alone program operated by The Team Veteran Foundation and dedicated to providing military veterans and family members with programs and services they deserve, but have not been able to access.
More importantly, A.L.I.V.E. addresses the issues that lead to suicide among veterans and their families. The A.L.I.V.E. Program is endorsed by the American Legion on a national scale.
Funding for the foundation and the A.L.I.V.E. Program comes from private sources, donations and contributions, and is supplemented from time to time by government grants. All funds are used to reduce and prevent suicides among veterans and family members.
Help us help those who signed a blank check for the very freedom enjoy in this country.
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“We Got You!”
By Tricia of Allsup
The biggest opportunity for millions of people to review their Medicare coverage has ended.
Now what? Well, people who may regret their choice of a Medicare Advantage plan have a fresh opportunity from Jan. 1 through Feb. 14, 2015, to switch to Original Medicare. Original Medicare is Part A, which covers hospital services, and Part B, which covers medical services.
If your Medicare Advantage plan included prescription drug coverage, then you also have the ability to shop for a Part D prescription drug plan.
In addition, if you were under your “trial right” period to explore Medicare Advantage, you also may be able to return to the Medigap plan you previously purchased.
Opportunities For Changing Medicare Plans
Allsup Medicare specialists often handle questions about switching coverage outside of the Medicare annual enrollment period.
There are a few important opportunities that you should know about.
- Your Medicare plan is going away. If you have a Medicare plan that is not being renewed for 2015, you have a special enrollment period to choose a new plan. You should have received a letter of notification, and you have until Feb. 28, 2015, to choose new coverage.
- Medicare & disability. If you have already been on Medicare due to a disability before age 65, you get a brand new initial enrollment period when you turn 65. This can be a great opening to make key changes to your Medicare coverage, including purchasing a Medigap policy in combination with Original Medicare.
- Enrolling in Part B. Perhaps you already have Medicare Part A coverage because you turned 65 earlier, but now you are ready to enroll in Medicare Part B. You can do this from Jan. 1 to March 31, during the general enrollment period. Once you purchase Part B, you also will be able to sign up for Part D prescription drug coverage from April 1 to June 30.
- Special enrollment periods (SEPs). SEPs also can be allowed if you experience changes in your life, for example, moving to a new city address or leaving a skilled nursing facility or long-term care hospital.
- Five-star Medicare plans. You also may have Medicare Advantage plans or Part D prescription drug plans with a five-star rating in your area. This gives you the opportunity to move to a higher quality-rating plan, and you can do this one time during the year leading up to the next Medicare annual enrollment period.
Confused yet? The other big event that thousands more people will experience in the coming year is when they turn 65.
Allsup Medicare specialists are available to answer your questions about Medicare plan choices and options. Contact the Allsup Medicare Advisor at (866) 521-7655, or click here for a free Medicare plan eligibility evaluation.
Combat tactics, war planes, uniforms and weapons—there’s been a lot of changes in the military over the last few decades.
One of the big changes is the number of women in the military and their duties. Until 1976, women in the Air Force were known as WAFs, or Women in the Air Force. They were sort of an afterthought to the real Air Force.
Back then, instead of shooting M-16 rifles or flying F-16 Fighting Falcon, military women were nurses, secretaries, or members of the base band. Instead of learning how to apply camouflage or load bombs, they were taught how to apply lipstick and makeup so as to present a proper feminine image.
How things have changed. Today, nearly 215,000 women wear the uniform, and they make up more than 14 percent of our armed forces.
Unfortunately, and predictably, riding on the coattails of integration of women in the military came dramatically increased reported instances of rape, sexual harassment and abuse. Called military sexual trauma (MST) by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), MST refers to sexual assault or threatening sexual harassment, which includes unwanted sexual touching and threatening and offensive remarks. Both men and women can be victims of MST.
All veterans suffering from MST are eligible for free VA counseling and healthcare. On Dec. 1, the VA announced it has expanded mental healthcare eligibility to treat conditions resulting from MST, primarily to members of the Reserves and National Guard participating in weekend drills.
Victims of MST also may be eligible for VA disability compensation. If your MST-related disability claim, such as for post-traumatic stress syndrome, has been denied by the VA, one of our VA-accredited claims agents may be able to help.
Call (888) 372-1190 for more information on Allsup Veterans Disability Appeals Service®.