A program designed to help women veterans navigate the VA’s system and make them aware of available services will expand by the end of next year to reach every woman preparing to leave service.
The Women’s Health Transition Training program – a collaboration between the VA and DoD – is offered during service-specific Transition Assistance Programs.
“I’m pleased to hear VBA/VHA is working with the Department of Defense to assist women servicemembers’ transitioning out of service,” said Cmdr. René Campos, USN (Ret), MOAA’s senior director of government relations for veterans-wounded care.
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Jon Stewart, former Daily Show host and longtime advocate for 9/11 first responders, brought his trademark fiery spirit to a recent veterans event, asking the VA to grant presumption status to veterans exposed to toxins from burn pits before they die waiting on research to make the connection.
“If you can’t take care of those that are injured and face health issues, if we’re going to make them fight wars and then come home and fight for their lives, that has to change,” said Stewart, one of four speakers in an online discussion produced by The Washington Post. “That’s a model that has to change.”
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/jon-stewart-continues-advocacy-efforts-on-behalf-of-veterans-exposed-to-burn-pits/
On the battlefield, the two officer-brothers who make up the “Palicia Militia” represent the best of the Army and Air Force. But recently, they stepped into a different arena to challenge one another – an athletic competition on NBC hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Lt. Col. Eric Palicia, USA, deputy chief of staff for Engineering at U.S. Army Europe Headquarters, and his brother, Capt. Noah Palicia, USAF, a flight instructor for the 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, squared off in season two of The Titan Games; their episode aired June 15. Later this season, 1st Lt. Haley Johnson, USA, a registered nurse at Fort Benning Ga., will appear on the show.
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Just a day after the official start of hurricane season, Hurricane Hunter pilots from the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and Air Force Reserve were called for their first missions of the year – flying into Tropical Storm Cristobal.
“We go right through the middle of the storm, right through the eyewall and eye, up to anywhere from two to seven or eight times per flight,” NOAA Corps Lt. Cmdr. Adam Abitbol, who has flown into hurricanes for the past six years, told MOAA in a recent interview. “There’s definitely some points that can be more stressful during that flight.”
Hurricane Hunter pilots are tasked by NOAA’s National Hurricane Center in Miami to fly into the storm and drop instruments that measure winds, temperature, and humidity. The instruments transmit the data back to the aircraft in real time before falling into the ocean, where they biodegrade.
The information is collected by researchers and scientists onboard and shared with the National Hurricane Center, which uses it to supplement other indicators to better predict hurricane routes and severity. The goal is to provide the accurate information to Americans on the ground so they can prepare or evacuate.
Abitbol joined the NOAA Corps after flying reconnaissance missions in EP-3 aircraft for the Navy for about 10 years. As a Florida native, hurricanes were a steady part of his childhood and serving as a hurricane pilot was a personal point of pride.
“We all do it out of a sense of pride and duty and everyone on the plane is very committed to that,” Abitbol said.
Sharing hurricane airspace with the NOAA Corps are the Air Force Reserve’s Hurricane Hunter teams, which fly WC-130 aircraft.
“My mom still thinks I’m crazy for doing this,” said Capt. Will Simmons, USAFR, who flies for the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Keesler Air Base, Miss. Simmons, who earned a degree in meteorology, has flown through the center of 88 hurricanes in his five years with the squadron.
“Outside of improving the forecast, saving lives is the ultimate goal,” he said. “And if I can serve my country and also be part of a mission that I love and possibly save lives, I can’t think of a better career to have.”
Most weeks, Lt. Col. Bruce “Woody” Caine, USA (Ret), is plunged somewhere in the 2.5-acre historical replica of a Brown Water Navy support base during a Tet Offensive.
He’s one of the most active volunteers at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Charleston, S.C., giving 350 hours of his time last year to educate visitors about the Vietnam War. A small group of people usually is crowded around him, entranced with his memories from service as an Army infantry officer in Mekong Delta in 1968.
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/vietnam-veteran-shares-war-stories-at-local-museum/