07/24/2018 - Twenty percent of Americans report some degree of hearing loss but those who serve are far more impacted by auditory disorders than the general public due to their exposure to artillery gunfire, battlefield explosives, loud machinery, aircraft noise and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Hearing loss and tinnitus, a perceived ringing in the ear that often accompanies it, are the top two service-connected disabilities afflicting service members and generations of veterans. These maladies are often overshadowed by other challenges our service men and women face.
In 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported, more than 1.6 million veterans received disability compensation benefits for tinnitus, and another 1.1 million received monthly payments for hearing loss. A staggering 60 percent of the troops who returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan sustained some degree of hearing loss, causing the military to take preemptive measures to curtail hearing loss.
03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
Record numbers of women are serving in the military and this means more female veterans. More than two million women currently account for 10 percent of our country’s veteran population and that number is steadily growing. Women are entitled to the same beneﬁts as men, but our system of care is designed for men and not equipped to meet many of the unique challenges our women veterans face.
01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
My Health eVet (MHV) is an award winning, comprehensive website provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It offers veterans, active duty service members, their dependents and caregivers 24-hour, secure internet access to portions of their personal medical records. Authorized users can manage their VA benefits through the site, obtain trusted health information, and take advantage of an array of services and dashboard tools that empowers them to become active partners in their health care and wellness needs.
11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
This Veterans’ Day the Military Exchange will open its virtual doors to more than 13 million veterans. All honorably-discharged veterans will receive a lifelong benefit to online exchange shopping – a long overdue welcome home.
07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)
President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget plan levies an attack against our veterans who are elderly and disabled. His cuts aim to terminate Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits for veterans who are eligible for Social Security retirement benefits, under the mistaken notion that a duplication of benefits exists.
03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
By Human Relations Director Sue Carney
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published new regulations establishing a presumptive service-connection for eight diseases associated with the once contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune, NC. The amendment applies to all veterans, including former reservists and National Guard members, who served 30 or more days (cumulative) of active duty between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 at the marine base or the USMC Air Station New River. Qualifying veterans are entitled to disability compensation benefits.
On Jan. 28, the APWU and community volunteers joined the Veterans Administration (VA) to give help and hope to veterans at the 23rd annual Winterhaven Stand Down. This was the 13th consecutive year that APWU officers and staff participated in the event – providing assistance to hundreds of veterans in need.
(This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The APWU recently joined with representatives of other unions to meet with Michael Michaud, the new Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (DOL VETS). Michaud is a longtime member of the United Steelworkers. Prior to his appointment, Michaud served 12 years as a member of Congress from Maine, advocating for veterans on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Health Subcommittee.