Vets Helping Vets Find Health Care

Vets Helping Vets Find Health Care

There are 107 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Mar 12, 2008, titled Vets Helping Vets Find Health Care. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

A group of older military veterans are rallying for support across the state for better health care to veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Father of a VET

Greenville, SC

#103 Nov 5, 2009
Ive heard that nothing in that clinic has changed since Garland left. Can someone confirm this?

Thank you.
Tired Of RONWILSON Lies

United States

#104 Jun 18, 2010
ROn you have posted all over the place in threads that have nothing to do with the topic of the Rhino. Your using a fake name and faulse statements. I was there, your lieing, and stop taking the focus off this thread that is in support of troops suffering while the VA drops the ball. Your lies tarnish the names of the dead and wounded and of the soldiers who protected us and got the rest of us back to base. You discust me.
hal

Maringouin, LA

#105 Jul 8, 2010
as a vet its great to know other vets care but i believe we allways did when it comes to vets caring about vets.i think the real issue should be why fellow vets have to do this instead of our federal gov.not doing its part on this.feds can piss away money on all kinds of things but dont seem to care about soldiers enough to spend more money on hospitals,etc.they dont have a problem sending them into war but after, they seem to lose their love for the soldier and hes put on the back burner.contact your rep.and voice more help for vets to them.

Since: Nov 10

ROCK HILL, SC

#108 Nov 27, 2010
As I read the comments and hear the stories, of our veterans who gave so much, yet ask for so little in return .. it breaks my heart but not my spirit! THIS, fuels my drive and empowers my motivation, to make a difference!

This is where I stand.

As some of you may know, I also work with the National Guard and Reserves(OIF/OEF)in both North and South Carolina. Specifically, it is with the Beyond Yellow Ribbon, PDHRA and HiddenWounds programs. With Veterans Day just past, I ask that you keep my fellow veterans in your hearts and minds. For us, everyday is Veterans Day. If there is anything I can do to help you with a veteran, or veterans issues (housing & mental health), please call or email. I can at least be an extra resource or consult for you. Thank you for all you do. As you know, most times, the best thanks or appreciation we get, is from each other. I came across this very sobering statistic this morning:

Over 2,000,000 U.S. troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. Among returning troops, nearly 40% of soldiers, a third of Marines, and half of the National Guard members report symptoms of psychological distress.

Challenges facing these returning soldiers include anxiety, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder as well as substance abuse and traumatic brain injury. But how often do they seek help? How many crises could be averted and lives saved with more timely intervention? What can family and community members do? Learn how Mental Health First Aid can be our first line of defense – helping our veterans, their families, and our communities.

I am very hopeful and excited about the potential “we” all pose for our veterans. Know, I stand ready to do whatever it takes to take care of our veterans. Yes, we have our work cut out for us.

Lastly, you know me and my passion, when it comes to providing treatment to our traumatized patients. If I can help, I will. Any service that I may provide, is free to any veteran, spouse or dependent living in the home. With special interest in treating veterans who participated in Special Operations,(SPEC OPS) for short. While I am not connected to the VA, all costs for my services are provided by other interested parties who have an interest in seeing that our countries finest men and women have access to the best treatment possible.

Thank you again for the acknowledgement of my military service. It carries much more significance, coming from someone who has worn the uniform and since you are much more aware of what that means. As a veteran, my heart goes out the men and women who proudly wear the uniform of our country. Not just now because it is fasionable, popular or in style. I've been doing this type work publicly for 15 years now, 5 of those years were with the VA and another 4 years with our miltary.

Where do you stand?

John Garland
**********
A communitys ethical tone is measured not by how it treats its most powerful citizens but rather how it treats its most vulnerable ones.
John Garland EdS LPC

Greenville, SC

#109 Oct 27, 2011
It just does not seem like a whole year has gone by since my last post. Just as unbelievable, is that very little has been done about this topic. While Im sure "something" has been done, at my level, Im just not seeing it make a difference in the veteran community I live in. So for what it is worth ... here is my ongoing post. I would encouage everyone to read the article that comes out next week in SOUTH CAROLIN LIVING, Nov/Dec issue. Titled, HEALING HIDDEN WOUNDS. As I read the comments and hear the stories, of our veterans who gave so much, yet ask for so little in return .. it breaks my heart but not my spirit! THIS, fuels my drive and empowers my motivation, to make a difference!
This is where I stand.
As some of you may know, I also work with the National Guard and Reserves(OIF/OEF)in both North and South Carolina. Specifically, it is with the Beyond Yellow Ribbon, PDHRA and HiddenWounds programs. With Veterans Day just past, I ask that you keep my fellow veterans in your hearts and minds. For us, everyday is Veterans Day. If there is anything I can do to help you with a veteran, or veterans issues (housing & mental health), please call or email. I can at least be an extra resource or consult for you. Thank you for all you do. As you know, most times, the best thanks or appreciation we get, is from each other. I came across this very sobering statistic this morning:
Over 2,000,000 U.S. troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. Among returning troops, nearly 40% of soldiers, a third of Marines, and half of the National Guard members report symptoms of psychological distress.
Challenges facing these returning soldiers include anxiety, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder as well as substance abuse and traumatic brain injury. But how often do they seek help? How many crises could be averted and lives saved with more timely intervention? What can family and community members do? Learn how Mental Health First Aid can be our first line of defense – helping our veterans, their families, and our communities.
I am very hopeful and excited about the potential “we” all pose for our veterans. Know, I stand ready to do whatever it takes to take care of our veterans. Yes, we have our work cut out for us.
Lastly, you know me and my passion, when it comes to providing treatment to our traumatized patients. If I can help, I will. Any service that I may provide, is free to any veteran, spouse or dependent living in the home. With special interest in treating veterans who participated in Special Operations,(SPEC OPS) for short. While I am not connected to the VA, all costs for my services are provided by other interested parties who have an interest in seeing that our countries finest men and women have access to the best treatment possible.
Thank you again for the acknowledgement of my military service. It carries much more significance, coming from someone who has worn the uniform and since you are much more aware of what that means. As a veteran, my heart goes out the men and women who proudly wear the uniform of our country. Not just now because it is fasionable, popular or in style. I've been doing this type work publicly for 15 years now, 5 of those years were with the VA and another 4 years with our miltary.
Where do you stand?
John Garland
**********
A communitys ethical tone is measured not by how it treats its most powerful citizens but rather how it treats its most vulnerable ones.
John Garland EdS LPC

Greenville, SC

#110 Oct 27, 2011
Father of a VET wrote:
Ive heard that nothing in that clinic has changed since Garland left. Can someone confirm this?
Thank you.
Unfortunately, nothing has happened. They continue to loose good therapist. They should tell you something about ethical treatment. I just happen to be the first to leave. How I wish it was different.
John Garland

Rock Hill, SC

#112 Nov 5, 2011
John L. Garland

In honor of this coming Veterans Day 11/11/2011. Many have come before us. Too many more will follow after us. Some will come home, some will not. Take the time today, to thank the ones who are still with you. We were first your children, brothers, sisters, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins. For whatever personal reason, known only to us but for a cause we believe in, we chose to serve our country. While we may smile, nod and look down and modestly deflect your attention. Alone in a more private moment, we will reflect on your thanks and secretly wish more were like you. Your recognition means far more than you may ever realize. Whether in the sky, in space, on the ground, at sea or under the oceans ... only God and our commanding officers know where our Special Forces are. While we may come from different tribes and there are many of us. Though the colors of our war paint, head dress and uniforms vary widely, we are the men and women who volunteered or were drafted but made a personal decision to serve. We are our brothers and sisters. For veterans everywhere, everyday is Veterans Day. Thank your veteran today and be content in knowing, we believe in you too.

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