Rich Archbold: VA music program rocks as a lifeline for veterans
Veteran Chase Puleo, who served in the Army in Vietnam, sings in the group Rock for Vets, a group of veterans who use music therapy to help wounded warriors from wars in Vietnam and Afghanistan and both Iraq conflicts.
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#1 Nov 10, 2012
Nice to see information like this for veterans who really care. I know I will be there. No other newspaper carried this information locally. According to the local newspapers, they did not know about this...interesting. They know about it NOW!
#2 Nov 12, 2012
How about a follow-up to the soldiers who received medals like the Purple Heart and the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient or the MANY DAV ORGANIZATIONS that were there, or the motorcyclists fro all over (mostly composed of Marines who were celebrating their anniversary) or the staff from the hospital that were there to answer any questions from the vets, or the proud men in uniform who were there to share their stories of military life or the family members who shared in the proud moment of watching their loved ones receive medals that were long overdue, or the police who did a great job of directing traffic and the other groups that were assisting disabled veterans in wheelchairs or the staff that was handing out water and refreshments to people waiting in line for food that was being offered, or the staff that was making sure the grounds stayed clean from clutter and all the many other people who made this holiday something to be proud of!
North Long Beach is not the only place veterans show their pride. Being disabled and a veteran, I cannot get up to North Long Beach and not sure I want to but when there is something locally at a VA hospital, where fellow veterans gather to remember those who are not there and to celebrate the ones that are, gets very little coverage except to mention a band that is playing there and no follow-up story to show the pride of what was done.
Thanks for the 'selective and sensational journalism'!
#3 Nov 12, 2012
Hey, Mad Man-
Did you know about this program?
#4 Nov 13, 2012
Thank for the info but I don't qualify. I have checked into this before and also worked for the VA but this benefit has limitations that don't apply to me. I am not housebound or considered housebound, my income is borderline (I get SSDI and Medicare/Medicare) and I don't need a nursing home assistance as yet. I do have a caregiver and am eligible for In Home Supportive Services. I have been with that program for quite some time although they are backwards in what they do. I no longer can deduct my medical expenses from IHHS income and they are being cut back continually. My hours for service have been cut back also according to 'state law'. I became eligible for food stamps but only receive $14.00 a month. My disability is ongoing with DJD/DD as one of the main diagnosis. I am just getting by like so many folks but thanks for the information.
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