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Author: Ken Feltman


What people tells us

“As a retired US Army veteran, I’ve not had any problems with the Veterans hospital in Phoenix. As a volunteer DAV van driver I do hear of other vets who have and continue to have, problems with the VA system. If the word gets out that all members of the military go thru the local VA center upon their discharge or retirement a lot of problems could be prevented.”

Dear returning Veteran,

I am a Veteran also…… Special Forces/Army (Airborne) 1963-1973… I lived in the Golden Era before thousandsof Middle Class jobs were sent overseas and before the Big Bankers were allowed to do the same dumb stuff they did before 1929…. Veterans: Sign up to use your G.I. Bill Education Benefits and register with the VA for your Healthcare…..

The VA (most of them are Veterans also) is trying darn hard to care for the huge increase in Veterans from these recent wars and few jobs with benefits…..

I grew up dirt poor and had to live in poverty again in order to go to College. That said, two things changed my life: the demands of SF and College….

I don’t live in poverty anymore, nor does anyone in my family.
Stay strong Veteran. The Determination, Discipline and Ability To Overcome many things you never even dreamed of from your service will give you a real advantage in the civilian world!….

Let NO ONE tell you differently or slow you down…. Set your goal high and advance just as you did in combat….
Also, find other Veterans that are doing what you are doing…. They will have your “6” and together you will do better…

That worked for me many years ago…. Imagine a short haired, tougher than nails, angry veteran walking onto a College Campus surrounded by long haired “Hippies” in the middle 1960’s and you get a clearer picture….

I found my Veterans the first day in the library….They had an “Enforced Quiet Area” where we all studied together and No One screwed with us!… We also got coffee and meals together and again, No One questioned the length of our hair, the fire in our bellies and the anger in our eyes!…..

Stay Strong Veteran and NEVER let anyone or anything stop you!….

I am a Program Director for DynCorp International and we hire hundreds of recently separated military personnel. Currently looking for rotor wing aviation types for a new program.
Would love to hear back from you to see if we can help each other out.

We used to get so much a mile round trip when we had doctors appointments we do not get that now we need the little bit we got see what u can do to help us get it back

As a retired US Army veteran, I’ve not had any problems with the Veterans hospital in Phoenix.

As a volunteer DAV van driver I do hear of other vets who have and continue to have, problems with the VA system.

If the word gets out that all members of the military go thru the local VA center upon their discharge or retirement a lot of problems could be prevented.




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We Are Failing Our Veterans.


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There are now 22.3 million U.S. Veterans, and this number is growing daily. However, decades of challenges at the U.S. Veterans Administration persist.

We want to hear your story

There are so many stories of the challenges our veterans are having getting U.S. government assistance. We at Veterans1 want to hear your story, because we know there are many nonprofit alternatives that can help! If you or someone you know is caught in the bureaucracy and is not receiving benefits he or she is entitled to, please let us know. If you know an unemployed or underemployed veteran, we want to hear your story, ideas and solutions.
Veterans1 believes your tax dollars and donations should go to getting veterans hired with less going for failing U.S. government programs. Veterans1 has been involved in philanthropic and voluntary support to wounded military and veterans groups for over 11 years, including the Wounded Warriors Project, GI Film Festival, and volunteerism at military hospitals. Veterans1 put a priority on solutions that do not require extensive government involvement.

We want to hear your story

The challenge for our military to transition into new civilian careers remains great. Nationwide, the unemployment rate for veterans is over 10.3%. If you or someone you know is caught in the gap as an unemployed or underemployed veteran, we want to hear that story. We also want to find groups in your local area that support veterans in the transition to civilian life.
Veterans1 understands the challenges our veterans face in getting a civilian job. Training and education can prepare our vets for challenging, new careers. Veterans need access to vocational counseling, to translate military experience to civilian opportunities. Job fairs can provide immediate access to real job opportunities, with employers hiring right now. Entrepreneurial programs can expose veterans to exciting new options to use their leadership skills.Initiatives like the Military and Veterans Employment Expo (MVEE) involves dozens of major employers where our vets engage in same day training and participate in interviews with companies who hire our veterans on the spot.

We want to hear your story

We know that the issue of veteran unemployment does not stop there. A recent study reported: “The effects of veteran unemployment extend far beyond a lack of income and the risk of poverty. The two most prominent health related problems of veteran unemployment include depression and suicide.” Veterans1 campaigns vigorously to support job development programs that address these issues and mentor veterans to overcome these challenges.
The Congressional Veterans Affairs Committees agree that it is crucial for our communities to provide solutions involving less government and more nonprofits and volunteer efforts to overcome this long-standing problem at the VA. For example, Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut champions job fairs for veterans and stresses that we need more research on veterans’ unemployment rates compared with national unemployment rates. Then, we canget the problems caused by the bureaucracies out of the way. Senator Jon Tester of Montana promoted the role of VSOs and mental health providers as crucial local partners in Montana, and he is encouraging more local and state-based partnerships across the country.
If you know of a nonprofit VSO that is doing a great job in assisting our veterans anywhere in America, we want to know about them! We want to raise awareness and encourage others to be supportive in your local area through our national partners such as the Real Estate Business & Social Enterprises Association (REBSEA), whose members make donations to local veterans groups and have multiple VSO members. Send us a message through our website, share positive stories, and we will keep our friends in the know!Veterans1 is committed to finding and advancing as many VSOs as possible, and educating the U.S. Congress on the great work that nonprofits can do – independent of the bureaucracy that keeps veterans who need help now on unnecessary waiting lists….

We want to hear your story

Join us in this campaign by sharing your comments, registering your name and email address to receive our newsletter, or by making a donation.Thank you!

Current activities

College scholarships and working with Congress and the White House

1. Several groups provide scholarships or grants for children of veterans who need financial aid. Others provide assistance for veterans.

Veterans1 is working with organizations that have surplus funds, trying to get them to provide assistance for children or veterans that other groups with limited funding have identified as worthy.

2. Veterans in need of medical care – for injuries or traumatic stress – sometimes fall between the cracks. Our task is to eliminate the bureaucratic cracks and alert the right people to problems faced by current veterans and their families.

Recently, we were able to help a wounded veteran by alerting his Member of Congress to the problem. After months of frustration, with the Congressman’s intervention, the problem was solved in less than 48 hours.