Do you or anyone you know need of assistance regarding veterans benefit assistance claims/information? If so, on November 7th, the Veterans Benefits Administration Huntington Regional Office will be hosting a Claims Clinic onsite at the Beckley VA Medical Center.
Appointments will not be necessary.
Veterans can get help to file new claims, check the status of pending claims. Information about other benefits will also be available. See their press release below for more information
Veteran Josh Walker of 101st Airborne questioned PTSD existence for six years before seeking treatment
Article by Ken Budd, courtesy of HumanAnimalBond.org
Before his dog Baxter changed his life, Josh Walker was suffering from night terrors. In 2005, Walker was deployed to Iraq as a cavalry scout in the 101st Airborne, enduring ambushes and firefights. The nightmares started when he returned home, along with hallucinations, fits of anger, and fear. He’d slam on the brakes when he was driving, thinking a roadside object was an IED. It took him six years to accept that he was suffering from PTSD, despite the concerns of his fiancé and family. But denial, he says, is common for many combat veterans.“If somebody I respect could accept it, maybe there was some truth to this PTSD thing.”
“If you’re suffering from PTSD, it means you weren’t strong enough.”
“You’re trained that if something is wrong with you—physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally—then you’re worthless to the unit,” says Walker, 34. “So if you’re suffering from PTSD, your mentality is that you can’t admit it because it means you weren’t strong enough.”The well-meaning reactions of people at home can also be problematic. “People buy you drinks and pat you on the back and thank you for your service,” he says. “So for you to say, ‘I’m actually struggling really bad, I’m not sleeping, I’ve got anger issues, stress, depression’—it feels like it would devalue your contribution and sacrifice.”
His attitude finally changed when he read a blog by a Special Forces combat veteran about his service dog and his experiences with PTSD. “I thought, ‘If somebody I respect could accept it, maybe there was some truth to this PTSD thing.’” He eventually entered a pilot program at West Virginia University—where he was taking classes—for PTSD service dog training. That’s how he met Baxter, the Golden Retriever who changed his life.
Area veterans were honored during the 2018 Community Veterans Breakfast and Stand Down Event hosted at the Princeton Church of God on Oakvale Road in Princeton, WV. The event offered guest speakers, a great meal, and various surplus items that were distributed. Approximately one thousand meals were served. Quality time with fellow veterans, families & friends was a blessing to those in attendance.
President Donald Trump made his fifth visit to the Mountain State on Tuesday, July 3rd, for the Salute to Service dinner event held at the historic Greenbrier Resort. The Greenbrier Classic had been rebranded as A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, and this inaugural dinner event was meant to honor the countless men and women who served their country. Jim Nantz gave the opening remarks of the evening and asked the servicemen and women to stand for their recognition. Following Nantz was Governor Jim Justice, a noted supporter and personal friend of the President. Governor Jim Justice introduced President Trump with a glowing introduction.