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VA Disability and the Wheelchair Games

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VA disability benefits are available to all qualified veterans and post-military personnel who have served their country in the U.S. armed forces. Each veteran has a different story to tell, but those who participate in the Wheelchair Games get additional bragging rights.

From July 13 to 18 in Tampa, Florida, disabled veterans from across the country will participate in the world’s largest competitive wheelchair sporting event.

Now, disabled veterans are joining forces in a ...

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New Healthcare and VA Disability Hotline for Women Veterans

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A new healthcare and VA disability hotline is taking calls and answering questions from women veterans. Staffed by knowledgeable VA employees, this telephone service is also available to families and caregivers of those who have served.

The VA hotline (1-855-VA-WOMEN) is the latest in a series of efforts by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide information to assistance to veterans who need help the most. This includes veterans experiencing a personal ...

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VA Disability Compensation Rates for Disabled Veterans

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VA disability compensation rates depend on several factors. First, disabled veterans need to understand that there are differences in what the VA will pay to wounded warriors based on your disability rating percentage. Spouses, dependents, and children also factor into VA calculations and compensation formulas.

The VA publishes compensation tables for veterans who have a disability rating of 10% or higher. However, if you are a disabled veteran rated as 30% or more, you may be entitled ...

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Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) Qualifications for PJs

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Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) has strict requirements for PJs, as pararescue personnel are known. As both trained paramedics and elite warriors, these airmen assault and secure objectives in order to save lives.

Qualifications and capabilities for these members of the Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSCO) include both High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) and High Altitude High Opening (HAHO) parachute drops. PJs are also combat divers, rescue swimmers, ...

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Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) and Pararescue Personnel

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Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) includes pararescue personnel (PJs) who are trained paramedics. These airmen find, save, and rescue wounded or injured military or civilian personnel. During special operations or combat missions, these warriors also defend themselves and their patients.

Air Combat Command is responsible for pararescue as a military career. However, some paramedics join units in the Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC). The training requirements for both groups ...

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Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) Activates Air Warfare Center

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A recent Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) ceremony at Duke Field in Florida marked the deactivation of the Air Force Special Operations Training Center (AFSOTC) and the activation of the Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center (AFSOAWC).

AFSOCAWC is modeled after the Special Air Warfare Center that stood down after the Vietnam War. By integrating the capabilities of various air units under one command, Air Force Special Ops (AFSOC) ...

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Sequestration and Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC)

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Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) is reducing spending in response to sequestration. This includes cuts to the AFSOC daily operating budget as well as reductions in investment accounts.

Specific money-saving measures include a temporary hiring freeze for civilian contractors, releasing temporary employees who aren’t mission critical, and freezing some travel.

Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) is also reducing flying time, revisiting contracts, and postponing facilities maintenance. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) special forces ...

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Air Force Special Ops (AFSOC) – SOWT Specialists

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Special operations weather team (SOWT) specialists are battlefield airmen who help other members of Air Force Special Ops (AFSOC) complete their military missions.  Trained in both combat operations and survival skills, SOWTs are ready to deploy anywhere in the world on a moment’s notice.

SOWT specialists retrieve data from weather satellites and relay mission-critical information to other members of the U.S. military’s special forces. In addition to weather forecasts and current conditions, SOWT teams ...

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Air Force Special Ops (AFSOC) and Operation Eagle Claw

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Operation Eagle Claw was a military operation ordered by President Jimmy Carter to rescue 52 American diplomats held hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran. Eight helicopters arrived at Desert One, the first staging area, but only five of the birds were still operational. Ultimately, the mission was aborted.

Those who remember this special forces mission of April 24 and 25, 1980 will honor the memories of our brothers-in-arms, especially those who died in the Iranian desert. The deaths of ...

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PTSD Treatments for Veterans – Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy

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Prolonged exposure therapy (PE) is a former of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) where veterans talk about traumatic combat events until these experiences are no longer painful. Military patients also visit places that are safe, but that they have avoided in order to prevent emotional suffering.

Studies indicate that PE has been an effective form of psychotherapy for PTSD sufferers who served in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Although most veterans ...

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