Posted on February 16, 2017 by Bobbie O'Brien
Solar panels are the sole power for the sustainable garden project that was expanded to include veterans. It’s a place where veterans can learn gardening techniques as well as solar power, raising chickens, bees and tilapia.
A ceremonial seed planting will be part of the official opening of the Veterans’ Garden, 918 W. Sligh Avenue, Tampa across from Lowry Park Zoo.
The event is set for Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 10:30 a.m. and will include recognition of USAA which provided a grant to expand the sustainable garden for veterans.
It’s a place where veterans can volunteer, learn agriculture techniques and the produce will be donated to veterans at risk of homelessness.
“Veterans found that since they started community agriculture initiatives that they were more comfortable talking with civilians and more comfortable talking to strangers and people that didn’t have a military background,” said VA researcher Karen Besterman-Dahan, “Those were really important things.”
She said researchers are just beginning to study the therapeutic value of agriculture and gardening to help veterans manage depression, anxiety and symptoms of post-traumatic stress.
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Posted on February 3, 2017 by Bobbie O'Brien
Raising chickens is one of many skills veterans will learn at the Veterans Garden under construction in Tampa.
There’s a growing movement to help veterans transition from the battlefield to a more bucolic setting. Whether it’s a community agriculture initiative or a functioning farm – researchers are finding that raising food can offer veterans both a therapeutic and an economic value.
A garden where veterans can learn to work the land and grow food is under construction at The Sustainable Living Project, on Sligh Avenue, just across from Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Continue reading
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Posted on August 3, 2016 by Bobbie O'Brien
After releasing a summary in early July, the Department of Veterans Affairs today released its full report on veteran suicides.
The Suicide Among Veterans and Other Americans 2001-2014 is a comprehensive analysis that looked at more than 55 million veterans’ records from 1979 to 2014 from every state in the nation.
Some key findings from this year’s report include:
A fact sheet is available and the VA is taking several measures to increase prevention programs and access to care and the Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255.
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Posted on July 20, 2016 by Bobbie O'Brien
Photo courtesy of the VA website.
The official blog for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VAntage Point, has produced a “Top 10 List” of important information all veterans should know about the herbicide Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War. It was sprayed on trees, vegetation, forests and waterways along boarders in Cambodia, Laos, and in South Vietnam.
The list is below, and you can read the full details on today’s VAntage Point.
- Agent Orange was a herbicide and defoliant used in Vietnam.
- Any Veteran who served anywhere in Vietnam during the war is presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange.
- VA has linked several diseases and health conditions to Agent Orange exposure.
- Veterans who want to be considered for disability compensation must file a claim.
- VA offers health care benefits for Veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange and other herbicides during military service.
- Participating in an Agent Orange Registry health exam helps other Veterans and the VA.
- VA recognizes and offers support for the children of Veterans affected by Agent Orange who have birth defects.
- Vietnam Veterans are not the only Veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange.
- VA continues to conduct research on the long-term health effects of Agent Orange.
- VA contracts with an independent, non-governmental organization to review the scientific information on Agent Orange.
The VA blog entry is written by Dr. Ralph Erickson, a 32-year Army Veteran of the Gulf War (1990-91) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003) who has also served as Commander of The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; Command Surgeon, US Central Command; and Director, DoD Global Emerging Infections and Response System (DOD-GEIS).
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Posted on June 6, 2016 by Bobbie O'Brien
Omaha Beach in the background where Pvt. Leo Chalcraft is buried at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, on September 27, 2013, at Colleville-sur-Mer, France. (Photo by Warrick Page – American Battle Monuments Commission)
Army Private Leo Kenneth Chalcraft was a green-eyed, brown-haired teen from St. Petersburg, FL when he was killed in action in World War II.
It happened just six days after his 19th birthday.
Today, his grave is among the 9,387 military dead buried in France at the Normandy American Cemetery that overlooks Omaha Beach. There, 72 years ago this June 6, U.S. troops stormed the beaches on D-Day, marking the beginning of the end of World War II.
“He was so young and I feel like he didn’t get to experience a lot of his life,” said Konner Ross, a 17-year-old who lives in Largo, near St. Petersburg. Continue reading
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