LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Non-Discrimination

According to the largest-ever study of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the United States, about 56% of those surveyed had experienced discrimination while trying to seek medical treatment. A 2016 survey found that 68.5% of LGBT+ people who experienced discrimination in the year before had been negatively affected psychologically, about 43.7% said discrimination had adversely affected their physical well-being. For all the legislation and … Continue reading LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Non-Discrimination

LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Voting

In October 2019, the UCLA’s Williams Institute released a study detailing the preferences and characteristics of LGBT+ voters in relation to the 2020 General Election. The study indicated that, at the time, 1 in 5 LGBT+ adults (~21%) was not registered to vote and almost 9 million LGBT+ adults were eligible registered and eligible to vote. 2020 saw the nation grappling with a pandemic, a … Continue reading LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Voting

LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Advocacy

Did you know that the VA has a program for LGBT+ Veterans and that there are personnel at nearly all VA facilities nationwide that are tasked to help LGBT+ Veterans with care issues? In 2016, the VA started addressing healthcare issues specific to LGBTQ+ Veterans by appointing LGBT Veteran Care Coordinators (VCCs) at VA facilities. VCCs are licensed clinicians responsible for promoting best practices for … Continue reading LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Advocacy

On This Day in 2003, the War in Iraq Began

On March 19, 2003, the United States along with a coalition of forces mostly from the UK started the war on Iraq. It would served as the first stage of the war with the air campaign commencing on March 19th followed by the ground campaign on March 20, 2003. The justifications for the Iraq war started with Iraq’s failure to disarm as the “single trigger.” … Continue reading On This Day in 2003, the War in Iraq Began

On This Day in 1991, the Persian Gulf War Ended

On this day in 1991, President George Bush declared a ceasefire that would end the Persian Gulf War that lasted 42 days. In early August 1990, Iraqi president Saddam Hussein ordered the invasion and occupation of neighboring Kuwait. In response, Arab powers called on the U.S. and other Western nations to intervene. When Hussein defied the UN’s call to withdraw Iraqi forces, the Persian Gulf … Continue reading On This Day in 1991, the Persian Gulf War Ended

How to Navigate the VA’s Online Portal for Travel Reimbursement (BTSSS)

In late-2020, the VA went live with a new online portal for Veterans to submit claims for travel reimbursement. The Beneficiary Travel Self-Service System (BTSSS; one could probably pronounce it as “Bitsssssss…”) was reportedly implemented to simplify the claim submission process for Veterans, caregivers, and beneficiaries. As with any new federal process, BTSSS both improves and complicates. In hopes of providing some clarity, see below … Continue reading How to Navigate the VA’s Online Portal for Travel Reimbursement (BTSSS)

#HowTo Apply for National & CA State Park Passes

Did you know that, based on your service-connection rating, you may qualify for lifetime passes to National & State Parks? Over the past few years, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) has passed out information on programs allowing Veterans and Servicemembers free access to national and state parks. Here is a tutorial on how you can apply for one or both passes but, first, … Continue reading #HowTo Apply for National & CA State Park Passes

#HowTo Get A Veteran Designation on Your CA Driver’s License/ID Card

In November 2015, the State of California started offering Veterans the option of getting the word “Veteran” imprinted on their CA driver’s license (DL) or ID card. Below are facts and the process of getting the designation put on to your DL/ID. By the way, you’ll need to start carrying a REAL ID driver license starting in October 2021; it’s suggested you apply for the … Continue reading #HowTo Get A Veteran Designation on Your CA Driver’s License/ID Card