Do you know a former military service veteran who needs emergency assistance to cope with suicidal ideation or deep mental/emotional troubles?

Perhaps, you are one yourself, and haven’t been able to find help. If so, then we’d like to show you an important resource for veterans: The Veterans Crisis Line (AKA, Dial 988). This article will explain what that is, how to use it, and why it’s crucial for veterans to have a support line during serious emergencies.

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Veterans who left the military between September 11, 2001 and October 1, 2013 have until the end of this month to enroll in VA health care through the PACT Act. This is a benefits program available to veterans regardless of their disability benefits status. So, you can enroll directly without having to wait for the lengthy approval process from the VA (and still be eligible for additional VA benefits).

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Veteran mental health is both a complex and difficult topic, nowadays. While mental illnesses are a contentious topic among the population, at-large, it can be even more so regarding veterans. This has a tremendous impact on how veterans cope with serious conditions, like Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder (PTSD), and whether they receive disability benefits through the Veteran Affairs office.

As you might expect, there are plenty of myths and misunderstandings surrounding this topic, including some that veterans themselves mistakenly believe. We’d like to identify some of those, so that you can help our vets overcome these debilitating roadblocks and misperceptions.

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Passed in 2022, the PACT Act is the single-largest legislation related to the expansion of benefits for American veterans. PACT is an overall expansion of health care for veterans who have been exposed to chemical, physical, and environmental hazards while they were serving in the line of duty. Because of the fact that many of the conditions that have resulted from this exposure are presumptive, it’s been deduced that the exposure happened while in the line of duty. As such, more veterans are eligible for these benefits than they have been in previous years. 

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The United States awards the iconic and prestigious Purple Heart medal to all service members who are injured or killed in action against enemy forces. This distinction has been around since 1932, and applies to any branch of the military.

August 7th marks the commemoration of National Purple Hearts Day. It’s a terrific time to reflect even more on those who have put their lively welfare on the line for our country. Let’s review why this is important in our continuous mission of supporting veterans in Florida.

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Now that we’ve just finished honoring veterans with two spectacular holidays, Memorial Day and Independence Day, it’s time to focus on another major concern: veteran employment. This is a tough topic for many veterans because returning to the civilian world, and securing gainful work, isn’t as straightforward as it once was. Sadly, many veterans in Florida don’t have full employment to pay their bills or make use of their talents.

July 25th is National Hire a Veteran Day, and an outstanding way to support former U.S. service members. Since vets often make dependable employees, we believe you’ll find it easy to see why it’s smart to focus on veteran applicants.

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