iscusses the efforts being put forth to reach anybody who has been underrepresented or underserved in America.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 375, discusses the efforts being put forth to reach anybody who has been underrepresented or underserved in America. We are joined by Erin Hanrahan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Assistance Program Coordinator.

“Our theme this year is building relationship health and safety for life,” explained Hanrahan. “And our mission is to provide comprehensive, person-centered, recovery-oriented programming.”

The Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) is committed to helping Veterans, their partners, and VA staff who are impacted by IPV. If you or someone you know could be experiencing and/or using IPV – help is available.

America Heroes Group’s mission is to honor and respect the relentless commitment, ultimate sacrifice, and unwavering dedication of our retired Veterans and Active Service members thereby empowering and transforming their lives as they age in place and reacclimate back into society through identifying and positioning local and national communities as military friendly.

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e are talking about being discharged from the military and the benefits available to those who have been discharged.

The Next Steps After Being Discharged

On America’s Heroes Group podcast episode 372, we are talking about being discharged from the military and the benefits available to those who have been discharged. Joining us is Tracy Kukla-Lewis, the Chicago Regional Office Training Manager who oversees training compliance.

When discussing how the VA can help those who had a less than honorable discharge, Kukla-Lewis explained, “We can find them honorable for VA purposes only, then they will be entitled to VA compensation benefits and VA healthcare.”

The Chicago Regional Office and Veterans Benefits help Veterans and their families buy homes, earn degrees, start careers, stay healthy, and more. Join an event for conversation and information.

America Heroes Group’s mission is to honor and respect the relentless commitment, ultimate sacrifice, and unwavering dedication of our retired Veterans and Active Service members thereby empowering and transforming their lives as they age in place and reacclimate back into society through identifying and positioning local and national communities as military friendly.

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November ep. 371

Breast Cancer Awareness and Issues We Are Seeing Today

America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 371, focuses on breast cancer awareness. We are joined by Dr. Sarada Deshpande, a board certified internist who has been the Women’s Health Medical Director at JBVA since 2013.

“Getting diagnosed very early on is important,” Dr. Deshpande explained. “A lot of patients during the pandemic have not gotten their screening mammograms.”

VA Chicago Healthcare System’s mission is to offer options to timely, quality services for Veterans through care and respect for one’s physical, psychological, and spiritual health.

America Heroes Group’s mission is to honor and respect the relentless commitment, ultimate sacrifice, and unwavering dedication of our retired Veterans and Active Service members thereby empowering and transforming their lives as they age in place and reacclimate back into society through identifying and positioning local and national communities as military friendly.

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Serving the Underrepresented Population in America

Serving the Underrepresented Population in America

America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 382, discusses the efforts being put forth to reach anybody who has been underrepresented or underserved in America. Joining us is Julian Purdy, Chief of Staff of Veterans’ Employment and Training Service in the U.S Department of Labor.

“My grandfather told me a story of when he was stationed at Fort Huachuca,” Purdy said. “He mentioned that he was not allowed to live on the main post itself. He and the other African American soldiers had to make a camp outside of the post while the other officers that enlisted were able to live in hard buildings on the actual base itself.”

The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service prepares America’s Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses for meaningful careers, provides them with employment resources and expertise, protects their employment rights, and promotes their employment opportunities.

America Heroes Group’s mission is to honor and respect the relentless commitment, ultimate sacrifice, and unwavering dedication of our retired Veterans and Active Service members thereby empowering and transforming their lives as they age in place and reacclimate back into society through identifying and positioning local and national communities as military friendly.

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Addiction Recovery and Helping Others

Addiction Recovery and Helping Others

In America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 364, Kevin Rumley shares his story about his battle with addiction. Kevin Rumley is a US Marine Corps Purple Heart Recipient, Combat Veteran, and Program Director for the Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court in Asheville, North Carolina.

“I lost everything and everyone I love because of my addiction,” Rumley recalled. “One day at a time, here I am 11 years later, and I have a renewed sense of hope and a renewed sense of purpose. A big part of that is giving back to the Veterans that are struggling like I was when I first got out.”

The Veterans Treatment Court utilizes a non-adversarial, team approach to providing services and support to veterans facing felony charges. This treatment modality strives to prevent recidivism and promote accountability and recovery by diverting participants through a multi-phase recovery/treatment program.

America Heroes Group’s mission is to honor and respect the relentless commitment, ultimate sacrifice, and unwavering dedication of our retired Veterans and Active Service members thereby empowering and transforming their lives as they age in place and reacclimate back into society through identifying and positioning local and national communities as military friendly.

 

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U.S. Nurse Suicide Rates are Rising

U.S. Nurse Suicide Rates are Rising

America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 362, covers the rising nurses’ suicide rate in the U.S. Adelena Marshall, a VA Mental Health RN, joins us along with Carolina Stewart, nurse and CNL employed at the VA hospital.

“The majority of this seems to come from the burnout within the healthcare organizations,” Stewart explained. “The nurses tirelessly give their all to care for our Veterans and not necessarily having all of the resources or support that we need.”

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs strives to provide Veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned—and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship.

America Heroes Group’s mission is to honor and respect the relentless commitment, ultimate sacrifice, and unwavering dedication of our retired Veterans and Active Service members thereby empowering and transforming their lives as they age in place and reacclimate back into society through identifying and positioning local and national communities as military friendly.

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Transitioning to Life After Military Service

Transitioning to Life After Military Service

America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 366, features Transitioning Assistance Program (TAP) initiatives. Margarita Devlin joins us as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations and Management at the U.S Department of Labor.

“Trained individuals who are career counselors who will sit with a service member after they go through the class and work with them one on one to help them identify their career path. That’s sometimes the hardest piece,” said Devlin.

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides information, resources, and tools to service members and their loved ones to help prepare for the move from military to civilian life. Service members begin TAP one year prior to separation, or two years prior to retiring. Watch the video above to see how VA TAP helps service members transition from military to civilian life.

America Heroes Group’s mission is to honor and respect the relentless commitment, ultimate sacrifice, and unwavering dedication of our retired Veterans and Active Service members thereby empowering and transforming their lives as they age in place and reacclimate back into society through identifying and positioning local and national communities as military friendly.

 

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Helping Veterans Access Dental Care

Helping Veterans Access Dental Care

America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 354, discusses the mission, purpose, and agenda of the American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH). Joining us is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of AIDPH, Dr. Annaliese Cothron.

“A lot of people don’t understand that Veterans aren’t accessing dental care,” Dr. Cothron said. “Most Veterans don’t have access to dental care through the VA.”

The American Institute of Dental Public Health was created in 2015 to promote and disseminate evidence-based health promotion practices to advanced education students and practitioners in dental public health. AIDPH serves as a platform for creative programming that centers health equity as a cornerstone of oral health education and training.

America Heroes Group’s mission is to honor and respect the relentless commitment, ultimate sacrifice, and unwavering dedication of our retired Veterans and Active Service members thereby empowering and transforming their lives as they age in place and reacclimate back into society through identifying and positioning local and national communities as military friendly. 

Listen to America’s Heroes Group Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Pandora. Or, tune in live every Saturday from 4-6 pm CST on iHeartRadio or on our Facebook page.

New Mental Health Hotline

New Mental Health Hotline

America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 338, covers the new 988 hotline and how it will support individuals who experience a mental health emergency. Gigi Crowder, the Executive Director of NAMI Contra Costa in California, joins us for this episode.

 

“This is replacing the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, which was ten didgits and pretty difficult for individuals to remember,” Crowder explained. “Now when a person dials 988 it will take them directly to crisis counselors.”

NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

 

America Heroes Group’s mission is to honor and respect the relentless commitment, ultimate sacrifice, and unwavering dedication of our retired Veterans and Active Service members thereby empowering and transforming their lives as they age in place and reacclimate back into society through identifying and positioning local and national communities as military friendly.

 

Listen to America’s Heroes Group Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Pandora. Or, tune in live every Saturday from 4-6 pm CST on iHeartRadio or on our Facebook page.

 

Filing for Burn Pits Benefits Through DAV

Filing for Burn Pits Benefits Through DAV

America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 347, discusses how to best educate Veterans about the advantages and necessary steps needed to file for their Burn Pits Benefits through Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Bob Carnagey, a US Army Vietnam Veteran and State Commander Disabled American Veteran, joins us for this episode. 

 

“The confidence level of the claim being filed accurately the first time goes up because you’ve got an experienced person helping,” Carnagey said.

 

DAV is dedicated to empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. They accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

 

America Heroes Group’s mission is to honor and respect the relentless commitment, ultimate sacrifice, and unwavering dedication of our retired Veterans and Active Service members thereby empowering and transforming their lives as they age in place and reacclimate back into society through identifying and positioning local and national communities as military friendly.

 

Listen to America’s Heroes Group Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Pandora. Or, tune in live every Saturday from 4-6 pm CST on iHeartRadio or on our Facebook page.