The PACT Act and Filing Claims for Toxic Exposure

The PACT Act and Filing Claims for Toxic Exposure

America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 320, addresses legislation and filing claims surrounding military environmental exposure, particularly with burn pits. Adam Swantz, Manager of the Veterans Service Center in Chicago, joins us along with Donnis Overton, a Legal Administrative Specialist.

The PACT Act was passed by the Senate earlier this summer to expand health care services to Veterans who are exposed to toxic materials.

“The PACT act itself covers 23 burn pit related conditions,” Swantz says.

The Veterans Service Center  provides benefits to Veterans and military families throughout the country. Veterans are assisted with filing claims, insurance, education, and a variety of other life changing services.

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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Treatment and Care for Eating Disorders

Treatment and Care for Eating Disorders

America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 323, discusses the treatment of eating disorders among the Veteran population. Rachel Morales, a clinical social worker and Team Lead for the Hines VA Eating Disorder Treatment Team, joins us to discuss how to seek care and overcome eating disorders.

“Eating disorders don’t discriminate. They can affect men or women regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or body size,” Morales said. “You can’t look at someone and tell if they have an eating disorder.”

The Hines Department of Veteran Affairs has experienced health care teams that offer a variety of services to Veterans in downtown Chicago. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs as a whole has locations all across the country for Veterans who need help with health care, rehabilitation, and any other services.

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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Finding Employment as a Veteran

Finding Employment as a Veteran

On Hire A Veteran Day, America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 330, discussed programs that help Veterans find employment. Panelist James Rodriguez joins us for this episode. Rodriguez is a retired Veteran and was confirmed by the Senate to be the Assistant Secretary for the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service.

“One of the challenges we have is getting Veterans into generational careers,” Rodriguez said. “After their military service, they can use their skillset they’ve developed and take it into the corporate world.”

Veterans’ Employment and Training Service helps retired Veterans and military spouses thrive in their careers. Veterans can be assisted in finding employment opportunities, provided expertise, and educated about their rights in the workplace.

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.

Developments in Disability Law

Developments in Disability Law

America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 329, discusses recent developments in the PACT law and discharge updates. Partner Brent Filbert joins us for this episode. Filbert is a retired 30 year Veteran, professor, and Director of Military Law at the Veteran Advocacy Project.

“The law opens access to healthcare for Veterans who normally would not be eligible for it if those Veterans served in areas where there were burn pits,” Filbert said.

The Veteran Advocacy Project provides legal representation for retired Veterans and helps them transition back into life as a civilian. This especially includes advocacy for those dealing with mental health issues.

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.



Resources for Those Affected by Mass Shootings

Resources for Those Affected by Mass Shootings

America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 308, discusses the resources available to those affected by mass shootings. Gigi Crowder, Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Contra Costa (NAMI), joins us to address how we can work to help people overcome mental health issues and trauma in the United States. 


The National Alliance on Mental Illness is one of the nation’s largest mental health organizations. NAMI aims to provide awareness, education, and services to those who need it across hundreds of communities in the United States. 


“We [NAMI] provide non-clinical services everywhere. There’s 600 affiliates across the nation,” Crowder said. “Once you pick up the phone and call a NAMI affiliate, we put you in contact with the 1-800 number, which will allow individuals to pick out the services that would be most useful.” 


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.


Episode317

Advice for Veterans on Filing Taxes

America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 317, addresses a number of issues and common questions that Veterans have about filing taxes with panelist David Milansec, who is a military family member and the President/Founder of Katz Milansec.

 

In episode 317, Milansec describes the difference between an LLC and S Corporation, how to reduce your self-employment tax, and offers many other insights for Veterans when it comes to handling taxes. 

 

“I see a lot of small business owners who pay too much in taxes,” Milansec said. “One of the things that people pay way too much of is self-employment tax.” 

 

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.

 

Episode312

Providing Quality Healthcare for Women Veterans

America’s Heroes Group Podcast, episode 312, addresses the topic of healthcare for women. Panelist Krystal Lynn Gilewski offers her perspective as the Women Veteran’s Program Manager at the Hines Department of Veteran Affairs and a licensed social worker.  

 

The Hines Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is the largest VA in Illinois and offers Veterans quality healthcare. The hospital has treated more than 44,000 Veterans going back as far as World War II. 

 

“The way we look at care and how we deliver care needs to start shifting to thinking from a woman Veteran’s perspective,” Gilewski said. “With the women Veterans’ population increasing by thousands each year, an emphasis on quality healthcare is becoming crucial.”

 

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.

 

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How U.S. Veterans Can Be Protected from Fraud

America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 307, addresses the topic of caregiving and protecting senior Veterans from fraud. Keisha L. Jackson, a caregiver and U.S. Air Force Veteran joins us along with panelist Troy Broussard, a Veteran and Senior Advisor with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Veterans and Military Families Initiatives. 

 

“There was a report by the Federal Trade Commission done in 2021 that found that over 260 million dollars was lost from specific scams targeting Veterans and their families,” Broussard said. “Scammers know that Veterans have access to different benefits than the regular population.”

 

AARP aims to empower people as they age and has initiatives to improve the lives of senior Veterans from health benefits, educational resources, and assistance in avoiding fraud. 

 

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.

 

Housing Access for Low-Income Veterans

Housing Access for Low-Income Veterans

America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 303, addresses the topic of housing issues and rights for Veterans. Panelist Amy Hozer-Weber, Director of Civil Practice at the Veteran Advocacy Project, joins us along with Brent Filbert, a retired 30 year U.S. Veteran. 

 

“In the United States, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, approximately 40,056 Veterans are homeless on any given night,” Hozer-Weber said. 

 

The Veteran Advocacy Project (VAP) provides legal services to Veterans who can’t afford them. The organization aims to keep low-income veterans in their homes with access to healthcare. “What we are able to do is help those that seek assistance,” Hozer-Weber said. 

 

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.

 

Improving Healthcare for Veterans

Improving Healthcare for Veterans

America’s Heroes Group podcast, episode 302, addresses the topic of healthcare with Lori Roper, a Cook County Supervisor Attorney, and Kevin Hull, director of the Chicago Association for Research and Education in Science (CARES) organization. Hull is also the son and grandson of U.S. veterans.

 

“I felt it was my calling to be part of the advocacy for the issues I care about,” Hull said.

 

CARES aims to improve Veterans’ healthcare through supporting education and research at a number of hospitals and care centers.

 

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.