Tag Archives: The American Legion Magazine

Thoroughbred Therapy: How Saratoga WarHorse rekindles life for soldiers dealing with PTSD

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2016, All Rights Reserved) Rob Saavedra refused to acknowledge he had PTSD. The Air Force veteran and sheriff’s deputy worried the people around him – particularly coworkers – would consider him weak. And when he finally … Continue reading

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ALASKA’S VANISHING CARE: How VA’s “Choice” program sabotaged a hard-earned network of local health care across the state’s vast and inaccessible wilds

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2016, All Rights Reserved) Last fall, an Alaska veteran made the five-hour drive from Homer to Anchorage for macular degeneration treatment. But after eight phone calls to VA’s Veterans Choice program, Alaska Retinal Consultants couldn’t get … Continue reading

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Wrongful discharge? Board that corrects military records ‘stacked against servicemembers’ critics charge

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2016, All rights reserved) Want to correct an unfair discharge or remove an erroneous mental health diagnosis from your service record? The Army or Navy board of last resort will spend five minutes on your case. … Continue reading

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Bogus Benefit: USAJOBS.gov frustrates military veterans as downsizing sends thousands into the civilian workforce

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2016, All Rights Reserved)  Before John Spanogle left the Army in the fall of 2014, he enrolled in a weeklong transition course at Fort Knox, Ky., and hired a professional résumé service to translate two and … Continue reading

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More than Names: Janie Schaut hopes her personal histories of veterans from her community will inspire similar work nationwide

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2015, All Rights Reserved) She is known for walking the county cemeteries – Emmett, Ola, Sweet-Montour and Bramwell – on even the coldest days, kneeling at headstones, taking careful notes and sometimes talking to the departed. … Continue reading

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Vietnam’s Senior Class: Often forgotten, the Americans who served in country between 1950 and 1964 saw their share of death and danger

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2015, All Rights Reserved) Just before the Army sent Jable Dean to Vietnam in 1954, it outlined a simple emergency evacuation plan: “If we have to pull out, get to the Saigon River,” Dean recalls the … Continue reading

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Betrayed: In West Los Angeles, VA is leasing property to private businesses as mentally disabled veterans languish in the streets

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved) Of all of the egregious cases involving homeless veterans in Los Angeles, one stands out for attorney Mark Rosenbaum. VA police arrested a homeless Vietnam War veteran they caught taking food from … Continue reading

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