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Posts by Bill Buffington

We Are Veterans, Not Pages of Statistics!

Once again, we don’t want to bore you with statistics; but, if you listen to media outlets, there is a large proportion of the rural area veteran population underserved based on somebody taking underserved statistics. Now, I found several definitions of statistics, but the one that I feel applies to this particular conversation is this one:…

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Veterans Day Is Every Day

The challenges we continue to face The courage and sacrifices we continually question Oh say can you see My country tears of thee As we walk through the shadow of death WE SERVE! Now that I am home The fight for promises made Keep me in a state of post traumatic stress My claim is…

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Unintended Consequences of Prescription Drugs on Veterans

While sitting in a class this past semester, Mike,* a veteran student, became angry over a statement made by the professor concerning events in Iraq. His violent outburst, which was out of character for him, disrupted the class so much that he was asked to leave the classroom. I noticed something different about Mike’s mood…

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Veterans Taking Ownership

Recently, VConnections, Veterans Affairs, and several other veteran support and assistance organizations, participated in an event to bring resource awareness to southern Maryland veterans and their families. The event sponsors did a great job of organizing and marketing to the communities yet, surprisingly, veteran attendance was low. According to government reports, many of the veterans living…

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A Soldier’s Reality

A Soldier’s Reality The darkness I walk in The fog that hangs over me daily Something you will never understand But you think you know me The freedom you have is mine because I fought for it And you have the nerve to ask me to face reality…… Real to me is the buddy I…

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Are We Prepared to Assist Women Veterans Returning Home?

A report recently released Disabled American Veterans (DAV) indicates that women veterans feel left out of programs aimed at aiding veterans of recent conflicts. More women than ever before have served or are currently serving; nearly twice as many as in 1980, yet the report finds that many of the VA’s services lag behind in serving…

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“Veteran Friendly” Needs to be More than Just a Marketing Term

Veterans and their families across the U.S., including those in Southern Maryland, are beginning to question the use of the term “Veteran Friendly” or “Military Friendly.” Many see it as a marketing term used by some businesses and institutions to attract veterans and their families only to have it turn into a  “bait and switch” program. Military Friendly…

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Am I Eligible for Veteran’s Benefits?

As I am out speaking and assisting fellow veterans and their families throughout southern Maryland, one of the most frequently asked questions, which truly surprises me no matter how many times I am asked, is “Am I eligible for VA Benefits?” With all the technology and information available, one would think that most Southern Maryland…

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Happy New Year Veterans!

To my fellow veterans and your families, let’s make this year better than last year! You may ask, how can I do that? For starters, you have to be prepared to take advantage of the fact that VA is trying to do a better job in serving you, and you must take advantage of the fact…

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