The Student Veterans Organization at UNLV has been working on this project for several years now. If you are in the the Las Vegas area for the ninth anniversary of September 11, be sure and go out to support their cause. The unveiling for the memorial will be at 8:30 AM at the Foundation Building on the UNLV campus. More information here.
December 1, 2008 01:43 by Admin
According to the Associated Press (AP) in an article titled "Bases brace for stress related disorders"
"More than 63,600 active duty Army soldiers have done three or more tours in Iraq or Afghanistan. That is a nearly 12 percent of the total number of soldiers who have deployed at least once. Roughly four in 10 soldiers who have gone to war have served more than one deployment — and that number is growing steadily."
July 3, 2007 01:13 by Admin
From VA OIF/OEF Committee and VA Medical Center Las Vegas staff presentations:
- There are between 2300 to 3200 homeless veterans in Clark County
- Average age is 53 years old
- 89% are male, 11% female
- 1,010 are using the VA CBOC specializing in homeless programs
- Last year the VAMC Las Vegas spent over two million on its homeless outreach programs
April 18, 2007 01:02 by Admin
According to VA Undersecretary Cooper's testimony before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs on March 7, 2007:
In FY2006, VA produced over 774,000 disability determinations.
. . . answered over 6.6 million phone calls
. . . conducted over a million interviews
. . . briefed over 390,000 service members
. . . conducted over 65,000 hours of outreach to military members, former POWs, homeless, minority, and women veterans.
Disability backlog . . .
. . .increased every year since 2000.
. . . 578,773 in FY2000 to 806,832 in FY2006. A 38% increase
. . . 54 percent of them are reopening of old claims.
Over 1.4 million active-duty service members, members of the National Guard, and reservists have been deployed in the Global War on Terror. Over 685,000 have returned and been discharged.
The number of veterans receiving compensation has increased by almost 400,000 since 2000 (2.3 million to 2.7 million veterans).
Over 54,000 military retirees receive Combat-Related Special Compensation.
There were 2 million military retirees at the end of FY2006. Over 40% receive VA benefits.
From FY2000 to FY2006, the number of veterans receiving compensation for PTSD has increased from 130,000 to 270,000.
Over 11percent of disability determinations are appealed. Up from 7 percent in 2000. There are more than 130,000 appeals no pending in regional offices and the Appeals Management Center. There are over 30,000 appeals pending before the Board of Veterans' Appeals.