Cost-of-Living Boost for Veterans

Cost-of-Living Boost for Veterans

On Thursday, May 28th House passed legislation that will again see a boost in cost-of-living next year. Last year cost-of-living was boosted by 1.6 percent, which was almost half of the boost from the previous year. The COLA (Cost-of-Living-Adjustment) bill was approved Thursday morning with no objections. The bill wouldn’t go into effect until December but this means the House is well ahead schedule compared to last year when the bill was passed in October.

There have been efforts in the past to make the cost-of-living boost automatic but was proven unsuccessful. The bill has to be passed by congress every year but veterans are not guaranteed a boost in their benefits unlike Social Security.

The COLA bill gives Veterans benefits including disability pay, payment for dependents, money for clothing, and dependency and indemnity compensation checks.

Leaders of the House are onboard of the bill and what it promises American veterans. The COLA bill may take more time than normal to be passed through all the right hoops partially due to the impact of COVID-19.

This is a step in the right direction for helping veterans that desperately in need of financial help and security. Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., who is the sponsor of the COLA bill, believes that there shouldn’t be any problems with this bill going through to final phase and being set into action in December. For more information on the COLA bill please click here.

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Tim Chambers "The Saluting Marine"

Tim Chambers “The Saluting Marine”

On May 25th, retired U.S. Marine Tim Chambers stood at attendance for 24 hours at an intersection in Washington DC to bring awareness to increasing rates of veterans committing suicide. Veterans go through many hardships in their duties. Some leave for service and come back a totally different person. PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) affects veterans across the country and it hasn’t been until recently that it has been looked at seriously. On average 17 veterans take their own lives each day according to a 2019 V.A. report.

Chambers started this tradition saluting motorcyclists in 2002 during Rolling Thunder, which happens every year to gather and honor service members. This year was the first to highlight veteran suicide and the name has been changed to Rolling to Remember. More than a hundred motorcyclists attended the event even with COVID-19 still active.

A charity called, “The Saluting Marine Cares” was created by Tim Chambers to help veterans pay for medical bills they couldn’t afford to pay. Chambers is dedicated to helping his fellow service members especially during these hard times. It was reported that during his 24 hour stance he didn’t take any food or water and never left his post to go to the bathroom.

Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers has shown the true human spirit and how coming together even during a pandemic is still possible. More awareness for depression and suicide still needs to be pushed, and grand gestures like these are very important. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or are having suicidal thoughts reach out to the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit their website at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.

 

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Memorial Day, A Day to Remember

Memorial Day, A Day to Remember

This Memorial Day Weekend was a sigh of relief for most as time was spent enjoying the company of friends and family in this difficult time. The Coronavirus has put many on hard times and has changed how people interact with one another and has completely flipped peoples normal routines upside down. Last weekend was a reminder to reflect on who or what is important in ones life.

It was a happy change of pace from the normal quarantine behavior. Many could be seen outdoors socializing around a barbecue laughing and playing. If one didn’t know any better, it would look like there was no pandemic at all. A short three day weekend turned into a cause for celebration in what we all long for to come back.

As there was a cause for celebration there was also one for remembrance. Memorial Day was a time to thank those who have served or currently serve in the US military. Many have loved ones that were veterans who have passed on or are still here today. Even with COVID-19 still across the country, US citizens were seen paying their respects to veteran hospitals, shelters and cemeteries across the country.

The Guardians Foundation is no stranger to honoring its veterans. The none profit organization has helped many veterans find work and with this pandemic sweeping the nation many need help. Currently employed veterans at Guardians are helping those that are sick with the virus in Spokane, Washington. Local and state government has seen the impact the foundation has had on its community and the improvements they have made. More funding has been given, however with more and more people losing their jobs, homes and even their health, more work still needs to be done.

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Spokane Mayor Honors Guardians Foundation

Spokane Mayor Honors Guardians Foundation

Spokane Washington, June 10th, 2019 – Spokane Mayor, David Condon honors non-profit community partners including Michael Shaw, founder and Executive Director of the Guardians Foundation. A mission was created by Give Change to stop panhandling and instead donate to “services and not individuals”. Although the compassionate people of Spokane mean well be giving money to homeless individuals they are unknowingly creating a new problem. The chief of the Spokane police department explains,”in the process of giving directly to these panhandlers they are fueling some really bad habits and addictions these panhandlers and struggling with”. The idea of giving to the services rather than the individual stops the funding of these bad habits and provides a more long term solution to the homeless crisis.

Like the few other organizations helping the homeless problem, Michael Shaw and the Guardians Foundation help homeless veterans get back on their feat. The Guardians Foundation was created in 2011 while Shaw was deployed in Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn and the Global War on Terror. He has served as the Executive Director since the inception of the organization, but has yet to take a paycheck for his work, choosing to donate those funds back to the Guardians Foundation. Recently retired after nearly two decades of service in the US Army, he lives in the organization’s transitional housing, assisting with case management for the residents.

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