VA Launches New App to Help Manage PTSD

By Heidi Christensen | March 31, 2020

Are you managing PTSD? Are you in the VA system? Good news! The VA has just launched its own app based PTSD Coach: PTSD App Available in Spanish & English You are never alone. The National Center for PTSD removes stigma, focuses your mind, and connects you to resources to help you manage PTSD. This…

VA Offers New Procedure for Men’s Health

By Heidi Christensen | March 31, 2020

Learn more about this ground breaking new surgery for Veterans suffering from enlarged prostate without sexual & other health side effects: Salt Lake City VA Offers Relief from Enlarged Prostate Thank you VA for always considering health as our greatest wealth. Kudos to the Salt Lake City VA for offering this amazing service. #VetSafe #supercozy…

Great News from VA Center for Women Veterans

By Heidi Christensen | March 31, 2020

In a nation often divided, it is easy to forget that we are all united in a common cause to improve life for everyone with each generation. Here are some uplifting stories about women Veterans, and resources specifically for the feminine gender: VA Center for Women Veterans There are also resources for all Veterans during…

Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program

By Heidi Christensen | March 27, 2020

Please read this important notice from the VA regarding the VR&E Program published from this site: Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program Greetings, Veterans enrolled in the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program, Based on the current COVID-19 national impact, VR&E communications have shifted to digital service delivery. In order to maintain the flow of…

VA Palo Alto First 5G Hospital

By Heidi Christensen | March 27, 2020

What good news. Check out how VA Palo Alto’s 5G technology improves Veterans’ health: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/72556/va-palo-alto-first-5g-hospital/ High-touch and high-tech – that’s what 5G technology will bring to us all. #VetSafe #supercozy #5G #TeamUSA #caregivers

Veteran Resources from VA Stand Down

By Heidi Christensen | February 16, 2020

Hello Friends, Here is a list of Veteran resources I gleaned from the recent VA Stand Down event at West Central Community Center: Veterans’ Transitional Housing: https://www.voaspokane.org/veterans-housing This is a Veteran owned insurance business: https://allmedicaresolutions.com/ Hamilton Relay is a national company with a Washington State contact for tax payer funded TTY/TDD services for the hearing…

Veterans Stand Down Saturday, January 25, 2020

By Heidi Christensen | January 22, 2020

Please attend the Veterans Stand Down: When: January 25, 2020 Where: West Central Community Center 1603 North Belt Street Spokane, WA 99205 Time: 10:00-15:00 Lunch Provided from 11:30-13:00 #VetSafe #TeamUSA #supercozy #globalstandards

Family Caregiver Support Resources

By Heidi Christensen | January 11, 2020

Washington State has taxpayer funded resources for unpaid family Caregivers: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/home-and-community-services/caregiver-resources I have not posted during the Holidays as I was home in Appalachia with Mother. Here is the Watauga River near where she now lives: She has good care, but it is still heart breaking to see how few resources are in the Carolinas…

Axe the Widow’s Tax

By Heidi Christensen | December 11, 2019

Please follow this link to write Congress to #axewidowstax forever: https://www.votervoice.net/VFW/Campaigns/69796/Respond Thank you for taking action. #axewidowstax #VetSafe #TeamUSA #globalstandards #supercozy #Carers

Resources from Veteran Brad

By Heidi Christensen | December 11, 2019

We have been blessed with some new resources & referrals from Veteran Brad. Here are the links he provided. Please review these resources & contact us with any questions: http://themilitaryguide.com/ Guide to Military Moving and Storagewww.yourstoragefinder.com/guide-to-moving-storage-in-the-military Financial Assistance for Homeless Vetshttp://www.operationwearehere.com/FinancialAssistance.html Veteran Homebuyers Guidehttps://www.thezebra.com/resources/personal-finance/veterans-homebuying-guide Community and Support for Veteranshttps://www.realwarriors.net/ Mesothelioma Informationwww.justgreatlawyers.com/mesothelioma-asbestos-lawsuits #VetSafe #TeamUSA #globalstandards #supercozy

Burger King Unmet Needs Program

By Heidi Christensen | November 26, 2019

Please check this out from the VFW Auxiliary Newsletter: The Veterans of Foreign Wars is pleased to announce nearly 800 participating BURGER KING® restaurants will be raising funds throughout the month of November in support of the VFW’s Unmet Needs program. BURGER KING® customers are encouraged to donate $1 or more to the program with…

Happy Veterans’ Day

By Heidi Christensen | November 11, 2019

Happy Veterans’ Day to all who served, and their families. While the debate over health care in America rages on, we often forget that the United States Veteran has been under socialized medicine since 1865. I will leave it to you to judge its efficiency or lack thereof, but I encourage you to speak directly…

Vets on the Farm Dinner & Auction

By Heidi Christensen | October 22, 2019

Please support Vets on the Farm at their upcoming fundraiser: Thank you for serving Spokane’s Veteran community. #VetSafe #TeamUSA #supercozy

VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship Available

By Heidi Christensen | October 1, 2019

Hello Civilian Allies, Please check out this Voice of Democracy Scholarship available to students grades 9-12: https://www.vfw.org/VOD We need to hear voices of Generation Z and nurture your power to make the world a better place. Please share this great opportunity to earn some money for education. Thank you for serving America’s Veterans. May our…

World War II Hero Turns 101 Years Young: Please Send Birthday Card

By Heidi Christensen | September 26, 2019

https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/family-asking-for-101-birthday-cards-for-wwii-veteran-turning-101/?fbclid=IwAR2e_DrLLRlHrdpF_2kt7KLVfr_GQSp2bYmD7W_nNSOGn_VvAL09iN6i66g Please send Mr. Montoya a Birthday card: Mr. Prospero Montoya P.O. Box 21163 Albuquerque, New Mexico 87154 Thank you for helping his family honor his 101st Birthday. Thank you for your service, Mr. Montoya. #VetSafe #TeamUSA #globalstandards

Vets for Vets: Deer Park Physical Therapy

By Heidi Christensen | September 8, 2019

Please check out this excellent community resource sponsored by Deer Park Physical Therapy: http://www.deerparkphysicaltherapy.com/vets-for-vets Here is the scoop from their web site: Deer Park Physical Therapy & Fitness Center – which operates The Pool, The Fitness Center, and The Gym – is proud to announce a program of physical fitness and therapeutic recreation run by…

Heidi on Hygiene

By Heidi Christensen | September 3, 2019

Heidi from https://heididuty.com Heidi Duty shares some great advice on personal hygiene for Veteran Caregivers. Please shop here: https://gladrags.com/  

Veteran Suicide at VA Facilities

By Heidi Christensen | September 2, 2019

A friend of mine recently shared this article about Veterans killing themselves right in the VA facilities meant to serve them. My preference is for business, not bureaucracy. However, this is not about throwing the VA under the bus. Before we had the bureaucracy of the VA, we had the business of charitable people, mostly…

Spokane City Council Meeting Statement

By Heidi Christensen | August 28, 2019

Heidi recently spoke out at a the Spokane City Council meeting about Veteran resources, and how she envisions bridging the gap between business and bureaucracy. Members in attendance were also current Mayoral candidates, so Heidi maintained composed neutrality while also showing her trademark eloquent advocacy for Veteran and Caregiver rights.   #VetSafe #Caregivers #Spokane #LilacCity…

Fairchild Airmen Clean up Trash Along the Centennial Trail

By Heidi Christensen | July 18, 2019

What an amazing story about how Airman Kiaundra Miller and 11 other Fairchild Airforce Base Airmen picked up trash along the Centennial Trail: https://www.khq.com/news/fairchild-airmen-clean-up-trash-along-the-centennial-trail/article_cf3fafbe-a8d5-11e9-b96f-e34245c6d9c8.html Let’s all eliminate litter and encourage those living outdoors to pack in/pack out. Being clean is something anyone at any economic level can be. Compassion for those affected by homelessness begins…

Important VA Mission Act Information: Please Share

By Heidi Christensen | June 7, 2019

Thank you President Trump for signing the VA Mission Act into law. Please access and share these valuable resources specifically for post-911 Veterans and their families/caregivers: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVA/bulletins/246eb5b Important MISSION Act Information Thank you for your service and let’s assist those who serve America’s Heroes. #VetSafe #supercozy #TeamUSA #globalstandards

Veteran Outreach Centers

By Heidi Christensen | May 28, 2019

Heidi with a word on resources for Veterans — including local Veteran outreach centers and how they help improve outcomes for struggling Heroes. Oconee County, South Carolina VA Outreach Center https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spokane-Veterans-Outreach-Center/297443107040970 Spokane Valley, Washington VA Outreach Center #VetSafe #supercozy #TeamUSA #globalstandards

Memorial Day Fundraiser – Fisher House Foundation

By Heidi Christensen | May 24, 2019

This is an announcement from South Carolina Federation of Republican Women: https://www.facebook.com/scfrw/ Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Fisher House Charleston 150 Wentworth Street Charleston, SC 29401 Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where Military & Veterans’ families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital. May 18th we celebrated…

Veteran Takes Big Steps With VFW Scholarship

By Heidi Christensen | May 8, 2019

Reprinted from VFW Auxiliary Newsletter 7 May 2019 Casey Kennedy began dreaming of a military career when she was a child. In fact, she still has a piece of paper from grade school outlining her plans to join the Navy. Kennedy ended up committing to the Nebraska Army National Guard and served for five years.…

VFW Unmet Needs Program Funded by Burger King Franchisees

By Heidi Christensen | May 4, 2019

Reprinted from VFW Auxiliary E-Newsletter May 2, 2019 Since 2007, Burger King franchise owners and their customers have contributed more than $6 million to the VFW Unmet Needs program. Their generosity has been put to work, as the Unmet Needs program has provided more than $11 million in financial assistance to nearly 10,000 veterans, service…

Hidden Heroes – Elizabeth Dole Foundation

By Heidi Christensen | May 4, 2019

TGIF Neighbors, Here are some great stories from Military Caregivers: Military Caregiver Stories Here is one from Washington State: Connie Ozmer Here are some great resources and rewards for Military Caregivers: Military Caregiver Recognition Award Program Resources Thank you Senator Elizabeth Dole for helping us to build a resource economy where Veterans enjoy dignity and…

President Trump’s Prevent Program

By Heidi Christensen | May 3, 2019

President Trump’s Prevent Program was discussed on Fox News recently by Veteran, Wife, and Mom – the amazing Patriot, Mrs. Kathy Barnette. Here is a great article on Military Times detailing President Trump’s Prevent Program to eliminate Veteran suicide: The new plan to prevent veteran suicides: new grants, better research, more community focus By Leo…

Spokane County Regional Veterans Service Center opens new facility in Spokane Valley

By Heidi Christensen | April 9, 2019

Spokane County Regional Veterans Service Center opens new facility in Spokane Valley UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 6:39 p.m. https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/mar/01/spokane-county-regional-veterans-service-center-op/ Cat Nichols, Strategic Operations Manager of Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, center, in the new Spokane County Regional Veterans Services Center following a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, March 1, 2019, in Spokane Valley,…

Dr. Olivia Hooker, First African-American Woman to Join Coast Guard

By Heidi Christensen | February 11, 2019

Check out this article from Navy Times about the exciting life of Dr. Olivia Hooker: Dr. Olivia Hooker, US Coast Guard Veteran So many things are remarkable about her life, especially that she served her country even after being a victim of terrorism in Tulsa. It is neither politically correct nor incorrect to insist that…

A Word of Prayer from IAVA

By Heidi Christensen | January 26, 2019

This post is taken from www.iava.org Just minutes ago President Trump signed a bill that ended the partial government shutdown on its 35th day. But the damage has already been done. For over a month, members of the Coast Guard, federal employees, government contractors, and their families have been without pay. The financial and employment…

Hidden Heroes

By Heidi Christensen | December 1, 2018

I caught a Today show story about this exciting new campaign by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation while working yesterday: Anyone who is in the situation of caring for a Hero at home can access resources here: Hidden Heroes There are many beautiful and human stories of Carers and their Veterans. Robert Grier touches my heart,…

Happy Veterans Day: The Camouflage Wave

By Heidi Christensen | November 12, 2018

I imagine the two things that cause Ray to sing his song in fluent Sailor from The Wild Blue Yonder are the recent election of 78 Veterans and the winning season our Florida Gators are having. IAVA calls this the Camouflage Wave, and it is a welcome one. Ray lived through a time when most…

Spokane City Council Statement on Gun Safety Training

By Heidi Christensen | November 10, 2018

The Spokane City Council recently voted to require the police department to destroy long guns it has confiscated during arrests or via court action. The tally was six-to-one. Heidi took the citizen podium and urged the council to find a more beneficial use for the confiscated firearms.

Rebuilding Our Military and Serving Veterans in Eastern Washington – Rep. Cathy McMorris

By Heidi Christensen | October 19, 2018

This is the most recent newsletter from Eastern Washington’s 5th District U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Hello, Yesterday, I was with military families at Fairchild Air Force Base for my 9th annual Military Family Summit. In case you missed it in the Spokesman-Review: “With more than 100 years of family members serving in the military,…

Clemson University Military Appreciation Day

By Heidi Christensen | October 19, 2018

Clemson University is celebrating Military Appreciation Week by hosting a series of events to recognize Clemson’s rich tradition of military excellence dating back to its founding as a military school and to honor the 10,000-plus Clemson men and women who have served in the armed forces. Tuesday, November 13 Time TBD Clemson Green Zone Training…

Upstate Warrior Solution October Newsletter

By Heidi Christensen | October 19, 2018

Upstate Warrior Solution Leadership Update I hope everyone is having a great October. Hard to believe summer is over and fall is here! I would like to provide a short update this month on two things we are working on currently at a regional level, which will have state and national level implications as well:…

Heidi Tsuneyoshi – Military Daughter and Public Servant

By Heidi Christensen | October 18, 2018

Heidi with Katsuye Tajiri Meet Heidi Tsuneyoshi, who is seeking public office in Hawaii: Heidi for Council Hawaii gives so much to our Military, and in ways that will help America beat swords into plowshares. Her role in Honolulu City Council will no doubt bring fresh leadership to all generations. Heidi leads the new way…

IAVA Raises Flags for 5520 Veteran Suicides in 2018

By Heidi Christensen | October 4, 2018

Please read this article from our friends at www.iava.org: 5,520 Veteran Suicides in 2018 Remember. You could be the difference in whether or not someone takes their own life today. Maybe it will inconvenience you a bit, and I know we’re all busy. Please. Pay attention to your neighbor, especially our Veterans. Please. Go out…

Military Mom Earns Gun Safety Certificate

By Heidi Christensen | October 2, 2018

Congratulations to Debbie Dotson-Leverette for earning her Gun Safety Certificate: Mother of two beautiful daughters, Debbie operates her own healthcare company, Debbie’s Got the Tea LLC. See more about her products here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/DLevMs/ We are working on her online order form, so please stay tuned. Congratulations again, Debbie. Thank you for your service as a…

Home on the Range with Army Veteran, Mrs. Mariena “Mo” Gonder

By Heidi Christensen | October 1, 2018

What an awesome day of gun safety and marksmanship education with Army Veteran, Mr. Rodney L. Beck at Center Target Sports. My dear friend and Army Veteran, Mrs. Mariena “Mo” Gonder, attended with me for CTS-107, Introduction to Carbines Course given at Center Target Sports. She is an amazing wife, Mom of Veterans, retired public…

John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act

By Heidi Christensen | August 16, 2018

Dear Troops, Veterans, Vet Carers, and Civilian Allies, I am pleased to learn that this past Sunday President Trump signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act into law per our friends at www.iava.org: John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act This act contains a number of nonpartisan resources vital to Military families. Please…

IAVA Rapid Response Referral Program

By Heidi Christensen | August 7, 2018

IAVA Rapid Response Referral Program hosted a Quarterly RRRP Round-up event via Facebook Live on Thursday to discuss the many life changing services available to Veterans, Civilian Allies, and Caregivers. IAVA is unique in that its online programs specifically target post-9/11 Veterans to improve policies, programs, and community support for all Veterans. I encourage everyone…

Veterans Affairs Mission Act

By Heidi Christensen | August 2, 2018

Thank you President Trump for putting Veteran care ahead of partisan politics to pass the VA Mission Act! Please everyone if we can have more respect for authority for everyone, from the gas station worker to our POTUS, we will have a better world. I think this is what First Lady Melania Trump means with…

Vets on the Farm Spokane

By Heidi Christensen | July 26, 2018

Vets on the Farm Spokane What a great way to integrate Veterans into civilian employment. The Spokane Conservation District offers this awesome agricultural opportunity to local Veterans through Vets on the Farm Spokane. This is a great example of how we will close the disparity between Military and civilian life. Thank you for serving America’s…

Donation to Upstate Warrior Solution

By Heidi Christensen | April 30, 2018

heididuty.com has made a significant donation of legal ammunition to Upstate Warrior Solution at Salem Gun and Archery. “We depend on our community partners like Heidi and Kelly to help us with resources for local Veterans. Getting out to the range is a healthy way for Vets to socialize”, said Derrick Popham of Upstate Warrior…

VA Resources

By Heidi Christensen | March 3, 2018

Here are some helpful links that Carers should add to their resource bank: www.ptsd.va.gov Download the app at: www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/PTSDCoach.asp (800) 273-TALK press option 1 http://www.veteranscrisisline.net Text to 838255 Every local VA has a Suicide Prevention Coordinator that can be found at the link above. Here is another great resource: www.MakeTheConnection.net Instead of bashing the VA,…

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