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The United States Department of Veteran Affairs released an Audit and Wait Time Fact Sheet on June 9, 2014 which confirmed the perception of may veterans across the country. Among its key findings are thenumber of veterans who had appointments scheduled more than 30 days out: 242, 059 as of May 15, 2014. While this represents only 4% of the VA's 6,004,350 scheduled appointments, it is the impact on the individual veteran which is important. As a nation we owe every veteran timely medical care, not just most veterans.
The findings of the Audit, current political pressure on the VA and the mounting calls of concern mirror the complaint heard from our clients about the systemic problems they encounter at the VA. The staff and attorneys of Northwest Veterans Law have worked the halls and the processes of the VA. We know how frustrating the system can be and how it can seem impossible to get to "yes!" Contact us to shoulder the burden. We will give you a frank assessment of your claim and let you decide if we are the right warriors to carry your case forward.
Story Courtesy of the Associated Press, Published in The Oregonian
SALEM, Ore. -- At least 1,000 veterans and their families, including many World War II veterans, came to the grounds of the state Capitol on the 70th anniversary of D-Day for the dedication of a new memorial honoring Oregonians who served during the war.Oregon's new World War II memorial that opened Friday features a 33-foot-tall granite pillar with walls listing the names of nearly 3,800 Oregonians killed in World War II.
The project took five years and more than $1.2 million to complete. Construction began in February, and aside from a few minor finishing touches, it is nearly complete."I'm just tickled pink that I lived long enough to see it," said Bill Markham, a WWII combat pilot and former state legislator.Markham was among the speakers and dignitaries at the event, which included Gov. John Kitzhaber, former Gov. Ted Kulongowski, Oregon National Guard officers and Bob Maxwell of Bend, the last living WWII Medal of Honor recipient.
Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney Recalls Speech By General George S. PattonOregon Senate President Peter Courtney Recalls Speech By General George S. PattonThere were also many humble war heroes in the audience, said Jim Willis, vice president of the Oregon WWII Memorial Foundation, which helped create the memorial."You won't know who they are," Willis said. "They won't tell you unless you ask them."Frank Moore, 91, was on a beach in Normandy 70 years ago and he was supposed to be there again Friday, but instead he was in Salem wearing his Ike jacket and garrison cap. He said that as he read the names inscribed on the memorial walls, he thought about what the young men who died in the war could have contributed to society had they lived."These were 19-, 20-, 21-year-old kids," Moore said. "In a matter of seconds they were gone forever."
The event may have been the last large gathering of Oregon's WWII veterans, who are in their 80s and 90s. The Veterans Administration estimates there are a little more than 1 million living WWII veterans, with around 18,000 in Oregon.
Members of the 2-162 IN Bn from Springfield, Oregon stand in formation at a mobilization ceremony conducted June 7, 2014 in Salem, Oregon. The battalion of Oregon National Guard Soldiers mobilized for overseas duty in Afghanistan and will be joined by two other Oregon Army National Guard battalions this summer. Each battalion will be on separate missions and under different commands.
In addition to the Army National Guard, elements of the United States Army Reserve, the Air National Guard and the United States Marine Reserves have mobilized for overseas duty during 2014. All members of these units are subject to legal protections during the deployment so that they can focus their thoughts and energies on the mission at hand. Family members also have increased state and federal legal protections when their loved one is deployed.
A grateful nation has set in place laws and regulations to support our military in times their personal sacrifice for our freedoms. Northwest Veterans Law has attorneys with extensive military and civilian training in the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), family law, employment law, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and many other areas of law which are impacted by deployments.