Join this week’s Tango Alpha Lima co-hosts as they navigate recent news including how VA lost the rights to GIBill.com, a new statue at the Military Women's Memorial located at the ceremonial entrance of Arlington National Cemetery, and two new bills aimed at reducing the veteran suicide rate.
Co-host Mark Seavey explains the background that led to the GIBill.com situation, what legal means VA has in getting it back and what it means to veterans accessing the information.
On another topic, two American Legion-supported bills became law. Both address the issue of veteran suicide. One law includes provisions that specifically target women veterans, as well as ones addressing the need to provide veterans with access to alternative and complementary health-care programs. The second designates 988 as the universal telephone number of the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system.
Co-host Jeff Daly, a member of American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood, Calif., compares how the The American Legion helps veterans who are at-risk for suicide.
“Camaraderie is a tool. Camaraderie is no joke. Camaraderie is connecting people and connecting people can save lives,” he said. “That’s an important part of what we do even before Buddy Checks. And Buddy Checks take it to a new level.”
And on a lighter note, find out why co-host Mark Seavey references the Dr. Seuss book “Horton Hears a Who!” in the Rapid Fire segment. That, of course, prompts a humorous response from co-host Ashley Gorbulja-Maldonado, summoning a well-known Seuss question.
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