Monthly Archives: May 2013

Mobile Applications for PTSD from the VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs, in their continuing effort to help vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, has put out some interesting apps for smart phones. This is the description from the VA: Our mobile applications (apps) provide self-help, education … Continue reading

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A Short History of Social Security

How much do you know about Social Security? Probably not as much as the excellent columnist Tom Margenau. One of his recent articles provided what he called a short history of Social Security. Here are excerpts: Almost every year since … Continue reading

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Could Meditation Ease or Prevent PTSD?

Is it possible that undergoing meditation could help our vets ease their problems with post-traumatic stress disorder, or even prevent the condition occurring? Those questions are being studied now by the Marine Corps. It sounds as if it’s certainly worth … Continue reading

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Senate Committee Advances Compounding-Pharmacy Oversight Bill

The New York Times reports that a “Senate committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would give the Food and Drug Administration greater authority over compounding pharmacies.” Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Tom Harkin (D-IA) subsequently released a statement from which Reuters quotes him … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

As you go to your picnics and family gatherings today please remember the reason for this holiday — to pay our respects to those who have sacrificed to preserve our freedom. PBS has a wonderful Memorial Day site where you … Continue reading

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Better Business Bureau Offers Tips and Warnings About Schemes to Defraud Elderly Vets

In anticipation of Memorial Day, here are some important tips from the Better Business Bureau to help vets protect themselves from financial scams. Memorial Day is a time to honor those who serve and remember those who have died in … Continue reading

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Estate Planning Remains a Moving Target Under the New Tax Law

As many of you know, the new federal tax law passed early this year exempts, generally speaking, assets of $5.25 million for an individual and $10.5 million for a couple from the provisions of the estate tax. Because of this … Continue reading

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Veterans May Get More Benefits from Bills in Texas Legislature

Is it possible that veterans might actually get some consideration from the Texas legislature this session? That’s the conclusion of an article in the Dallas Morning News. Of course we shouldn’t count on anything until the bills are passed and … Continue reading

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Disability Advocates, Nursing Home Industry Battle for Health Care Dollars for the Aging and Disabled

There is an important, ongoing battle for funding between those who care for the elderly and disabled and federal and state governments. The governments — especially the states — are trying to save money any way they can. The advocates … Continue reading

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Loans Borrowed Against Pensions Squeeze Retirees

Have you seen ads for companies that will pay you cash up front if you have a pension account? They’re similar to ads aimed at people who had personal injury claims that resulted in structured settlements payable over a long … Continue reading

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