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Donor Spotlight: Harry Kutik

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Harry Kutik, a long-time United Spinal Association member and wheelchair user who grew up in Spring Valley, NY and lived in Tenafly, NJ, never let his spinal cord injury interfere with his pursuit of happiness and success. Kutik’s positive outlook on life and determination to defeat all obstacles in his path were engrained in him […]

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Continuing the Legacy of Terry Moakley

| September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Terence J. Moakley (“Terry” to all who knew him), United Spinal and Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association (EPVA) president, employee and board member, passed away on September 5, 2014. He was 69 years old. Terry graduated from St. John’s with a BA in English at the height of the Vietnam War. He knew the Army would […]

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VetsFirst Mourns the Loss of Terence J. Moakley–Our Beloved Friend and Leading Voice of the Disability Community

| September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Terence J. Moakley passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014 after a short bout with cancer. He was 69. Terry dedicated his life to expanding disability rights, helping his fellow disabled veterans, and improving access to transportation for wheelchair users. He began working as a board member for VetsFirst’s parent organization United Spinal Association–formerly EPVA […]

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United Spinal Appoints Tom Aiello, Veteran & Marketing Executive, as New Board Member

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

United Spinal Association announced on July 15, 2014 the appointment of Tom Aiello, president of March Marketing, LLC and an Army veteran living with spinal cord injury (SCI) from Wheaton, Illinois to its board of directors. Aiello, a West Point graduate, initially became interested in joining United Spinal’s board of directors through his knowledge of […]

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VetsFirst’s Employment Guide Highlighted as Resource on VA’s eBenefits Portal

| June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

The White House recently announced the deployment of an online Veterans Employment Center on the VA’s eBenefits portal. VetsFirst is proud to announce that our Disabled Veterans Employment and Education On-Line Guide is one of two nonprofit resources available through the center under the Disability Links in the Disability Assistive Technology section. VetsFirst’s easy-to-navigate employment guide offers disabled veterans […]

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Help Shepherd Center Raise $100K for Returning Soldiers with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury

| May 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Beginning May 19th, a group of nine service men and one civilian are planning a 700-mile run to Washington, DC on behalf of the SHARE Military Initiative at the Shepherd Center to raise money to support returning soldiers living with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY DONATING HERE SHARE Military […]

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VetsFirst Q&A: Are there any programs for presumptive exposure for Gulf War veterans?

| December 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Question: I served in the Army during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. I was not injured or anything but I do have a number of health issues including gastro issues and headaches. I have been to a number of different specialists and so far none of my doctors can diagnose my condition or attribute […]

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VetsFirst Q&A: What is the VA’s duty to assist with a claim?

| December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Question: I went to my local VA building yesterday and filed a claim for TBI and PTSD. I gotta say the person at the desk was much more helpful than I expected. The VA receptionist dude kept telling me that the VA would help me with my claim and something about they have to assist […]

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VetsFirst Q&A: Am I entitled to any VA benefits after my husband’s death?

| December 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Question: I am the widow of a veteran. My husband was 100% service-connected for diabetes type II. Back then the care and medecine for this disease was just not as good. He died on November 21, 1970. I never got but one check from the government for $101.00 dollars. They told me I only got […]

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VetsFirst Q&A: Are there new benefits for veterans who were stationed somewhere in the Southeastern US?

| December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Question: I was in the Navy for 4 years and I was a Corpman. As Corpman I served primarily with combat Marine units. I was at a USMC reunion last week and a number of people were talking about new benefits for veterans who were stationed somewhere in the Southeastern US. Any idea what they […]

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