A Crisis In Confidence
A website for U.S. military Veterans and their advocates
The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was created for the sole purpose of fulfilling President Lincoln’s promise:
“To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan”
by serving and honoring the men and women who are American Veterans. While the VA has made great strides in these efforts, there are some gravely concerning issues that require reform and accountability to fix and improve the VA bureaucracy.
Silence Is Complicity
“The only thing necessary for triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ~Edmund Burke
The divide between the powerful and the powerless has never been greater. And in these challenging times, we need to realize that if we want to change the world, we need to change the way it works. Check out AIME’s YouTube channel to learn more.
Change occurs when we align our mind and heart with our will
“Cogs In The Machine” is one of the most frequently used terms by Veterans to describe the VA bureaucracy and those who work for the government. The enormous size of the VA has made it very difficult for Veterans to navigate it. Many become very frustrated with the bureaucracy for multiple reasons, especially when Veterans encounter parts of the system that de-humanizes them by treating them like a number. Reforming the VA requires teamwork and persistence. Unfortunately, many Veterans are divided not just politically but also some stop advocating for other Veterans once they have obtained what they needed from the VA without trying to improve the system for other Veterans. Many Veterans also fear, and for good reason, that they will be retaliated by the VA if they criticize the institution, even if that criticism is justified and points out areas that need improving.
"Press on: nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." ~ Calvin Coolidge
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” ~Abraham Lincoln
Problems need to be identified so innovative solutions can be implemented. There are many different obstacles and challenges that Veterans are met with when trying to improve the VA, including VA employees who are retaliated against for reporting wrongdoing. Not all stakeholders are given access to a seat at the decision-making table. Some stakeholders’ influence are much greater than others, which can drown out all other voices. Although the media in recent years has been covering more Veterans’ issues, there are still many stories that are not covered or there are conflicting reports. The VA has their official narrative that at times can be aptly described as doublespeak or obfuscation. Stakeholders have different agendas and motivating factors which can include political ideology, financial, or even misguided.
Become An Everyday Hero For A Veteran
“Some people spend their whole lives wondering if they made a difference. Marines don’t have that problem.” ~Ronald Reagan
Everyday heroism requires action. Become an ally to a Veteran. Use your voice and be an advocate. Everyday heroes helping military heroes.
Renowned psychologist Phil Zimbardo examines the basic principles of Everyday Heroism.
Cog In The Machine
Veterans ~ Advocates ~ Whistleblowers
Code Of Vets
Gretchin Smith is the founder of Code of Vets, a 501(c)(3) organization that helps Veterans in need. Code of Vets is able to assist Veterans with the help from donors and volunteers. If you are a Veteran in need, or want to help Veterans by donating or volunteering, click on the button below to navigate to her website.
Gene and Raina
Battle Buddy 4 Life
The Mission of Battle Buddy 4 Life, LLC is to assist ALL Veterans with receiving counseling in order to prevent from becoming another 22 Per Day Statistic. They have partnered with over 650 counseling centers nationwide and can obtain counseling for the Vet or family member within a 1-3 day turn around time. They pay for no more than the first five co-payments of counseling. They also help with filing VA claims.
US Women Veterans Advocacy Initiative
Stephanie Ferrell, Founder/CEO/Executive of US Women Veterans Advocacy Initiative. The Mission is: “To be a voice, resource and connection for all women veterans who have served, or are serving, in any branch of the U.S. Military concerning benefits, education, employment, networking, and quality of life.” To learn more click on the button below will navigate to their website.
The Warrior Ethos
Leave No “Veteran” Behind
Cultivating Care & Compassion
THE HEART'S INTUITIVE INTELLIGENCE
HOW THE HEART-BRAIN CONNECTION WORKS
CONNECTING WITH THE INTUITIVE GUIDANCE OF THE HEART
THE POWER OF THE HEART
HeartMath Education and Resilience Training (H.E.A.R.T.) program is free for Veterans, military service members and spouses. The program incorporates techniques and technology. The program is available online or on DVD.