Part of Causecast's Memorial Day series examining how Corporate America is finding innovative ways to help veterans through its employee engagement programs. This post was featured in The Huffington Post.
If you want to get your blood boiling, consider this: many of our country’s servicemen and women who have bravely fought for us in Iraq or Afghanistan must fight for their own disability and medical benefits after they return home. Between 2003 and 2008, the U.S. military involuntarily discharged thousands of men and women with post traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”) related to their service abroad, and denied them the disability and medical benefits to which they were legally entitled.
Because these veterans were denied the correct disability rating, they did not receive thousands of dollars in monthly disability benefits, could not access military commissaries or post exchanges, and most importantly, lost health care coverage for themselves, their spouses and children. Many of the veterans impacted had young families, and the loss of health care coverage for their spouses and children was particularly devastating.