CueOps mission is driven by social and economic justice. Nowhere are these issues embodied more than in military and veteran justice. It is far more than the well-known wait times for Veterans Administration (VA) benefits and healthcare.
It is the deliberate policy of the military and the VA to cast out troops suffering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). And yes, you guessed it, later deny them VA benefits and healthcare
Veterans Cast Into Poverty and Homelessness
One need not look far to find that injustices visited upon our troops and veterans. Never have they been treated with such callous disregard by the military and VA that have promised to take care of them.
It is estimated that veterans represent anywhere from 25% to 40% of the nation’s homeless population. This is typically the result of mental health issues such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) related to military service. PTSD and TBI are considered the “signature injuries” of Iraq, Afghanistan and the broader War on Terror.
The PTSD and TBI is quite enough of a burden to our troops and veterans. Yet, it is made worse by the way the military and VA deal with these issues. In short, they cast these troops and veterans out to the streets with no benefits, not even medical care for the PTSD and TBI suffered in service.
Other Than Honorable – Forsaken and Forgotten
An other than honorable discharge very often results in a lifetime of poverty, homelessness and too often death. Why? One might ask. It is because these discharges frequently disqualify veterans from any VA benefits including mental health services for the very injuries they suffered in combat.
The numbers on Other Than Honorable discharges are shocking. The rate of such discharges was 1.7% in WWII, and 2.8% during Vietnam. Since 2001, the rate has jumped to 6.5%
Never Have Our Troops and Veterans Been Treated Worse
Never in our Nation’s modern history have troops and veterans been so neglected by the country they served as can be seen on the Other Than Honorable Fact sheet that CueOps put together for a fundraising event for our first great success story, Uniformed Services Justice & Advocacy Group.
Their site went from a few visits per day to over 500 per day in a few short months allowing them to reach and serve more of the troops and families facing these discharges. We encourage you to not just visit their site at www.USJAG.org but to support them.
CueOps Supports Any Organization or Individual that Truly Advocates for Our Troops and Veterans
Everyone loves to claim support to our troops and veterans. Yet few step up.
We salute and hope to help those that do.