Military Veteran News Headlines for January 4th, 2017

VFW Posts Open on College Campuses to Attract Younger Veterans –

In hopes of encouraging younger veterans join the VFW, Veterans of Foreign Wars posts have been opened at Northeastern University in Boston and at University of Oregon. Many younger vets from Afghanistan and Iraq war are either inactive members or not joining the VFW at all. One veteran, Brian Fontaine, expressed his discomfort with the atmosphere of some VFW posts. “A lot of them were just in, like, really darky, smoky, kind of bar atmospheres. And there was a lot of, like, really kind of just angry and resentful people. And for me, […] it wasn’t just a very healthy environment to be in.” Some younger veterans are more interested in activism and group activities. It has been difficult for the Oregon location, as there are only two members and the students have school, finals, and other priorities that come before the VFW. For now, the VFW’s commander-in-chief, Brian Duffy, states that the organization will wait for more to join and expect many to become active members as they grow older.
Source: NPR

Man Sentenced for Stealing Deceased Veterans Benefits –

73-year-old John Ladd was sentenced in December 2016 to spend six months in home confinement and to pay full restitution to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for stealing almost $80,000 in federal veterans’ benefits. Ladd was the caretaker of a woman who died in 2009, but the VA was not properly notified when she passed. Benefits continued to be deposited in her account, and Ladd proceeded to write checks to himself and forged the woman’s signature, according to prosecutors.
Source: Military Times

Family of Oldest Living Veteran Seeks Funds for Home Health Care –

Richard Overton of Austin, TX is the oldest living veteran in the United States at an incredible 110 years old. He credits his long life to cigars, whiskey, and “staying out of trouble.” Now, his family has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money to keep Overton in his own home as opposed to going to a nursing home. A family member, Volma Overton Jr., wrote, “Richard has outlived all of his closest relatives and is in need of 24/7 home care.” As of Friday, December 30th, 2016, $61,943 of $100,000 has been raised for Overton.
If you would like to donate, please visit GoFundMe.com
Source: MySA