Healthcare services for retired military are strained. State-level Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals are working to rebuild their reputation after the 2014 allegations of widespread patient neglect and long wait times. The responsibility private medical providers have toward veterans is clear — one-third of VA hospitals and clinics report inadequate mental health staff and patients wait an average of eight weeks to see a VA counselor for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Even before the VA scandal, over half of returning veterans sought primary care outside of the VA system at private medical facilities.
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Dear Blue Star Mom’s – Past, Present and Future
We want to continue our growth as an organization. Not only in membership but also in our combined experiences so we can continue to help each other through the ups and downs of our children’s honorable career choice.
We didn’t just send our children to college, or help them pack for their new apartment for a new job in a new city.
We helped our children prepare to serve our great Nation as a member of our honorable Military branches.
We have burst into tears in the grocery store because our child’s favorite snack is on sale, when a song comes on the radio, National News broadcasts and especially when the National Anthem is played.
Together we bow our heads and pray for the safety of all our military in foreign lands, we have shed tears for a fallen soldier we don’t know and for the Gold Star families left behind.
Together we have helped each other survive and celebrate the major milestones of our childrens lives. From leaving for basic training, deployments, how to handle the changes in our children when they come back from deployment, marriages, divorces, moves across the country and the world and births of grandchildren. We understand the real definition of anxiety!!
We are lucky that we have a wide aray of membership. We have Veterans, Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Air Force, Marines, Army & Navy moms.
We are not here just for the deployments or bad times. We are only as strong as the COMBINED experiences of our moms. We continue to learn from each others viewpoints and experiences
We are a family. We have our differences of opinion, personality and agendas but we are still a family! We understand the feelings that sometimes can’t be spoken, we understand the power of a hug or a smile or a quick text.
If you can’t attend a meeting please contribute via email or we can have people phone in and use speakerphone. Everyone has something to contribute
We need our past and present members to be active in the RI Blue Star Moms so we can continue to provide support for current and future moms!
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting which will be at 6 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Beacon Mutual Insurance Company located at One Beacon Centre, Warwick
Cindy, Rennie, Rhonda, Ellen & Ann
2014-15 RI Blue Star Moms Officers
New group photo from our October 21 meeting.