According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, an average of 20 veterans commits suicide each day.Of those 20, according to a column by Rep. Thomas Suozzi, about 14 do not avail themselves to the counseling services provided by the Veterans Administration, either by choice or because they were dishonorably discharged or made too much money to qualify. In May, Suozzi introduced legislation in Congress that would provide free mental health counseling to all U.S. military veterans.The Mental Health Services for All Veterans Act would ensure that any veteran — whether they’re on active duty, discharged honorably or dishonorably or served in the National Guard or in the Military Reserves — is given full access to the help and treatment they need.Many of the mental health problems they have are related to their service, and they should be eligible for treatment — for their own sake and the public’s.Another bill, the Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act, would direct the VA to furnish soldiers with an initial mental health assessment and provide any mental health care services needed to treat urgent mental health needs, including risk of suicide or harming others.Another issue facing veterans is homelessness. In 2016, there were an estimated 39,470 homeless vets in the U.S. The mental stress from their service, drug use, brain injuries, a lack of social support and difficulties adjusting to civilian life are major contributors.The Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act would greatly expand access to lawyers in civil legal cases, as many homeless veterans’ unmet needs are related to legal problems. Here in New York, the state Legislature is considering dozens of bills to help veterans, including bills for tax credits and exemptions, exemptions from rent increases, establishing peer support groups, providing greater access to public housing, and providing additional health and employment services.If we want to demonstrate our gratitude to our veterans, we can go up to them and personally thank them. We also can show them our gratitude by supporting legislation and programs that will give them the help they need and deserve.After all, they’ve earned it.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Editorial, OpinionAll Americans should be grateful for the sacrifices of our military veterans, and we should take today, Veterans Day, to tell them so.But saying we’re grateful isn’t enough.We must also help our returning soldiers with the challenges many face when they return to civilian life by supporting funding and legislation to help them address such problems as physical injuries, mental health issues and homelessness.
European Mobility Week is the largest Europe-wide awareness raising campaign on sustainable urban mobility, which culminates in the marking of Car-Free Day on 22 September. The EU Info Centre, in cooperation with the Centre for Environment, the National Coordinator of European Mobility Week in BiH, organized the Banja Luka Cycling Promenade in order to convey the message that two wheels are enough and to encourage citizens to limit the use of cars.Traditionally, the Banja Luka Cycling Tour, “Two Wheels are Enough”, gathers cycling enthusiasts and recreational cyclists to promote the need for more permanent and sustainable mobility measures, showcasing the fact that there are numerous alternatives to cars in urban environments.“Let’s use this promenade to raise awareness and try to use bikes, to walk or to use public transportation, or to mix all three of them, to go to work or any other destination! Let’s do this for us, for our children and our future. Turning this exercise into regular practice would definitively make a difference, with our cities becoming cleaner, healthier and more dynamic,” said Alexandra Wagner, Head of the Banja Luka regional office of the Delegation of the European Union in BiH, who awarded some lucky participants with new bicycles.By promoting sustainable ways of transportation, the European Union is sharing a common goal and a common identity with other towns and cities throughout the world. This year, the Banja Luka Cycling Promenade gathered hundreds of participants, on a recreational route through the centre of Banja Luka.“Using alternative transport modes is important not only for our health, but for our city as well. Banja Luka is crowded by increasing number of cars, and moving around the city is a problem. We should all be dedicated to promoting suitability – it is both healthy and necessary for us as citizens of Banja Luka. I cycle to work and spend most of the year on bicycle and would advise everybody to do the same,” said Mladen Subašić who won a bicycle at the Promenade.European Mobility Week takes place every year from 16 to 22 September, with more than 2,000 cities and over 40 countries participating. This year, the theme of European Mobility Week is Multimodality – promoting the use of different modes of transport within one or several journeys, with the slogan, Mix and move! which encourages the use of different modes of urban transportion.Accepting the concept of multimodality enables a different perspective on urban transportation and the readiness to use new forms of mobility, which creates a positive effect on the environment.During European Mobility Week, the EU Info Centre has organized the 7th Tuzla Cycling Promenade, which gathered over 4,000 participants, while numerous recreational runners and EU member state representatives in BiH ran the 12th Sarajevo Half-Marathon as the EU team on 16 September.
Wellington police notes for Monday, June 17, 2013â€¢On June 5, 2013 at 11:20 a.m. officers took a report of found a cast alarm bell in the 100 block N. Washington, Wellington.â€¢11:59 a.m. Tamberlyn J. Hendrix, 36, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and fail to maintain single lane in the 300 block W. 8th, Wellington.â€¢1 p.m. Officers took a report of a lost cell phone in the 600 block N. A, Wellington.â€¢3:15 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.â€¢7:19 p.m. Candra L. Birran, 41, Wellington was arrested and charged with domestic violence battery in the 800 block S. H, Wellington.
An inmate who is serving a life-sentence without parole says he believes he has served his sentence and should be released from prison after he fell ill and had to be resuscitated.Benjamin Schreiber filed a motion for his release first to a district court and then to the the Iowa Court of Appeals.According to the report, the inmate who was convicted of first-degree murder in 1997, developed large kidney stones in 2015 which eventually led to him becoming septic. Schreiber was said to have fell unconscious in his cell and was taken to the hospital where he was resuscitated five times by medical staff.Schreiber now claims that he is being held illegally in prison because he ” momentarily died at the hospital, thereby fulfilling his ‘life’ sentence … Because his sentence has been fulfilled, he argues, he is imprisoned illegally and should be immediately released.”The district court denied Schreiber’s motion and on Wednesday, the Iowa Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s decision that Schreiber should remain in custody.The appeals court reported that those guilty of a class A felony “must spend the rest of their natural life in prison, regardless of how long that period of time ends up being or any events occurring before the defendant’s life ends.”It is unclear if Schreiber plans to continue pleading his case.
Two prison guards on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell are in custody.They were arrested early today on federal charges linked to their alleged failure to check in on him every 30 minutes, as required.The two will appear in U.S. District Court later today. The New York Times reports they allegedly fell asleep on the job and then concocted phony log entries to cover up their misdeeds.The correction officers were placed on administrative leave after the convicted pedophile was found hanging in his jail cell on August 10th.The New York Times writes that they were taken into custody “on federal charges.
The FBI has identified the armed robbery suspects killed in a shootout this week in Miramar as 41-year-old Lamar Alexander and 41-year-old Ronnie Jerome Hill.Authorities say the pair held up a jewelry store Thursday afternoon in Coral Gables before carjacking a UPS truck and taking the driver, 27-year-old Frank Ordonez, hostage.The police chase ended when the suspects and police exchanged gunfire on Miramar Parkway, just west of Flamingo Road.Ordonez, the two suspects and Richard Cutshaw, a bystander in a car, were killed. Investigators have not yet determined who killed whom in the shootout.According to reports, 19 officers from five government agencies fired into the UPS truck. The number of shots fired could exceed 200 rounds.Alexander served a 10-year sentenced for armed robbery, and Hill served an eight-month sentence for burglary, according to records. Both men were released from prison in 2017.UPDATED: Armed Robbery in Coral Gables Ends in Police Chase, Gunfire
Police in Volusia County arrested 20-year-old Kevin Gaines Jr. after the Crime Suppression Team discovered information about the vehicle he was driving, and a deputy spotted the vehicle at house in DeLand.Volusia Sheriff officers arrested Gaines after his live on Instagram confirmed that Gaines was inside a house where Deputy Billy Leven spotted the vehicle.Deputies and DeLand police officers arrested Gaines with no incident and he was taken into custody.Officers searched the house and discovered 3 firearms, and 1 firearm in a vehicle parked in the driveway.According to authorities, Gaines was arrested on a charge of possession of a firearm by a delinquent, along with his warrants for grand theft auto, criminal mischief and no valid driver’s license, bond revocation on previous charges of discharging a firearm from a vehicle, two counts of possession of a firearm by a delinquent, and fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement. He has no bond.Online records showed no attorney listed for Gaines.(Video: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office/Courtesy
An officer in the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was handed an Employee of the Month award after he helped a family who allegedly tried to steal groceries.Officer Kenneth Martin was with a training officer at a Walmart on Nov. 30 when he detained a mother and father who got caught attempting to steal groceries with their kids.The father was arrested, but the mother was let go because she was with their two kids. Officer Martin ended up paying for the stolen food items. Fort Smith City Director Neal Martin said ” FTO Martin is a wonderful example of what we all strive for,”…” Thank you FTO Martin for setting the example for each and every one of us! Let’s use his example of kindness to treat each other better in 2020.
If your workplace still seems like a ghost town after the holidays, there could be a particularly concerning reason this year.Health officials say that Florida and the entire nation are facing an unusually rough flu epidemic.The impact is severe enough that Florida Surgeon General, Dr. Scott Rivkees, is urging people to get vaccinated.“Influenza is a contagious virus that can spread rapidly in our communities and cause severe illness resulting in hospitalization or death,” he explains. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to avoid the flu; it reduces the spread of the virus and can also help make illnesses less severe for those who do still get sick.” Graphic courtesy: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds that seasonal flu activity across the U.S. is high and continues to increase, particularly over the past eight weeks.The CDC estimates that more than six million people have been diagnosed with the flu. Of that number, 55,000 people were hospitalized. In addition, 2,900 people have died from the flu this season.
Past Republican presidents have showed support to March For Life but none have attended a rally.In a statement, Jeanne Mancini, the president of March for Life, said “President Trump and his administration have been consistent champions for life,”… “and their support for the March for Life has been unwavering.” “During his presidency Donald Trump and his administration have worked to control abortion access. Trump has appointed anti-abortion judges, opposed abortions in late pregnancies, and cut funding from abortion services. According to the White House, President Donald Trump will become the first president to make an in-person appearance at the annual anti-abortion rally in Washington called the March for Life.Trump made the announcement on Wednesday via Twitter:See you on Friday…Big Crowd! https://t.co/MFyWLG4HFZ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2020