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Chuck N. Baker

Homelessness decreases among veterans

In my eyes, the U.S. homeless population has seemingly grown during the past few years. I don’t claim to have a scientific poll to back up that statement. I base it on visual impact.

Help for veterans comes in surprising places

There are many major and minor veterans organizations locally and nationally that provide thousands of hours of pro bono service and invest millions of dollars in time and treasure to help veterans and their families. Groups such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans have been collectively helping veterans for hundreds of years.

Aviation Nation returns

Good news for Air Force veterans and aviation fans in general. After abandoning what had become a favorite annual event in Nevada, Nellis Air Force Base will again host Aviation Nation.

Military discounts at airports a welcome surprise

Frequent flyers have to be upset with the long lines at the TSA inspection gates. Even occasional flyers are likely frustrated with the slow, laborious process of getting checked in at major airports.

Education issues challenge veterans

“Readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmatic” used to be a mantra when it came to educating veterans and others. But today when it comes to educating veterans, and veterans educating others, the challenges regarding funding and adequate personnel are much more complicated.

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Records bring back the sounds of Vietnam

When I lived in the Golden State years ago, the L.A. Weekly newspaper published several freelance articles of mine. Those articles notwithstanding, the publication remains one of the best alternative weekly newspapers in the nation.

Oxygen therapy may offer alternative treatment

The Veterans Administration treats patients using traditional, standard and long-established medical practices. As science progresses, the VA does move forward, albeit slower than some would like.

Soldiers partner with doctors to battle blindness

Last month, I reported on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs teaming up with the Blinded Veterans Association, other government agencies and medical experts in Denver to discuss traumatic brain injuries and their affect on blindness. Several individuals discussed work being done to help veterans who sustained severe head wounds, which can often lead to a decrease in visual function and complete blindness.

Convention looks at effect of brain injuries on vision

It was a world of initials in May when the Department of Veterans Affairs teamed up with the Blinded Veterans Association and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and the National Football League to discuss traumatic brain injury and its affect on blindness. The occasion was the annual convention of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology held in Denver this year.