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The VA is promoting “Life Water”, a (free?) program for disabled Vets. This non profit, along with many others, are promoted by VA: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/64813/lifewaters-group-takes-veterans-on-hero-dive-at-epcot-center-aquarium/
”LifeWaters is following the DAN recommendations for safe diving practices for social distancing, hygiene, regulator and equipment cleansing and we are requiring all dive students, dive participants and instructors to complete the DAN Health Declaration Form/ COVID-19. THIS FORM WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS FOR BOTH TRAINING AND TRAVEL WITH LIFEWATERS!”
Its a little puzzling to me how VA gets away with “promoting” non profits for Vets. When they appear on VA’s websites, it makes it appear that VA has “checked them out” and approved them as a non profit for Vets. If they have, they have done a poor job at approving non profits in the past, at least as far as Vets go. At least “one” such well known non profit sued one of our own when he exposed them as pretty much a scam. The non profit was well funded, and the Veteran was forced to retract his statements against this non profit. Interestingly, in a few months after the Veteran retracted his negative statements about the non profit, the organizers of the non profit were “outed”. Here is an example:
Has a high-profile national charity abused its public trust by lavish spending on conferences and staff meetings? Will its CEO be forced to resign?
It “sounds” good. It sounds like a great idea, but VA often “finds a way” to turn a great idea into a siphoning off of money to family and friends of VA executives, while being of little or no help to Veterans.
Im not sure if this is really a great deal for Vets, or if its still another “Veteran’s help” non profit that mostly help pay large salaries for owners and organizers of the project.
Many years ago, I was a volunteer for a “skiing day” for Veterans. It was for skiers of at least moderate ability who would/could help disabled Vets ski. They gave us training.
I enjoyed helping disabled Vets learn to ski. Its an incredible challenge to learn to ski on one ski with only one leg. Most people are challenged enough to learn to ski on 2 legs.
I would like Veterans to post their true stories about non profit organizations which have helped them.
Its my opinion that if head honchos of the Vets non profits are pulling in 500,000 or more a year, then they probably are not helping Vets all that much. A single 100 percent disabled Vet gets less than 37,000 per year, but many of those are also eligible for social security disability which can bring that up. According to Social Security, the “average is 1461 per month”, or an additional 17,000 per year. My social security is about 40 percent less than “average”. That seems peculiar because I have well above average education, with a 4 year college degree. The only thing that makes sense: I have been earning well below average for years, because of my disabilities which have been undercompensated by VA.
Isnt it true that if compensation should be race/gender nuetral, it should also be equal pay for disabled Vets??
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The VA is promoting "Life Water", a (free?) program for disabled Vets. This non profit, along with many others, are promoted by VA: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/64813/lifewaters-group-takes-veterans-on-hero-dive-at-epcot-center-aquarium/ https://www.lifewaters.org/ Its a little puzzling to me how VA gets away with "promoting" non profits for Vets.