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Asbestos Exposure and Veterans Administration Benefits

From the beginning of World War II through the Korean War asbestos was used extensively by the US military. Anyone who served in the armed forces between from the early 1940s and the mid 1950s, particularly those aboard Navy vessels – and anyone who worked in a shipyard – were often regularly exposed to asbestos.

It wasn’t until the end of the 1970s that the results of asbestos exposure became widely known to the general public.

Prior to the dangers being known asbestos was widely used throughout all Navy ships. You’d find it in the boiler room, the fire and engine rooms, sleeping quarters, the mess hall, the navigation room – the list goes on and on.

And because people lived in small quarters and the ventilation throughout the ships was poor it is pretty much a given that anyone aboard one of these vessels at that point in time was exposed to asbestos fiber contamination.

The reason asbestos was so widely used is because this naturally occurring substance is resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals. And it does not conduct electricity.

If left undisturbed it can actually be quite harmless. But if this fibrous material is disturbed or handled then very small particles are released into the air. Once these fibers are swallowed or inhaled they can cause major damage physical over the course of time.

The particles can scar the abdomen and/or the lungs. Diseases such as mesothelioma (also called asbestos cancer) and asbestosis can result. These diseases can be very painful. They are usually incurable. Most victims succumb to them.

It often takes from one to four decades – or more – from the time of the initial exposure for asbestos related diseases to start to become evident.

Over 43,000 Americans died from asbestos related illnesses from 1979 to 2001. More than 30% of them were veterans. Since that time the number of cases has increased.

Recently veterans across the United States who have been exposed to asbestos have begun to band together and rally. They want to make sure that their rights are being protected.

Now, depending on the kind of illness that developed, veterans can collect at least some and sometimes all of their VA benefits. The challenge to being able to collect benefits arises from being able to prove that their illness resulted from being exposed to asbestos and that it happened while they were in the military.

If the veteran can’t definitely prove that their exposure to asbestos happened specifically when they were in the military then the US government mandates that the veteran recovers his or her damages from the asbestos companies.

Asbestos was widely used in the private sector as well until the late 1970s. Consequently it can be a challenge trying to isolate which product caused the contamination. And then the victim must find the company that manufactured that product.

Because it can be so difficult to show proof of exposure it is important that veterans take advantage of the services offered by mesothelioma lawyers.

And to arrange for free consultation with mesothelioma lawyers go to => Wendy Moyer on behalf of Sokolove Law.

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Veterans Reportedly Overcome PTSD

Researchers have announced findings showing that PTSD may be successfully cured in veterans within six therapy sessions, without drugs, bringing the possibility of help for around 300,000 troops returning from Iraq or Afghanistan experiencing traumatic stress disorders.  


According to a pilot study published in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Healing and Caring, veterans with high levels of PTSD saw their PTSD levels drop to within normal limits after treatment. They reported that combat memories that had previously haunted them, including graphic details of deaths, mutilations, and firefights, dropped in intensity to the point where they no longer resulted in flashbacks, nightmares, and other symptoms of PTSD. The study involved veterans from Vietnam, as well as more recent conflicts.  


One Vietnam veteran in the study had been obsessed by the details of his best friend’s killing for 40 years. When the two of them went on patrol, his friend always walked to his left. On the day of his death, his friend was on his right, and the veteran believed for decades that “my buddy took the sniper’s bullet that was meant for me.” After treatment, his guilt evaporated, and he realized that “my buddy would willingly have died for me.”  


Practitioners in the study had veterans report the emotional intensity of such memories on a scale from zero to 10, with 10 being very intense, and zero being no intensity. They reported that, over the course of the six sessions, the intensity of most combat memories dropped to zero, and remained there subsequently. Measured on standardized psychological questionnaires, the PTSD levels of veterans in the study dropped by 50 percent. Their scores also dropped by 49 percent for depression and 46 percent for anxiety, indicating that other psychological problems that often accompany PTSD improved too.  


The method used involves the veterans recounting their memories of combat trauma, while rubbing or tapping 14 specific acupuncture points on their bodies. Scientists theorize that linking the mental recall of emotionally disturbing incidents to the physical stimulation used by EFT makes the person’s body feel secure. This associates an unsafe memory with a safe physical stimulus, which breaks the link between the emotional trauma and physical stress. After EFT treatments, veterans are still able to remember the incidents, but without an emotional charge.  


The pilot study is the first step in a large nationwide study of EFT and veterans currently taking place. The pilot study produced statistically highly significant results with just 7 veterans, while the national study is collecting data from over 100 veterans with PTSD. Both are being conducted by the Iraq Vets Stress Project.


With up to one in four returning veterans reporting PTSD, as well as other psychological problems, the military has been increasingly open to new approaches. Such studies are a first step to implementing effective new therapies in the Veterans Administration system, according to Dr. Stephen Ezeji-Okoye, head of the VA Field Advisory Committee on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. His office examines potential alternative therapies that can help veterans. If the clinical trials show good results, he says, they’re “exactly the sort of thing we want to take a look at.”  


Dr. Dawson Church, the Stress Project’s director, says, “I’m hoping our society does not repeat the mistakes of Vietnam, where we brought a quarter million troops back home without adequate PTSD treatment. That’s why I’m so interested in therapies like EFT, that are fast, safe and effective.”


Dawson Church, Ph.D., founded Soul Medicine Institute to research and teach emerging psychological and medical techniques. He is CEO of Energy Psychology Press, publisher of cutting-edge alternative healing / integrative medicine books. His newest book, The Genie in Your Genes, investigates the remarkable self-healing mechanisms now emerging in this field.

Leadership In Organization

Effective managers don’t seem to be essentially true leaders. Several directors, supervisors, and even top executives execute their responsibilities successfully while not being great leaders. However these positions afford opportunity for leadership. The power to steer effectively, then, can set the superb managers other than the typical ones.
Where as management must deal with the continuing, day-to-day complexities of organizations, true leadership includes effectively orchestrating important change. Whereas managing needs designing and budgeting routines, leading includes setting the direction (making a vision) for the firm Management requires structuring the organization, staffing it with capable individuals, and monitoring activities; leadership goes beyond these functions by inspiring people to realize the vision. Nice leaders keep folks centered on moving the organization toward its ideal future, motivating them to over return no matter obstacles lie within the way.
Organizations succeed or fail not only as a result of of how well they are led however additionally as a result of of how well followers follow. Simply as managers are not necessarily good leaders, people don’t seem to be continuously good followers. The foremost effective followers are capable of independent thinking and at the identical time are actively committed to organizational goals.
As a manager, you’ll be asked to play the roles of each leader and follower. As you lead the individuals who report to you, you will report to your boss. You may be a member of some groups and committees, and you’ll chair others. Effective followers are distinguished from ineffective ones by their enthusiasm and commitment to the organization and to a person or purpose other than themselves or their own interests. They master skills that are useful to their organizations, and that they hold to performance standards that are higher than required. To be a smart leader you need to become a good follower first.

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Most Stupid Quotes of Celebrity

It is certain that celebrities are seen as most carefully people in their speech. However, sometimes, they also make unexpected mistakes in their quote. Their most stupid quotes have immediately become hot topic for newspapers and magazines. Let’s have a look at dumbest celebrity quotes.


“I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened, but I don’t know into what religion yet.” – David Beckham

“I don’t know much about football. I know what a goal is, which is surely the main thing about football.” – Victoria Beckham

“Where’s the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?” – Christina Aguilera

“I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.” – Greg Norman, Golfer

“I get to go to lots of overseas places, like Canada.” Britney Spears (Canada can’t be considered overseas)

“Wal-mart… Do they, like, make walls there?”- Paris Hilton

“I think gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” California governor Arnold S

“Is this chicken what I have or is this fish? I know it’s tuna, but it says chicken.” – Jessica Simpson

Brooke Shields Quote: “Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life”

“Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean I’d love to be skinny like that but not with all those flies and death and stuff.” – Mariah Carey, pop singer

“I don’t diet. I just don’t eat as much as I’d like to.”- Linda Evangelista, Supermodel




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The Iraq Troop Surge Strategy

With all the recent reports about the President’s soon-to-be-unveiled Iraq troop surge strategy, there has been much speculation about exactly what a surge would like, with estimates ranging anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 additional soldiers. To get an idea of where the President might be heading, we should examine a recent proposal by American Enterprise Institute Resident Scholar Frederick Kagan.

“Choosing Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq” was unveiled on December 15, 2006 as a recommended course of action for establishing security and bringing about peace and stability in the war-ravaged country. The plan rightly discounts the notion of a rapid withdrawal, warning that failure in Iraq would likely lead to the following consequences: widespread regional conflict; humanitarian catastrophe; terrorist sanctuaries; further radicalization of the Muslim world; loss of American credibility globally; and damage to the morale of the U.S. military. The plan also notes that the current strategy is not working, and that the violence is escalating faster than we are training Iraqis to control it.

Written by Kagan, retired Generals Jack Keane and David Barno, and several other contributors, “Choosing Victory” has as its basic argument that security must be established first, before any forward progress, economic or political, can be made in Iraq. To provide the security that the plan calls for, Kagan proposes an increase in the number of U.S. combat troops for a period of between 18 and 24 months. The surge would consist of over 30,000 combat soldiers and marines, plus the required support elements needed to sustain their operations.

The first, and most obvious question, is where will the troops come from? Kagan’s plan proposes extending the Iraq rotations for Army Brigade Combat Teams to 15 months, and extending the Marine Corps’ Regimental Combat Team tours to 12 months. The accelerated deployment of four combat brigades, along with the tour extensions for units already scheduled for deployment, would allow the U.S. military to put an additional four to five brigades in Baghdad (the center of gravity, according to the plan), doubling the size of the U.S. force currently there. At the same time, an additional two Marine Regimental Combat Teams would be deployed to the volatile al-Anbar Province, providing extra security in that Sunni insurgent hot spot.

“Choosing Victory” would deploy the first wave of forces by March 2007, with preparations for offensive security operations lasting until June. Then the surge in forces would allow U.S. commanders to go on the offensive, securing Baghdad by the fall of 2007. Once neighborhoods within Baghdad have been secured, U.S. forces would hand over security for the cleared areas to Iraqi soldiers and police. Simultaneously, the plan says, a massive reconstruction effort should be undertaken to provide a significant improvement in the quality of life of cleared sectors.

It is an ambitious plan, to say the least, and one which has thus far been met with much criticism. The American public has demonstrated of late that it does not have the stomach for this fight, an attitude that Kagan says must be changed. He calls for a national commitment to the war, with both the military and the public understanding that deployments will be longer and that National Guard units may return to the fight sooner than expected, a fight that will see increased casualties as we step up the effort to secure Baghdad.

All indications are that President Bush is leaning considerably toward a strategy that will be very similar to Kagan’s plan. But the mood of the nation is not on the side of Kagan or the President. No matter how well he presents his strategy, President Bush will not find the support that he needs and that “Choosing Victory” calls for. The result will be a serious confrontation between the Executive and Legislative branches, testing our system of government and our national resolve. Who will win? I don’t know. But I can tell you who will lose: the men and women of our armed forces who continue to valiantly serve their nation in a vicious environment while the citizens and leaders of this great country try to figure out what to do next.


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