Top 5 Veterans News: Feb. 14, 2018

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  1. Bakowski honored as February’s featured veteran. Robert (Bob) Bakowski, a Vietnam War veteran from Canton, was honored as the February 2018 Veteran of the Month by the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 32, of the Myron H. Beals American Legion Post 32 in Livonia.
  2. Breaking down benefits: Help from Veteran Service Officers. “For a veteran the biggest barrier to accessing service is awareness,” said Frank Lombard, the Upper Peninsula Regional Coordinator for the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.
  3. Tiny homes offer big benefits for homeless military veterans. Marvin Gregory is a large man living in a tiny home. And he couldn’t be happier. “I just want to be in here and absorb it all,” he says. The 6-foot-5-inch US Army and Coast Guard veteran moved in to his new 240 square foot home in Kansas City last week after spending more than six years on the streets, homeless and struggling to find a place to sleep every night.
  4. Rep. Gabbard Supports Bill to Fund Veteran Treatment Courts Nationwide. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawai‘i-02), co-chair of the Congressional Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus, announced support today, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, for bipartisan legislation to authorize federal funding for veteran treatment courts in Hawai‘i and across the U.S.
  5. Army Veteran Provides Peer Support to Female Warriors at Mental Health Workshop. At a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) mental health workshop in Tampa, Florida, a group of women veterans received critical peer support from a fellow female warrior who experienced similar hurdles after military service. These workshops include teambuilding exercises and goal-setting agendas that help warriors in their recovery processes – even after they’ve gone home. These gatherings are often the first time warriors leave their homes to connect with others in their communities.