(BPT) – As the new administration and Congress settle into office, many organizations are working hard to put America's 21 million veterans at the top of the nation's "to-do" list.
"Veterans share a common thread -- regardless of where they served or for how long -- they are driven to protect our country and ensure freedom for all citizens," says DAV (Disabled American Veterans) National Commander Dave Riley. "At the same time, they face unique challenges, from health problems related to their military service to translating their job skills into meaningful employment opportunities. It's our nation's duty to support veterans once they return home."
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports that 20 percent of veterans who served since 9/11 are estimated to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Twenty veterans take their lives every day, most of whom never seek help from the VA, and many veterans struggle to find employment, often leading to homelessness.
To help change the lives of countless veterans and their families, DAV has suggested three priorities for our country's leaders in 2017:
* Ensure veterans have access to quality and timely health care, including effective mental health services. Changes in the health care system for veterans are critical according to leading veterans service organizations like DAV and VFW, as well as bipartisan leaders in Congress. They all agree the best path forward is to create local, high-performing health care networks, led by the VA, which combine the best of VA with the best of community care.
* Give needed benefits to the caregivers of veterans. While caregivers for veterans who served after 9/11 receive benefits and resources, caregivers of veterans who served in earlier conflicts, such as World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, do not receive them. This law must be amended and made inclusive.
* Educate employers about the value of hiring veterans, particularly those with disabilities. A recent survey of employers released by DAV, Monster.com and Military.com reveals 30 percent of employers worry about hiring veterans with PTSD. However, the vast majority of employers who have hired veterans with disabilities report it's been a positive and productive experience.
You can support U.S. veterans.
You can be a positive voice for veterans and support changes in your communities. Start by speaking up on important veteran issues and write your elected officials in Congress. Volunteer with your local VA hospital or drive veterans to medical appointments. And, if you own a business or are a hiring manager, be sure your organization considers veterans' unique talents and strengths.
America made a promise to care for its veterans, those men and women who sacrificed for everyone’s freedoms. Now the nation's leaders must live up to that promise. For more information about important veteran issues and how you can help, visit www.dav.org.
* vSpirit2 YouTube Channel filmed and presents Cher entire (best angle) Dressed To Kill concert. Setlist:
0 Cher Introduction/Woman’s World (0:12)
1 Cher Strong Enough (4:05)
2 Cher Dressed To Kill (7:02)
3 Cher All I Ever Need Is You (13:33)
4 Sonny & Cher The Beat Goes On
5 Sonny & Cher I Got You Babe (15:28)
6 Cher Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, Dark Lady (18:15)
7 Cher Half-Breed (23:27)
8 Cher Welcome To Burlesque (27:20)
9 Cher You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me (31:26)
10 Dressed To Kill Male Aerial Dancers (35:05)
11 Cher Take It Like A Man (37:09)
12 Marc Cohn cover Walking In Memphis (41:53)
13 Cher Just Like Jesse James (46:33)
14 Laura Branigan cover I Found Someone (50:22)
15 Cher If I Could Turn Back Time (55:19)
16 Cher Believe (1:00:45)
17 Miley Cyrus cover I Hope You Find It (1:07:41)
Cher Dressed To Kill was live at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA on July 7, 2014. Cyndi Lauper was the opening act.
Wikipedia: The Dressed to Kill Tour was the sixth solo concert tour by American singer-actress Cher. Launched in support of her twenty-fifth studio album, Closer to the Truth, it started in Phoenix, Arizona on March 22, 2014 and continued across North America before coming to a close in San Diego on July 11, 2014. The tour has received mostly positive reception from critics, who praised Cher’s vocal performance as well as the several costumes and show elements.
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo were listed as “special guests” for the first 13 dates from March 22, 2014 to April 12, 2014 and Cyndi Lauper for the further 36 shows from April 23, 2014 through July 11, 2014. On November 21, 2014, after numerous delays in the planned launch of the second leg of the tour, Cher announced that she had prematurely aborted the tour due to health problems. She discussed options to resume the tour sometime in 2015 but as of early 2016 this did not yet come to pass. Even with the cancellation of the 2nd leg, the tour made its way onto the Pollstar’s Top 20 Worldwide Tours of 2014 list, ranking at number 19 with the gross of .8 million and more than 600,000 tickets sold.
CHER ‘DRESSED TO KILL’ TOUR IN 2014
March 22 – Phoenix, AZ (US Airways Center)
March 24 – Houston, TX (Toyota Center)
March 26 – Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)
March 28 – Little Rock, AR (Verizon Arena)
March 29 – Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
March 31 – Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
April 2 – Pittsburgh, PA (Consol Energy Center)
April 4 – Washington DC (Verizon Center)
April 5 – Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun
April 7 – Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centere)
April 9 – Boston, MA (TD Garden)
April 11 – Indianapolis, IN (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
April 12 – Detroit, MI (Joe Louis Arena)
April 23 – Buffalo, NY (First Niagara Center)
April 25 – Montreal, QC (Bell Center)
April 26 – Ottawa, ON (Canada Tire Centere)
April 28 – Philadelphia, PA (Wells Fargo Center)
April 30 – Columbus, OH (Nationwide Arena)
May 2 – Cleveland, OH (Quicken Loans Arena)
May 5 – Charlotte, NC (Times Warner Cable Arena)
May 7 – Raleigh, NC (PNC Arena)
May 9 – Brooklyn, NY (Barclays Center)
May 10 – East Rutherford, NJ (Izod Center)
May 12 – Atlanta, GA (Philips Arena)
May 14 – Jacksonville, FL (Veterans Memorial Arena)
May 16 – Orlando, FL (Amway Center)
May 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL (BB&T Center)
May 25 – Las Vegas, NV (MGM Grand
May 28 – Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
May 30 – Lincoln, NE (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
May 31 – Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
June 2 – Louisville, KY (KFC Yum! Center)
June 4 – St. Louis, MO (Scottrade Center)
June 6 – Milwaukee, WI (BMO Harris Bradley Center)
June 7 – Chicago, IL (Allstate Arena)
June 9 – Des Moines, IA (Wells Fargo Arena)
June 11 – Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
June 20 – Winnipeg, MB (MTS Centere)
June 21 – Saskatoon, SK (Credit Union Centere)
June 23 – Edmonton, AB (Rexall Place
June 25 – Calgary, AB (Scotiabank Saddledome)
June 27 – Vancouver, BC (Rogers Arena)
June 28 – Seattle, WA (Key Arena)
June 30 – Portland, OR (Moda Center)
July 2 – San Jose, CA (SAP Center) at San Jose
July 5 – Ontario, CA (Citizens Business Bank Arena)
July 7 – Los Angeles, CA (Staples Center)
July 9 – Anaheim, CA (Honda Center)
July 11 – San Diego, CA (Valley View Casino Center)
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