December 2017 KnowAVet News

Volume 1                                                                                                                                                                                        Issue 8

Good News For Us Combat Vets, Our Families and Caregivers
For The Holidays and Into 2018



I had an exhilarating conversation this week with Mike Down, the Community Outreach Manager of Ace Parking Management, Inc.  with there 5,000 employees, they are opening new facilities all over the Northern CA area, especially in Silicon Valley.

Todays parking facilities are almost all automated so there is a whole lot more to do than sitting in a booth all day. Mike calls these “Family wo/man jobs”.  They are careers, for the rest of us, who may not be looking for those high-tech jobs.

They need everybody from Lot Attendants, to Maintenance, Cashiers, to Supervisors and Managers.  If my notes are right, Lot Attendants start at $18 per hour and Supervisors at $25 per hour and Managers and up, even higher.  And there is lots of room for growth.  Best of all, they have had such great experience with Vets so far that you can get a leg up and thats without even a degree!

These jobs are for any vets from just released to retired.  If you are interested in the program and want more information you should email or  They are good people, looking out for vets, with solid working class jobs.



What’s Inside

Good Solid Family Jobs – Without a degree!


For Desert Storm Vets


FREE Hi-Tech Training and Job Placement for 19 – 25 YO Vets or Family


For VietNam Vets


Get Your Best Life Back –
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Desert Storm Vets

From my Buddy, Jerry Donnellan back in the NY VSO

Hey Desert Storm vets — you guys are getting old — not quite as old as us guys from Gettysburg but by now you’ve got to be pushing 50 — you’re dragging it behind you.  I know when you came home you didn’t want to deal with the VA and that’s totally understandable, particularly if you have something small and what you thought was insignificant. You didn’t want to complain, especially after the big Welcome Home with all the flags and yellow ribbons.  I’ve actually heard from Desert Storm vets that they feel guilty because of the poor reception Vietnam veterans received. 

Well my friend, you can’t eat yellow ribbons. There are things that may not have hurt so much, that are maybe hurting worse now, or maybe something new is bothering you now — maybe secondary to something from back when. 

The good news is you can open or reopen a VA claim at any time until you’re dead.  The other good news is Gulf War Syndrome is still alive and well 30 years later.  You see, when the VA has a group of illnesses coming from the vets for a given conflict, rather than do the necessary research to figure out what it is, they take the easy way out — lump it together and call it a “syndrome.”

After Vietnam there was a Vietnam Syndrome which, among other things, included PTSD which hadn’t been invented yet, and TBI, which was not on anyone’s radar then, but they were all things the VA could spell!  I don’t remember if there was a Civil War Syndrome!

Anyway, Gulf War Syndrome includes Fibromyalgia, fatigue, internal gastric disorders.  Fibromyalgia is characterized by musculo-skeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep problems, memory, and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies pain sensation by affecting the way your brain processes the signal. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, joint disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and depression. 

I know that kind of sounds like my resume, but in there you may find something that’s bothering you.  So what I’m saying is, if you have  any of these ailments, and you feel they may have had their beginning in Desert Storm/Desert Shield, I would encourage you to submit a claim. 

Claims can be done online or you can simply Google VA form 21-526EZ, or get it at this link:  Print it out and follow the instructions. If you get stuck, of if you take my advice, call the VSO on Winchester (408) 918-4980 and let them do the paperwork and file it right the first time.  

Just think about what was there —  oil fires, burn pits, and that ammo dump that we hit that contains Sarin gas at Kamisiyah. Originally the Department of Defense said that only a couple of hundred GIs were exposed to the 1991 blast, however, in 1996, with little fanfare, DOD said over 5000 GIs were exposed to the gas. Think about it. 
This will link to a New York Times article from October 1996 about Kamisiyah.

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Know anyone in the service, a Vet, or Vet Spouse, between 19 and 24 who wants
a Career In Tech?

How About FREE, Nationally Recognized Training,
including PAID Internship and Job Placement.

Now That’s A Holiday Present that will pay off for the rest of their lives!!!

Anyone interested in the program and wanting more information should email Jake Kemnec at

Vietnam — The Gift That Keeps On Giving

From my Buddy, Jerry Donnellan back in the NY VSO
“Cholangiocarcinoma” is the new silent killer that can lay dormant for decades. It comes from a parasite that is common to the rivers and streams of Vietnam. GIs would come in contact with it by eating raw or undercooked fish.  

Why did it take the VA so long to come forward with this?  Well, actually it was the Associated Press which first made the connection last year. That embarrassed the VA into doing a small pilot study this year where 20% of the blood samples came back positive for liver fluke anti-bodies. 

The VA, rather than getting the word out and encouraging vets to have ultrasounds and submit claims, has done their usual thing of trying to dodge the issue.  Unfortunately that’s what we’ve come to expect. They’re doing their best to stay under the radar. 

The vets who have found out about this and submitted claims, have been denied 80% of the time, further discouraging them from going forward. But you have to look at it from the VA‘s financial point of view.  The longer they stall, the more vets will die, the fewer will go for treatment or submit claims, and look at the money they’ll save!!!

You Really Can Have A Better Life

Life isn’t always easy after a deployment. That’s where Vet Centers can help. They offer a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to combat Veterans and their families. They can guide you through many of the major adjustments in lifestyle that often occur after you return from combat.

AND, If you want to get the help you deserve from Private, or Community resources, often also Free to vets, check out our Help Finder for Free.

There is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL (Even From The VA) help available on many of these issues through the San Jose Vet Center (408) 993-0729.

You deserve Your Best Life Back!

Adjustment Issues Education Isolation Reckless Behavior
Aging Emotional Injury Job Problems Relationships
Alcohol Employment Jobs Retirement
Anger Events Legal Issues San Jose Vet Center
Anxiety Family Relationships Light Sensivity Schizophremia
Bereavement Financial Issues Loss of Interest Sexual Trauma
Bipolar Dosprder Flashbacks Loss of Pleasure Sleep Issues
Civilian Life Food Memory Spirituality
Claims and Appeals Gambling Mourning Stress
Clothing Group Councelling Schedule Newsletters Suicide
Concentration Guilt Nightmares TBI
Confusion Headaches Noise Sensitive Training
Co-Workers Homelessness Numbness Transitioning from service
Depression Hopelessness On Edge Transportation
Dizziness Hunger Pain Vet Center & San Jose
Drugs Hyper Awareness Physical Injury Weight
Eating Irritability PTSD Withdrawl
      Women’s Issues

Credit Card Fraud

From my Buddy, Jerry Donnellan back in the NY VSO
I have an American Express card. I know, who would be dumb enough to give me credit —  but this is serious.  The other day I received an email that appeared to be from American Express — all the logos, print type — anything you might look at and say it was kosher. 

The note in the email said that they were informing me that someone had tried to use my credit card for something that cost better than $600 and they had stopped the transaction and if I wanted more information, I could click on the box below. 

As I said, everything looked correct but there was just something a little fishy about it.  So instead of clicking on that box, I called the phone number that I have for American Express to see if this was a fraud.

Luckily I checked because it was — though it looked exactly like something that would’ve come from American Express.  Had I clicked on that box it would’ve asked me for information that I may have given them, thinking that they were the real American Express, and had that information anyway.   So I was just verifying the information to be correct. 

The message here is just be careful — even if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it may not be a Duck.


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