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Veterans Day 2017

Honoring Our Veterans

FORT CARSON, CO - JUNE 15: Reniah Krause, 2, clings to her father Sgt. Joseph Krause after he and fellow soldiers arrived from Afghanistan on June 15, 2011 to Fort Carson, Colorado. More than 500 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team returned home following a year of heavy fighting and high casualties against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province. (Photo by John Moore)

In recognition of Veterans Day, United Spinal Association would like to take a moment to thank the men and women who have bravely defended our freedom.

While it’s important to celebrate the contributions of those who have served, Veterans Day is also a day to remember that many of our wounded warriors of all eras are facing numerous, insurmountable challenges at home.

Some have returned from deployment with severe physical and psychological scars and uncertainty on how they will transition back into civilian life. Others, who have given so much for our country many years ago, are still fighting to receive critical VA benefits and health care so they can regain their quality of life.

From World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and Desert Storm to present-day conflicts––United Spinal Association and its VetsFirst program has fought tirelessly from the trenches to protect the rights of our nation’s veterans, just as they have valiantly protected the rights of their fellow Americans.

Thanks to all who have served!


At United Spinal, our goal for over 70 years has been to ensure America’s disabled veterans, their spouses, dependent family members and survivors receive healthcare, compensation, rehabilitation, and all of the benefits that they have earned.

We firmly believe that all veterans deserve access to employment and educational opportunities; affordable, accessible housing; and transportation options that allow them to live meaningful, productive lives.

If you have a family member or loved one who has served our country and needs assistance, please let them know we’re here to help. Please take a moment to share our free online support service for veterans and their family members Ask VetsFirst.

This service provides helpful information on a wide range of veterans issues and topics. You can also submit a request and have one of our counselors answer your questions.

Click Here To Ask VetsFirst


Statistics That Drive Our Mission

  • Nearly a third of the 12 million veterans ages 21-64 report having a disability.
  • An estimated 30 percent of recently returned veterans screen positive for one or more of the following impairments: post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and/or depression
  • Fifty-seven percent of veterans with disabilities fear they would be discriminated against in hiring because of their disabilities.
  • Out of more than the half a million people experiencing homelessness, over 47,000 are veterans.
  • The number of backlogged veterans benefits claims is on the rise again with over 100,000 claims currently backlogged.
2017-11-09T12:40:58+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Categories: Latest, United Spinal Updates|

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