Veterans Upset, Iron Bowl Preview, Grant for Health Screenings

Nov 24, 2015

A new survey shows the majority of U.S. military veterans aren’t happy with the treatment they get after their service. The Disabled Veterans Pulse Survey found that only 1 in 5 veterans think the government treats them well.

Less than half believe they receive the benefits and support they were promised. Dan Clare is the National Director of Communications for the group Disabled American Veterans. He says many veterans out repeat their service.

I know some veterans in Alabama who have kind of gone through this transition to I think overall the people we asked 79%said they would if given the choice repeat their military service but if you were to talk to a veteran in your community you’d probably find and we found that at just 22% just one in four barely would think that the government treats veterans well.”

For information on how to help Disabled Veterans you can visit D-A-V-DOT-ORG.

Alabama is gearing up to play in one of college football’s most renowned rivalries this Saturday, the Iron Bowl. Ten-and-one Alabama faces up against six-and-five Auburn this weekend at Jordan Hare Stadium. The Crimson Tide outlasted Auburn in last year’s matchup 55-44 in the highest-scoring Iron Bowl of all time. Head coach Nick Saban says this week’s game will be exciting and special to the players on both teams.

This is an opportunity you really appreciate as a competitor; I know our players get excited about playing this game, as all the participants in this game do. A lot of them know each other and played against each other in the past.”

The game will kick off at 2:30pm on CBS.

Officials say a $100,000 grant will be used to fund health screenings for students in 17 Alabama counties. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs said in a statement Tuesday that the screenings are being funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Officials say Pelham-based nonprofit Sight Savers America is expecting to conduct 70 health screenings this school year and aims to reach about 14,000 students in Talladega, Jefferson and Limestone counties among others.

Officials say nurses will address any urgent medical needs during the screenings and provide detailed reports for follow-up care.