Veterans Sleep Health

Veterans and Sleep: Common Sleep Disorders in our Veteran Population

Everyone knows about the importance of sleep and its role in our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, though, getting the sleep we need is not always an easy task, and it can be an especially vexing problem for our veterans.

Research shows that veterans face heightened challenges when it comes to sleep. In one study, a significant percentage of veterans and current service members — over 74% — reported symptoms consistent with insomnia, and this figure is even higher in veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Lack of sleep can cause or contribute to a wide range of health issues. For example, it can exacerbate mental health problems like PTSD and depression, reinforcing sleeping problems. A sleep deficit can affect the cardiovascular and metabolic systems in complex ways. It can also disrupt cognitive function, create risks when driving, and lead to problems in the workplace.

To understand more about this issue, we’ll review the current research about sleep disturbances for veterans, their possible causes and effects, and some of the treatments that may be helpful in addressing them.

Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts

2015 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts
This Version Last Updated: 11/02/2015.

Source (visit for daily updates):
Thank you for your service! Veterans Day is almost here, and many restaurants and other businesses want to thank you for your service. We have included a list of national offers. We will continue to update this list until Veterans Day.

Exclusive Veterans Day Giveaway!
We have teamed with Armed Forces Vacation Club to offer a Resort Vacation Certificate to two lucky US military members or veterans. Each certificate is good for a 7 night vacation stay, valued at $399*USD. You can enter on our website until Nov. 12, at 7pm CST. Current and former US Military only. Details and rules on our site. Enter Here: •

Veterans Day Offers
The Following Are Generally True:
• Offers are for Active Duty, Retirees, and Veterans, unless otherwise stated.
• Military ID or other proof of service are required.
• Call ahead to verify the offer – some offers are only at participating locations.
• May only be valid for dine-in meals, beverage may not be included.
• Please tip your wait-staff on the full meal price. It’s the right thing to do!
Free Meals for Veterans Day

Starting Nov. 8, 2015:
• McCormick & Schmick’s. Free lunch or dinner from special menu. More info.
Source: The Military Wallet –

Starting Nov. 9, 2015:
• Carraba’s, Nov. 9 – 15, 2015. Free appetizer of your choice.
• Red Lobster, Nov. 9 – 12, 2015. Free Appetizer from a select list of appetizers.
• Spaghetti Warehouse, Nov. 9 – 11, 2015. Buy one entrée, get one free. Coupon Required (available on their website and FaceBook page on Nov. 3).
Choose any of 11 Original Recipe Spaghetti entrées and receive a second entrée free. Friends and relatives are encouraged to treat a veteran to a meal.

Starting Nov. 10, 2015:
• Country Cookin, Nov. 10, 2015. Free meal for current and former military.
• Bar Louie, Nov. 10 – 11, 2015. Free entrée from select menu. Dine-in only.

Nov. 11, 2015:
• Applebee’s. Free meal from special menu. Beverage and gratuity not included.
• Bob Evans. All you can eat hotcakes. Locations.
• Bonanza Steakhouse. Free Veterans Day buffet at participating locations.
• Brann’s Steakhouse and Grille. Free 6 oz Sirloin and two sides.
• Buehler’s Grocery. Free breakfast menu meal from 7:00 am until 11:00 am at participating locations.
• Buffalo’s Cafe. Free meal at participating locations.
• Calhoun’s Restaurant. Free meal from select menu.
• California Pizza Kitchen. Choose a pizza, full size salad, or pasta from the special Veterans Day Menu.
• Cattlemens Steakhouse. Free 8 oz Sirloin Steak Dinner.
• CentraArchy Restaurants. Free meal at participating restaurants, including Burrito Loco, California Dreaming, Carolina Roadhouse, ChopHouse New
Orleans, ChopHouse ’47, Gulfstream Café, Joey D’s Oak Room, and New York Prime.
• Cheeseburger in Paradise. Free All-American Burger with fries with purchase of beverage. Dine-in only.
• Chili’s. Free lunch combo during lunch hour, or free meal from special menu during dinner hour. Participating locations only – call ahead. Locations.
Source: The Military Wallet –
• City Barbeque. Free sandwich platter at participating locations. Proof of service required.
• Claim Jumper. Free entrée from select menu, with official proof of service. Dine-in only.
• Cotton Patch Café. Free meal. Proof of service required.
• Denny’s. Free Build Your Own Grand Slam, from 5 a.m. to Noon. Participating locations only. Please call ahead.
• Fatz Eatz & Drinkz. Free meal. Proof of service required.
• Fox & the Hound. Free Sandwich or Entree (up to $10). Dine-in and participating locations only.
• Friendly’s. Free breakfast, lunch, dinner. Participating locations.
• Golden Corral (5pm – 9pm): The 15th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. Visit
• Green Mill. Free menu item for lunch or dinner.
• Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House. Free meal form the American Values Menu, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
• Hurricane Grill & Wings. Free meal from special menu at participating locations.
• Little Caesars® Pizza. Free pizza or $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Call ahead to verify participation.
• LongHorn Steakhouse. Complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage.
• Max & Erma’s. Free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo.
• Menchie’s. Free 6 oz. frozen yogurt.
• Misison BBQ. Free sandwiches to active duty military members and veterans at participating locations.
• MOD Pizza. Free pizza or salad. Dine-in & participating locations.
• The Olive Garden. Free entrée with proof of service.
• On the Border. Free Choose 2 or Choose 3 Combo.
• Orange Leaf. Free frozen yogurt (up to 11 0z.).
• Outback Steakhouse. Free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage. Also receive 15% off your purchase from Nov. 12-Dec 31, 2015.
• PDQ Tenders. PDQ Free 3 piece Tenders or Sandwich. PDQ also offers 50% off the entire order for all active/retired military personnel on the first Monday every month.
• Perkin’s Restaurant & Bakeries. Free Magnificent Seven meal at participating. Beverage not included. Call ahead to verify participation.
• Pinnacle Entertainment (Casino Chain). Select locations are offering a free buffet meal. More info and locations. Source: The Military Wallet –
• Primanti Bros. Free Sandwich from 4pm to close at participating locations.
• Red Robin. Free Tavern Double™ burger with Bottomless Steak Fries®. Participating locations only.
• Rock & Brews. Free pulled pork sandwich with a side.
• Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill. Free garlic cheese bread or hummus with grilled herb flatbread. Dine-in participating locations only.
• Sheetz. Free lunch at participating locations. Free car wash also available at participating locations.
• Shoney’s. Free All-American Burger.
• Sizzler Restaurants. Free lunch served until 4pm. Choice of 3 entrees, and free coffee, tea, or fountain drink.
• Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill. Free meal from special Veterans Day menu at participating locations only.
• StarBucks. Free tall brewed coffee for active duty, veterans, and their spouses. Participating stores only. Please call ahead.
• Tap House Grill. Free meal for servicemembers and veterans with proof of service.
• Texas Roadhouse. Free lunch from special menu. Dine-in only.
• TGI Friday’s. Free lunch, 11am-2pm, participating location only. Please call ahead to verify offer.
• Tony Roma’s. Free half rack Baby Back Ribs at select Florida locations. Valid at select locations only. Please call ahead to verify participation.
• Travel Centers of America. Free meal for CDL holders who are also veterans. Participating locations only; proof of service required.
• Tubby’s Sub Shops. Free small Grilled Steak N’ Cheese or Tubby’s Famous Sub at participating Tubby’s locations. Take out only.
• Twin Peaks Restaurants. Free meal at participating locations (please call ahead).
• Village Inn. Free breakfast any time of day (choice of three menu items).
Veterans will also receive a “Thank You for Your Service Card” valid for 20% off their total bill on their next visit when they dine at Village Inn on Veterans Day. Participating locations only. Please call ahead.
• Wienerschnitzel. Free hot dog & small soft drink at participating locations.
• 54th Street Grill. Free meal, up to $12 value. Source: The Military Wallet –


Freebies for Veterans Day
Nov. 11, 2015:
• Free Car Wash: Visit for a list of participating car washes.
• Free Hair Cut: Great Clips is offering a free hair cut for military and veterans. Non-veterans can get a coupon to give to a veteran.
• Free Hair Cut: Sport Clips, free hair cut at participating locations.
• Free Night at a B&B: Get a free night’s stay at a Bed & Breakfast on Veterans Day. See list of participating B&B’s (these fill up fast!). Visit B&Bs for Vets.
• Free Kindle Book: Operation Money: A Financial Guide for Military Service Members and Families, by best-selling author, Jean Chatzky.

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Indy Honor Flight Information


To All Veterans and Veteran Organizations:
Just wanted to let you know that another flight of 70 World War II Veterans went to Washington, DC on Saturday, September 6th.
There are two more flights scheduled from Indianapolis and one from Evansville, IN.
At the conclusion of each flight (except for Evansville) there will be a Welcome Home Celebration at Plainfield High School around 8:30 – 8:45 PM.
You are all encouraged to attend this Welcome Home…there are no fees or costs associated with this event. There’s plenty of parking, there will be padded bleacher seats to sit on, the Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers will be there to keep things lively, Major Ryan Core will be the Emcee and the Honored Guests will be 70 World War II Veterans who will have just returned from a special day during which they got to see their Memorial and some other sights, culminating with a stop at Arlington National Ceremony where they will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
As an aside, the ages of these men and women veterans range from 83 to 96, and they served all over the European and Pacific Theatres of War.
I guarantee you, if you can make it, it will be an experience you won’t soon forget.
Remember, Saturday…October 18th, November 8th …Plainfield High School…arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 PM and be prepared to cheer these veterans home.

Semper Fidelis
Mike Wukitsch
Indy Honor Flight Liaison
Department of Indiana
Marine Corps League

Indy Honor Flight

See our calendar entries for each homecoming:

Presentating at the 2013 Legion Membership Workshop

Past District Commander Rich Brown, Post Commander Kevin Mezger, and Post Adjutant Eric Thomas participated in a few sessions at the 2013 American Legion Membership Workshop in downtown Indianapolis early in August.  Here are the slides from the presentation.

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Guest Post: “Our Disengaged Younger Veterans”

A discussion that Vice-Commander Kim Mezger started in the American Legion LinkedIn group saw a response from one of the members there. With permission from the author, Bridget Ludwa O’Hanlon, here is the full article:

This article originally appears in the July/August 2013 Issue of Cleveland’s DD 214 Chronicle,


Our Disengaged Younger Veterans

Anyone who belongs to their local veteran’s organization is aware of the absence of the younger veteran population. I technically belong to an American Legion Post in my hometown, but between my work commute and continued military service, it’s often difficult to motivate myself to go to meetings regularly. I suppose it doesn’t help that I’m the youngest member, and there seem to be only a handful of other Post 9/11 era veterans. What gives?

Let’s consider recent American military history. Our WWII veterans returned home after a glorious victory in war, one in which our entire nation was geared up for. In less than a decade, the Korean War followed on the heels of our GI’s celebrated return. In stark contrast to their brothers old enough to fight in WWII, we were not engaged as a nation, and our Korean War veterans endured the quiet failure of the “Forgotten War.” Again, in short order, we found ourselves entrenched in foreign battle, this time in Vietnam. Not only did our nation lack the rally cry so often heard during WWII, but public criticism of the war went so far as to demonize the troops themselves. Vietnam veterans shared the crushing experience of failure with their Korean War brethren.

This next part is important: after experiencing decades of war, with intermittent periods of peace, the United States ended the draft and found itself in a period of relative peace, despite Cold War tensions, for about 15 years. The first war our all-volunteer force would face would not be until 1990 and would last only a few months – Desert Storm/Desert Shield. This war was the first time since WWII that our nation would rally support for our troops. Once again, our nation experienced a peaceful lull, one abruptly halted on September 11, 2001. Since then, our troops have engaged in the Global War on Terror, and generally enjoy our nation’s support. Equipment technology advances, however, coupled with multiple deployments, have resulted in injuries rarely seen in the past: traumatic brain injury, severe anxiety and other mental health issues.

How does this history lesson relate to our aging veterans organizations? This history has a direct influence on how our veterans relate to each other. Our WWII veterans have enjoyed a special status, stemming from their war experience and the nation’s support. Our Korean and Vietnam War veterans have either a defiant and proud celebration of their service (precisely because they were overlooked and even spat on) or they shun it entirely. Between relative peace after Vietnam, and the Gulf War’s brief duration, there lies a wide generational gap between our Post 9/11 veterans and their predecessors. Additionally, most Post 9/11 veterans are far more digitally connected to each other, between texting and social media, versus their older counterparts. The point: each generation’s post war experiences and needs are unique to their generation; this is amplified in our younger veterans because of the generation gap.

What can veterans organizations do to welcome our younger veterans? Start slow. Recognize the gaps. Recognize the lack of diversity in many organizations, and understand that will have to be taken into consideration with recruiting (race, gender, religion, service experience). Many younger veterans have parents who served, so see if those parents are members as a means to engage – I attend Legion meeting with my parents, because it creates a more comfortable space for me as a younger, female, noncombat veteran. Empower the younger veterans. Invite them to speak their voice, encourage the older members to consider a new way of doing something. As we start to engage, we’ll create familiar space for our Post 9/11 peers. These are only suggestions, and may not be the solution. The point is to first acknowledge why our younger veterans might not be as engaged as previous generations, in order to be creative in attempting to engage that population.

Bridgetby Bridget Ludwa O’Hanlon

Indiana Legislative Successes this Year

 Many thanks to all the Legionnaires that helped get this legislation passed!

Senate Bill 115 Signing

Signing of Senate Bill 115 with Governor Pence

New laws reinforcing Indiana’s commitment to members of the armed forces and our veterans:

  • SEA 177 – Allows for veterans returning from duty out of state or overseas to qualify for in-state tuition at Indiana’s public colleges and universities.
  • SEA 115 – Creates the “combat to college” program, which will provide veterans attending state colleges and universities with centralized services specific to their needs.
  • SEA 564 – Expands state contracting opportunities for veteran-owned businesses.
  • SEA 290 – Gives those who have been medically trained in the military an easier transition into emergency medical professions after they return to civilian life.

Collection Drive and Cookout For Homeless Veterans

HVAF of Indiana, Inc.


Saturday, June 22, 5:30 pm
Hoosier Veterans Assistance     Foundation
964 N. Pennsylvania St.
(Parking across 10th Street)

The Veterans@IUPUI, IUPUI Legion Post 360, and VFP49 are hosting a drive to collect items for the homeless veterans served by the HVAF.

The items most needed include:

Food and Hygiene Items Clothing and Personal Items
Manual can openers
Canned meat (tuna, chicken, etc.)
Canned fruit and soups
Pasta and pasta sauce
Peanut butter
Peanut butter
Spaghetti sauce
Bottled sports drinks
Shaving cream
Underwear (NEW!)
Boxers, briefs, undershirts
All types and all sizes
Bath towels
Wash cloths
Twin sheet sets
Twin blankets
Pillow cases

Please bring your donations to HVAF on June 22, and stay for a cookout!  This is a time to talk and share with veterans who have not been as fortunate as many of us.  If you cannot come to the cookout, please drop your donations off at HVAF beforehand or at the Office for Veterans & Military Personnel (CE 050).


Thank  you,

 IUPUI Office for Veterans & Military Personnel
420 University Blvd., CE 050
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Fax: 317-278-6477



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