Vets Deserve Social Media Attention, Not Presidential Debate Platitudes -- says UmeNow CEO

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UmeNow announced today that it is calling on the social media community to rally around helping veterans by bringing attention to their plight this Wednesday to coincide with the first presidential debate that will kick off in Denver.

Evelyn Castillo-Bach, CEO of UmeNow.com

It's totally unacceptable that when our troops return home they have to face a VA that treats them like they are beggars. They are our warriors and heroes.

UmeNow announced today that it is calling on the social media community to rally around helping veterans by bringing attention to their plight this Wednesday to coincide with the first presidential debate that will kick off in Denver. "Most certainly, the topic of our returning troops from Iraq and Afghanistan will come up. They will be hailed as heroes and thanked for their service. The audience will roar in agreement. But our returning soldiers and their families need immediate financial support and timely top-notch medical care, not platitudes," stated Evelyn Castillo-Bach, CEO of UmeNow.com.

CNN reported today that on average veterans wait more than eight months -- 256 days -- before the Veteran Administration (VA) resolves a claim filed by a wounded soldier. There is a backlog of more than 860,000 disability claims. More than a quarter of those vets -- 228,000 -- have been waiting for a year or more.

"We think social media has an important role to play in raising awareness and supporting our troops who return home with physical and psychological injuries. Our company feels that by encouraging families of wounded soldiers to tell their story, we can get faster and better results for our returning soldiers," stated Castillo-Bach, who was moved by a recent CNN report which highlighted how some returning soldiers can't go to the grocery store without making a list, even if all they need to remember is one item.

"We have veterans who can't stand for more than 30 minutes, while many others suffer from vertigo, severe headaches, insomnia, nightmares, ears ringing from explosions, missing limbs, and multiple brain injuries. It's totally unacceptable that when our troops return home they have to face a VA that treats them like people expecting a handout. They are our warriors and heroes," stated Castillo-Bach.

According to the CNN report, the VA explains that "... many veterans are returning with severe and complex mental injuries. These veterans file multiple claims, far more than ever before, and sometimes they file incomplete paperwork. The backlog also increased when hundreds of thousands of vets were finally allowed to file claims for Agent Orange and Gulf War syndrome."

"We have a situation in our country where we subject our returning troops to a humiliating and lethargic process of having to prove their injuries. That should be unacceptable to any patriotic American. Our veterans need expedited care and financial support, not empty promises, " stated Castillo-Bach.

UmeNow encourages the family and spouses of all injured veterans to post blogs on UmeNow.com to let other Americans know about their plight.

Company Information:
UmeNow entered into its silent launch in July 2011. UmeNow has banned all tracking and all ads. UmeNow is a private network that allows its members to post blogs anonymously, with their real name, or using a pseudonym.

UmeNow is known for fiercely protecting the privacy rights of its members. All ads, third party apps, and games are banned to safeguard members from back door tracking and unauthorized information extraction.

UmeNow offers a 2-tier membership structure. It promises the same privacy protection to its free members. Premium level members who subscribe for $6.00/ month have access to all site areas. Crowdfunding is available free of charge to all members.

Castillo-Bach earned her M.S. in 1993 from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has traveled extensively in Ethiopia and in the Balkans, accompanying her Danish husband who is a lawyer.

As a debut author Castillo-Bach takes her readers into an intimate world where unspeakable loss meets universal success principles. "Champions, Inc: Powerful Life Principles" was published on August 30, 2012, as an ebook, available on Amazon, ISBN:978-0-9882220-0-7.

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