New Program Supports Our Heroes With Hearing LossSM
Resource for U.S. Veterans Debuts at the 114th VFW National Convention
AURORA, Neb (July 19, 2013) /PRNewswire/ — The Heroes With Hearing Loss program, sponsored by Hamilton CapTel®, introduces veterans with hearing loss to resources and solutions that best meet their individual and unique needs.
According to Department of Defense statistics, hearing loss is the number one war-related injury affecting veterans from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. An estimated 60 percent of veterans returning from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) have some hearing damage, with 840,000 suffering from tinnitus and just over 700,000 suffering from hearing loss. More than 1.2 million veterans from every generation suffer from some form of hearing loss.
“Our goal is to start a national dialog about veterans with hearing loss,” said Michele Boyd, Heroes With Hearing Loss program manager. “We want to get people talking and raise awareness about what makes hearing loss among veterans a different kind of challenge.”
The Heroes With Hearing Loss program, which makes its debut at the 114th Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) National Convention this weekend in Louisville, KY, brings veterans together to learn more about hearing loss, share their experiences and explore resources that can assist them.
VFW members can attend any of three special panel discussions at the conference: “Heroes with Hearing Loss – A Holistic Approach to Hearing Healthcare for Veterans” (Sunday, July 21st at 1 p.m. EDT and Monday, July 22nd, at 3 p.m. EDT) and “My Hero with Hearing Loss – The Perspective of Family and Friends of Veterans” (Sunday, July 21st at 3 p.m. EDT). Each panel is assembled from a diverse group of veterans, family members and healthcare professionals who share their experiences in an open forum.
“Hamilton greatly appreciates the sacrifices of our nation’s service men and women,” said vice president of Hamilton CapTel, Dixie Ziegler. “We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute our expertise in captioned telephone services to veterans who experience hearing loss.”
As the sponsor of the Heroes With Hearing Loss program, Hamilton CapTel is offering captioned telephones at no cost to all eligible veterans who experience hearing loss. These phones are available for demonstration at the Heroes with Hearing Loss exhibit, located at booth #39, during the VFW National Convention.
About Heroes With Hearing Loss
Designed to raise awareness and initiate meaningful dialog about shared hearing loss experiences among veterans, their families and friends – the Heroes With Hearing Loss program is a platform of engagement, providing insightful solutions and successful lifestyle-focused results. Participate in the national dialog by visiting www.HeroesWithHearingLoss.org or joining the conversation on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/HeroesWithHearingLoss) and Twitter (@HwHLVeterans).
About Hamilton CapTel
Hamilton CapTel is a service of Hamilton Relay, a division of Hamilton Telecommunications – a diversified communications and technology services provider based in Aurora, Neb. Since 2003, Hamilton CapTel® has made more than 25 million captioned telephone conversations possible, furthering its commitment to making phone conversations simple and accessible for individuals with hearing loss. For more information about Hamilton CapTel, please visit www.HamiltonCapTel.com. Captioned Telephone Service is designed exclusively for individuals with hearing loss and is funded and regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. To learn more, visit www.fcc.gov.
CapTel is a registered trademark of Ultratec, Inc.
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