Veterans News & Events | January 12, 2017
A Variety of Veterans News from a Variety of Sources
Star Tribune: Rep. Walz, poised for top VA post, prepares to fight privatization of care, Top Democratic spot may bring conflict with GOP on privatizing veterans’ care (10 January, Allison Sherry, 9.5M online visitors/mo; Minneapolis, MN) U.S. Rep. Tim Walz is expecting to be named Wednesday as the highest ranking Democrat on the Veterans Affairs Committee, a spot that could pit him against the incoming president and reigning House Republicans, who have been broadly critical of civil service unions and public medical care for veterans. Walz, who has represented southern Minnesota for more than a decade and is the highest-ranking soldier to ever serve in Congress…Hyperlink to Above
The Boston Globe: Seth Moulton blasts ‘draft dodger’ Donald Trump for not yet naming a veterans affairs secretary, “It seems that Trump is more concerned about tweeting his support for Putin and his disdain for Meryl Streep than ensuring our veterans receive the care and respect they have earned.”(10 January, Nik DeCosta-Klipa, 7.6M online visitors/mo; Dorchester, MA) Donald Trump still hasn’t appointed a secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Rep. Seth Moulton is not happy about it. In a strongly worded statement Tuesday, the Salem Democrat and Iraq War veteran blasted Trump for the delay. Citing the president-elect’s five Vietnam War draft deferments, Moulton said it was “no surprise from a draft dodger.” Hyperlink to Above
The Washington Times (AP): Maine senators say Trump hiring freeze should exempt VA (10 January, 4.4M online visitors/mo; Washington, DC) Maine’s U.S. senators are calling for President-elect Donald Trump to exempt the Department of Veterans Affairs from a potential hiring freeze on civilian federal employees. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King say Trump should not include critical VA personnel who provide care and support for veterans. They said Tuesday that a hiring freeze could leave important positions unfilled at veterans’ centers in Maine and elsewhere…… Hyperlink to Above
The Washington Times (AP): Rep. Moulton faults Trump for delay in naming VA secretary (10 January, 4.4M online visitors/mo; Washington, DC) Congressman Seth Moulton is faulting President-elect Donald Trump for failing to announce a nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. The incoming Republican president has nominated appointees to lead most of his Cabinet-level departments and agencies, but has yet to nominate a Veterans Affairs secretary. The Massachusetts Democrat, who served four tours of duty in Iraq, said the delay shows Trump’s lack of respect for veterans….. Hyperlink to Above
The Washington Times: Watchdog finds more delays in care at Phoenix VA hospital (10 January, Dave Boyer, 4.4M online visitors/mo; Washington, DC) A government watchdog reported Tuesday that there are still chronic delays for veterans waiting for health care appointments at the Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Phoenix, more than two years after the Obama administration pledged to fix the problems. The Office of Special Counsel confirmed a whistleblower’s accusations that, on average, 1,100 patients wait more than 30 days for care in Phoenix……. Hyperlink to Above
The Arizona Republic: Phoenix VA problems? More than 2 years later, struggles continue, reports say(10 January, Dennis Wagner, 3.1M online visitors/mo; Phoenix, AZ) On an average day, 1,100 patients at Phoenix’s VA medical center must wait more than a month for appointments. The independent U.S. Office of Special Counsel says Phoenix’s VA hospital “continues to struggle” with delayed care for patients nearly three years after it became the focal point of a national health-care crisis for veterans….. Hyperlink to Above
Stars and Stripes: McDonald to Trump: Lack of VA successor could hurt transition (10 January, Nikki Wentling, 1.4M online visitors/mo; Washington, DC) Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald on Tuesday criticized President-elect Donald Trump for not yet naming his successor and expressed concern that his reform efforts would be undone. With VA employees across the country watching on live-stream video, McDonald gave his last speech to an advisory committee of outside leaders who oversee VA transformation…… Hyperlink to Above
Military Times: VA Secretary Robert McDonald’s advice to vets (10 January, George Altman, 902k online visitors/mo; Springfield, VA) Outgoing Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Robert McDonald said he looks forward to being able to “go to the pool and drink pina coladas” once his time leading the department comes to an end. But before the incoming Trump administration takes over, McDonald offered attendees of the Student Veterans of America National Conference some advice and perspective……Hyperlink to Above
The New York Times: Gay Veteran, 91, Gets Honorable Discharge After 69 Years (10 January, Christine Hauser, 75.4M online visitors/mo; New York, NY) In 2011, the federal government allowed changes to veterans’ military records, some of which had been labeled “undesirable” or “other than honorable.” The incentives for doing so were sometimes financial. Such designations could make it difficult for the men and women who had served to get employment, loans or access to veterans benefits. But there was another, more important reason…Hyperlink to Above
Telegraph: Dublin VA hospital officials to meet with veterans in Warner Robins (10 January, Wayne Crenshaw, 831k online visitors/mo; Macon, GA) The VA hospital holds the meetings to give veterans a chance to express their views on the hospital and ask any questions. Family members and any other interested members of the public are also invited to participate. Maryalice Morro, the center’s director, will be on hand to answer questions, according to a release….. Hyperlink to Above
The Daily Courier: VA home loans major perk for vet home buyers (10 January, Nanci Hutson, 237k online visitors/mo; Prescott, AZ) Two little girls frolic with a dog in the backyard of a four-bedroom Granville home in Prescott Valley, the father of one taking a break from his home office to visit with guests in the just decorated living room. Matthew Fay, a U.S. Navy veteran, admits settling into the 2,000 square-foot house is a work in progress…… Hyperlink to Above
Federal Computer Week: Watchdog: improper workforce incentives could cost VA millions (10 January, Chase Gunter, 171k online visitors/mo; Vienna, VA) Improper use of workforce bonuses at the Department of Veterans Affairs — and inadequate oversight of these bonuses — resulted in millions of dollars in unsupported spending and could lead to even larger amounts in the future, according to a recent inspector general report. VA estimates that 31 percent of its employees, including 58 percent of the Senior Executive Service workforce, will be eligible for retirement by 2020….. Hyperlink to Above
Hudson Valley News Network: Day Fights to Save Shuttle Bus for Vets (10 January, Kathy Welsh, 900 online visitors/day; Hyde Park, NY) Rockland County Executive Ed Day will attend a meeting Thursdaywith the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in an effort to save a shuttle bus that takes veterans to medical appointments at health centers in Montrose, the Bronx and other locations. Day will speak at a Town Hall meeting with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at the Castle Point campus of the Hudson Valley Health Care System…… Hyperlink to Above
ScienceDaily: American effort reduced risky opioid prescriptions for veterans, study finds, Reductions in highest doses through computer ‘dashboard’ and prioritizing painkiller safety suggests other large health systems could do the same (10 January, 10.9M online visitors/mo; Rockville, MD) Fewer veterans received prescriptions for risky dosages of opioid painkillers after a national initiative took aim at reducing high doses and potentially dangerous drug combinations, a new study finds. Over a two-year period, high-dose opioid prescribing declined by 16 percent, and very-high-dose opioid prescribing dropped by 24 percent. The number of patients receiving both opioids and sedatives, which can be lethal when combined, dropped by 21 percent. Hyperlink to Above
The Hill: The perils and pitfalls of privatization of the VA (10 January, John B. Wells, 4.8M online visitors/mo; Washington, DC) A few weeks ago, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team revealed that they are discussing a revamp of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system to reflect public-private partnerships. Trump and his team have met with Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, a supporter of private healthcare for veterans. While some form of private participation in veterans healthcare is definitely advantageous and probably necessary, the new Administration should proceed carefully. Hyperlink to Above
KTVK (TV-3): Report: Wait times at Phoenix VA may have contributed to veteran’s death (10 January, 977k online visitors/mo; Phoenix, AZ) Nearly three years after other whistleblowers first exposed the deadly wait times scandal at the Phoenix Medical Center, the facility is still suffering from serious delays that have harmful or deadly consequences, a new report found. The report said that in one case, a veteran who died of cardiovascular disease did not receive a cardiology exam his VA physician ordered….. Hyperlink to Above
Courier-Journal: Wednesday is last day for VA hospital comment (10 January, Sheldon S. Shafer, 919k online visitors/mo; Louisville, KY) With the deadline near for commenting on where the long-planned Veterans Affairs Medical Center ought to go, yet another offer is on the table for the nearly $1 billion complex. Veterans Affairs officials have set Wednesday, Jan. 11 as the last day to submit opinions on a site for the facility and to comment on some federal environmental impact findings….. Hyperlink to Above
Providence Journal: Providence VA leads national study of veterans’ amputation needs (10 January, G. Wayne Miller, 521k online visitors/mo; Providence, RI) A national team led by Linda Resnik, a Brown University professor and research scientist at the Providence VA Medical Center, is leading a national study of the needs of veterans with traumatic upper-limb amputations — the most common of which is loss below the elbow, typically suffered in combat. Among other issues, the research will examine why only seven in 10 upper-limb amputee veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq were satisfied with their prostheses…Hyperlink to Above
KUTV (CBS-2, Video): Veteran who missed opioid-risk class has medication shut off (11 January, Matt Gephardt and Cindy St. Clair, 432k online visitors/mo; Salt Lake City, UT) Robert Marsh served in the Vietnam War. It was work that injured his back and rotator cuffs and has led to chronic pain. Marsh’s doctor prescribed him an opioid painkiller. He says it’s been the only thing that takes the pain away. But now, to get the medication, Marsh is told he needs to jump through some difficult hoops….. Hyperlink to Above
Press of Atlantic City: Better mental health treatment for veterans takes trust, time (10 January, Diane D’Amico, 383k online visitors/mo; Pleasantville, NJ) Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs and others who work with veterans said it’s not enough to wait for veterans to come to them. They said more is being done to reach out to veterans, but it will take a communitywide effort. Vincent Kane, interim associate director for operations for the Wilmington VA Hospital, said a community outreach position has been approved for South Jersey…Hyperlink to Above
WFLA (NBC-8, Video): TARGET 8: Congressman’s call for expanded Agent Orange benefits follows Target 8 investigation (10 January, Steve Andrews, 315k online visitors/mo; Tampa, FL) Following a series of Target 8 reports, Florida Congressman Dennis Ross, (R) of Lakeland, plans to introduce a bill next week that provides veterans who served in Guam access to the same Agent Orange presumptive benefits as those who served in Vietnam. “We will extend to those in Guam, that if there was Agent Orange, there is a presumption that the conditions they now have that are related to that exposure…Hyperlink to Above
The Chronicle: Our Views: Chehalis Veteran’s Story Gains Attention From Congress (10 January, Editorial Board, 50k online visitors/mo; Centralia, WA) When The Chronicle’s newsroom published the story of John Weston late last year, it had every intention of doing so while the Chehalis veteran was still alive. Unfortunately, that did not happen. Instead, John Weston died while a reporter and photographer were putting the finishing touches on his story, one that included delays at the Portland Veterans Affairs hospital his family ultimately blamed for his terminal cancer.….Hyperlink to Above
POLITICO Morning Defense for Wednesday, January 11, 2017. A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security. http://www.politico.com/
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Upcoming Veteran Events
American Legion Post 328, Southfield, Michigan Listing of Current Events in and around the Metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, for the period January 12 – February 12, 2017.
http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html Sent in by our fellow Veteran Tim Wirkus. Thanks Tim
Schedule of Training Events for Virginia Department of Veterans Services, Virginia Values Veterans V3 Program for the period January 6 – 27, 2017. http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1114049469943&ca=69e33b85-24a7-479d-b663-d7f529de45c8
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation – List of Job Fairs. Updated every quarter. Sent in by our fellow Veteran, Jorge Cruz, Maryland, DLLR, U.S. Army (Ret).http://www.dllr.maryland.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtml
Updated List of 2016-2017 Job ZONE Job Fairs for DC, MD, VA area. Sent in by our friend Janet Giles, President/CEO, Job ZONE. https://www.jobzoneonline.com/complete-schedule.aspx
Updated Federal Business Council (FBC) List of Conferences and Events for Period January through March 2017: Lot of events going on. https://www.fbcinc.com/search.aspx Any questions, contact FBC Customer Outreach at email@example.com
“Thank You for Your Service” film at Angelika Mosaic Cinema – January 24, 2017, 7:30 PM. A screening of the documentary film, Thank You For Your Service, hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 227, will take place at the Angelika Film Center on Tuesday, January 24, 7:30 PM. Dealing with the mental health issues confronting many recently returning veterans, this is described as one of the best films of the year. For more information, see the movie trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNJrXxHCGDU To purchase tickets, visit: http://gathr.us/screening/18521. There is no other way to buy tickets. The price is $14, set by the organization that is providing the film. The film takes aim at the failed mental health policies within the U.S. military and their tragic consequences. It tells the stories of four struggling Iraq War veterans, along with interviews of top military and civilian leaders. Observing the systemic neglect, the film argues for significant internal change and offers a roadmap of hope. Interviews include Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Admiral Mike Mullen, Generals David Petraeus and Loree Sutton, Sebastian Junger, Nicholas Kristof, Dexter Filkins, Senator Patty Murray, Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Colonels Lawrence Wilkerson and Dave Sutherland.
Objective Rally Point (ORP) Breakfast – Veterans Business Networking Event. Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 7:15 AM to 9:15 AM, Army-Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Limited seating available. Although the focus of the ORP is on the connections made between and with Veterans, we do have a speaker each month. This month we have Gloria Larkin as our speaker. Gloria is the president of TargetGov, which focuses on government procurement and related business development and marketing services. Clients have won more than $3.5 billion in federal contracts as a direct result of TargetGov’s services. Gloria is a frequent speaker and author on business development issues for government contractors. One of her books, “The Basic Guide to Government Contracting,” is in its fourth printing. Don’t pass up this opportunity to network with other Veterans focused on success in business. If you are a company looking for a VOSB or SDVOSB to team with there is no better place to find qualified Veteran owned businesses than at ORP. ORP is hosted by Lee Dougherty, a service connected disabled Veteran and Partner at the law firm of Montgomery Fazzone, PLLC. Cost to attend this event is $35. Full breakfast provided. *Non-Veterans, please contact the host atLDougherty@mft-law.com or (202)888-2104 to request information on attending the event. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/objective-rally-point-january-2017-tickets-31095629866
Marine For Life – Veteran & Employer/Corporate…Networking Event.Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST). Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8241, 1051 Spring Hill Road, McLean, VA 22102. Go here to register for this Cost Free Event. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marine-for-life-veteran-employercorporate-networking-event-tickets-30876456312?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTEyOTM0NDEvam9lLndpbnNsb3dAcXVhbGl0eXN1cHBvcnQuY29tLzA=&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&ref=enivtefor001&utm_term=attend Thanks to Major Kyle Aldrich, USMC at M4L, for getting this information to us.
U.S. Commerce Department’s “Veterans-only” Trade Mission to Vietnam & Singapore scheduled for March 6 through 10, 2017. Please pass along. Thanks to our good friend Colonel Ray Jardine, U.S. Army (Ret) in Hawaii, and amazing Veterans Advocate for getting this word to us. Aloha Ray and thanks! Go here to learn more and to register: https://build.export.gov/main/trademissions/ictasean/index.asp
Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Spring Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” March 24th-26th, 2017, Sacramento, California. For more information:http://www.womenveteransalliance.org/events/unconference/ Women Veterans Alliance in partnership with our nonprofit partner California Capital Financial Development Corporation will be hosting the Women Veterans Alliance Unconference. These 3 day events are the largest outreach to women Veterans in California that will provide resources and an amazing experience for all women that served from WWII to current, representing all branches. Our goal is to equip, empower, and encourage participants by providing opportunities to connect with service providers, fellow women Veterans, employers, and through interactive workshops.
Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Fall Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” October 13th-16th, 2017, City of Industry, California. For more information:http://www.womenveteransalliance.org/events/unconference/
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