Veterans News & Events for December 27, 2016
Veterans News & Events for December 27, 2016
Defense News Early Bird Brief for Friday, December 23, 2016.
Defense News Early Bird Brief for Thursday, December 22, 2016.
Reserve Officers Association (ROA) SmartBrief for Friday, December 23, 2016.
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs News and Announcements for December 23, 2016.
Piliero/Mazza, PLLC, Attorneys At Law – Weekly Update for December 23, 2016.
Some relative information in here for we Veterans doing business with the Federal Government.
DOD Contracts Awarded on Friday, December 23, 2016.
DOD Contracts Awarded on Thursday, December 22, 2016.
National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS) FINAL EDITION of Watchdog Weekly Update.
A Variety of Veterans News from a Variety of Sources.
Nearly 100,000 Vets Enrolled in Burn Pit Registry: Veterans who had exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards during deployment are encouraged to join the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Almost 100, 000 Veterans have so far.
Military Times Defense bill promises better access to urgent care, primary care for military families. Military families will have easier access to urgent care and primary care under Congress’ annual defense policy bill, and out-of-pocket costs won’t change for most Tricare users who are already enrolled in the system.
The Hill GOP rep wants Trump to loosen rules for US troops fighting Taliban. As the Taliban gains strength in Afghanistan, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), a retired Army colonel, is planning to urge President-elect Donald Trump to loosen restrictions on U.S. troops fighting against the insurgent group. Currently U.S. troops are not authorized to target the Taliban unless it falls into one of three cases: Self-defense; to prevent a “strategic defeat” of the U.S.-trained Afghan forces; or to help them achieve a “strategic effect” against the Taliban.
National Public Radio Pentagon Shelves Blast Gauges Meant To Detect Battlefield Brain Injuries. The Pentagon has quietly sidelined a program that placed blast gauges on thousands of combat troops in Afghanistan. NPR has learned the monitoring was discontinued because the gauges failed to reliably show whether service members had been close enough to an explosion to have sustained a concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury.
Politico Pressure grows on McConnell for special Russia hacking probe. John McCain and Lindsey Graham’s bipartisan push to create a special committee to investigate Russia’s election-season hacking and other cybersecurity threats received a potential boost Monday as a third GOP senator announced legislation to make their idea a reality.
Defense News Boeing, Lockheed CEOs Meet with Trump Over F-35, Air Force One. The CEOs for Lockheed Marin and Boeing met Wednesday with president-elect Donald Trump, with Boeing head Dennis Muilenburg offering Trump his personal promise that the Air Force One replacement program will not exceed $4 billion.
C4ISRNET DoD unveils open data project. The Defense Department is continuing to break down digital barriers, this time unveiling an open data project. Data.mil — a cooperative project with Data.world, a data resource organization — and the Defense Digital Services within the Pentagon seek to make military data available and searchable.
Task&Purpose Want A Combat Job? The Army Has A New PT Test For You. On Jan. 1, the Army is rolling out its all new, top-of-the-line occupational physical assessment test. The OPAT will help determine whether you’ve got what it takes.
Navy Times Ratings restored: Effective immediately, sailors will get their job titles back. Navy leaders are reversing their controversial decision to eliminate sailors’ ratings and will restore sailor’s job titles across the fleet, according to a Navy message set for release Wednesday.
USA Today Air Force chief: Personnel shortfall is critical. The Air Force’s top officer said the service is critically short of personnel and needs to expand by more than 30,000 active-duty service members to meet its security obligations.
Government Executive: New Leadership at VA Committees, But Likely Same Priorities. The leadership of the congressional committees overseeing Veterans Affairs will be different in January, but lawmakers’ focus on improving access to health care for vets and strengthening employee accountability at the department likely will remain the same. Tennessee Republican Rep. Phil Roe, a physician and an Army vet, will take over as chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, succeeding Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla. Miller…
Stars and Stripes: VA challenges Congress to restore employee bonuses. Sloan Gibson, the deputy secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs, is urging the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee to lift restrictions on employee bonuses instituted by Congress this year to crack down on misconduct. In a letter sent to the committee Monday, Gibson called the restrictions “counter-productive,” “unwarranted” and a hindrance in hiring and retaining high-quality employees.
Washington Examiner: VA vs. House showdown: Money for bonuses or addiction? Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, sparred with the Department of Veterans Affairs this week over a law that redirects money from employee bonuses to a program designed to help veterans who have opioid addictions. Sloan Gibson, deputy secretary at the VA, said in a letter to Miller on Monday that the bonus-cutting legislation “defies logic” because it restricts incentives…
Government Executive: VA Bonus Dustup, Trump’s Government ‘Accountability’ Play and More. President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement that he would tap budget hawk Mick Mulvaney to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget suggests agencies—and possibly feds themselves—are in for some belt tightening next year. The South Carolina Republican is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus and a longtime proponent of cutting government, including government employees’ benefits.
The Washington Post (Federal Insider): Reports cite VA progress, despite contrary Republican rhetoric. During a period of growing Republican criticism and eagerness for major changes at the Department of Veterans Affairs, officials there might find some solace in two recent independent reviews of an agency that dishonored itself. A Harvard Business School case study, published in November and updated this month, concludes that the team assembled by VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald has “made impressive progress over the past year.”
POLITICO: Cleveland Clinic chief is Trump’s favorite for VA Secretary. Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove has emerged as the top contender to be Donald Trump’s secretary of Veterans Affairs, a selection that would bring more private-sector experience to a Cabinet already stocked with it. Multiple sources briefed by Trump’s transition team said that while no decision has been made, the president-elect wants the health care executive…
Military.com: Two Vietnam Vets Frontrunners for VA Secretary. Two Vietnam veterans emerged Wednesday as frontrunners for the post of Veterans Affairs Secretary in the Trump administration despite the pleas of major veterans service organizations to keep current VA Secretary Robert McDonald on the job. At his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump met first with Luis Quinonez, an Army veteran of Vietnam and founder of IQ Management Services, which provides health care services to the government and the private sector.
Omaha World-Herald: Editorial” A step toward giving Vets more crisis help. The federal government took a much-needed step forward this week to help America’s veterans needing crisis assistance. The Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday opened a second office, based in Atlanta, to handle calls to the VA’s Veteran Crisis Line. That move significantly increases the program’s capacity to aid veterans and service members seeking help for mental illness or emotional distress.
Leavenworth Times: Doctors say holidays can be a time of depression. Codi Schale, a psychologist with the Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, said people can experience “winter blues” when there is less daylight. She said a phenomenon called Seasonal Affective Disorder can be experienced by people when the days get shorter, a time when people likely spend more time indoors and there is a decreased level of activity.
The Huffington Post: The Invisible Veterans. Women are the fastest growing veteran population, with 2.2 million women veterans representing every branch of the military living nationwide, a number that is expected to double over the next ten years. That’s ten percent of the current veteran population. But as more women veterans return to civilian life, many are facing new battles at home.
KFOR (NBC-4, Video): “It feels like a slap in the face,” Oklahoma Veteran trying to change law that requires repaying severance. Service members are often given severance when the military downsizes and closes bases, but now in some cases years later the government is taking that money back. Under federal law, until veterans pay back their involuntary separation pay, they can have their VA disability withheld. Tim Foster, an Oklahoma veteran, is trying to change that by changing the law.
TIME: Veterans Face Uphill Fight Getting College Credit for Military Training. Steve Mayou was dumbfounded when he was told he’d have to take courses in introductory physics and basic math on his path to a bachelor’s degree in sustainable building science and technology. Over a 14-year career in the Navy, Mayou had already worked as a nuclear reactor operator on three submarines. Yet just about the only thing his college offered in exchange for that experience was one credit for physical education.
Military.com: GI Bill Cracks Down On Licensing And Certification Testing. As part of the “Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016” which was signed into law on December 16 the VA is now required to ensure that all licensing and certification tests paid for by the GI Bill meet minimum standards and are approved by state agencies. This is in line with the recent government strengthening of oversight on private schools and education programs.
Inside Higher ED: Some For-Profits Exceed Limits on Federal Funding. The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday released the latest version of an annual report on compliance with the so-called 90/10 rule, which prohibits colleges from collecting more than 90 percent of their revenue from federal aid sources. The report identifies 17 for-profit colleges that exceeded the limit, up from 14 the previous year. Two of the for-profits, Pat Wilson’s Beauty College and United Medical and Business Institute, were out of compliance for two consecutive years…
Military Times Troops, veterans and military families can track down a college scholarship with this new search tool. Tis the season for seeking out scholarships, and the Fisher House Foundation has launched a free search tool to help troops, veterans and families get their share of these education-budget boosters.
Task and Purpose Gen Mattis Is No Mad Dog. What He Told 1st Marine Division Proves It. Mad Dog is the wrong nickname for a man who never yells and supports his people first, last, and always.
DoD News Pentagon’s Newest Exhibit Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Vietnam War. Vietnam veteran and former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel returned to the Pentagon today to join Defense Secretary Ash Carter in officially opening an exhibit honoring the estimated 9 million Americans who served in the Vietnam War.
POLITICO Morning Defense for Thursday, December 22, 2016. A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security.
Executive Mosaic GOVCONWIRE Top News Stories Roundup of 2016.
Your 6:00 am GovConWire – Top News from Executive Mosaic.
Your 12:00 pm Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.
Your 5:00 pm Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.
American Legion Post 328, Southfield, Michigan Listing of Current Events in and around the Metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, for the period December 22, 2016 – January 31, 2017 http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html Sent in by our fellow VeteranTim Wirkus. Thanks Tim
Schedule of Training Events for Virginia Department of Veterans Services, Virginia Values Veterans V3 Program for the period December 15, 2016 to January 6, 2017. http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1114049469943&ca=9c428aba-042d-48ef-94f3-2c3ec32e3246
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).
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 November 2016 to May 2017: Lot of events going on. https://www.fbcinc.com/search.aspx
Student Veterans of America National Conference. January 5 through 7, 2017. Join your peers in January 2017, when more than 1,500 leaders in the student veteran community convene at the beautiful Disneyland® Hotel and Resort in Anaheim, California. Register today: http://conference.studentveterans.org/?utm_source=SVA%20Member%20Network&utm_campaign=db7cc9ca77-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47cc5800cc-db7cc9ca77-127346201 SVA was founded in 2008, as a grassroots, chapter-based organization that unites veterans, military family members, and civilians to support veterans’ success in higher education and beyond.
National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) Wednesday, January 11, 2017, DC Metro Chapter Dinner Meeting.From 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Key Bridge Marriott, Arlington, VA. For more information and to register please go here:
“Thank You for Your Service” film at Angelika Mosaic Cinema – Jan 24, 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.
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/
National Council for Aging Care’s guide on Military Veteran Benefit Options:
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