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Army To Test Veterans Transition Center Concept In San Antonio: The Army plans to establish its first veterans transition center outside the gates of Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, an initial test of a joint effort with the city and county to address separating soldiers’ housing, health care and career needs. The Army hopes to open the center in time for San Antonio’s tricentennial celebration in 2018, reports Fox San Antonio (http://foxsanantonio.com/news/local/army-picks-sa-for-new-military-transition-center-04-11-2017 ) . “This is Military City USA. If you’re going to try to something new for the Army to assist soldiers, why not try it here?” Robert Naething, deputy to the commanding general of Army North, told the station. Sent in by our fellow Veteran Alan Bunting, Col (USAFR) Ret. Thanks Alan!
Reserve your Seats Yet? National Center for Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) is now enrolling for the VIP GROW Program, June 20-22, 2017. Folks, this amazing program is offered at no cost to Veterans. Like so many others throughout our Veterans small business community, I personally endorse this Program as it is 100% about service to our Veterans. Sign up now while seats are still available. Please know that this one of a kind Program has had a very positive impact on the Veterans that have taken the course and successfully completed it. VIP GROW is a 3-day, 27-hour comprehensive certification program designed for Veteran owned small businesses to increase their ability to win government contracts. Facilitated by subject matter experts, participants receive hands-on market-based instruction that helps establish best business practices for Federal government contracting. Since the program launched in 2009, 678 Veteran-Owned Small Businesses have graduated from VIP GROW. Click here for a recap of the December 2016 VIP GROW Session! For more information and to enroll, go here: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Spread-the-Word-to-Veteran-Owned-Small-Businesses—Apply-to-VIP-GROW-Class—June-20-22–2017.html?soid=1101128334983&aid=2V61VIVWPBc
A Variety of Veterans News from a Variety of Sources
Military Times Trump: I’m giving the military ‘total authorization’. President Trump on Thursday called the recent high-profile military actions overseas proof that he’s fulfilling his promise to let defense leaders act decisively without interference from politicians.
Reuters Pence stresses ‘era of strategic patience’ over as he visits Korean DMZ. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence stared across the demilitarized border between North and South Korea on Monday, a day after North Korea’s failed missile launch, reiterating that the U.S. “era of strategic patience” with Pyongyang was over. Military Times Trump adviser’s Afghanistan visit catches many by surprise. Donald Trump’s national security adviser arrived in Kabul on Sunday for a series of talks meant to help shape the administration’s strategy toward Afghanistan where the high-level visit, announced by the president last week, appears to have caught several Afghan and American officials by surprise.
Navy Times Navy bans e-cigarettes fleet-wide. The Navy has banned electronic cigarettes and vaping devices throughout the fleet, citing concerns that the battery-powered gadgets can explode and injure sailors.
Stars and Stripes To save millions, military grounds planes worth billions. The Air Force has grounded a big portion of its newly refurbished, multibillion-dollar fleet of C-5 Galaxy transport planes, just to avoid spending the relatively small amount of money it costs to fly them.
Register-Herald: Trump orders cuts to federal civilian employees. In 2013, 23,100 West Virginians were employed by the federal government in civilian positions. The Department of Veterans Affairs, which oversees Veterans Administration Medical Centers, is the largest federal employer of civilians in the nation and in the state, employing 4,997 West Virginians.
The Wall Street Journal: Veterans Affairs Chief Says Reforms Are Trumps Priority. In an interview to be aired Sunday on C-SPAN, Secretary David Shulkin, who served as a senior VA official in the Obama administration, said President Donald Trump’s election has pushed the VA toward the top of the priority list of federal agencies. “I think the big change is in the administration and who the president is,” Dr. Shulkin said. “The president right now has made veterans reform—and making sure we fix the problems in VA—a top priority.”
The U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs met with Lehigh Valley officials on Friday to discuss the expansion of a program that provides private health care to veterans. The stop Friday at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, planned by U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Lehigh Valley, was to discuss Congress’ recent approval to continue the Veterans Choice Program as the VA works on new legislation to replace it.
PBS News Hour: Can President Trump keep his promises to Veterans? As a candidate, Donald Trump made veterans services a top issue. He promised to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs, saying often that veterans aren’t treated with the respect they deserve. He put out a 10-point policy plan, and even went so far as to say he would personally respond to veterans’ complaints if he won the election.
Washington Post: Trump gets a VA headache: ‘serious deficiencies’ at DC hospital. In a matter of three hours Wednesday, the VA appointed one acting director from inside the hospital, then another from outside, Lawrence Connell, a retired Army colonel who was a senior VA policy adviser. A statement said he was chosen after officials decided an interim boss from outside the facility was needed “to concentrate on addressing the many challenges identified in the OIG report, without compromising the ongoing internal review.”
The Morning Call: Veterans health system seeks help from local hospitals. The region’s top medical officers met privately Friday with Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and other VA officials to discuss how local facilities can increase the amount of treatment they provide to veterans. “This is really an important direction the VA is moving in, which is recognizing that VA needs to be a strong system but it can’t do it alone. It has to work with our community providers,” Shulkin said after the meeting at Cedar Crest College in Allentown.
The San Diego Union-Tribune: VA has $55 million office to overhaul customer service for Veterans. Trying to emerge from scandals that shook the agency to its core, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is attempting to overhaul what officials admit was sometimes pretty bad customer service. Quietly since 2015, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs has built a national Veterans Experience Office. The office’s first steps have been rolling out more than 100 community veterans committees nationwide and retraining employees to be less rigid and more customer-focused.
Post and Courier: VA takes action on emergency call. According to Dr. David Shulkin, recently confirmed as Secretary of Veteran Affairs, the best way to improve service at VA hospitals is to expose them to public pressure for change. To that end, he announced the creation of a new website that will eventually compare every VA hospital’s performance with that of nearby public hospitals, and also provide reports on how long it takes to get service.
The Register-Herald: Veterans may access VA center wait times online. The Department of Veterans Affairs is increasing transparency by launching a new online tool for veterans to get information on wait times and quality of care. The Access and Quality Tool is an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand way of accessing data, giving veterans more information about services and holding VA medical centers accountable, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs press release.
Times Herald-Record: Local Vet urges changes in Department of Veterans Affairs on foreclosures. Any day now, DJ Gonzalez will be escorted out of his home, and the doors will be locked behind him. Gonzalez, a 62-year-old Vietnam War veteran, is on the verge of homelessness, due to a string of circumstances that could befall anyone: divorce, health problems and tight finances.
Healthcare Informatics: VA Considering Software-as-a-Service Model for VistA HER System. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued two requests for information (RFI) this week related to potentially replacing or enhancing its aging electronic health record (EHR) system, called the Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) system.
Providence Journal: Congressional bills recognize Cold War service and assist Purple Heart recipients. Congress again is considering a measure that would authorize issuance of a Cold War Service Medal to veterans who served during the tense era when allied Western nations and the Communist Warsaw Pact member nations parried against each other in a seemingly endless display of force and aggressive military policy.
American Legion Post 328, Southfield, Michigan Listing of Current Events in and around the Metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, for the period April 13 – May 23, 2017. http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html Sent in by our fellow Veteran Tim Wirkus. Thanks Tim!
From Ben Buckley, VVA, Chapter 227. Visit to the Vietnam Memorial by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs PTSD Unit, Lyons, NJ. April 19, 2017, Wednesday. Please come and welcome our fellow veterans to Washington, D.C. and the Vietnam Memorial. Their estimated time of arrival is 11:15-11:30 A.M., so please assemble at the snack bar across the street from the Vietnam Memorial by 11:00 A.M.. For additional details…
27th Annual Government Procurement Conference. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. Come join hundreds of small businesses, prime contractors and government agencies looking for new business and partnership opportunities.
See exhibitor and attendee rates. Visit www.fbcinc.com/procurement for more information and updates. The Conference is a national conference fostering business partnerships between the Federal Government, its prime contractors, and small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, veteran-owned, HUBZone, and women-owned businesses. Now in its 27th year, the Government Procurement Conference has become the premier event for small businesses throughout the United States. Participating firms will have the benefit of marketing their products/services to procurement representatives and small business specialists from government agencies. Companies may choose to set up an exhibit table to showcase their capabilities or simply come as an attendee. The conference also includes educational conference sessions, procurement matchmaking, and a dynamic exhibitor showcase.
Down & Dirty – GSA Schedules – A Tactical Guide (Fredericksburg), April 25, 2017, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM. Registration Deadline: 4/25/2017 8:00 AM (EDT) Point of Contact: Susan Ball(540) 654-1096, Center: Virginia PTAP – Central Virginia Fee: $75.00 Registration Policies Location: 1125 Jefferson Davis Hwy Suite 400, Fredericksburg VA 22401-8447 Description: This hands-on workshop will provide assistance to companies who already meet the basic requirements of the GSA Schedule. The Administrative, Technical and Pricing Sections will be discussed and direction will be provided on how to complete these Sections and the additional complex GSA forms. A best practices time-line for project managing your proposal will be provided. Participants will learn how to complete the GSA proposal in a timely fashion while being competitive and compliant. Time will be allotted for Q&A throughout the workshop. For more info and to register: https://vaptap.ecenterdirect.com/events/1900
Virginia Veteran Entrepreneurship Study Public Form to be Held April 27, 2017, GMU, Fairfax. The Virginia Department of Veterans Services/Board of Veterans Services Veteran Entrepreneurship Working Group cordially invites you to a Virginia Veteran Entrepreneurship Study Public Forum at George Mason University, Hub Ball Room, 10400 York River Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 on April 27th from 9-11:30am. Who Should Attend? Veteran entrepreneurs, University faculty & staff / student veterans,local incubators & accelerators, SBDC / VBOC / Chamber members / EDA / legislators. Questions? Contact Veteran Entrepreneurship Working Group Chairman Nick Kesler at nick.kesler@firstname.lastname@example.org Full details may be obtained in the attached flyer. Register here
The Officers and Members of Chapter XI, Special Forces Association Cordially invite you to attend the Regimental Birthday Reception, Dinner and Dance Honoring Veterans of Project Hotfoot and Operation White Star Laos 1958. Friday evening, May 5, 2017. For details and to register…..
PTAP (VPTAP) & Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Small Business Subcontracting Training and Networking Outreach Event – May 18, 2017. For more information please go here…… If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Myra Morgan, Defense Logistics Agency, Office of Small Business Programs (DB)at email@example.com or 703-767-3653.
NAVAL DISTRICT WASHINGTON, Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor Inaugural Scocial, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda MD, May 23, 2017. For details please go here…. For additional information, please contact Mr. Gary Simpson, USMC (Ret), Transition Care Coordinator, United States Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor, Walter Reed national Military Medical Center, Bethesda MD 301-400-0576, Gary.J.Simpson.firstname.lastname@example.org
National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) VETS-17, June 12 – 14, 2017, Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk VA. A great Business Development Conference created by Veterans for Veterans. Early Bird registration is now through March 31st. Pay now, save now! The Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, Virginia always sells out quickly. NSSBC does not have other hotels contracted, so if you want the convenience of staying at the Riverside Marriott, please consider booking ASAP. Go here for more scoop and to register: http://www.veterantrainingsymposium.com/Hope to see you folks there!
2017 Virginia Women Veterans Summit, June 22 – 23, 2017, Chesapeake, VA. This event brings together Veterans, employers, community leaders and government agencies from federal, state, and local levels to raise awareness about the services and benefits offered specifically for women veterans through expert presenters, panel discussion and exhibits. The conference will feature speakers such as Dorothy McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia (Invited) and Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016, U.S. Army Reserve Captain and more! The Virginia Department of Veterans Services encourages women veterans who have, currently are, or will be transitioning into civilian life to register for this event. If you do not meet this qualification, kindly respect those who do by not registering for this event. Registration for this event is required. For details and to sign up, go here…
Mount Vernon Celebrates Purple Heart Day – Monday, August 7, 2017. You are cordially invited to celebrate National Purple Heart Day at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. It is our honor to have you join us as we commemorate the oldest military decoration in the United States at the beloved home of its founder. Here is information you might find helpful in planning your visit. http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2313d2141f19dbc004908589e&id=04795fbcf8&e=
14th Annual Elite SDVOB National Conference, August 16 – 18, 2017, Orlando, FL. Convention website here: http://www.sdvobconference.com/ Go here for Hotel Information and Reservations: