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Defense and Export-Import Update for April 3, 2017. Especially for You Veterans that are interested in the Export-Import Business. Provided by Gary Stanley, President Global Legal Services, PC.
A Variety of Veterans News from a Variety of Sources
If you haven’t seen it yet, please check out the latest episode of “The American Veteran,” VA’s monthly half-hour news magazine. Backed by “stirring music, creative graphics and solid writing, ‘The American Veteran’ tells compelling stories of real-life Veterans who have taken advantage of the many and varied benefits and services available to them as a result of their military service”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yveW_4vFboM.
Marine Corps Times Marines are once again ‘The Few, The Proud’. Don’t call it a comeback: It’s been here for years. The Marine Corps’ latest recruiting commercial ends with the iconic tagline, “The Few, The Proud,” which was supposed to be on hiatus.
DCMilitary.com (Pentagram): Secretary of Veterans Affairs hosts digital town hall on ‘modernizing’ health system. On Feb. 24 Dr. David J. Shulkin, the ninth Secretary of Veterans Affairs who previously served as the Under Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was flanked by members of his leadership team, including Scott Blackburn, acting Deputy Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Ronald Walters, acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs.
The Washington Times (AP): Shulkin to visit Veterans hospital in Delaware. U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin is traveling to Delaware to visit the VA Medical Center in Wilmington. Shulkin is scheduled to join Sen. Tom Carper on Monday to meet with members of Delaware’s veterans community and to hold a roundtable discussion.
Government Executive: Trump Begins Naming Lower Level Management Nominees. President Trump on Thursday nominated two more appointees to serve in his administration, one as a top ranking Veterans Affairs Department official and another to head Customs and Border Protection. Trump put forward more than two dozen names in March to serve in deputy, assistant and undersecretary roles, as well as leaders at the component agency level.
Military Times: VFW survey: Fix VA services instead of outsourcing them. An overwhelming number of Veterans of Foreign Wars members prefer fixing Veterans Affairs medical services to establishing a new private-care based health system for them, according to a new survey released this week by the group. The poll, which collected responses from nearly 11,000 veterans last fall, also found significant improvements in VA care in recent years.
PBS Newshour (Video): Is there a connection between PTSD and combat blast exposure? As a combat photographer in the army, Jacob Fadley spent time close to heart-thumping blasts, yet he came home without a scratch — at least on the outside. In part three of our series War on the Brain, special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports on how talks to a neuropathologist who is studying the brains of people who suffered traumatic brain injuries and the possible connection to PTSD.
PBS Newshour (Video): Can science make diagnosing PTSD less of an ordeal? Researchers around the country are trying to nail down a more specific diagnosis of PTSD through the use of an array of methods, from genetic testing to MRIs. In part two of our series War on the Brain, special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports on the difficulties patients can face when physicians struggle to accurately identify their condition.
New Haven Register: Editorial: Female Veterans finally getting the attention they deserve. The VA Connecticut Healthcare System is taking additional steps to help female veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome after a national study — Barriers to Care for Women Veterans — showed PTSD is the leading diagnosis for female veterans but many were not being treated for it.
Military Times (Video): Advocates launch new campaign to highlight ‘badass’ women Vets. Got Your 6’s newest public service campaign wants to remind Americans that military women aren’t just a key part of America’s fighting force. They’re also badass. The #ShesBadass campaign, launched on the last day of Women’s History Month, includes stories of women veterans discussing their service, post-military life and challenges.
The Day: Study explores possible link between hormones and PTSD in soldiers. A study released early last month suggests there might be a link between hormone levels and the risk for post-traumatic stress disorder. The new findings by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are part of the Texas Combat PTSD Risk Project, which aims to identify biological, psychological and environmental vulnerability factors that predict the emergence of PTSD.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: License suspended by medical board. A state board has suspended a Fayetteville doctor’s medical license after a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs investigation found that he diverted prescription pain medication for his own use. In the March 9 order suspending Chet Crawford’s license, the Arkansas State Medical Board said it had been notified that the VA had terminated Crawford’s medical privileges and medical staff membership at agency medical facilities amid an investigation into prescription drug diversion.
KBAK (CBS-29, Video): Report: Veterans using benefits at record rates. This three-minute video covers a new report showing that veterans are using earned benefits at record rates. Curt Coy, the deputy under secretary for economic opportunity at the Veterans Benefits Administration, spoke with Eyewitness News about how veterans can make the most of available benefits.
Corvallis Gazette-Times: Advocates push to restore military benefits. Organizations representing members of the National Guard and Reserve are mobilizing to prod Congress into restoring benefits for active duty deployments that have been denied under a new legal authority quietly implemented several years ago by the Pentagon.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Commentary: Honor next great generation with GI Bill for civilian service. I hope the latest edition of Brokaw’s work is making rounds among the domestic policy advisers in the Trump administration. One important thing it points out is how the “greatest investment in higher education that any society ever made” came in the form of the benefits delivered to veterans of World War II by the G.I. Bill. That “greatest investment” would turn out to be a self-financing program.
The Orange County Register (Video): How these shipping containers converted to housing have affected homeless Veterans so far. Last fall, right around the time Dean Harrell rolled a sleeping bag on the hard ground of the newly opened Courtyard homeless shelter in Santa Ana, a crane was dropping shipping containers into place on a dirt lot in Midway City. There’s no way Harrell could have known it then, but he was destined to live in those steel boxes.
The Huffington Post (Video): Homeless Women Veterans Struggle to Be Seen. There are more than two million women veterans in the U.S. today, and women veterans who are homeless are the fastest-growing group of veteran homeless. Yet if you ask the average American — even the average veteran — to describe a homeless veteran, you’ll quickly hear an almost universal description.
The Herald-Dispatch: Disabled WV Vet Honored at Colorado Ski Clinic. After finally seeking help at the Huntington VA Medical Center in 2012, Greathouse’s life began to turn around. He attended a National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass, Colorado, that same year. The nationwide clinic instructs winter sports to disabled veterans by teaching them how to adapt to their specific disability.
Livestock Conservancy Group to Hold Veteran Workshop, April 7–8, 2017, Lexington, VA. The Livestock Conservancy Group will be hosting a veteran workshop entitled From Service to Stewardship on Friday April 7th and Saturday April 8th at the Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road, Lexington, VA 24450. The workshop will focus on farming with heritage breeds of livestock and poultry. For additional details, please see the flyer here… Questions? Contact the Livestock Conservancy Group at 919-542-5704 or email email@example.com Sent in by Ms. Tina Parlett-Calhoun, Director of Communication, Virginia Department of Veterans Services.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.email@example.com
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…
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: