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Defense and Export-Import Update for February 13, 2017. Especially for You Veterans that are interested in the Export-Import Business. Provided to us by Gary Stanley, President Global Legal Services, PC. Read here…..
Roe Statement on House Passage of Veterans Legislation. Washington, D.C. — Monday, February 13, 2017. Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after four bills to boost veteran employment, honor our nation’s heroes and improve veterans’ experience with VA’s claims process passed the House of Representatives with broad, bipartisan support: Read more…
A Variety of Veterans News from a Variety of Sources
MyVA – Putting Veterans First: VA is undergoing a radical transformation to improve our relationship with our Veterans. This relationship is the cornerstone for all the VA does.
Nikkei Asian Review China says opposes N Korean missiles tests that violate UN resolutions. China opposes North Korean missile tests that run contrary to U.N. resolutions, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday after North Korea said it had successfully test-fired a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile the previous day.
Stars and Stripes Official: Russia has deployed missile in violation of treaty . Russia has deployed a cruise missile in violation of a Cold War-era arms control treaty, a Trump administration official said Tuesday, a development that complicates the outlook for U.S.-Russia relations amid turmoil on the White House national security team.
Stars and Stripes NATO to review command structure as alliance defense ministers meet. NATO’s top official said Tuesday that the alliance will review its command structure to ensure it can respond to new threats, a move that comes as President Donald Trump is pressuring allies to increase military spending and adapt to threats such as terrorism.
Foreign Policy Sure the Marine Corps has problems, but Waddell has more courage than answers. I applaud Capt. Waddell for writing this article, and the Marine Corps Gazette for publishing it. Does the Marine Corps at times suffer from self-delusion? Absolutely, as do other services. Military Review published an excellent article in Sept.-Oct. 2013 on the services’ cultural mythology and its consequences. But Capt. Waddell’s analysis is unfortunately off the mark here.
Stars & Stripes Navy’s new USS Tulsa combat ship is christened in Alabama. The U.S. Navy’s new littoral class combat ship the USS Tulsa has been christened.
WOAI (NBC-4, Video): Proposed ‘Wingman Act’ would help Veterans track medical claims. Like so many other veterans, Gomez asked lawmakers for help. It’s a tedious process, says Congressman Lloyd Doggett. “We want to provide a prompt response,” Rep. Doggett told us. “And sometimes, there’s so much red tape, it’s such a big bureaucracy, we’re unable to do that.” The “Wingman Act” would give certified congressional staffers the ability to access the VA database and give veterans immediate answers.
The Hill: Pence swears in VA, Small Business Administration heads. Vice President Pence on Tuesday swore in David Shulkin to lead the Department of Veterans affairs and Linda McMahon as head of the Small Business Administration. “Few duties of the federal government are as important as fulfilling what President Lincoln promised, which is that we as a nation would, quote, ‘Care for him who shall have borne the battle,’ ” Pence said…
WHP (CBS-21, Video): Local PA Veterans react to newly sworn in Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The lone holdover from the Obama Administration among President Trump’s cabinet picks was sworn into his new role Tuesday. David Shulkin has been the VA Undersecretary for Health since 2015. Shulkin seems to have support from both Democrats and Republicans as he moves into a bigger role as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
The Huffington Post: A New Start for the VA. Perhaps the most surprising of President Trump’s cabinet appointments is his choice to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Dr. David Shulkin, who was confirmed unanimously last night, 100-0. Dr. Shulkin has served as undersecretary for health at the VA since he was unanimously confirmed for that position in 2015. Given that President Trump routinely trashed the VA while he was on the campaign trail…
The Washington Post (Federal Insider): Report lists high risks needing government attention. Health care for veterans was added to the list in 2015, and it remains an area needing “substantive attention,” GAO said. The Department of Veterans Affairs developed an action plan to address problems, but GAO found the plan has “overly ambitious deadlines for completion,” and lacks a thorough analysis of the issues, clear metrics to gauge progress and the resources needed for success.
U.S. Medicine: VA Accountability Tops Legislative List in New Congress. House lawmakers wasted no time beginning the 115th Congress last month with legislation addressing VA accountability. Among the first bills passed was one requiring all reprimands and admonishments given to VA employees to remain in their file as long as they are employed by the agency. Currently, an admonishment and reprimand can only stay on an employee’s record for two and three years, respectively.
WTVR (CBS-6): After the war: Female Veterans fight military sexual trauma at home. They leave their families, giving their time, talents and skills to protect others. But when veterans, especially women, come home, there is a battle they often fight alone. “There have been several times where I have gone to a clinic, and waiting in the waiting room, and they call me to be seen, and they say ‘Mr.’ I’m not a mister. I am Ms. Wheeler,” Kenya Wheeler shared.
MeriTalk: VA Decides to Move Forward With Scheduling Enhancements Developed in-House. The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to move forward with a nationwide rollout and test of homegrown improvements to the scheduling component of its electronic health record, MeriTalk learned late Monday. Although a decision had been planned for Feb. 10, VA officials notified Congress of a minor delay until today.
Military.com: VA Disability Claims Backlog Grows Despite Paperless Fix. Officials from the Veterans Affairs Department were pressed Tuesday to explain how the paperless fix to the disability claims process has initially resulted in growing backlogs. The claims backlog stood at about 76,000 last May before the VA solution called the National Work Queue was fully implemented, but the backlog last week was at 101,000 cases, said Rep. Mike Bost…
WFXG (FOX-54): 53 Vietnam Veterans honored at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. 53 Vietnam Veterans were honored today at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. The ceremony recognized these veterans as a part of the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary. The Georgia Department of Veterans Service presented a certificate of honor signed by Governor Deal to publicly recognize and thank the veterans.
WKYC (NBC-3, Video): Cleveland Veterans Affairs’ Medical Center hosts vow renewal ceremony. It was a Valentine’s Day to remember for veterans at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. One after another, 10 couples renewed their wedding vows at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. Veterans shared their “I dos” years after making their first commitment with their significant other. Among the last to renew their vows Tuesday afternoon was Marty Mulholland and his wife, Trish, who have been married for 57 years.
Washington Post Michael Flynn resigns as national security adviser. Michael Flynn, the national security adviser to President Trump, resigned late Monday over revelations about his potentially illegal contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and his misleading statements about the matter to senior Trump administration officials.
Defense News With allies seeking reassurance, Mattis heads to NATO. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will travel to NATO headquarters for the first time next week, a visit that will be closely monitored by allied nations concerned over President Trump’s commitment to the trans-Atlantic strategic partnership.
Marine Corps Times Marines look to update training for high-tech jobs. The Marine Corps’ Training Command is wrestling with questions about how to best train troops in high-tech fields like cyberwarfare while still maintaining traditional standards in fitness and infantry skills.
Defense News US Coast Guard urged to step up requirements. If one California congressman has his way, the US Coast Guard will begin asking for what it needs to grow into a more effective force and begin building a fleet of six Arctic icebreakers.
Military Times: Senate confirms David Shulkin as new VA Secretary. The Senate easily confirmed Dr. David Shulkin as the new Veterans Affairs Secretary on Monday night, making him the first non-veteran ever to serve in the post. Shulkin, who currently serves as the head of VA health programs, was approved by a vote of 100-0. He is expected to be sworn into the Cabinet post on Tuesday. The 57-year-old physician was praised by lawmakers from both parties and veterans advocates as a leader with inside knowledge of the veterans bureaucracy…
The Washington Post: Shulkin unanimously confirmed to head Veterans Affairs. David J. Shulkin, an internist and longtime health administrator, was unanimously confirmed Monday to lead the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, becoming the first of President Trump’s Cabinet picks to be embraced by all Republicans and Democrats. He is the sole holdover from the Obama administration. No senators dissented on Shulkin’s nomination in a rare show of bipartisanship following contentious battles over other Trump Cabinet selections.
The Wall Street Journal: David Shulkin Confirmed as Secretary of Veterans Affairs in Unanimous Vote. In a unanimous vote, the Senate on Monday night confirmed Dr. David Shulkin to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Shulkin, who has been in charge of the VA’s health-care system, will be the first nonveteran to head the sprawling department. He was confirmed in a 100-0 vote, marking a rare moment of Senate bipartisanship.
USA Today: Senate confirms David Shulkin as Veterans Affairs Secretary. The Senate unanimously confirmed Trump nominee David Shulkin to be secretary of Veterans Affairs Monday night. Shulkin, the lone holdover from the Obama administration among President Trump’s Cabinet picks, has been the VA undersecretary for health since July 2015 and has not drawn the harsh opposition from Democrats that other Trump nominees have faced.
The Hill: Shulkin confirmed to lead Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Senators praised Shulkin from the Senate floor ahead of the vote. “Although progress has been made in recent years there are still changes at the VA we need to address. … I look forward to working with Dr. Shulkin on these matters,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)—the No. 2 Senate Democrat said. “I believe he’s the right person to head the VA today.”
McClatchyDC: For Trump’s VA Secretary, confirmation was easy, now comes the hard part. The Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed David Shulkin to be secretary of Veterans Affairs, with Democrats and Republicans alike praising the 57-year-old physician as the right person to reform the beleaguered agency. “Although progress has been made in recent years there are still changes at the VA we need to address,” Sen Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said…
The Hill: Can the next VA leader break the cycle of corruption? Contrary to many of his counterparts in the Trump Cabinet, Shulkin “cruise[d]” through his confirmation hearing. Ben Kesling, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, even tweeted that it was “like [his hearing] was happening on a different planet” due to the civility shown by Democrats and Republicans, both toward both the nominee and one another. Shulkin is expected to be easily confirmed on Monday. But frustration awaits Shulkin on the other side of his hearing.
The Post and Courier: Keep a close eye on the VA. President Donald Trump campaigned on a 10-point platform to reform the VA and provide needed care to veterans. But he surprised many with his choice of a new Secretary of Veterans Affairs — the man who was already running the most criticized part of the VA, its health system. That alone is a good reason to keep a close eye on how the VA improves under its new leadership.
MDedge (Federal Practitioner): The VA Is Not Just A Hospital, It Is A Community. The residency applicant walking with me through the lobby of the Albuquerque VA hospital on the way to an interview in my office asked me, “Are all VAs like this?” She was referring to the mariachi band that was entertaining veterans, families, and staff and the volunteer who was serving popcorn—for many years a regular feature at our VA. I responded, “No, they are all a little different, but yes, every VA is more than a hospital.”
The Huffington Post: Camaraderie Offsets trauma for Women Veterans. Six women veterans and advocates gather around a conference table in a dingy room tucked away on the second floor of a shabby-but-historic mid-century building on the West Los Angeles campus of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The women are a mix of white and black, younger and older, still-working and presumably retired.
Federal Computer Week: VA moves ahead with homegrown scheduling IT. The Department of Veterans Affairs will go ahead with its proposed test of a homegrown scheduling technology to improve on antiquated computer tools that have been criticized as cumbersome, inaccurate and susceptible to outright fraud. According to a VA source, the agency will go ahead with planned tests of the Vista Scheduling Enhancement, an internally developed Outlook-style interface that gives schedulers a dashboard view of appointments.
The Federalist: A Look Inside A Combat Veteran’s Transition To Civilian Life. At the end of the first week, one of the professors asked how my first week of law school was. “I like Iraq better, I told her. “There, I got to shoot people I didn’t like…” Of course, I was kidding—mostly. Too many veterans face the same situation. They come home from fighting a war that has been all but forgotten. Twenty-two-year-old veterans return stateside from war with the life experience of a 42-year-old.
The Indiana Lawyer: 7th Circuit affirms remand of Veteran’s disability case. An Army National Guard veteran’s disability case is heading back to the Social Security Administration after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday the veteran was not entitled to disability benefits based solely on the disability rating he received from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Muskogee Phoenix: Customers rank National Cemetery Administration first. For the sixth consecutive time, the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration (NCA) was ranked first in customer satisfaction among the nation’s top corporations and federal agencies in an independent survey conducted by the CFI Group utilizing the science of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).
Registration Underway for Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) Mission Healthy Relationship Skills Course, February 17-19, 2017, Charlottesville, Virginia. Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) has space available for its upcoming Mission Healthy Relationship Skills Course to be held February 17-19, in Charlottesville at the Holiday Inn, 1901, Emmet St N. This course serves military veterans and spouses coping with the impact of deployment, military service, post-traumatic stress, operational stress or traumatic brain injury. Full details may be obtained in the attached flyer or clickhere. Questions? Contact Rochelle Clark-Alexander, 540-684-7822 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Submitted by Ms. Tina Parlett-Calhoun, Director of Communications, Virginia Department of Veterans Services, 101 North 14th Street, 17th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219.
Day Full of Unlimited Opportunities with Remarkable Veterans. Thursday, February 23, 2017, 110 S. Union Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA, 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM (followed by reception until 7:30 pm). The Muster DC is a one-day celebration designed to showcase veteran entrepreneurs, empower the D.C. entrepreneurial ecosystem, connect veterans with each other, and foster growth, knowledge, and success. For more details and to register, go here: http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=d907c28bbc61151e5a473deee&id=91eff80ae8&e=36c6058233
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 As Veteran Entrepreneurs (WAVE) 7th Annual Veteran Woman Owned Small Business Seminar – March 16, 2017, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. The Women’s Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery. For additional details and to register: Go here…
2017 Veterans in Business Conference – 12th year. Registration is open for Sponsors, Exhibitors and General Admission. Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7:45am – 3:30pm, Army-Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202 http://www.veteransbusinessconference.org/ Presented by the Veterans Business Outreach Center, Community Business Partnership, A Sponsored Program of the GMU Mason Enterprise Center
Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Spring Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” March 24 – 26, 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.
Disabled Veteran Business Alliance (DVBA) SoCal Construction Expo, Tuesday March 28, 2017 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Socal Construction Expo combines networking, business, information sharing, personal access to government and corporate contracting officials, and success celebration in an action packed one-day event designed for the full range of business owners from novice to experienced entrepreneur. We invite Veteran and Disabled Veteran business owners as well as any veterans separating from the service in the near future who might be thinking about working in, starting a new business or buying a business in the construction industry. For more information and to register go here.
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 email@example.com or 703-767-3653.
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 See you folks there!