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A Variety of Veterans News from a Variety of Sources
Join Us In Observing PTSD Awareness Month. June is PTSD awareness month – a time to share information, rectify common misconceptions, and look toward the future with our PTSD research and Mental Health Services team. People often joke that a neat desk indicates obsessive-compulsive disorder; a wandering mind must mean attention deficit disorder; and, increasingly, a bad experience results in post-traumatic stress disorder. And though these jokes are not made with ill-intention, they reveal a lack of understanding about how post-traumatic stress disorder works and who it affects.
Stars and Stripes Attorney General Sessions next up for Capitol Hill scrutiny. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election.
Defense News US aircraft in Philippines in battle against ISIS. The United States is supporting the Philippine military with manned and unmanned aircraft in its fight to regain control of a city in the country’s south that has been taken over by militants linked to the Islamic State
Politico Palantir goes from Pentagon outsider to Mattis’ inner circle. The Trump era has brought a change of fortune for a Silicon Valley software company founded by presidential adviser Peter Thiel — turning it from a Pentagon outcast to a player with three allies in Defense Secretary James Mattis’ inner circle.
Navy Times MCPON sounds off: His emerging agenda a break from the past. In April, the Navy’s chief petty officer ranks were rocked by scandal, first by allegations of misconduct inside an E-9 selection board that prompted the Navy’s top brass to shut down the board, disband it and reschedule a new panel.
Defense News How to fast-track to an improved Navy. U.S. Marines based out of Norway, another Marine expeditionary unit operating from Sicily. U.S. submarines forward-deployed to Scotland, littoral combat ships in the Mediterranean. Supply ships, fleet oilers and amphibious ships armed with cruise missiles. A third aviation-centered assault ship. More networked connectivity.
Washington Examiner: Rep. Tom Rice proposes nationwide Veteran survey to fix the VA. Some say the Department of Veterans Affairs is still broken three years after the VA wait-time scandal erupted in 2014, while others say the VA has shown dramatic improvement. One lawmaker is proposing a new way to settle the debate: Ask veterans what they think. Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., has proposed the Survey Our Servicemembers Act, which would create an annual survey of veterans who actually use the department, or try to use it, to access healthcare.
Liberty NationPVA Executive Director: VA Greatest Enemy Is Hiding In Plain Sight: Accountability. No service member leaves the military typically hoping that their livelihood will hinge entirely on the integrity of a public servant’s work ethic. Or that the quality measures of VA healthcare will depend on whether the medical facility is under pressure to report favorable numbers. But that’s exactly what’s been happening for years at VA medical facilities across the country. Even after the Phoenix scandal of 2014, and the exposure of Tomah VA’s “Candyman,” drug-stealing hospital employees, and a VA provider caught watching porn while with a patient made headlines, we still find ourselves ensnared in a circular, fruitless conversation on the need for greater accountability in VA. Hopefully, that will change as the …
Lars Larson Show (Audio): Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin Talks VA reform with Lars. Secretary of Veteran Affairs David Shulkin joined Lars today to discuss new VA Reform measures that are in place or in the works, including a next generation Electronic Health Record System and the new House VA reform bill that is expected to pass with bipartisan support next week.
Becker’s Hospital Review: Shulkin to Senate: VA may need 6 months to develop Cerner acquisition, implementation. It may take up to six months for the Department of Veterans Affairs to finalize its plan for obtaining its new EHR system, VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, told a Senate panel at a June 7 hearing, according to FWC.com. Cerner will replace VistA — the VA’s homegrown EHR — as its systemwide EHR, Dr. Shulkin announced June 5.
FEDweek: Vets’ Groups Proposed VA Budget. Veterans’ service organizations are joining to voice opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed $78.9 billion 2018 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The request represents a six-percent increase from the 2017 budget, and includes $3.5 billion for the Veterans Choice Program.
Omaha World-Herald: As wait times creep up at Omaha VA hospital, officials look to new initiative, more hiring for help. VA officials said Friday they hope that a new federal initiative plus more local hiring will stop a trend that has seen more Nebraska and western Iowa veterans waiting longer to see doctors. Two years ago, Department of Veterans Affairs data examined by The World-Herald showed that only one in 278 clients of the VA Medical Center in Omaha had to wait longer than 30 days to see a doctor.
The Washington Post (AP): University partners with Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The University of Delaware and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilmington, have announced a new partnership to help veterans. Officials on Friday officially formalized an agreement aimed at helping rehabilitation research and care for the area’s veterans at the STAR campus in Newark, Delaware. It’s hoped the agreement will enhance clinical services, educate future health care providers and collaborate on research to promote innovation.
KTAL (NBC-6, Video): LSU health science center possible partnership with VA, Possible partnership between LSU and VA. Dr. G.E. Ghali chancellor of LSU health science center says, “well some of our best rotations are at the VA hospital.” Congressman Ralph Abraham a physician and chancellor of LSU health science center Dr. G.E. Ghali want to bring medical students, residents, and fellows to the VA in areas that are under served. Internal medicine. Orthopedics and neurology.
The Washington Post (Morning Mix): Robotics are helping paralyzed people walk again, but the price tag is huge. In 2014, the ReWalk system became the first personal robotic exoskeleton approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The following year, the Department of Veterans Affairs agreed to cover the exoskeletons for qualifying vets. Meanwhile, several companies began touting similar devices.
The Record: Paralyzed dog in a wheelchair was just the thing for Veteran with PTS. Post-traumatic stress made life very difficult for U.S. Army veteran Ginger MacCutcheon. Life became a bit less difficult when a small, paralyzed Chihuahua named Sadie and the Department of Veterans Affairs came into her life. Before finding the wheelchair-using, tiny Sadie in a shelter, the 59-year-old veteran said she traveled a long and lonely road.
Herald and News: PTSD treatment works – the VA has helped me and it can help others. June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder awareness month. I was diagnosed with “Chronic PTSD” June of 2016. I served as a first-responder for near 35 years. To date I have spent 10 months in counseling …Treatment works! Reach out, ask for help or if you know someone in crisis be supportive. The team of providers I have working with me through the VA has helped with my journey.
Newton County Times: A Veteran’s final hours at a VA hospital. The Gary, Texas, resident said she was deeply moved by the care and attention her husband received at the VA. “The love and caring we experienced was above and beyond anything you can imagine,” she observed. “During that week we were on three different floors – the medical ward, the intensive care unit and finally hospice —and everyone was the same on each floor. All the doctors, nurses and staff cared as much about me as they did about C.A.
Commercial-News: Veterans appreciate VA medical center’s efforts. The Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System continues to work on improving the quality of care and troubleshooting when problems do arise — and veterans say they appreciate the efforts. That was the consensus of a handful of veterans who attended a town hall Wednesday afternoon at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 728.
Wellsville Daily Report: Letter: The right care, at the right time. Last week, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin, provided his “State of the VA” address from the White House. He reaffirmed his commitment to America’s heroes and outlined the accomplishments and challenges we face as a VA. At the Bath VA and our four community clinics, our veterans will continue to receive the very best health care available.
WGCL (CBS-46): Red Cross partners with VA to host baby shower for expectant women Veterans. The Atlanta Red Cross Tiffany Circle partnered with the Atlanta VA Medical Center’s Women Veterans Health Committee to host a baby shower for more than 60 expecting women veterans from the metro Atlanta area. According to the Women’s Wellness Program Manager Tasha Felton Williams, “Atlanta has one of the largest military populations in the United States, ranking 5th, and is also home to the largest number of pregnant veterans.”
WFED (AM-1500): VA making progress on student payments, lawmakers still not satisfied. The Department of Veterans Affairs is checking off a list of recommendations to improve the wait time for payments to veterans trying to attend school through the G.I. bill, but lawmakers are still unhappy with the progress. The Post-9/11 GI Bill gives student veterans direct payments for things like housing and books, but tuition is still paid directly to universities.
Fort Campbell Courier: What to do when you disagree with a VA decision. When a veteran receives a VA decision letter, it states that if they disagree with the decision to let VA know. Included is VA Form 21-0958, Notice of Disagreement (NOD), on which to list disagreement specifics. A NOD must be filed within one year of the decision letter.
The Herald-Dispatch: VA pickets say changes will slow down Veterans’ claims. Concern over proposed changes to the rating standards applied to veterans service representatives as they work on veterans’ claims is sparking opposition from the union representing Veterans Administration employees. Members of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 2344 and local veterans hosted an informational picket Friday in front of the VA’s Huntington Regional Benefit Office on 4th Avenue in downtown Huntington.
KPCC (NPR-89.3, Audio): Why so many more homeless Vets in LA? Despite recent gains in the fight to end veteran homelessness, a sharp rise in the numbers living on the streets of Southern California has prompted veterans and advocates to call for more action and to question whether the problems at the root of the crisis are being adequately confronted.
Space Coast Daily: Cape Canaveral National Cemetery Commemorates Flag Day With Avenue of Stars and Stripes. This past week, members of the Deland based Patriot Guard Riders assisted Cape Canaveral National Cemetery staff with displaying the Avenue of Flags in recognition of Flag Day on June 14. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.
Morris Sun Tribune: VFW, Legion Auxiliary members sew for Veterans. The donuts look good but even they can’t tempt the workers away from their tasks until it’s time for a break. These workers are among a steady group of volunteers from the VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary posts in Morris that have been making quilts, laundry bags and tote bags for veterans for at least 30 years.
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 June 8 – 22, 2017. http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html Sent in by our fellow Veteran Tim Wirkus. Thanks Tim!
Federal Business Council, Inc. (FBC) List of remaining Industry Outreach Events for CY 2017.
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
Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair – June 22, 2017, Springfield, VA. You are invited to attend the June 22, 2017, Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair and meet face-to-face with representatives from Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, CSRA, National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Leidos, MillerCoors, New York Life, AECOM, PenFed, Fulcrum IT, YRCI, LMI, and more! For more information and to register for the event, visit www.corporategray.com/jobfairs/385. By pre-registering and uploading your resume, you’ll receive the job fair employer directory in advance, and give the participating companies early access to your credentials. Also, so Flyer here…
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…
Non Commissioned Officers Association Annual Conference – July 11 -14, 2017. The Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, NV. Go here for more information and to register for this event: https://www.ncoaconference.org/
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: