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A Variety of Veterans News from a Variety of Sources
VA Study Aims To Help Paralyzed Veterans To Walk Again: One of the incredible things about working at a VA facility is seeing the incredible progress that our Veterans make as they recover from various illnesses and injuries. We’ve seen thousands of Veterans cured of prostate cancer and Hepatitis C. We’ve seen others come into the facility in a wheelchair with two broken legs and later walk out of the building under their own power. It’s a powerful thing to be able to see these stories happen before our eyes.
Stars and Stripes Trump tosses Obama’s ‘clean’ energy plan, embraces coal. Declaring “the start of a new era” in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs.
National Defense Trump Presidency Improves Prospects for Base Closures. Lawmakers have repeatedly refused to authorize another round of U.S. military base realignment and closure, known as BRAC, despite pleas from Pentagon leaders. But that could change now that President Donald Trump is in office, according to defense analysts.
Wall Street Journal U.S. Boosts Military Backing for Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen. The Trump administration has significantly increased military support for Sunni Arab states fighting al Qaeda and Iranian-backed militias in Yemen, said U.S. and Arab officials, drawing the U.S. deeper into the two-year civil war there.
Military Times Lawmaker: Military has ‘a cultural problem of abuse’. The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee says the recent nude photo-sharing scandal in the Marine Corps is just one part of a widespread cultural problem through the military that needs immediate attention.
Voice of America Maria Daume, New Female Marine Infantry Member. Meet Marine PFC Maria Daume, the first female Marine to join the infantry through the traditional entry-level training process that was previously unavailable to women, speaking to VOA in her first interview since completing the School of Infantry.
Military.com Here’s Why DoD Schools Are Running Out of Paper and Supplies. In early March, our military base’s elementary school ran out of paper. There are still three months left in the school year, but the teachers had no paper to print out homework, classroom activities or tests. The school was waiting for a final shipment to arrive, but the budget did not allow for any more paper to be purchased for the school year.
Washington Technology: Inside VA’s island of budget stability. Over the last five years, few non-defense agencies have been subjected to as much scrutiny as the Department of Veterans Affairs. Its problems – from claims backlogs to inadequate health care access for veterans, to high-profile cybersecurity incidents – have been well documented. However, in more recent years, the department has successfully rolled out many changes that have addressed its material weaknesses and challenges. It’s also created plenty of opportunity along the way.
NPR (Video): Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts to Control His Own Arm and Hand. A paralyzed man has regained the use of his arm and hand using a system that decodes his thoughts and controls his muscles. “I thought about moving my arm and I could move it,” says Bill Kochevar, 56. “I ate a pretzel, I drank water,” he says in a video produced by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
WEAR (ABC-3): Blinded Veterans Find Friendship and Purpose in Local Support Group. There are more than 300 blinded veterans in our area, yet only 54 are members of the local chapter of the Blinded Veterans Association. Fewer still attend their outings and monthly support groups. Florida Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed Tuesday, March 28 Blinded Veterans Day.
WJXT (TV-4): New study compares PTSD in Veterans to active duty service members. In a first-of-its-kind study on symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, where veterans and active-duty service members are compared, the results are being called a “major breakthrough” for better understanding the disorder, where the results can be used to improve the health needs of veterans and active duty, relative to their experiences in the service.
The Times-Tribune: New VA rule true lifesaver. Veterans are about 9 percent of the nation’s population but account for 18 percent of its suicides, a stunningly tragic toll of about 20 a day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. About 70 percent of the victims are outside the veterans’ health care system, according to the department.
WLUC (NBC-6): She Has Served Too; VA provides comprehensive care to Women Veterans. The fastest growing population group in the military today is women who currently comprise 14.5 percent of active duty personnel and 18 percent of National Guard and Reserves. Correspondingly, the face of VA healthcare is changing. Younger female Veterans are using VA services more frequently, including for maternity care, and having service connected disabilities, while older ones are using VA services for menopausal needs, geriatric care, and extended inpatient stays.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: GI Bill & schools: Benefiting at Vets’ expense. Administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill’s educational benefits can help both veterans and schools that prepare them for successful civilian careers. But too often — especially when for-profit schools are involved — schools seem to benefit at veterans’ expense.
DoDLive: Vet’s Post –Army Career Highlights Resilience of Female Vets. Female veterans aren’t always recognized like their male counterparts are, in civilian society or when they’re looking for the help they’ve earned. ”We hear about women going into [Veterans Affairs hospitals], and male veteran patients assume they’re just wives or daughters or sisters of veterans instead of being the veterans themselves,” said Kayla Williams, the director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Women Veterans. “
The Wall Street Journal: Hiring Veterans is Easy, Keeping Them is Hard – Companies Launch Programs to Help. After a collective push to hire more than a million U.S. military veterans in recent years, business is wrestling with a new challenge: holding on to them. Hiring initiatives by Verizon Communications Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Union Pacific Corp. and hundreds of other companies have helped cut unemployment among younger veterans—in the double digits six years ago—to close to the 4.7% national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
ABC News (AP): Military digging up WWII battle remains from Hawaii cemetery. Military and Veterans Affairs officials are digging up the remains of 94 unidentified Marines and sailors killed on a remote atoll in the Pacific during one of World War II’s bloodiest battles. The servicemen were killed in the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 and buried as unknowns at a national cemetery in Honolulu after the war.
Fifth Domain VA wants info on vets offering cybersecurity services. The Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the availability of verified service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses and veteran-owned small businesses that are capable of providing enterprise network defense support services to the VA-Network Security Operations Center (which may soon be renamed to the Cyber Security Operations Center).
KFVS (CBS-12): Marion VA Medical Center to host ‘Run as One’ 5K. The Marion VA Medical Center wants to raise awareness of Veteran suicides and PTSD, so they’re hosting a free 5K. It will take place at the Marion VA Medical center on Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. The Marion location is one of nearly 200 locations around the world taking part in the event.
Stars and Stripes: Advocates say the time is right for a War on Terror memorial. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial has long been the inspiration for Andrew Brennan to establish a national memorial to honor the men and women who served in the ongoing Global War on Terror, which he envisions as a place for veterans to gather and remember their friends and for others to learn about the war’s costs.
USA Today: Trump taps Kushner to lead new White House Office of American Innovation. Coming off the first major legislative defeat of his presidency, President Trump is trying to turn the page Monday with the creation of a new White House office designed to bring ideas from the private sector into the federal government. The White House Office of American Innovation will be run by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, currently a senior adviser to the president whose portfolio already has included acting as the administration’s point person on Mideast peace.
The New York Times (AP): Trump Crates Office to Bring Business Ideas to Government. President Donald Trump is establishing a new White House office run by his son-in-law that will seek to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector. Trump announced the White House Office of American Innovation in a memo Monday. “The office will focus on implementing policies and scaling proven private-sector models to spur job creation and innovation,” he wrote.
WFED (AM-1500): Agencies used slightly more official time in 2014, OPM says. Bargaining unit employees used slightly more official time in fiscal 2014 compared to two years before, according to a long-awaited report from the Office of Personnel Management. The report, which OPM released Friday, comes as House lawmakers suggest some limitations to its use in some agencies.
The Washington Times (AP): Senators want to expedite Vets’ appeals to the VA. A group of senators including Maine’s Sen. Angus King wants to overhaul the way the federal Department of Veterans Affairs handles appeals. King, an independent, is joining Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Jon Tester of Montana on the legislation. The senators say more than 450,000 appeals are pending before the VA and the system needs updating.
VICE: Indebted: The VA overpaid tens of thousands of Veterans, and now it says they have to give the money back. Every month since June 2009, Tad Steckler has received a disability benefits check from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Steckler retired from the Army at age 40 as a master sergeant with a Soldier’s Medal for heroism, and he’d built a new life on the foundation of his checks. The money covered rent on a three-bedroom home in Nebraska that he shared with his wife and her two daughters and the lease on the family’s Nissan Leaf electric car.
FOX News: What are we doing about the opioid epidemic? If you’ve just come out of surgery or are suffering from chronic pain, you probably appreciate medicine that numbs it, like opioids. Unfortunately, research shows that even medical use of opioids comes with a cost. Each year, millions of Americans become dependent on these addictive drugs, and the number of opioid deaths has quadrupled since the early 2000s.
Advocate-Messenger: Veteran has freedom to roam once more thanks to Wheelchair-accessible van. A Danville military veteran Gary Young, his new wheelchair-accessible van has given him a whole lot more freedom. It took four years of trying, but Young recently received a van through the Veterans Administration that is modified so he can drive and equipped with a ramp. “It was a long-time coming,” Young said. “It probably gives a lot of people hope.”
ABC News (AP): Veteran homelessness: Trump’s budget could hurt efforts. The push to end homelessness among veterans would suffer without the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which is up for elimination under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, nonprofits and local officials say. The council coordinates the efforts of 19 federal agencies that play a role in preventing and ending homelessness among all Americans.
Hawaii Tribune-Herald: Big Island Veterans Treatment court celebrates fourth graduation. Nolan Remmers stood in front of about 20 people, placed an army-pattered bush hat on his head and flipped a red, white and blue graduation tassel to the left. Remmers was graduating from Big Island Veterans Treatment Court — the first in the Hilo court and the fourth in the entire program.
WFED (AM-1500): #FedFeed – VA shares personal stories for Medal of Honor Day. Welcome to the #FedFeed, a weekly collection of federal ephemera gathered from social media and presented for your enjoyment. March 25 was National Medal of Honor Day, a holiday specifically designated to commemorate Medal of Honor recipients. The Department of Veterans Affairs took the opportunity to share the personal stories of some Medal of Honor recipients and their families.
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: