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Defense News Trump budget to cut Foreign Military Financing, with loan option looming. The State Department is expected to take a significant cut in Foreign Military Financing under the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget request, but Congress has quietly introduced legislation that could slow a planned move to switch some funding to a loan program.
Defense News 5 key points in Thornberry’s next wave of defense acquisition reforms. As with the past two years’ of acquisition reform bills, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, is expected to announce a draft bill — on May 18, 2017 — for a month of feedback before it’s added to the House version of the annual defense policy bill for 2018.
Defense News It’s ‘getting real’: Special Ops Iron Man suit takes shape. The informally named “Iron Man” suit that U.S. Special Operations has been developing will start to come together over the next 18 months with a first prototype expected to be fully built by the end of 2018.
Marine Corps Times New concerns that lower fitness standards fuel disrespect for women. The Marine Corps’ longstanding tradition of having two-tiered fitness requirements for men and women aims to ensure fairness, but a growing chorus of critics say it creates a double standard and implies that female Marines are not as physically capable as men.
Military Times: Senate’s first female war Vet looks for bipartisan victories. Sen. Joni Ernst arrived on Capitol Hill in 2015 best known for a pun-filled campaign commercial where she promised to “cut pork” like she did castrating hogs on her family’s Iowa farm and “make ‘em squeal” when it came to sparring with Washington insiders.
Newsmax: Sec. David Shulkin: VA Leaders Did Not Feel They Could Complain. There is plenty of blame to go around when it comes to the problems and scandals faced by the Department of Veterans Affairs in recent years, but the Trump administration is committed to making the VA “a place all of us are proud of,” VA Secretary David Shulkin said Friday.
University of Cincinnati: Veterans Affairs Secretary Urges Med Graduates to Put Principles First. The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine awarded medical degrees to 159 graduates at the 2017 Honors Day ceremony, Saturday, May 20, at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in downtown Cincinnati. U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, MD, delivered a keynote address for graduates and their families.
MSNBC (Video): Secretary David Shulkin On Morning Joe. Secretary David Shulkin speaks with a panel on Morning Joe in this six-minute interview. He says VA is in critical condition but moving towards stable, wait-time data is now public, and all VAs have same-day access. He also expresses the need to eliminate red tape, improve best practices, and expand mental health to reduce suicide.
The Fayetteville Observer: Army, VA open joint clinic in Fayetteville. Womack Army Medical Center and the Fayetteville VA have opened a joint venture in Fayetteville – a rehabilitative clinic that will serve the growing service member and veteran population. The Fayetteville Rehabilitation Clinic at 4101 Raeford Road, Suite 100-B, began seeing patients on May 16, officials said. A ribbon cutting will be held next month.
Stars and Stripes: Feuding Veterans Groups Find Agreement on Four Proposed Changes to the GI Bill. After their public disagreement stalled a congressional hearing last month, 35 veterans groups came together Thursday in Washington to reach some consensus on changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill and restart their activity on Capitol Hill.
The Washington Times (AP): Times Square driver says he tried to get mental help. A man accused of mowing down pedestrians in Times Square, killing a teenage Michigan tourist and injuring 22 others, said he had been trying to get psychiatric help. In a jailhouse interview on Saturday, Richard Rojas told the New York Post (http://nyp.st/2rDrfDD ) that he recently spoke to a mental health counselor at a local veteran’s center but they never got back to him.
The Vindicator: Veterans march for awareness of issues. Traffic was brought to a halt here Saturday as military veterans and supporters unified to raise awareness that change is needed to support and to save the lives of our nation’s vets. On this year’s Armed Forces Day, the village hosted Veterans March On: America, a nationwide movement to promote awareness of issues many veterans face.
Politico Magazine: American Legion to Trump: Allow marijuana research for Vets. One of the nation’s most conservative veterans’ groups is appealing to President Donald Trump to reclassify marijuana to allow large-scale research into whether cannabis can help troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The change sought by The American Legion would conflict with the strongly anti-marijuana positions of some administration leaders, most vocally Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
KIRO (CBS-7): The VA refuses to endorse solution for new PTSD treatment. More than half a million Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some suffer severe depression and anxiety. But a Vancouver, Washington, company has started selling capsules made with oil and herbs to treat those symptoms in a more natural way than prescription drugs, with marijuana.
FedScoop: Veterans Affairs awards $19.6M for mobile scheduling system. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Wednesday the award of a $19.6 million contract for a mobile-friendly patient self-scheduling application. Document Storage Systems won the award April 14 to provide its commercial off-the-shelf ForSite2020 scheduling software, which will allow veterans to schedule appointments on a computer or mobile device.
Connecticut Post: State Senate recognizes Word War II nurses Veterans. The state Senate last week passed a resolution that recognizes women in the Cadet Nurse Corps. during World War II as veterans and urges Congress to do the same. “Today we value and appreciate the women who serve in our military,” said state Sen. Ed Gomes, D-Bridgeport and vice-chair of the Veteran Affairs Committee.
WUNC (NPR-91.5, Audio): Homeless Female Veterans: Undercounted and Underserved. A growing number of homeless veterans are women. But there are few places that specialize in helping them get back on their feet. The federal government estimates that on any given night, 3,000 to 4,000 female veterans are homeless. But that estimate is probably on the low side, according to Sara Scoco, who directs the Women’s Program of the nonprofit group Soldier On.
KRGV (ABC-5, Video): Database Created to Record Fallen Heroes Buried at Edinburg Cemetery. All the lives of veterans laid to rest at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery are finally being recorded. Volunteers teamed up to track, document and create a database that pinpoints the history and location of veterans buried. Service members buried at the cemetery were overlooked for decades.
Philadelphia Inquirer: A military cemetery whose African American history is hidden in plain sight. On holidays set aside to honor America’s veterans, Philadelphia National Cemetery is like most other military burial grounds, a field of white gravestones and Old Glorys, echoing with patriotic speeches and solemn bugle calls. When the ceremonies are over, though, those 13 hallowed acres tucked away in West Oak Lane are trod mostly by groundskeepers.
The Washington Times (AP): US refuses to add sailors’ names to Vietnam Memorial. The Pentagon has refused a long-standing request to add the names of 74 U.S. sailors who died in a 1969 ship collision to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The USS Frank E. Evans was participating in a nighttime training exercise in the South China Sea when it turned into the path of an Australian aircraft carrier and was split in half.
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 May 18 – June 3, 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.
The General Assembly Military & Veterans Caucus and the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) cordially invite you to a public information meeting on the planned Puller Veterans Care Center, Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 7-9pm. The meeting will be held at the Manassas City Council Chambers, 9027 Center Street, Manassas, VA 20110. The meeting will focus on the design and construction of the planned Puller Veterans Care Center, which will be built at Vint Hill on the border of Fauquier and Prince William Counties. This event includes briefings and a Q & A period. Representatives from the VDVS Manassas Benefits office and the Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program will also be on hand to provide information on veterans benefits and programs. Questions? For more information, review the attached event flyer or contact Legislative Aide Mr. Tommy Herbert at Tommy.DelegateAnderson@gmail.com or 571-264-9983. More info here….
Veterans History Project Panel Discussion: VHP and National Institute of Corrections Explore – The Effects of PTSD on Crime and Recidivism. At Noon on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, a panel will speak on the effects of PTSD on veterans and how the Veterans Treatment Courts (VTC) support those who have run afoul of the law by proving appropriate treatment. The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress will host a panel discussion on the effects of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the veteran community. For details and to register, go here…..
GOVCONECTX Doing Business with DoD Spring Showcase – Thursday May 25, 2017, 6633 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church VA, 22042 at the Best Western. There is a Cost. This particular event is Military intensive. Meet with key representatives from the United States Army, Navy, Air Force and DOD. Keynote Speaker: VADM Lou Crenshaw USN (Ret.), Crenshaw Consulting Associates. For Veterans, use the Coupon Code “Vet” and take $100.00 off the cost. For additional details and to sign up, go here….
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…
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: