Veterans News & Events as of May 9th 2017 | Hire Our Heroes
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A Variety of Veterans News from a Variety of Sources
These 6 Tools Can Help You Manage Your Mental Health. Mental health is an important part of our overall wellness. Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) offers many tools for helping you keep yours in good shape. Whether you are looking to improve your own mental health, or find tools to help your spouse or children, DCoE has a resource ready to help.
Stars and Stripes As Afghan stalemate grinds on, Trump mulls additional troops. Afghan soldiers are suffering what Pentagon auditors call “shockingly high” battlefield casualties, and prospects are narrowing for a negotiated peace settlement with the Taliban. The insurgents may have failed to capture and hold a major city, but they are controlling or influencing ever more territory.
Stars and Stripes Judge moves Bergdahl trial to October. The military judge overseeing the court-martial of accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl set an October trial date for the case during a hearing Friday at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
KENS (CBS-5, Video): Unknown number of deported war Veterans continue to fight for citizenship. Many brave men and women fought for our country, but for a select group of soldiers, freedom was promised in the form of citizenship. This is the story of two U.S. military veterans who, even after serving decades ago, continue to fight for citizenship. Nuevo Progreso is a small, vibrant town on the Mexican side of the border.
Military.com: Lawmakers Battle Over Whether New Health Care Bill Hurts Vets. A partisan fight broke out in the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Friday over whether the new health care bill proposal to replace Obamacare would help or hurt vets. The Republican chairman of the committee, Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee, vehemently said the proposed bill, called the American Health Care Act, wouldn’t hurt veterans. Democrats just as vehemently said it would.
Military Times: Shulkin: New health care bill could send more Vets to VA for care. The controversial new health care bill passed by House Republicans Thursday could send veterans from private insurance plans into the Veterans Affairs medical system, the department’s secretary said. “Depending upon whatever ultimately comes out of the work being done and passed (by Congress), we’re going to take a look at that. But it could result in additional veterans seeking care in the VA system,” David Shulkin said during an interview…
WWMT (CBS-3, Video): One on one with Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. Earlier this week, Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said his department is looking to close more than 1,100 VA facilities. Closure locations have not been announced, but Shulkin says this would allow more veterans to receive medical care in the private sector and it falls in line with his overall plan to help vets in West Michigan and across the country.
The Hill: Excellence in serving our Veterans should always come before protecting bureaucracy. One of my colleagues said it best when he described our nation’s veterans as those “who gave up their today so we could have our tomorrow.” Unfortunately, the men and women who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and security are consistently not receiving the care and service commensurate with their commitment.
Healthcare IT News: VA may close 1,100 facilities to privatize more Veterans healthcare – Vacant and underutilized building cost $25 million each year to run, and closing these sites will let the VA reinvest in facilities with capital needs, Secretary Davids Shulkin says. The Department of Veterans Affairs is considering closing over 1,165 of its facilities as part of its plans to let more veterans receive medical care in the private sector, VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, told U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday.
ABC News (AP): Veterans Affairs Secretary helps dedicate Rhodes Island Home. U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin helped dedicate a new home designed to provide nursing and residential care for the state’s veterans on Friday, saying it sets the standard for the way the nation should be caring for veterans. “Nothing is too good for them,” he said at the new Rhode Island Veterans Home. The Arizona
Republic (Video): Viewpoints: 5 signs the VA crisis is improving. Viewpoints: There are 5 reasons to be optimistic about how veterans are being treated, including here in Phoenix. Three years ago, a crisis in VA health care erupted in Phoenix. Veterans were being forced to wait too long for VA care, putting their health and even lives at risk. Sadly, some VA employees tried to hide the problems rather than solving them.
Muskogee Phoenix: VA medical center offers services for military sexual trauma. Melody Banneck is a survivor of military sexual assault, and she’s using counseling services provided by the local veterans medical center to confront and overcome her demons. As part of her recovery, Banneck participated in the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center’s military sexual trauma art display recently in the center’s auditorium.
PsyPost: Health-promoting behaviors may buffer against suicide in Veterans with PTSD. (6 May, Eric W. Dolan, 387k online visitors/mo) Everyday behaviors to improve health could be a key part of reducing suicide among veterans. New research suggests that health-promoting behaviors are important for reducing suicidal ideation among veterans with high levels of PTSD symptoms.
The Boston Globe: Unorthodox Northampton program helps Veterans with drug problems. Army veteran Mark Pritchard, a recovering heroin addict, failed two drug tests early in his 15 months at the Soldier On residential program for homeless veterans here. Each failed test sent him back to prison for a short time. And each return to Soldier On, he said, brought him close again to easily available heroin both on and off the grounds.
Muskogee Phoenix: The People Speak: Life saves by top-notch care at VA hospital. We often read negative press regarding the VA medical system. We hear of vets denied life-saving tests until wives become widows. We mention our VA treatment and see raised eyebrows. We read their mind, “Don’t you have insurance? Can’t you afford better?” As a veteran whose life was saved by a top-notch medical center, excellent cardiologists and state-of-the-art equipment at Jack C. Montgomery VAMC, I say there is no better medical care anywhere.
The Kansas City Star: Government puts up unusual fight for VA in sex abuse lawsuits, attorney says. Lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by a former health care provider at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Leavenworth are piling up and an attorney for many of the plaintiffs said the federal government is putting up an unusual fight against the suits given the circumstances. “They are definitely fighting hard on behalf of the VA,” said Dan Curry.
The Progress-Index: Editorial: Soldiers can now rest in dignity in restored cemetery. After years of planning and work, a historic wrong has been righted. The Poplar Grove National Cemetery, the final resting place for thousands of Union soldiers, reopened recently after more than a year of restoration work. Poplar Grove National Cemetery was created in 1866 and became the final resting place for over 6,200 Union soldiers, most of whom were killed or died during the nearly 10-month Siege of Petersburg.
Insights Samsung: Winter Sports Clinic: A New Reality for Disabled Veterans. Military veterans find many different paths to renewal. For quadruple amputee David Riley, it took a week on the ski slopes to get his life back on track. A veteran of both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Coast Guard, Riley lost his arms and legs to an infection. He went on to earn a degree in computer science but had no love for the work. “The missing component was adrenaline,” he said.
WLOX (ABC-13, Video): Volunteers prepare for National Veterans Golden Age Games. Volunteers are preparing for the National Veterans Golden Age Games, an Olympic-style set of games on the Coast. The event is designed to promote healthy living. “They do track and field events, they do shuffleboards, they do pickleball, ping pong, horseshoes. It’s just anything you can think of,” said Biloxi VA Public Affairs Officer, Mary K. Gominger.
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 4 – August 18, 2017.
National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) Wednesday, May 10, 2017, DC Metro Chapter Dinner Meeting. From 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Key Bridge Marriott, Arlington, VA. For more information and to register please go here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-veteran-small-business-coalition-10-may-2017-dc-metro-chapter-dinner-meeting-tickets-33903728966 Register NOW to hear inspirational speaker Jan Scruggs – Vietnam veteran, founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, and the driving force behind the construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, “the Wall”. Jan will share his perspectives in a memorable evening speaking on the topic of: Confidence, Commitment and The Can Do Spirit. Jan Craig Scruggs is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. In 1979 he decided that America’s Veterans deserved national recognition. Three years later the Memorial was built. He sparred with Congress, the media and powerful people determined to end plans for the Memorial. Jan has delighted audiences nationwide for decades as a professional speaker. He has a powerful message to help others overcome adversity with courage, teamwork and creative solutions. Scruggs has appeared on CBS Sixty Minutes, the Today Show, and other national shows.
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
Objective Rally Point (ORP). Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 7:15 AM – 9:00 AM, Army-Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. You are invited to join us for our monthly Veteran networking breakfast on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. ORP is a forum for military Veterans in business and those who support them, or wish to team with them, to meet and connect. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to network with other Veterans committed to success in business. Although the focus of ORP is on the connections made between and with Veterans, we do have a presentation each month. This month we have MG Richard Sherlock (USA Ret.) as our guest speaker. MG Sherlock will discuss applying leadership lessons learned in the military to civilian life. It isn’t enough that military service has given Veterans leadership ability if those skills cannot be translated into the civilian market. MG Sherlock will also discuss his experience transitioning to leading two large non-profits and provide insight into what to look for when supporting a Veteran focused non-profit. Cost is $35.00. For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/objective-rally-point-may-2017-tickets-34359887348
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: