Veterans News | January 26, 2017
Veterans News For Today
A Variety of Veterans News from a Variety of Sources
Voice of America Trump to Meet With Mexican President on Immigration, Trade. The White House says President Donald Trump will meet with Mexican President Enrique Nieto Pena next week for talks on immigration and renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Politico Trump pledges to cut taxes and regulation ‘massively’. President Donald Trump told business leaders visiting the White House on Monday that he will cut taxes and regulation “massively” and asked them to advise him on how to stimulate manufacturing in the U.S.
DefenseOne Trump’s First Budget Could Be A Unique Mix of Severe Cuts and Increased Spending. Now that President Donald J. Trump has been sworn in as the 45th commander-in-chief, his next major task is unveiling a fiscal 2018 budget proposal for federal agencies that reflects his America First vision for the government.
Stars and Stripes: Federal hiring freeze could hurt job-seeking Veterans. A hiring freeze imposed Monday on federal agencies by President Donald Trump could affect veterans seeking government jobs and others who rely on health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, a researcher and union leader said Tuesday. “The [Department of Defense] has the highest percentage of veterans, followed by the [Department of Veterans Affairs], but they’re widely dispersed throughout the government…
Military Times Federal hiring freeze could cause problems for managers, veterans. President Donald Trump’s new federal hiring freeze could cause major problems for not only managers at the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense but also thousands of former servicemembers hoping to land government posts.
Military.com: Trump’s Federal Hiring Freeze Could Hurt Vets: Officials. Veterans already in the pipeline for job openings in the federal workforce could have their employment opportunities scrapped under the hiring freeze announced Monday by President Donald Trump. The freeze could also make the preferences for veterans in applying for jobs in federal hiring meaningless.
The Wall Street Journal: Acting Veterans Chief Says Agency Will Continue to Hire Workers, Despite Freeze, President wants to delay new hires until his pick for Secretary is confirmed by Senate. The Department of Veterans Affairs will continue to hire certain categories of employees, its top official said Tuesday, just hours after the White House press secretary said a federal hiring freeze applied across the department. Acting VA Secretary Robert Snyder said the department would hire new employees as it deems necessary despite the freeze, using an exception in the president’s executive order…
The Washington Post (PowerPost): Trump hiring freeze could turn out to be less sweeping than it seems. There were also questions about whether the freeze affects the Department of Veterans Affairs, the second-largest federal agency, with 312,000 employees. Those employees usually are considered “essential” in any shutdown of the federal government. But to many observers’ surprise, the agency appears to be covered by the freeze, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at a media briefing Tuesday.
USA Today Trump hiring freeze includes the short-staffed VA. A federal hiring freeze imposed by President Trump on Monday affects thousands of open jobs at the Department of Veterans Affairs, despite the half-million veterans still waiting longer than a month for VA appointments.
Stars and Stripes Report: Army tanks, other ground combat weapons in danger of falling behind. The Army’s primary ground combat weapons such as tanks and cannons are old, growing outdated and, in some cases, being surpassed by those of foreign militaries, raising questions about their usefulness on future battlefields, a recent Congressional Research Service report found.
Stars and Stripes McCain kicks off debate in Senate over military buildup. Sen. John McCain on Tuesday convened a Senate hearing and urged a costly and long-term build-up of the military to reverse years of falling budgets.
Military.com Amid Amphib Shortfall, Marines to Board NATO Ships for Africa Missions. Marine Corps leaders badly want their troops aboard an amphibious ship patrolling the African coast — even if that ship isn’t American.
Defense News Diverting From Norm, Army Sends Hill 2017-2018 Wish Lists. Diverting from normal practice, the US Army has outlined in wish lists sent to Congress what it would need in the next two years in order to catch up on lagging modernization efforts and accommodate troop increases mandated in the recently passed defense policy bill.
C4ISRNET Marines stand up rapid capabilities office. The Marine Corps is following in the footsteps of the Air Force and Army before it, though more subtly, in establishing a rapid capabilities office, C4ISRNET has learned.
Marine Corps Times editorial Marines were trying to get back to their maritime roots. How’s that going? The Marine Corps’ top leaders have talked a lot during the past several years about the need for the Corps to return to its maritime roots. Some Marine leaders like to think that the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan were anomalies, and that the Corps will soon return to its historic role of sea-based expeditionary force.
Associated Press Navy stays with new technology for landing jets on carriers. The U.S. Navy says it will stick with an advanced fighter jet landing system for its new aircraft carriers, despite some initial problems.
DefenseOne Trump’s Air Force Nominee Could Bring Strong Voice to Capitol Hill. President Donald Trump’s pick of a former congresswoman to run the Air Force could give the service a larger voice in the behind the scenes budget battles on Capitol Hill, service advocates say.
Stars and Stripes Report: Lack of quality school choices is hurting military families. A think tank’s report found wide disparities in the academic performance of school systems with large numbers of military-connected children, and recommends allowing students to enroll in nearby school divisions, which Virginia prohibits
The Washington Times (AP): Retired Wisconsin brewery head Leinenkugel going to DC. The retired head of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. is joining President Donald Trump’s administration as an adviser on veterans issues. The Chippewa Herald reported Tuesday that Jake Leinenkugel had accepted a position as a senior White House adviser to the Office of Veterans Affairs.
Military Times: Senators hint at easy confirmation for VA Secretary nominee. Senate leaders have scheduled a confirmation hearing for VA secretary nominee David Shulkin next week and signaled a likely easy path to the post after meeting with him Wednesday. If confirmed, the 57-year-old Shulkin, who has served as VA under secretary for health since June 2015, would be the first non-veteran ever to hold the post and the first appointee from former President Barack Obama’s administration to be held over into President Trump’s White House.
Battle Creek Enquirer: VA starts domestic violence program. A domestic violence prevention program designed to help military veterans is underway at Battle Creek’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center. A two-day training program that ends Wednesday is a first step to implement the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program at the center. Several clinicians began the training and will spread their knowledge across the VA, according to Brian Pegouski, public affairs officer.
The Berkshire Eagle: Veterans Affairs rolls big rig to help Berkshires Vets, you may have seen it, but do you know about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ mobile Vet Center? WHO: The staff of the Mobile Vets Center, including technician Craig Hall and counselors Rick Hendricks and Amy Nevells, who roll into Pittsfield several days a month. All crew members of the vehicle are veterans. That helps them build trust and understanding, Hall and Hendricks told The Eagle. “We want to make sure that you can relate,” Hendricks said of clients.
The Journal Times: Veterans invited to show their art. National Veterans Creative Arts winner and VA employee Willie Weaver-Bey, who spent 40 years in prison where he learned how to paint, will display 50 of his favorite paintings from his 10,000-plus collection, and talk about how art and the Milwaukee VA helped him address his post-traumatic stress.
Times Record: USA Truck launches military transition program. USA Truck in Van Buren, a national logistics company, has launched its Military Transition Apprenticeship Training Program to expand its outreach with U.S. military veterans. The program is for transitioning service members who are eligible for GI Bill and post-9/11 employment training benefits. According to Martin Tewari, president of trucking at USA Truck, the program enables eligible veterans to receive Class A Commercial Driving License training with “no upfront costs.”
Las Cruces Sun: Las Cruses nurse recognized for helping distressed Veteran. Veterans Affairs health care officials recognized a Las Cruces nurse on Tuesday for her quick thinking and action in saving a patient’s life. Linda M. Perez, a licensed vocational nurse at Las Cruces’ Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic, said she relied on a nurse’s intuition that something was wrong when a veteran didn’t show up for a scheduled appointment at the clinic in November.
Fox News Gold Star family members say they were assaulted during inaugural ball festivities. A massive group of violent demonstrators spat on, assaulted and screamed obscenities at a Gold Star widow and sister Friday outside an inaugural ball honoring the military, one of the women told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday.
Stars and Stripes Dayton VA to celebrate 150 years of service to veterans. What began as the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers is now the Dayton VA Medical Center. This year, it marks its 150th anniversary with a year-long roster of ceremonies and events.
Military Times Trump takes over as commander in chief, promising to restore military strength. Business mogul Donald Trump was sworn as the nation’s 45th commander in chief on Friday, promising to return government to the people and return American might to the international stage.
Voice of America Israel Reaches out to Trump Administration. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem by reaching out to Israel’s most important ally, the United States. The two leaders are speaking by phone Sunday.
Voice of America May to Meet Trump, Discuss Trade, NATO, Terrorism. May is to meet Trump in Washington Friday and said she would use the opportunity to discuss the future trading relationship between the United States and Britain, as well as NATO and challenges such as defeating terrorism.
Stars and Stripes Trump orders hiring freeze for some federal workers. President Donald Trump instituted a government-wide hiring freeze Monday, signing an executive order that he said would affect all employees “except for the military.”
The Birmingham News: Trump freezes federal hiring. AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr said, “Hiring freezes also have a disproportionate impact on veterans and minorities, who make up much of the federal workforce.” “For every day there’s a hiring freeze, understaffed VA hospitals go without the doctors and nurses they desperately need, retirees wait in longer lines to visit their Social Security offices, and communities that depend on federal jobs for their economic survival suffer,” he said.
The Sacramento Bee: From VA to FBI, government workers await details of Trump’s hiring freeze. From the FBI to the Department of Veterans Affairs, branches of the federal government are trying to figure out how a hiring freeze announced by President Donald Trump on Monday will affect their payrolls. They have not yet received formal instructions to stop hiring, and some are moving forward filling open jobs.
Stars and Stripes Mattis appoints his senior military adviser and chief of staff at the Pentagon. Rear Adm. Craig Faller and retired Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney were appointed senior military adviser and chief of staff at the Pentagon, respectively, by Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday.
Military Times Advocacy group asks Mattis to back military families, fill key DoD jobs fast. A leading military advocacy group offered its support to Defense Secretary James Mattis in a public message Monday, but also asked him to help ease some of the hardship caused by the burden of sequestration.
Stars and Stripes Army quietly deactivates its small-team reconnaissance units. The Army will quietly deactivate its three long-range surveillance companies in the active-duty force in the remaining days of January, along with four National Guard companies in 2018, the Army said.
Military Times Survey: 90% of Military Times readers disapprove of Chelsea Manning’s early release. Military Times readers overwhelmingly disapprove of President Barack Obama’s controversial decision this week to commute the prison term of Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who was serving 35 years for providing national secrets to the website Wikileaks.
Army Times Interview: Robert Speer. The Pentagon is on a bumpy road to audit readiness in 2017, a deadline codified in the 2010 defense authorization law that is spurring the services’ efforts to clean up their books.
Marine Corps Times Marines may follow Army’s lead in ditching the M9 Beretta. The Army is getting a new handgun – and the Marines may follow suit, even if it takes a while.
Navy Times Trump wants a bigger Navy — but the Navy wants its fleet fixed first. The Navy is in bad shape and its leaders are starting to make noise about it.
Navy Times U.S. Naval War College offers distance education, and courses for spouses. The U.S. Naval War College, located in Newport, Rhode Island, offers long distance education courses for military officers and federal employees, and has recently started a pilot program offering courses to military spouses.
Air Force Times President Trump pledges to grow the Air Force. Newly sworn into office, President Donald J. Trump on Friday pledged to grow the size of the Air Force and “rebuild the American military.”
Stars and Stripes Trump nominates former Rep. Heather Wilson to be Air Force secretary. President Donald Trump on Monday nominated former congresswoman Heather Wilson as his pick for Air Force secretary.
Tulsa World: A cabinet nomination that doesn’t deserve a battle? Yes, at the VA. Almost lost in the chaos and drama of his Jan. 11 press conference was President Donald Trump’s nomination of David Shulkin to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. While the media was sniffing around unsubstantiated lurid tales and what was in all those manila folders concerning Trump’s efforts to separate himself from his own business interests, the future of the VA is a much more important story to thousands of American veterans.
Sunshine State News: Marco Rubio Brings Back VA Reform Proposal. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has brought back his proposal to reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Last week, Rubio reintroduced his “VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act.” Back in July, Rubio teamed up with then U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., who was serving as the chairman of the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee, to bring out the bill last summer.
MedicalXpress: When non-adherence to guidelines is a good thing: Study on COPD yields surprising results. The study analyzed data on nearly 900 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung condition that affects breathing. Dr. Hussein Foda, the pulmonologist who co-led the study, notes that COPD affects nearly 1 in 6 patients Northport VA patients, and he says that rate is probably typical across VA. The agency on the whole spends some $3 billion yearly on medications to treat the condition, he adds.
Time Warner Cable News – Coastal NC (Video): Jacksonville Family Speaks Out about Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune. For decades, thousands of families were exposed to the toxic water on Camp Lejeune. This weekend, loved ones were able to attend a public meeting to hear more about the government’s financial response and voice their concerns about the problem. One family in attendance lost a special woman in their lives and now they want answers.
Overdrive: USA Truck Launches New Military Apprenticeship Program. USA Truck (No. 57 on the CCJ Top 250) is launching a new apprenticeship program aimed at helping military veterans transition into truck driving jobs. The company’s Military Transition Apprenticeship Training Program is for military veterans eligible for GI Bill and post-9/11 employment training benefits.
WTXL (ABC-27): Holmes County Woman Pleads Guilty to Veterans Benefit Fraud. A Holmes County woman faces up to 10 years in prison for the theft of almost $400,000 in government funds. Veronica Dale Hahn, 60, plead guilty of theft after receiving disability payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs for blindness in both eyes for over 15 years. In order to get monthly disability checks, Hahn convinced multiple doctors that she was nearly blind.
Stars and Stripes States send wish lists for infrastructure repairs to Trump. With President Donald Trump promising to rebuild crumbling U.S. highways, bridges and buildings, states have begun submitting lists of priority projects in need of funding.
Stars and Stripes For half a century, Dutch family has tended to grave of fallen US soldier. For 50 years, Jan Smeets tended the grave of an American soldier he’d never met, Savas J. Batsos. Now, son Richard Smeets is looking to find out more about the person his family has paid tribute to for so many years.
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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 January 26 – February 18, 2017.
Schedule of Training Events for Virginia Department of Veterans Services, Virginia Values Veterans V3 Program for the period January 27 – February 9, 2017. http://campaign.r20.
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/
Updated List of 2016-2017 Job ZONE Job Fairs for DC, MD, VA area. Sent in by our friend Janet Giles, President/CEO, Job ZONE. https://www.jobzoneonline.com/
Updated Federal Business Council (FBC) List of Conferences and Events for Period January through March 2017: Lot of events going on. https://www.fbcinc.com/
Women As Veteran Entrepreneurs (WAVE) Update on the SBA Mentor Protégé Program-WAVE Policy Update Breakfast 2017. January 31, 2017, 8:30 am-11:30 am, The Women’s Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery. Cost $50 pre-registration. Go here for details and to register. https://2017wavepolicyupdate.
National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Washington, D.C. 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/
Commonwealth of Virginia Veterans – Healthy Relationships workshop in Charlottesville, February 17-19, 2017. The Mission: Healthy Relationships workshop is a relationship-building workshop for Veterans and their partners who have experienced deployments, family separation, and other common challenges today’s modern military presents. It’s free for all Virginia Veterans and their partners, all food/lodging included (the exception being dinner Saturday, which is “date night”). It is also free for active duty servicemembers/partners approaching discharge (roughly 6 months or less…..read more
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/
Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Spring Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” March 24th-26th, 2017, Sacramento, California. For more information: http://www.
Disabled Veteran Business Alliance (DVBA) presents “Keeping The Promise, Celebrating Success, Business Event.” April 25 – 27, 2017, Rio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. http://dvba.cmgalliance.com/
Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Fall Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” October 13th-16th, 2017, City of Industry, California. For more information: http://www.
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