Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – May 23, 2014

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Observers predict fierce campaigns as Afghan runoff ballot gets started.  The campaign for Afghanistan’s second round of presidential elections kicked off Thursday with many concerned that this winner-take-all phase could raise tensions in a country poised for its first ever democratic transition of power.


 Japan lawmakers begin talks on broader combat support role.  Japan’s dominant political party officially began its push this week to convince its skeptical coalition partner that the country should allow its troops to defend U.S. forces in combat.

 

 New device would give soldiers a ‘heads up’ on battlefield threats.  The confusion of battle gets amplified in tight urban environments, where one street or building blends into another and the group firing just around the corner could be friend or foe. But a new helmet-worn device could help cut through the fog.

 

 House panel tells VA officials to appear next week or face subpoenas.  House lawmakers on Thursday told Department of Veterans Affairs executives to appear May 28 on Capitol Hill or face subpoenas, saying the department has failed for weeks to fully comply with an inquiry into falsified documents and dozens of veteran deaths at a Phoenix hospital.

Veterans’ Health Care, Under Scrutiny.  Hyperlink to Article The New York Times:  I am a disabled vet and have been treated at five Veterans Affairs facilities over the last six years. At each facility the staff members and volunteers have been courteous and professional. I have never had a problem scheduling an appointment and have never had to wait more than 15 minutes to be treated.

 What the VA Did for My Sick Husband.  Hyperlink to Article Time:  Amid scrutiny and furor over misconduct at the government agency, a widow gives thanks to the employees who cared for her husband in his last years.

 Shinseki pledges to fix VA’s problems.  Hyperlink to Article USA Today (Video):  VA Secretary Eric Shinseki issued a message to veterans Thursday defending his leadership and promising to fix delays in care that have rocked his agency and the Obama administration in recent days.

 VA’s Shinseki vows to stay on the job as calls for his ouster continue.  Hyperlink to Article The Washington Post:  Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki vowed Thursday to stay in office and pledged to address the allegations of health care mismanagement that have besieged his agency and the Obama administration.

 Gen. Shinseki is the right man to fix the VA.  Hyperlink to Article  The Washington Post: Those who call for Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki to resign cannot know him. His fortitude, savvy and unbending dedication to duty allowed him to rise through the ranks to become the Army’s chief of staff, despite losing half a foot in combat as a young officer in Vietnam. He serves as the VA’s leader for only one reason: to serve his country once more.

 Shinseki letter reveals VA’s early efforts to explain hospital’s ‘secret list’.  Hyperlink to Article The Washington Post:  An exchange of letters between Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and a top Republican this month reveal the VA’s early efforts to explain a secret waiting list that one of its hospitals allegedly used to hide treatment delays.


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