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Ranking Member Michaud Discusses VA Reform with Secretary McDonald

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Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME), Ranking Member on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, met this morning with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald to discuss reforms to the Department that will improve the delivery of services and benefits to veterans and their families. Michaud released the following statement after today’s meeting:

September 11th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veteran Service Organizations | Read More »

Cal State L.A. ranks as one of nation’s best colleges for veterans

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California State University, Los Angeles is one of the “Best Colleges for Veterans” in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” issue, being listed at #29 in the western region.

September 10th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Veterans Affairs secretary outlines 90-day reform plan for beleaguered agency

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Robert McDonald said agency would be made more efficient and all employees should ‘become a whistleblower in their own way’

September 8th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

St. Cloud College Creates Space For Veterans

(Photo: Jason Wachter, jwachter@stcloudtimes.com)

When technical colleges were constructed with a “get in, get out, get a job” mentality, there wasn’t much room left for gathering places.

September 8th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Regional,Vet News | Read More »

Ranking Member Michaud: It’s Time for a VA Reform Roadmap

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U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME), Ranking Member on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, announced today the first of several proposed starting points for comprehensive changes to how our nation’s veterans receive services and benefits.

September 8th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News | Read More »

Alaska Nonprofits Receive Federal Money to Help Homeless Veterans

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Two Alaska nonprofits have received about $768,000 in federal funding to combat veteran homelessness.

September 4th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

New Rules May Allow Benefits Long Denied to Vietnam-Era Veterans

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Thousands of Vietnam-era veterans barred from receiving benefits because of less-than-honorable discharges may be eligible for upgrades under a new set of guidelines released by the Defense Department on Wednesday.

September 4th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News | Read More »

Senate Hearing Set on Phoenix VA

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The U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will hold a hearing Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Washington, D.C., on the findings of an investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center at Phoenix.

September 4th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veteran Service Organizations | Read More »

How Much Can Our Veterans Teach Us?

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As the passage of time removes many of the veterans of World War II from the scene, one area resident is working to record their memories before it’s too late.

September 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Military Terror Hits US Cities As Veterans Banned From Owning Guns?

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VA asked disabled veteran if he owned any guns during a medical appointment.

September 1st, 2014 | Posted in Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA official: Training guide likened employees, not vets, to Oscar the Grouch

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A Philadelphia Inquirer story had the local VA Regional Office scrambling to cover their tracks when the paper reported that pictures of Oscar the Grouch in its internal training guide WERE NOT meant to depict veterans.

August 31st, 2014 | Posted in Veterans Affairs | Read More »

More veterans come forward, harassed over service animals

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After a Local 10 investigation first uncovered allegations of disservice at the Miami Veterans Hospital, more veterans have come forward with complaints.

August 30th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Veteran’s Services Organization Embraces Recovery Coach Training

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The recovery coach training, based the CCAR peer-to-peer model, will provide the SUS staff with tools to better serve veterans who live with substance abuse and/or mental health issues.

August 27th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Ranking Member Michaud Statement on President Obama’s Executive Actions for Veterans

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President Barack Obama announced today a series of executive actions that will strengthen access to timely, high-quality healthcare and services for veterans.

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veteran Service Organizations | Read More »

Michaud Statement on VA’s Office of Inspector General Report

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U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME), Ranking Member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, released the following statement this afternoon in response to the release of the VA OIG report looking into allegations of wrongdoing in Phoenix:

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Investor Pursues Jobs Concept for Vegas Veterans

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Federal grants announced this month totaling $2.6 million to help homeless veterans in Southern Nevada don’t solve the problem to transition the vets into jobs that will keep them off the streets, according to James Cappello, a Chicago investor and manager for a new-concept project for homeless vets.

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Regional,Vet News | Read More »

School Program Aims to Help Veterans

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A program aimed at helping veterans hone their skills through education to prepare them for careers is seeing booming registration at Western Kentucky University.

August 25th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News | Read More »

Veterans’ mental health summit hosted by Ann Arbor VA and U-M taking place Thursday

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The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry will co-host a mental health summit focused on the mental health of veterans and their families Thursday, August 21.

August 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Regional,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

$500,000 Grant For Veterans Will Go To Home Repairs

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A $500,000 grant will help dozens of local veterans receive much-needed repairs to their houses. The Meals on Wheels and More Home Repair Program received a check from The Texas Veterans Commission Fund at a presentation Tuesday.

August 21st, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

VARC Hot Springs Release 2014

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Veterans Today has been working with Bob Krause for many years. We will support his candidacy for the US Senate in his run against Chuck Grassley and we urge our readers to support and be involved in the Hot Springs project as well

August 20th, 2014 | Posted in Editor,Vet News | Read More »

Ride Highlights Suicide Risk Among Veterans

Why are so many doing this? What is wrong?

Tom Pergola doesn’t need to hear statistics to know the risk of suicide among veterans.

August 19th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Veterans’ Next Battle: Legal Rights

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In a year when the Department of Veterans Affairs has repeatedly come under fire for problems ranging from deadly delays in medical appointments to its hefty backlog of benefit claims, the need for legal assistance for veterans has often taken a lower priority.

August 19th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

What Combat Veterans See in Ferguson, Missouri

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Watching the tragedy-turned-drama of this week unfold in Ferguson, Missouri—five hours up the road from my home in Arkansas—an eight-year-old scene kept replaying in my mind.

August 18th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

VetLikeMe August 15

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Failed leadership is one reason some veterans hospitals are falling short as others excel, Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said.

August 15th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Ohio Veterans Face Deadline to Apply for Iraq War Bonus

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The executive director of the Clermont County Veterans Service Commission wants to remind Iraq War veterans that time is running out to apply for an Iraq War Bonus.

August 14th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News | Read More »

Veterans Affairs Funds Local Agencies To Help Fight Homelessness

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced Monday the award of $2.1 million in homeless prevention grants to the counties of Honolulu, Central Oahu, Leeward Coast, North Shore, Windward Coast, Kapolei, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii Island.

August 12th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

At Long Last, a Wisconsin WWII Veteran Receives His POW Medal

Dale Ellington fights back tears as his wife, Rose, pins his Prisoner of War Medal to his jacket on Sunday at the Veterans Home in Union Grove. Because he was held in a Swiss prison, Ellington didn’t receive his medal for nearly 70 years. The medal is shown below.

Dale Ellington was a prisoner of war during World War II, but for almost seven decades the U.S. military didn’t consider him a POW.

August 11th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

National Veterans Wheelchair Games: Start 12 August

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As a volunteer last year at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa, I would say the excitement at the games equaled or surpassed the excitement at professional golf, football, baseball, basketball and soccer championships whether it was a wheelchair rugby game or a wheelchair obstacle course.

August 11th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Regional,Vet News | Read More »

Hundreds of homeless veterans gather for legal, medical support

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Crowds of veterans huddled in line, numbers in hand, waiting to pick up bags of free surplus military rucksacks, coats, boots and clothes.

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Regional,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

President Obama Signs Bipartisan Veterans Affairs Bill into Law

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President Obama signed into law today bipartisan legislation that will address many of the immediate systemic problems within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

 

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