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Does the VA Have a Women Veterans Problem?

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October 26, 2014 When Angela King left the Navy and enrolled in Ohio State University, she struggled to find classmates who could understand her military experience.

October 28th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Sanders Reacts to Social Security Adjustment

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said he is “disappointed” by today’s announcement of only a 1.7 percent increase in the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security beneficiaries and disabled veterans.

October 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA to Offer GI Bill Scholarships for Surviving Spouses

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U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs will begin accepting applications for college scholarships for surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty.

October 21st, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Legion wants feds to leave veterans preference alone

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The federal government’s veterans preference policy has been criticized in report released last August by the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), which suggested that such preference causes resentment among civilian federal workers, and decreases the number of women being hired into the federal work force.

October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

4,000 Veterans Personal Information Compromised

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The South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio is notifying 4,000 Veterans whose personal information was compromised Wednesday.

October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Regional,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Paul Ryan is Dead Wrong to Propose Cuts in Social Security and Disabled Vets Benefits

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Ryan has resurrected a discredited plan to change the formula that the federal government uses for calculating annual cost-of-living adjustments. According to published reports, Ryan said he wants to boost the Pentagon budget by taking what he called “savings” in Social Security and other programs pegged to annual adjustments in the consumer price index.

October 7th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Editor,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

JBLM plans to give Vietnam Vets the homecoming they deserved 50 years ago

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Curtis Thompson was on his own when he came home from the Vietnam War. The Army handed him a plane ticket, wished him well and sent him to Seattle.

October 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Funds Will Help 70,000 Homeless Vets And Their Families

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Tuesday that $207 million will be allocated in grants to help fight veteran homelessness across America.

October 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Awards SSVF Surge Funding to 56 Communities

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The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is encouraged by today’s announcement by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that it has awarded $207 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across the country to assist them in their local push to end veteran homelessness.

September 30th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Regional,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Montana Action Against VA Psychologist Could Have Wide Effects

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A state reprimand of a psychologist working for the VA at Fort Harrison could have ramifications well beyond the case of the Missoula Army combat veteran who received a flawed evaluation.

September 29th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Veterans Detail VA Hospital Problems

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Veterans cried about how they were treated, worried whether they would live to see Christmas and reported identity mix-ups that had nurses mismatching drugs at the VA hospital in Nashville, which has some of the nation’s longest wait times to see doctors.

September 25th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Report: Services for Female Veterans Fall Short

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The Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who served in the military, even as their number is rising dramatically, according to a new report.

September 24th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veteran Service Organizations,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Puget Sound to host town hall meetings for veterans

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The Veterans Administration is still reeling from allegations earlier this year that veterans died while waiting to receive care at VA hospitals. This week, local leaders will meet with veterans to see if care here is improving at all.

September 17th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

House Passes Bipartisan VA Conference Agreement

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan VA conference agreement by a 420-5 vote this afternoon. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME), Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, worked over the weekend to finalize the deal with Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

July 30th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Chairman Sanders Details VA Proposal

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enate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today detailed compromise legislation that he offered to House negotiators that would reform the VA and give it the tools to provide quality, timely health care to veterans.

July 24th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Veterans Organizations Back VA Funding

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Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today welcomed a plea by major veterans’ service organizations for Congress to give the Department of Veterans Affairs the resources it needs to provide quality, timely health care.

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

VetLikeMe Weekly July 10

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Submitted by Sarah Schauerte On Monday, President Barack Obama announced his nomination of former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Secretary of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”). On July 7, the President referred his nominee to the U.S. Senate. This, of course, comes on the heels of former Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation last month, which followed high-profile scandals surrounding several VA medical centers.

July 16th, 2014 | Posted in Editor,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Details Health Care Needs

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The Department of Veterans Affairs needs $17.6 billion to hire 10,000 doctors, nurses and other health care providers and make other reforms in order to meet the needs of a growing number of veterans and reduce long waiting times for health care, Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson told the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs today.

July 16th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Vet Dies Outside VA Hospital Nothing New

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This appeared in the Washington Times on the 11th of July. According to the Times;”911 tapes: Table of doctors did nothing while VA patient died

July 14th, 2014 | Posted in Editor,Top 10,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Veterans Affairs Still Has A Subpoena Out For The Names Of VA Whistleblowers

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A month ago, the Veteran’s Administration issued a subpoena for names of anonymous whistleblowers a veterans’ group collected to expose problems in the VA health system.

July 9th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Michaud: VA Culture Change Means Protecting Whistleblowers from Intimidation, Retaliation

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The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing last night examining the VA’s shortcomings in appropriately responding to information provided by whistleblowers, and into claims that whistleblowers within the VA face negative repercussions for stepping forward.

July 9th, 2014 | Posted in Regional,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Veterans Voice Frustration over VA Benefits

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Forget about scheduling a doctor’s appointment through the Veterans Affairs system. At this point, Sanford Brookins said, he can’t even get the St. Petersburg Regional Benefit Office to reply to a letter.

July 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

 

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