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Veterans’ Care Card program is off to a promising start

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Veterans groups are optimistic that the first Choice Cards entitling vets to care from private doctors are going out smoothly, marking a small victory for the embattled VA.

November 14th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Veterans Week NYC Honors Vets Through November 20

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New York City Veterans Community leaders today announced details for the third annual Veterans Week NYC — an ambitious schedule of both public and invitation only events and benefits.

November 4th, 2014 | Posted in Regional,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Quilts of Valor Foundation honors nearly 70 veterans with blankets, gratitude

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As Joe Wilkerson received one of the handmade quilts made for nearly 70 veterans during the ceremony in Wilsonville, the token of appreciation came on a day that will always be special in his life.

November 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Sanders Assesses VA Implementation of Reform Law

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As the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs implements a new VA reform law, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) praised “aggressive” efforts to eliminate long waiting times for medical appointments.

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

VetLikeMe Weekly 10/23/2014

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- Lloyd Chapman is a nationally-known advocate for small businesses that primarily do business with the federal government. He is a contributor to VetLikeMe.

October 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Sen. John McCain Comes to Lousiana for Veterans Rallies

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Former presidential candidate John McCain is campaigning across the state of Louisiana with U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Bill Cassidy.

October 13th, 2014 | Posted in Regional,Vet News | 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 »

New Endowment Fund Helps Vets Earn Masters in Social Work

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Dwight Tate hopes that by assisting veterans in attaining a top-ranked social work education, all will benefit

October 9th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Memo To Employers: Veterans Aren’t PTSD Basketcases; They’re Disciplined And Committed

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The stories keep coming—relentlessly. Daily in the national media—on TV, radio, online and on the printed page—are heartrending tales of broken young veterans returning from the recent wars, and their heroic caregivers.

October 4th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veteran Service Organizations | 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 »

St. Cloud College Creates Space For Veterans

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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’ 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 »

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 »

VetLikeMe July 24, 2014

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A recent Gallup poll puts Congress’s approval rating at 15 percent (which is actually up six points since November).

July 30th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Top 10,Vet News | Read More »

The VA Needs Leadership, Accountability and Enforcement, Not More Money

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The chairmen of the House and Senate VA Conference Committee today announced an agreement on legislation intended to repair the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

July 29th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Veterans Benefits Fair to be Held July 31 in Adams

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The Tomah Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center will team up with Adams County Veterans Service office to host a Veterans Benefits Fair on July 31, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at 569 North Cedar Street in Adams-Friendship, Wis.

July 25th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Regional,Vet News | 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 Voice Problems With VA’s New Pain Killer Policy

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A new Veterans Administration policy is making it more difficult for local veterans to obtain medicines for chronic pain that are potentially addictive.

July 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | 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 »

Vets turning away from VA, towards American Legion for medical help

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A counselor at the local Veterans Affairs office looked at Rebecca King, a victim of domestic violence and abuse who was seeking help for depression, and told her she would not be able to see a psychologist.

July 7th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Veteran Dies Waiting for Ambulance in VA Hospital

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A veteran who collapsed in an Albuquerque Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria, 500 yards from the emergency room, died after waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance, officials confirmed Thursday.

July 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Of Interest,Vet News | Read More »

We’ve Cut Off the Chicken’s Head

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Montel Williams says “It’s time we took the chicken down…”

June 24th, 2014 | Posted in Editor,Politics,Vet News | Read More »

Two military service awards for Vietnam War era draftees and volunteers

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A new Conscription Ribbon to be awarded to all men (really boys) who were drafted and served honorably in the United States Military, from 1 July 1958 through 7 May 1975, because we did not need to be pardoned; to include veterans who are eligible for the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service in Vietnam.

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

 

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