VA Veterans News For Thursday, August, 2, 2012

by Ray Hyson on August 3, 2012

Greetings good people.  Hope everyone is well.

For Today:  “Some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take OFF!  But if you don’t have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and for those who will follow after you.”  

– Amelia Earhart

VA Veterans News For Thursday, August, 2, 2012. Thanks to Kevin Secor, VA VSO Liaison.

 

1. House votes to fire tax-delinquent federal workers.

2. Panetta warns Egypt on Sinai as potential base for terrorists.

3. Bill would require oversight of military-style ‘boot camps’ for kids.

4. Congress helps Camp Lejeune families hurt by tainted water.

5. Official: Sequestration cuts could mean less training for troops.

6. Laurel veterans cemetery gets national cemetery designation.

7. TVC teams move forward to assist the VA.

8. Homeless veterans in Winston-Salem find opportunities for housing.

9. Congress passes multi-faceted bill to improve veteran care.

10. US House Passes Bill To Aid Camp Lejeune Marines.

11. Bill Has More Than 50 Provisions.

12. For-Profit School Officials Strike Back At Critical Report.

13. DoD, VA Release Mobile App For PTSD Therapy.

14. Army Reinstates Medical Center Head In PTSD Probe.

15. Forensic Psychiatrists Will No Longer Be Used For US Army PTSD Evaluations.

16. SF VA Brain Research Technology Advances.

17. Researchers Awarded Grant To Study Brain Tumor Therapies.

18. Study: Financial Benefits Of Using Telehealth In ICUs Remains Unclear.

19. DOD, VA Ask Vendors To Describe Existing Apps For iEHR.

20. Plan Aims To Assist Alzheimer’s Caregivers.

21. First Statewide Veterans Memorial To Be Built Outside State Armory In Hartford.

22. Gov Corbett Helps Open New Southeastern Vets Center Facility.

23. VA Kicks Wounded Warriors Spokesman Out Of Service-Disabled Vets Business Program.

24. Military Atheist Group Unhappy With Christian Majority Chaplaincy In VA Care.

25. Mayor Bloomberg Unveiled A City Jobs Center Exclusively For Returning Military Veterans.

26. Veterans Help Veterans At Local Community College Centers.

27. Changes Coming To Oklahoma’s Veterans Affairs Department, New Chairman Pledges.

28. Marines Finish 2,180-mile Hike With More Than $30,000 For Disabled Veterans.

29. W.Va. Medal Of Honor Recipient Named To Council.

30. Vets Head Back To Boot Camp, This Time To Learn Entrepreneurship.

31. VA / VSO-MSO Hearings as August 2, 2012:

32. Today in History:

1. House votes to fire tax-delinquent federal workers. Attention, federal workers: Pay your taxes or lose your job.

 

2. Panetta warns Egypt on Sinai as potential base for terrorists. Egypt’s leaders have agreed to cooperate on counterterrorism and have a special responsibility to ensure security in the Sinai Peninsula, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday.

 

3. Bill would require oversight of military-style ‘boot camps’ for kids. Amid growing concern over abusive conditions at military-style “boot camps” for troubled youths in the region, two Calif. lawmakers are seeking to establish state oversight of the camps.

 

4. Congress helps Camp Lejeune families hurt by tainted water. The day after Janey Ensminger would have celebrated her 36th birthday, the House of Representatives passed a historic bill in her honor that would help thousands of sick Marine veterans and their families who were exposed to contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Janey was just 9 when she died of a rare form of leukemia.

 

5. Official: Sequestration cuts could mean less training for troops. Automatic spending cuts scheduled for January will mean less training for troops headed to Afghanistan, sharp reductions in commissary hours and potential refusal of some medical appointments for military families, a senior defense official told Congress.

6. Laurel veterans cemetery gets national cemetery designation. Helena Independent Record Jon Tester, the state’s only member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. “VA is committed to … Under the Rural Initiative plan, the VA will build a small National Veterans Burial Grounds within existing public or private cemeteries in rural areas where the unserved veteran population is 25000 or less within a 75-mile radius. In addition to … The Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery, the nation’s only locally financed veterans cemetery, is a $1.5 million, eight-acre burial ground near Laurel. It was dedicated on …

7. TVC teams move forward to assist the VA. KXXV News Channel 25 As a result of the Strike Force Teams’ efforts, more than 17000 Texas Veterans and their families will receive their Veteran disability compensation and pension payments earlier than expected. “By creating the State Strike Force Teams, Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov.

8. Homeless veterans in Winston-Salem find opportunities for housing. Yes! Weekly The United Way of Forsyth County received a Supportive Services for Veteran Familes Grant from the US Department of Veteran Affairs last year. Geared towards improving housing stability among very lowincome veterans families, the grant pays for …

9. Congress passes multi-faceted bill to improve veteran care. Morning Sentinel The changes are in an omnibus veterans affairs bill that’s on its way to President Obama. The bill also would require U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities to better track and report sexual assaults, impose additional restrictions on …

10. US House Passes Bill To Aid Camp Lejeune Marines. AP On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives “approved the Janey Ensminger Act, which provides health veterans to Marines and family members exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune from 1957 to 1987.” McClatchy

11. Bill Has More Than 50 Provisions. Military Times “An omnibus veterans bill chock-full of two years’ accumulation of health, benefits, education and administrative provisions is on its way to the White House for President Obama’s signature.” Most of the attention for the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act has gone to a “provision providing VA medical care people who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune, N.C., for at least 30 days from Dec. 31, 1956 through Dec. 31, 1987, who have illnesses or conditions that might have been caused by exposure to drinking water found to contain cancer-causing carcinogens.” The Times adds, “There are more than 50 other provisions, including a new ban on protesting or disrupting military funerals, tighter rules for tracking and preventing sexual assaults on VA property, waiver of copayments for veterans in rural areas who used telehealth or telemedicine to receive Veterans Affairs Department care, a requirement that trained service dogs be allowed on any VA-controlled property as long as the animal was obtained from an accredited source and an expansion of rehabilitative service for veterans with traumatic brain injuries.”


12. For-Profit School Officials Strike Back At Critical Report. Stars And Stripes “As the negative press surrounding for-profit universities and underserved student veterans mounts, officials from those schools are pushing back to defend their business model as a valuable and unfairly maligned option for nontraditional students.” Steve Gunderson, president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, says recommendations in a recent report from the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions “would result in literally the end of private sector colleges and universities.” According to Stars And Stripes, the “latest fight comes just days after the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America launched a new ‘Defend the New GI Bill’ national campaign, which states that most for-profit schools are overcharging and under-educating students.”

13. DoD, VA Release Mobile App For PTSD Therapy. Healthcare IT News “A new mobile application aimed at helping both service members and veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been released, officials at the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs announced on Tuesday. Officials from both departments say the PE (prolonged exposure) Coach, a free smartphone application created for individuals with PTSD, is one of many therapy tools that will help effectively treat disorder symptoms affecting service members.” Healthcare IT News adds, “DoD and VA officials expect the PE Coach will help users successfully adhere to PE treatment, which could improve the quality of the treatment.”

 

14. Army Reinstates Medical Center Head In PTSD Probe. AP “The Army has reinstated the head of a West Coast medical center and changed its screening system after an investigation into whether officials reversed soldiers’ post-traumatic stress diagnoses to save money, senior leaders announced Tuesday.” The investigation, according to the AP, “found that Col. Dallas Homas, commander at Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington state, ‘did not inappropriately influence PTSD diagnoses’ but that the system being used to diagnose soldiers was inappropriate for the military.”

15. Forensic Psychiatrists Will No Longer Be Used For US Army PTSD Evaluations. Seattle Times “The Army no longer will use forensic psychiatrists to evaluate soldiers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and under consideration for medical retirement, a change resulting from an investigation of a screening team at Madigan Army Medical Center.” The Times adds, “Forensic evaluations often are used in legal proceedings and typically include administering tests such as the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, which at Madigan was used sometimes to assess the severity of PTSD symptoms or whether a soldier might be feigning symptoms. The Madigan forensic team ended up overturning the PTSD diagnoses of more than 300 service members who were under consideration for a retirement that would qualify them for a pension and other benefits.”

16. SF VA Brain Research Technology Advances. San Francisco Chronicle “A room in the basement of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center is undergoing renovations for a new, $8 million magnetic resonance imaging machine, which will join an arsenal of some of the most powerful research scanners in the world. The machine, known as a 7T – ‘T’ standing for tesla, a unit of magnetic field – will offer researchers a more in-depth look than the VA center’s current MRIs provide into the details of the brain and the roles biological markers play in developing dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder and other cognitive problems.” The machine is “expected to arrive at the hospital by the end of the year, and will be tested and tinkered with for another six months before researchers put it to use.”

17. Researchers Awarded Grant To Study Brain Tumor Therapies. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “Three Medical College of Wisconsin researchers have received a $20,000 grant” from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) “of Southeast Wisconsin to investigate the use of personalized therapies to treat a type of cancerous brain tumor. The team will study why a drug called bevacizumab works better in some patients with glioblastoma multiforme, the most common type of brain tumor.” The Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center and seven other organizations are members of the CTSI, which is “part of a national consortium of top medical research institutions.”

18. Study: Financial Benefits Of Using Telehealth In ICUs Remains Unclear. iHealthBeat “It is unclear whether implementing telehealth technology in intensive care units leads to long-term financial benefits for hospitals, according to a study published in the journal Chest.” The “study was led by Gaurav Kumar, a fellow at the University of Iowa who also is affiliated with the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iowa City.” When “researchers examined the cost of implementing a telehealth system at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City and six other hospitals in the same VA network, they found a similar cost range of $70,000 to $87,000 per ICU bed for one year.”

 

19. DOD, VA Ask Vendors To Describe Existing Apps For iEHR. Government Health IT “The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments want vendors to tell them about services and products they can offer to meet the current and future technical needs for the integrated electronic health record (iEHR) as it prepares to roll out its initial version. DOD’s Tricare Management Activity, on behalf of the Interagency Program Office, has described the technical specifications, requirements and architecture for a standardized, interoperable iEHR environment and has published specific questions about vendor skills in a recent request for information published in Federal Business Opportunities.” The “DOD/VA Interagency Program Office will include the technical specifications in any future procurement for the iEHR.”

20. Plan Aims To Assist Alzheimer’s Caregivers. AP In order to help Oregonians prepare for an expected increase in people with Alzheimer’s disease, a “statewide task force unveiled a proposal Monday that focuses on caregivers, state government and the improving quality of care.” The AP adds, “‘We all need to roll up our sleeves and confront Alzheimer’s disease now,’ said Dr. Jeffrey Kaye, a member of the task force and director of geriatric neurology at the Portland Veterans Administration.”

21. First Statewide Veterans Memorial To Be Built Outside State Armory In Hartford. Hartford (CT) Courant “State officials said Tuesday they will break ground this fall on a long-delayed statewide memorial to honor all military veterans from Connecticut, though they still have no architect and no final design. The site for the project, in the planning stages for years, has been moved from Rocky Hill to Minuteman Park – directly across the street from the state armory in Hartford.” The location is “key because numerous soldiers have been deployed from the armory to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other overseas assignments.”

22. Gov Corbett Helps Open New Southeastern Vets Center Facility. Pottstown (PA) Mercury “A $41.2 million nursing care facility for veterans was opened Tuesday before a crowd that included” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett “and other elected and military officials. The 14,000-square-foot Community Living Center at the Southeastern Veterans Center features a floor of 30 beds dedicated specifically to dementia-care residents and 90 other skilled-care beds spread out on the three other floors.” Gary Devansky, director of the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center, spoke to the crowd during Tuesday’s ceremony. The Mercury did not give details on what Devansky said.

23. VA Kicks Wounded Warriors Spokesman Out Of Service-Disabled Vets Business Program. Washington (DC) Examiner Veterans Affairs officials have revoked access that Iraq veteran Jeremy Feldbusch, the first national spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project, had “to government contracts…reserved for companies owned by service-disabled veterans.” Feldbusch’s company, “NEIE Medical Waste Services, lost its status as a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business – and the government contracts provided by that status – when it reorganized its ownership group after the death of founder and Vietnam veteran James Coleson.” In a statement, VA said Feldbusch’s company was “originally verified in 2010, but it’s eligibility expired.”

24. Military Atheist Group Unhappy With Christian Majority Chaplaincy In VA Care. Christian Post “The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers say it is seeking an alternative to the services provided by Christian and other faith-based chaplains” in Veterans Affairs “hospitals and hospices. The group is campaigning for more secular humanist representatives for veterans – the equivalent of chaplains for non-believers.” The Post adds, “Chaplain (Col.) Ron Crews, executive director for the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, told The Christian Post on Monday that he feels that VA chaplains are doing their best to accommodate everyone.”

25. Mayor Bloomberg Unveiled A City Jobs Center Exclusively For Returning Military Veterans. New York Daily News

 

26. Veterans Help Veterans At Local Community College Centers. Contra Costa Times

 

27. Changes Coming To Oklahoma’s Veterans Affairs Department, New Chairman Pledges. Oklahoman

 

28. Marines Finish 2,180-mile Hike With More Than $30,000 For Disabled Veterans. Bangor (ME) Daily News

 

29. W.Va. Medal Of Honor Recipient Named To Council. AP

 

30. Vets Head Back To Boot Camp, This Time To Learn Entrepreneurship. WRVO-FM

 

31. VA / VSO-MSO Hearings as August 2, 2012:

 

August 2, 2012. HVAC, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a joint hearing entitled “Odyssey of the CVE (Center for Veterans Enterprise).” 10:00 A.M.; 334 Cannon

 

  1. Today in History:

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Health Benefits for Soldiers Returning From Combat Zones. http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/20120802a.asp

Getting Your Claims Processed Favorably and Quickly; Some Helpful Hints: http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/7769/getting-your-claim-processed-favorably-and-quickly-some-helpful-hints/

American Legion On-Line Update for August 2, 2012. http://editor.legionemail.com/vo/?FileID=17e6fd03-d51c-41ba-a4a2-7b989575edff&m=28738c49-f478-4180-8f30-4abe2408a79c&MailID=24823308

Reserve Officers Association (ROA) SmartBrief for August 2, 2012. http://www.smartbrief.com/servlet/wireless?issueid=C44AF27E-8C54-4E45-A732-C27C3F1A9320&sid=22cbe9eb%2d3ef0%2d4eca%2d8105%2def9f466dc32d

Student Veterans Gather To Strengthen Campus Support. http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/7766/student-veterans-gather-to-strengthen-campus-support/

VA Employee Awarded Bronze Medal in London. Natalie Dell (far right), a health research scientist and Olympian at the Bedford VA Medical Center in Bedford, MA, won bronze in the women’s quadruple sculls alongside her rowing team in London on August 1. Go USA!

Prayers and blessings for you and your loved ones and for our selfless Troops and their loved ones everywhere.

Best……Wayne

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From: Mitchell, Amy [Amy.Mitchell@mail.house.gov]
Sent:  Thursday, August 02, 2012 4:02 PM

Subj:   Subcommittees Review Certification Process for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 2, 2012                     CONTACT: Amy Mitchell (202) 225-3527

Subcommittees Review Certification Process for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Subcommittees on Oversight and Investigations (O&I) and Economic Opportunity (EO) held a joint oversight hearing on the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE). The CVE has come under scrutiny from the Committee about the way it conducts its verification and re-verification of veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs).

Numerous concerns have been raised regarding CVE in the past, including the program’s inability to eradicate fraudulent businesses posing as a VOSB or SDVOSB. The problems, however, now extend beyond fraudulent representation and range from efficiency and time needed to approve a VOSB or SDVOSB to the types of documentation required for verification.

O&I Chairman Rep. Bill Johnson condemned the CVE’s verification process stating, “As this Committee’s own investigations and multiple Government Accountability Office investigations have shown, the ad hoc processes implemented by the CVE to verify and re-verify businesses are not working. The recommendations made by GAO and the VA’s Inspector General go unheeded. Regardless of the reasons, the time has come for CVE to take a hard look in the mirror, dig down to the root of the problem, and fix it.”

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, was equally as critical of current CVE practices. “I want to know how, and equally important, when VA will put in place the systems and policies that will shorten the time to be approved, decrease the level of effort needed to pass muster and finally, create a community of veteran-owned businesses that is reasonably free from unqualified companies,” Stutzman said.

“The two Subcommittees have worked throughout this Congress to improve the certification process for VOSBs and SDVOSBs,” said Johnson. “We have patiently waited for signs of progress following the installation of a new Executive Director of Small and Veteran Business Programs at VA. While some improvements have been made, unfortunately the goals established nearly a year ago, have yet to be achieved.

Rick Wiedman, representing the Vietnam Veterans of America and VetForce, stated that too often CVE creates an overly challenging process for veterans. “The procedures used by CVE are sometimes questionable. We receive many complaints from veterans who were told that they needed to submit additional documentation without being given a clear explanation of why the information is required or what the statutory or regulatory basis is for these documents,” said Weidman.

Members of the Subcommittees reiterated their commitment to helping VA and CVE achieve a successful program that best represents America’s VOSBs and SDVOSBs.

 

For more news from the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, please visit:

Veterans.House.Gov

Find us on Facebook at: Facebook.com/HouseVetsAffairs or follow us on Twitter at:

@HouseVetAffairs

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August 1, 2012 – Warrior & Family Support News – “Keeping Faith with the Military Family” Office of the Chairman, Warrior & Family Support

COMMUNITIES IN ACTION

Wounded veterans work together at Texas automotive shop

Autoweek

A lone wheelchair, modern and well-worn, sits among the mass of engine blocks, car bodies and parts and is the only clue that this automotive facility serves a very different purpose.  Located in San Antonio near Brooke Army Medical Center, Automotivation is a program that helps restore the spirits and skills of wounded American military members…

Walpole veteran extols his companies “Helping Heroes Home” program
Wicked Local
The public is aware of the importance of helping our active troops during combat, but a new program has emerged to aid their reintegration into civilian life. Cell Phones for Soldiers started with Norwell siblings Robbie and Brittany Bergquist

Donate your extra hotel reward points and help a military family
Examiner.com
Fisher House is well known in military communities, having built 50 ‘homes away from home’ for relatives of veterans and military personnel who are wounded, injured or ailing and who are undergoing treatment. The ‘Hotels for Heroes’ program is the next

WELLNESS

Red Cross program helps military families

My Fox Atlanta

Deployments are a fact of life in the military. A new program offered by the Red Cross in Atlanta is hoping to ease the transition when a soldier comes home.  “Suddenly they’re a disciplinarian, they’re taking out the trash, running carpool. It’s different,…

DOD, VA Release Mobile App Targeting Post-traumatic Stress
Department of Defense
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2012 – The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have released a free Apple and Android smartphone mobile application for use with post-traumatic stress disorder treatment. The app is called PE Coach; PE stands for

First opera about Iraq War reaches out to veterans suffering from PTSD
NBCNews.com (blog)
Can the stirring sounds of opera reach out to a young generation of veterans dealing with the pain of post-traumatic stress disorder? That’s what Marine and Iraq War vet Christian Ellis and Iraqi American playwright Heather Raffo are hoping. Along with

EDUCATION

 

Veterans Services Center, UW Join Partnership to Further Assist Military Students
University of Wyoming News
“Got Your 6” is a campaign based on the premise that veterans and military families are civic assets and leaders who will reinvigorate communities. The campaign combines resources of the top American entertainment studios, networks, guilds and agencies

Paying for College Still a Major Challenge for Military Students, Vets
U.S. News & World Report
“From Soldier to Student II: Assessing Campus Programs for Veterans and Service Members,” released by the American Council on Education, asked 690 colleges and universities about their offerings for military students and veterans in 2012. The findings

Veterans help veterans at local community college centers
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Army veteran David Valdivia served two deployments to Afghanistan and suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder. Valdivia has recurring nightmares and problems with loud noises. It took him a while before he could go into a crowd. It’s been a struggle

EMPLOYMENT

Veterans — The Financial Services Industry Wants You!
Huffington Post
Have you struggled to break into the financial services job market? The finance industry is actively seeking military talent due to their maturity, professionalism, and problem-solving abilities. Veterans on Wall Street can help you switch careers

Jobs for veterans target of law
The News Journal
With a stroke of his pen Tuesday morning, Gov. Jack Markell fulfilled a State of the State promise to give businesses that hire post-9/11 veterans up to three years of tax credits. “And with that, it’s the law of Delaware,” Markell said, showing off

If you are interested in events for wounded warriors or their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) at Bethesda, please see the link for the Warrior Care homepage at: http://www.wrnmmc.capmed.mil/WarriorCare/SitePages/WarriorCare.aspx.

If you would like to submit information about what you are doing for our warriors and their families, please send us a hyperlink to media coverage of your efforts.

Our best regards,

Randall E. “Smitty” Smith, Lt Col, USAF

Deputy Director, Warrior & Family Support, Office of the Chairman

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News from Al Bunting, Col, USAF (Ret) in NJ. Thanks Al!

Air Force Confident F-22 Oxygen Riddle Solved Air Force leaders didn’t find the “smoking gun” they spent four years searching for after too many F-22 pilots felt short of breath, dizzy and nauseous in flight. The service found a faulty, 20-year-old valve. Read More

 

Valor Website Now Includes Service Crosses

08/01/2012 03:55 PM CDT

 

Defense Department Highlights Veterans Employment Initiatives

08/01/2012 05:26 PM CDT

 

Task Force Stems Chemical Trafficking in Asia-Pacific

08/02/2012 09:21 AM CDT

 

Israel Navy Completes Major Drill

Tel Aviv — The Israel Navy on Aug. 1 concluded a months-long surface fleet drill that included live missile launches, simulated combat with enemy forces and interoperability with the Israel Air Force.   … more

DoD Outlines Impact of ‘Irrational’ Budget Cuts

An Obama administration decision to exempt military personnel programs from potential across-the-board budget cuts in January does not mean troops and their families would feel no impact from the budget process known as sequestration.   … more

Netanyahu: Iran Unfazed by Israeli, U.S. Threats of Force

JERUSALEM — U.S. and Israeli threats of a military strike have done nothing to stop Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear capability, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Aug. 1 in talks with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.   … more

 

First Gentleman of South Carolina, husband of Nikki Haley, to ship out to …
New York Daily News
The first lieutenant in the South Carolina National Guard will be part of an agribusiness team of up to 200 Guard members in the country, spokesman Pete Brooks told The State newspaper. He said Lt. Haley will serve as a liaison between Guard members and …
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DOD, VA release mobile app targeting post-traumatic Stress

07/31/2012 12:52 PM EDT

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have released a free Apple and Android smartphone mobile application for use

Family Matters: Joining Forces exceeds expectations

07/30/2012 12:52 PM EDT

Army sergeant wins second Olympic gold medal

 

AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Recap: Red Bull US Grand Prix at Mazda

 

Possible National Guard base closure complicates Obama’s Ohio trip

 

Iowa AG sues telemarketer, says solicitors posed as disabled veterans

 

Army to expand training periods for Guard, Reserve troops

 

N. Africa becomes central focus in war on terrorism, officials say. 

 

Top Oklahoma veterans affairs officials out amid neglect, abuse investigations

 

Iowa AG sues telemarketer, says solicitors posed as disabled veterans

 

Army to expand training periods for Guard, Reserve troops

 

N. Africa becomes central focus in war on terrorism, officials say. 

 

Top Oklahoma veterans affairs officials out amid neglect, abuse investigations

 

Veteran with Lou Gehrig’s disease finally gets benefits for spouse

 

Top veterans affairs officials out amid neglect, abuse investigations

 

Text To Prevent Suicide For Veterans

 

VA, DoD Leaders Tout Joint Transition Efforts, But Results Lag.

 

Army Times

Active Duty Military Suicides On The Rise.  WDTV-TV

 

Budget officials: Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan underfunded by $94 billion

 

Navy taking measures to fill undermanned at-sea billets

 

Credit company to pay $12 million to troops for violating Civil Relief Act

 

US construction projects in Afghanistan challenged by inspector general’s report

 

Focus strengthens on local Veterans Treatment Court

 

Gaps in veterans’ health services must be filled

 

House Panels Grill VA, DoD On Medical Records Progress.  Hampton Roads (VA) Daily Press

 

VA Putting New Procedure In Place To Speed Up Claims Processing. CNN’s The State Of The Union

 

 

National Guard senior leaders to host Outstanding Soldiers and Airmen of the Year banquet

07/31/2012 12:52 PM EDT

 

Texas Guard partners for largest public health humanitarian mission

07/31/2012 12:52 PM EDT
New York Daily News

§  Panetta: US Force an Option Against Iran Nukes

 

§  VA Proposes National Prosthetics-Rehab Office

 

§  Congress Finally Acts on Tainted Lejeune Water

 

§  Army Reinstates Medical Center Head in PTSD Probe

 

§  Army: PETA Goat Cruelty Allegations ‘Unfounded’

 

§  Army Sergeant Gets 30 Days in Battery of Soldier

 

§  VA Officials Out Amid Neglect, Abuse Probes

 

§  For-Profit Schools Strike Back at Critical Report

 

§  SC Governor’s Husband to Serve Year in Afghanistan

 

§  DoD Buzz: Heavy Armor, Heavy Lobbying

 

§  Def Tech: Critics Question AF’s F-22 Solutions

 

§  Kit Up!: Controlling the Flinch

 

§  Under the Radar: A Star Wars Homecoming

DoD outlines impact of ‘irrational’ budget cuts
An Obama administration decision to exempt military personnel programs from potential across-the-board budget cuts in January does not mean troops and their families would feel no impact from the budget process known as sequestration.
Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned of potential widespread effects. [ Read More ]

DoD medals database expands to service crosses
One week after launching an official database of military valor medal recipients, the Pentagon has expanded it to include recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross and Air Force Cross.
The website was launched July 25 but initially included only the 10 troops who have received the Medal of Honor since 2001. [ Read More ]

Medal of Honor museum planned in South Carolina
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Standing on the hanger deck of the World War II aircraft carrier Yorktown, officials with the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum announced plans Wednesday for a $100 million Medal of Honor Museum honoring the recipients of the nation’s highest award for valor. [ Read More ]

Judge orders Tricare to expand autism therapy
A federal judge has ruled that Tricare must cover autism therapy for children of military retirees — but reimbursement for the treatment, called applied behavior analysis, could be years away while the issue remains tied up in the courts. [ Read More ]

Congress tightens rules on funeral protests
Congress expanded the no-protest zone around military and veterans funerals and stiffened fines for violators, including the possibility of $50,000 in statutory damages for each violation. [ Read More ]

Defense contractors rally against budget cuts
With automatic, across-the-board federal budget cuts slated to begin next January, defense industry leaders warned of deep wounds to America’s backbone if Congress fails to act to avoid the roughly $1 trillion in reductions. [ Read More ]

Opening set in Lackland court-martial

 

Personnel programs exempt from sequestration

 

Congress sends veterans bill to president

 

Obama to land at Ohio guard base facing cuts

 

House panel preps for big sequestration hearing

 

Bridging the divide between AF, civilian jobs

(News and comments provided by Wayne Gatewood)

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