Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – May 24, 2011

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  1. From Afghanistan: Families Who Serve. I met Tech. Sgt. April Lapetoda almost immediately upon arrival at NTM-A. She’s the NCOIC of media relations at NTM-A and hard not to notice. She’s high-speed, congenial, professional and the go-to person for plenty of people around the HQ, including many of the top brass.
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  3. Palmer College of Chiropractic expands services to US military personnel. Chiropractic Economics Yellow Ribbon Program: Through a unique program offered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Palmer College of Chiropractic is making it possible for eligible US veterans enrolled or about to enroll at the college to have all of their tuition …
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  5. Efforts to help homeless veterans grow. The Virginian-Pilot The US Department of Veterans Affairs says that post-traumatic stress disorder also contributes to the problem. Smith said more homeless veterans are reaching out to him. He gets about five or six phone calls a day asking if he has available rooms, …
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  7. Pomfret woman gets probation in Haven Healthcare obstruction case. Norwich Bulletin – This case was investigated by the Health Care Fraud Task Force, including agents from the Offices of the Inspectors General of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services, US Department of Labor, US Department of …
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  9. DSS and Hospira Win Veterans Affairs Industry Innovation Award. PR Newswire … information and medication delivery technologies, today announced that Hospira and DSS, Inc., are the recipients of an Industry Innovation Award from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for Hospira’s TheraDoc™ clinical surveillance system. …
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  11. The War Comes Home. Corporate Counsel Last year Verizon lawyers began representing seven clients before the US Department of Veterans Affairs; this year the company took on one more claim against the VA Plus, the New York-based telecom expanded its pro bono work in February in order to …
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  13. OSHA cites military health center on safety violations. Chicago Tribune The violations were found during inspections in August and September of last year, when the center was known as the North Chicago VA Medical Center and still under the sole operation of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Effective Oct. 1, 2010, …
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  15. The Jericho Project and HPD Open Doors to ‘Fordham Village’. PR Newswire There are currently an estimated 109000 veterans who are homeless across America. With the goal of eliminating veterans’ homelessness by 2015, The US Department of Veterans Affairs is relying on public-private partnerships such as Jericho’s Veterans …
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  17. Government Sector Turns to Kronos to Control Labor Costs. EON: Enhanced Online News… North Carolina; the City of Mesa, Arizona; the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) for the State of Georgia; Maryland’s Montgomery County; US Department of Veterans Affairs; and US Marshalls Service. …
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  19. State Lawmakers Pitch Legislation to Aid Veterans. Patch.com Connecticut’s Select Committee on Veterans Affairs continues marching toward its goal of aiding the state’s veterans. Proposed legislation ranges from waiving property tax interest to bestowing honorary high school diplomas on Korean War veterans. …

 

HAVE YOU HEARD?

Honor Flights Bring WWII Vets to Washington

The National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC pays tribute to the sacrifice of Veterans who fought during the great campaign–and a non-profit group is sending those Vets to see the memorial up close. Read more and view photos on VA’s blog VAntage Point.

 

MORE NEWS FOR VETERANS

     

  • 900 Competing In National Veterans Golden Age Games In Honolulu Starting This Week. AP “The National Veterans Golden Age Games are due to be held in Honolulu this week.” The “games are the only national multi-event sports and recreational competition program designed to improve the quality of life for military veterans ages 55 and older who receive health care at Veterans Administration medical facilities.” US Sens. Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye “are serving as honorary co-chairmen.”
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  • In Warrior Games, Power Of Sport Aids The Wounded. New York Times “Run by the United States Olympic Committee and the Department of Defense, the Warrior Games were born of the idea that sports play a critical role in helping disabled service members recover physically and psychologically.” This “year, the Warrior Games drew 220 participants, up from 187 in their inaugural year, with teams from the Marines, the Army, the Navy/Coast Guard, the Air Force and Special Operations competing in individual and team events.”
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  • SKorea, US To Investigate Veterans’ Claims Agent Orange Was Buried At US Base In South Korea. AP “South Korea says the United States has agreed on a joint investigation after American veterans claimed they buried large amounts of Agent Orange” at Camp Carroll, a US military base in South Korea, in the 1970s.
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  • Shinseki Officially Dedicating VA Clinic. KUAM-TV Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki “will be on Guam tomorrow for the official dedication of the Veterans’ Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Agana Heights. According to Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo’s office, while here, Secretary Shinseki will also be meeting with Governor Eddie Calvo and veterans organizations to discuss issues important to veterans here,” including staffing at the Guam VA clinic and the need to address delays in processing veterans’ benefit claims. Shinseki “will also join Governor Calvo, US Virgin Islands Governor John P. Jongh, Jr., and Assistant Secretary of the Interior Tony Babauta at a wreath-laying ceremony tomorrow morning to honor our island’s veterans.”
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  • VA Pushing Through Caregiver Help.Providence (RI) Journal “In the first week for open applications, the Department of Veterans Affairs assisted more than 625 veterans, service members and their family caregivers nationwide in applying for new services under the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act 2010. ‘We are off to a good start having helped hundreds to apply, but we know there are thousands more who will qualify and need to apply today,’ said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.” In the same news release, Shinseki said, “I encourage eligible veterans and their family caregivers to apply now to receive the benefits they have earned.”
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  • Bills Target Military Sex Assault Policies. Portland (ME) Press Herald “While the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs have taken steps to better aid soldiers and veterans who suffer from combat-related post-traumatic stress disorders,” US Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and US Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced bills this year to help such people. Collin’s bill “would give the Pentagon new tools to better prosecute sex offenders and protect active-duty victims. Pingree’s bill, which she introduced in March and is working to persuade the VA to put into effect administratively, would ease the path to needed benefits for veterans who are ailing from post-sexual assault trauma from their time in the military.” In a statement last Friday, VA said it will issue a formal response to Pingree and that it “takes the issue of military sexual trauma very seriously and we appreciate Congresswoman Pingree’s commitment on this issue and support for our veterans and service members.” Pingree, meanwhile, said she expects to discuss her concerns soon with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.
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  • Can A Wave Of The Hand Ward Off War’s Wounds? Tampa Tribune Researchers from the University of South Florida’s College of Nursing are “using part of a $2.1 million US Army grant to prove” the benefits of a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment “called accelerated resolution therapy. Discovered about four years ago by a Connecticut therapist named Laney Rosenzweig, it involves a therapist rhythmically waving fingers in front of a client’s face to induce eye movements similar to those occurring during the deepest part of sleep.” Carri-Ann Gibson, chief of special programs for mental health and behavioral sciences at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, “says she can’t comment about accelerated resolution therapy because ‘it is not a VA endorsed therapy.'”
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  • Medical Expo A First In The Lebanon Valley. Lebanon (PA) Daily News “The Greater Lebanon Medical Conference & Expo, the first such event of its kind in the Lebanon Valley, will take place at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center in North Cornwall Township from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. The inaugural event is being co-hosted by the Lebanon VA Medical Center and the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce in an effort to help educate businesses in the community on ‘How to Do Business With the Government’ and the benefits associated with it, according to a news release.” Representatives from Veterans Affairs’ National Acquisition Center will attend the free event.
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  • Veterans Affairs Rural Health Team To Visit Wal-Mart. Beckley (WV) Register-Herald “Veterans in Raleigh County and surrounding areas can enroll in the VA health care system and find out about services available to them through the Veterans Health Administration from representatives of the Beckley VA Medical Center.” On June 3rd, the Beckley VAMC’s “Rural Health Team will be at the Beckley Wal-Mart Supercenter on Eisenhower Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.” An “eligibility and enrollment team member will be on-hand to provide information on VA health benefits and accept enrollment applications from anyone who has served in the United States military.”
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  • Fenway Run Raises $2.6M To Aid Veterans. Boston Globe

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