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1. After Election Day, veterans will still be looking for answers. Daily Caller For U.S. military veterans closely following the 2012 presidential campaign, it is seriously disappointing that veterans’ issues have played so small a role in this year’s race. Poor performance at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) leading …
2. ‘Rocket City Rednecks’ star finished marathon in full armor. While it was a little harder than he anticipated, Travis Taylor made it across the finish line in Sunday’s Marine Corps Marathon in about 6 hours and 15 minutes, wearing a (relatively) lightweight, full-body armor suit that his team designed to help with the loss-of-limb-rate for U.S. troops.
3. Calif. veterans on healing, humanitarian mission to Vietnam. “I think it is some kind of therapy” for the veterans, said Wheelchair Foundation President David Behring, who also will make the trip. “You have bad memories and experiences from when you were there. Now time has passed and you do something good for that country, where all you saw was bad and negativity. I think it does something for the soul.”
4. Iowa unions enlist veterans through ‘Helmets to Hardhats’. Ex-servicewomen and men in southeast Iowa are making a quick transition from Army green into construction neon through the help of Helmets to Hardhats, an online job search tool designed to connect veterans with career opportunities.
5. Old Guard Stays At Tomb Of Unknowns Amid Storm. AP “In the face of Hurricane Sandy, the Army continued to guard the Tomb of the Unknowns on Monday but not with the familiar, choreographed 21 paces that the public typically sees.” A photo of soldiers doing so during a September rainstorm when viral on social media on Monday, when Hurricane Sandy led to the closure of Arlington National Cemetery. The AP adds, “Afterward, when morning funerals were completed, the Old Guard soldiers were still on duty but had moved into an enclosure covered by a green awning known as ‘the box,’ about 20 feet away from the tomb, according to regiment spokesman Maj. John Miller.”
6. High Rate Of Female Veterans Receiving Mammograms. Army Times “Nearly 90 percent of the women eligible to get a mammogram from the Veterans Affairs Department health system received one in 2011, a screening rate VA says is well above the private-sector rate of 71 percent, the Medicare rate of 69 percent and the Medicaid rate of 51 percent.” In a news release, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said, “We’re proud of our great record on breast cancer screenings and treatments.” He added, “We’ll continue to work to improve access and coordination of care for women veterans.” The Times notes, “VA is developing a breast cancer case registry to improve care and to track and study breast care outcomes throughout its health system.”
7. Start-Up: Women Veterans. New York Times “You’re The Boss” blog, consulting firm owner Gene Marks notes, “A new study finds that more than half of women veterans who own businesses say their leadership experience in the military inspired them to start their businesses.” The study was conducted by an opinion research firm called Braun Research.
8. New Hope For Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injuries. AOL Jobs Veteran Josh Lewis, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, says he got help for his traumatic brain injury (TBI) from the Center for BrainHealth’s “cognitive therapy program for victims of brain trauma, known as the Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training, or SMART, program.” According to the AOL Jobs, Lewis says he now has less problems at work. The US Department of Veterans Affairs “considers the SMART program a ‘pilot program,’ so it is not part of the official treatment program for veterans. Currently, veterans with TBI, or PTSD enter the workforce as physically disabled, as classified by the VA, and so no special classification is provided for non-visible injuries.” A Department of Labor program, however, gives employers tips on how to help vets with TBIs or PTSD.
9. Group Contracted To Study DoD-VA iEHR Migration At Pacific JITC. EHRIntelligence “The Military Health System (MHS) has awarded Eleu Pacific Partners a two-year, $11.2 million contract to conduct a feasibility study of the transition and migration strategies to be used by the Pacific Joint Information Technology Center (JITC), according to an announcement by Tricare Management Activity (TMA).” EHRIntelligence adds, “The Pacific JITC is the testing ground for health information technology, management, and services for both the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs (DoD, VA). Both the DoD and VA are preparing for their move to joint integrated electronic health record (iEHR), whose initial launch and full deployment are expected in 2014 and 2017, respectively.”
10. New National Cemetery Opens In Zachary. Rayne (LA) Acadian-Tribune “Louisiana National Cemetery in Zachary officially opened Oct. 24 by providing its first Veteran burial at the facility. ‘With the opening of this national shrine, many thousands of Louisiana Veterans and their families will continue to have a no-cost burial option available nearby, in a setting that is worthy of their service,’ said” Veterans Affairs’ Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Steve L. Muro. Muro added, “Providing lasting tributes to their sacrifices is one of VA’s most honorable missions, and one we are proud to fulfill.”