Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – March 20, 2013


Veterans! Here’s your Top 10 News stories of the day compiled from the latest sources


We encourage you to browse our list so that you can take what you want and keep what you need


1.   Hagel Honors Sacrifices on 10th Anniversary of Iraq War’s Start.  American Forces Press Service:  On the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released a statement today honoring the sacrifices made by service members, their families and the Iraqi people.  This week marks the ten year anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. While that conflict has been brought to an end, we must never lose sight of the

2.   Furlough choices made; notifications to go out within daysPentagon leaders have decided who will be furloughed and who will remain on the job, although they hadn’t shared that information as of early Tuesday. But starting late this week, officials say, most of the Defense Department’s nearly 800,000 civilian employees will begin getting furlough proposal notices.

3.VA will no longer deny veterans verification for right of first refusal provisionsWashington Business Journal:  The Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer deny contractors verification as service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses for so-called “right of first refusal” provisions, a VA official confirmed in testimony submitted to two House

4.Female veterans forge bonds at luncheon hosted by Roseburg Veterans Affairs.  She repaired aircraft sheet metal, worked with airplane radios and was a supply specialist. Grout, 69, of Roseburg joined other Douglas County women veterans at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center last week for a luncheon held in their honor.

5.A Pattern of Problems at a Hospital for VeteransNew York Times:  In a statement, the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington said that it was reviewing the letter and had opened investigations into the new whistle-blower complaints.

6.   Care ForceMy Fox Austin:  Retired vet helps women veterans navigate benefits system.  Texas women veteran’s month and that is our focus.  There are about 188,000 women veterans in Texas, the second most of any state.  We’re having a conversation with Angela Shinn the Women Veteran’s State Coordinator with the Texas Veterans commission. Her charge is helping those thousands women veterans.  Angela Shinn has perfect qualifications to help women veterans.  A West Point grad, a retired captain, she grew up …

7.   Weare Woman Sentenced to 13 Months in Federal Prison for Embezzling More Than $52,000 of Federal Funds.  New Hampshire Fiduciary Sentenced to Prison and Fined $55K for Embezzling Funds from Disabled Veterans

8.   Two Brothers Charged with Defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs7thSpace Interactive;  The complaint is the culmination of an investigation by special agents from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs-Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey G Hughes, and special agents from the …

9.   Congressman seeks small-business harmony between SBA and VA .  Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), who will co-host a hearing March 19 on small-business inconsistencies between the Veterans Affairs Department and the Small Business Administration, would like to see officials find ways to improve their registration

10.    VA re-ups with Reingold on mental health effort.  PRWeek: “Many of the nation’s veterans, from those who served in World War II to those involved in current conflicts, return not only with physical wounds but also mental health issues they may not recognize,” said Josephine Schuda, a public affairs specialist …


Have You Heard?

Thought I would send you something from our website you may not have seen.  Below are some links to fact sheets you may not be aware of;


Fact Sheets


General Information

  • Fraud, Waste and Abuse (06-03)
  • Health Administration Center (01-14)
  • Participating Providers (01-15)


General Program Information

  • Eligibility (01-03)
  • CHAMPVA Program (01-04)
  • CITI Program (01-18)
  • Instructions for Applicants (02-01)
  • FEHBP (02-04)
  • Reconsideration and Appeal Rights (06-02)

Information for Providers

  • Payment Methodology (01-11)
  • Fact Sheet for Outpatient Providers and Office Managers (01-16)

Medicare and CHAMPVA

  • Medicare and CHAMPVA (04-01)
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage and CHAMPVA (05-03)
  • Creditable Prescription Coverage Letter

Information on Specific Benefits

  • Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits (01-01)
  • Durable Medical Equipment (DME) (01-08)
  • Pharmacy Benefits (01-24)

Information for Students

  • School Certifications (01-02)

Pharmacy Information

  • Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) (01-09)
  • Pharmacy Benefits (01-24)
  • SXC Health Solutions Inc. (SXC) (02-03)

Other Insurance

  • Supplemental Insurance (01-22)
  • Other Health Insurance (01-23)
  • Supplemental Information OHI (02-02)

Spina Bifida

  • Spina Bifida Health Care Program (01-06)
  • Spina Bifida Payment Methodology (01-10)
  • Spina Bifida Fact Sheet for Providers and Office Managers (01-12)

Foreign Medical Program

  • FMP Program (01-05)
  • FMP Fact Sheet for Providers and Office Managers (01-17)
  • Fact Sheet 01-17 in Foreign Languages
  • FMP Fact Sheet – How to File a Claim (01-30)
  • FMP Fact Sheet – HISA Program (02-05)
  • FMP Fact Sheet – Dental Benefits (07-01)

Children of Women Vietnam Veterans

  • CWVV Program (01-26)
  • CWVV Payment Methodology (01-27)


We See The World From All Sides and Want YOU To Be Fully Informed
In fact, intentional disinformation is a disgraceful scourge in media today. So to assuage any possible errant incorrect information posted herein, we strongly encourage you to seek corroboration from other non-VT sources before forming an educated opinion.

About VT - Policies & Disclosures - Comment Policy
Due to the nature of uncensored content posted by VT's fully independent international writers, VT cannot guarantee absolute validity. All content is owned by the author exclusively. Expressed opinions are NOT necessarily the views of VT, other authors, affiliates, advertisers, sponsors, partners, or technicians. Some content may be satirical in nature. All images are the full responsibility of the article author and NOT VT.
Previous articleThe Hives Are All Abuzz
Next articleThe Cyprus Great Bank Robbery