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1. Good Morning! The VA Turns 83 Today. KWTX On July 21, 1930—83 years ago today–President Herbert Hoover signed an executive order establishing the Veterans Administration, now the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Waco VA Medical Center opened less than two years later on May
2. Cyclist travels cross country to combat ‘epidemic’ of veterans committing suicide. Belleville News Democrat An estimated 22 veterans committed suicide each day in the United States in 2010, according to a recently released reported from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. L’Italien’s journey from Flagstaff, Ariz., to Massachusetts began on June 21. L …
3. Region vets want people to remember ‘forgotten war’. nwitimes.com Of the roughly 499,000 veterans living in Indiana as of September 2012, 49,960 served in the Korean War, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veteran services offices in Lake and Porter counties did not have a breakdown of Korean …
4. Could Medicare Find Savings Through Generic Drugs? Pharmacy Times Within the Medicare system, patients with diabetes are more likely to use brand-name drugs than similar patients in the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system, according to the results of a retrospective cohort study appearing online June 11 …
5. Mood shifting, Congress may move to limit NSA spying. Congress is growing increasingly wary of controversial National Security Agency domestic surveillance programs, a concern likely to erupt during legislative debate — and perhaps prod legislative action — as early as next week.
6. Federal government struggles to unload surplus property. Two years after the Obama administration relaunched an effort to get rid of surplus federal buildings, almost all of the excess property identified in Maryland remains in government hands, a review by The Baltimore Sun has found.
7.Vets reeling from military sexual assault describe gaps in accessing VA health care. Hyperlink to Story The Washington Post (AP): More than 85,000 veterans were treated through the VA last year for injuries or illness linked to sexual abuse. The chief complaints Friday focused on a lack of access to care and a general lack of sensitivity toward their suffering, which they viewed as another betrayal by the government they had tried to serve.
8. Former Troops Say U.S. Veterans Agency Failing Sex-Abuse Victims. Hyperlink to Story Bloomberg News: Medical staff at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs aren’t recognizing signs of sexual abuse in former troops and haven’t been properly treating victims, veterans said at a congressional hearing.
9. DoD, VA failing to treat military sexual trauma, veterans testify. Hyperlink to Story Army Times: The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are failing to provide adequate mental health services to troops and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder caused by sexual assault — a deficiency that contributes to lifelong struggles, military rape survivors told Congress on Friday.
10. Parkland, Dallas VA get perfect scores. Hyperlink to Story Dallas Voice: Parkland Health and Hospital System and the VA North Texas Health Care System received perfect scores on this year’s Healthcare Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign and were recognized as leaders in LGBT healthcare equality.
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Were you exposed to Agent Orange during your military service and have a chronic B-cell leukemia? You may qualify for VA health care and disability compensation.
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