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


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


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1.   Sanders eligible Vt. vets to use VA health system. Hyperlink to Article The News-Times (AP):  U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders Monday urged veterans from Vermont and parts of New Hampshire to see if they are eligible for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs and, if so, to take advantage it.


2.   VA critics vow to keep up pressure as claims backlog falls.  Hyperlink to Article Stars and Stripes:  Critics of the Department of Veterans Affairs will culminate a four-month petition drive Tuesday by demanding the president take immediate action to end the million-veteran disability claims backlog.


3.   More students than ever rely on federal college aid.  Hyperlink to Article Politico:  More than three-quarters of students at for-profit colleges granting associate or bachelor’s degrees received federal student aid. And an additional 10 percent of students at for-profit colleges granting bachelor’s degrees received veterans’ benefits — a higher proportion than at public or private nonprofit colleges.


4.   PTSD and Me: True Stories From Military Veterans.  Hyperlink to Article Gawker:  Last week, we asked military veterans to send us their stories of life after war— their experiences returning home and seeking health care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Today, we offer you some of their stories.


5.   We Can Beat Phoenix in Ending Veteran Homelessness.  Hyperlink to Article The Huffington Post:  VA, HUD and community partners – namely the 100,000 Homes Campaign and the Rapid Results Institute – have hosted three boot camps across the country this year with an eye to energize cities and counties to end veteran homelessness by 2015, the national goal.


6.   Veterans’ benefits backlogged in sea of paperwork.  Hyperlink to Article (Video):  In this 3:15 minute video, Shannon Bream interviews Sam Batkins from the American Action Forum on the amount of paperwork required to file a claim and wait for processing through the Backlog.


7.   Companies Neglect Physical Threat in Cyberattacks. Hyperlink to Article The Wall Street Journal:  Two people are suing the Department of Veterans Affairs after the information of some 7,500 veterans was lost this year when a laptop at the Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center in South Carolina was either lost or stolen. Lawyers for the government argued last month that the would-be class action should be dismissed unless veterans can prove that the lost data caused monetary damages.


8.   Electro-shock therapy sees a resurgence. Hyperlink to Article USA Today (The Fort Myers News-Press – Video):  A recent Department of Veterans Affairs review of ECT between 1999 and 2010 found no ECT deaths at VA hospitals during that period. It placed the mortality risk at one per 14,000 patients, or one per 73,400 treatments.


9.   Atlanta Health Summit. Hyperlink to Article WSB (Video): This 2:08 minute video discusses a “big step forward” for the Atlanta VA Medical Center by hosting a community health summit.


10.    Help available in Victoria for post-traumatic stress disorder.  Hyperlink to Article Victoria Advocate: Veterans’ Corner:  The government is constantly improving the outreach methods and is increasing the number of physicians and medical centers to help veterans suffering from PTSD… Unfortunately, too many veterans are falling through the cracks, and consequently, thousands of our veteran heroes are committing sui

Have You Heard?

HHS launches partnership and video contest with Young Invincible:  Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

and Young Invincible announced the Healthy Young America video contest in an effort to inform young people about health insurance

coverage and new options under the Affordable Care Act.  Read the News Release


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