Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – October 24, 2013


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Spate of military misconduct cases worries Pentagon brass.  A flood of misconduct cases involving generals and admirals has created deep concern at the Pentagon about ethical and moral shortcomings among senior military officers and prompted new steps to tighten rules, increase inspections and weed out offenders, officials said.
Critics question JPAC’s efforts in a tough job.  A host of critics and a government report contend that the military is coming up short with one of its most sacred tasks: finding, identifying and returning the bodies of missing American soldiers.
Veterans Affairs Backlog Drops; Critics Urge More Progress.  WNPR News Despite the federal government shutdown, there was a decrease this month in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs backlog to process veterans’ disability
 Veterans Corner: Veterans Affairs long-term care.  Hyperlink to Article Hanford Sentinel: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a spectrum of geriatric and extended care services to veterans enrolled in its health care system. More than 90 percent of VA’s medical centers provide home- and community-based outpatient long-term care programs.
Community leaders push to help homeless veterans.  Hyperlink to Article KSDK-TV (Video):   They served our country, and now it’s time for the country to serve them. That’s the idea behind a big push to help homeless veterans in St. Louis. Today, the city, county, VA, and several other groups came together to offer their help for veterans in need.
Homeless Veterans Stand Down and Veterans Benefits Expo is Saturday.  Hyperlink to Article   The Journal Times:  U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki have announced that HUD will provide $60 million to local public housing agencies across the country to provide permanent supportive housing to homeless veterans, many of whom are living with chronic disabling conditions.
Veterans ask lawmakers to improve Lexington VA’s care for sexual trauma. Hyperlink to Article Lexington Herald-Leader:  Pentagon officials drew attention to military sexual trauma with a survey earlier this year that showed an estimated 26,000 service members had experienced unwanted sexual contact but did not report the incidents.

  Can caring cure? Hyperlink to Article Fortune:  To describe the VA as the nation’s largest health care system doesn’t even begin to get at the department’s bigness. Its proposed budget next year is $152.7 billion; the VHA employs about 280,000 people; there is currently a backlog of more than 420,000 benefit claims in its system.
VA Black Hills Health Care re-accredited.  Hyperlink to Article San Francisco Chronicle (AP):  Officials with the Veterans Affairs Black Hills Health Care System say the organization has successfully completed a survey by a national accrediting agency.
OIG Completes Investigation Into Three VA Medical Center Deaths.  Hyperlink to Article WREG-TV (Video):  The Office of the Inspector General looked into allegations of inadequate care for three Mid-South veterans who died in the Memphis VA Medical Center’s Emergency Department.

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