Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – November 13, 2013


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1.   Our Nation Calls.  Hyperlink to Article The Huffington Post:  In the midst of the many heartfelt tributes and parades that took place this Veterans Day around the country, there were two editorials that, taken together, speak volumes about the obligation and the thanks that all those in service to our country deserve from each of us… one written by a newspaper editor and the other by a retired four-star US Army general…
2.   Marina clinic for veterans, active military breaks ground.  Hyperlink to Article Monterey County Herald:  Officials broke ground on the multimillion-dollar joint Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense clinic in Marina on Monday, Veterans Day… When it opens in two years, the three-story, 146,000-square-foot facility will serve about 70,000 veterans and active military.
3.   For-profit schools taking advantage of veterans, Mississippi Center for Justice charges.  Hyperlink to Article Clarion-Ledger:  For-profit schools received 14 percent of the [G.I. Bill] funds, although they enroll only 7 percent of the students. These trends are mirrored nationally, but Mississippi veterans are hit especially hard, as the state is chronically plagued by high rates of poverty, increasing unemployment rates, low educational success and rampant use of predatory loans, according to an 18-page report issued on Veterans Day by the Center for Justice.
4.   Real Money.  Hyperlink to Article AJAM (Video):  This 5:10 minute video discusses the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The report includes commentary from VA Deputy Undersecretary Curtis Coy. Mr. Velshi notes partnerships between VA and non-profit organizations to measure outcomes of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill use.
5.   Turn of fortune for vets: corporations battling it out to hire our heroes.  Hyperlink to Article New York Daily News:  Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS), a veterans hiring initiative, will kick off its third annual confab at Goldman Sachs headquarters on Tuesday with a new agenda – helping companies who are eager to hire vets… More than 300 Goldman Sachs clients from 150 different organizations have signed on to attend the event, which for the first time will devote an afternoon to corporate recruiters.
6.   Udall calls for same-sex VA benefits for veterans.  Hyperlink to Article The Gazette:  Colorado’s Democratic Sen. Mark Udall blasted a VA policy that doesn’t recognize some same-sex marriages in a Tuesday letter to the Obama administration.
7.   Despite Obama’s rosy assessment, veterans still wait an average of 300 days for benefits.  Hyperlink to Article The Washington Times: Despite rosy platitudes from President Obama on Veteran’s Day, more than 700,000 former troops remain waiting for medical benefits owed to them from a grateful nation because of a backlogged system that still takes an average of 300 days to navigate.

8.   Two Hour Travel.  Hyperlink to Article WVLT (Video):  This 3:38 minute video details criticisms by East Tennessee residents for the long distance they must travel two hours to reach a VA facility to receive specialized care. A mayor offered to give a vacant hospital building to VA, but the offer was declined because the building is too old and states that current facilities meet the needs of the area.
9.   VA stymied in trying to provide responses to Congress.  Hyperlink to Article Federal Computer Week:  Congress keeps asking questions about data security at the Department of Veterans Affairs, but the VA hasn’t come up with any answers yet. With another deadline coming this week, that appears unlikely to change — the VA secretary’s latest plan to get Congress the answers it seeks has been rejected by his own department’s inspector general.
10.  VA’s malpractice tab: $845M in 10 years.  Hyperlink to Article Dayton Daily News:  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid out roughly $845 million in malpractice cases during the past 10 years — a period that has seen the agency face scrutiny for giving bonuses to medical professionals who provided or oversaw substandard care.

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