Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – December 16, 2013


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1.   New Rule Could Aid Veterans’ Access to Health Care for Some Traumatic Injuries.  Hyperlink to Article The New York Times:  The Department of Veterans Affairs has approved new regulations to make it easier for veterans to receive health care and compensation for certain illnesses, including Parkinsonism, dementia, and depression, which have been linked to traumatic brain injury.

2.   Amending governing VA health care laws.  Hyperlink to Article  Pete Negseth’s guest opinion of December 11 compares health care under the Affordable Care Act to care at Veterans Administration hospitals, implying that the ACA is a federally-run health care system. While this is true of the VA system, it certainly is not true of the ACA.
3.   Very thankful for excellent care at VA.  Hyperlink to Article The Forum:  Over a week ago, my husband went to work at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center here in Fargo… Thank you so very much to the VA hospital and the cath lab at Sanford and CCU staff for taking care of him. I thank you dearly for quick action on your part in seeing that he needed immediate care.
4.   Military sexual assault victims break the silence.  Hyperlink to Article The Baltimore Sun:  The outrage over sexual assault in the military has focused largely on female service members, and with reason: A woman in uniform is much likelier to be targeted than a man, Pentagon surveys indicate. But because male service members greatly outnumber females, officials believe the majority of sexual assault victims — 53 percent in 2012 — are men.
5.   The Search for Well-BeingHyperlink to Article NPR (Audio):  This 6:54 minute audio clips features an interview with Dr. Tracy Gaudet, director of the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. She describes stress management exercises for veterans facing surgery at a VA hospital in Los Angeles.
6.   VA program helps homeless veterans find housing.  Hyperlink to Article Louisville Courier-Journal:  The Supportive Housing program, supported by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs, arranges Section 8 rent vouchers and case management for vets who generally have been homeless for long stretches.
7.   Veterans’ treatment addresses both mental illness, substance abuse.  Hyperlink to Article The Columbus Dispatch:  Michael Holmes went through a detoxification program at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Chillicothe, in Ross County. Eventually, he was placed in a program at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus that was the first of its kind in the federal veterans system when it was launched in May 2012.
8.   State parks employ homeless veterans.  Hyperlink to Article  Arizona Republic:  Dean Duewiger is part of a state parks pilot program for homeless military veterans who have been hired as temporary park rangers… The state has employed five of them, with two others each at Lake Havasu and Dead Horse Ranch (Cottonwood) state parks… Martyn said he worked with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to recruit job candidates.
9.   Veterans Journal: New director at Providence VA Medical Center.  Hyperlink to Article Providence Journal:  The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed Susan MacKenzie as the new director of the Providence VA Medical Center… The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America responded recently to the news that the Department of Veterans Affairs disability enrollment backlog has increased for the first time since last July…
10.  Bloomingdale Garden Center looking for people to drop by and sign a christmas card for wounded veterans.  Hyperlink to Article  This project, a brainchild of Pam Maggio, assistant manager of Glenwild Garden Center on Glenwild Avenue in Bloomingdale, involves simply stopping in and signing a Christmas card that, on Dec. 23, will be delivered to the Lyons Campus of the Veterans Administration New Jersey Health Care System. That’s it!


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