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Regional stories on veterans' health, education and other benefits and issues today from Silver City, New Mexico, Green Bay, Wisconsin, Vacaville, California, Memphis, Tennessee, Amarillo, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana, Columbus, Ohio, Whistler, British Columbia, Anderson, South Carolina, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
VA-purchased equipment is flying down the slopes and gliding across the ice at the 2010 Winter Paralympics Games in Vancouver this week. Five Veterans are competing in Vancouver and the adaptive sports equipment they will use to compete and for day-to-day mobility (wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs) were provided by VA Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service (PSAS). This is the first Paralympics Winter Games in which athletes will be competing with equipment provided by VA.
Regional stories on veterans' health, education and other benefits and issues today from Mount Clemens, Michigan, Frazier Park, California, Selma, Alabama, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, Augusta, Georgia, Farmington, New Mexico, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Knoxville, Tennessee, Chicago, Illinois, and Cedar City, Utah.
Veteran Homelessness Fell 18% Last Year. The online version of the Gloucester County (NJ) Times (3/13) hails "Good news out of the national Department of Veterans Affairs this week as the VA announced that the number of veterans out on the streets on a typical night dropped 18 percent. The VA is entering the second year of its initiative to eliminate homelessness among those who have served within the next five years.
Regional stories on veterans' health, education and other benefits and issues today from Andalusia, Alabama, Orangeburg, South Carolina, Clute, Texas, Montpelier, Vermont, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jewett City, Connecticut, Atlanta, Georgia, Phoenix, Arizona, and Dallas, Texas.
Regional stories on veterans' health, education and other benefits and issues today from Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Waukegan, Illinois, Nashville, Tennessee, Sarasota, Florida, Midlothian, Illinois, Bath, New York, Minneapolis, Minnesota, St George, Utah, and Fridley, Minnesota.
VA Planning To Expedite Agent Orange Claims Process. In continuing coverage, Government Technology (3/12, Wilkinson) reports, "In what's being touted as a major step to better serve Vietnam veterans," the US Department of Veterans Affairs "is planning to expedite the claims process for those with illnesses due to Agent Orange exposure."
Regional stories on veterans' health, education and other benefits and issues today from Passaic, New Jersey, Alexandria,Louisiana, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Oakland, Michigan, Shenandoah, Iowa, Los Angeles, California, Madison, Wisconsin, Humboldt, California, Cincinnati, Ohio, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In continuing coverage, NextGov (3/11, Brewin) reports, "Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told a House panel on Wednesday that he could cut $2 billion from the department's $15 billion annual procurement budget through management reforms, including the development of a centralized acquisition infrastructure.
Regional stories on veterans' health, education and other benefits and issues today from Shawnee, Kansas, Denver, Colorado, West Palm Beach, Florida, Rochester, Minnesota, Madison, Wisconsin, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Annapolis, Maryland, Phoenix, Arizona, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Mesa, Arizona.
Regional stories on veterans' health, education and other benefits and issues today from Pierre, South Dakota, Huntington, West Virginia, La Crosse, Wisconsin, Statesboro, Georgia, Clarksville, Tennessee, Daytona Beach, Florida, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Portland, Oregon, Naples, Florida, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
VA is known for its commitment to innovative quality and safety programs and for the transparency of results they achieve. In 2008, VA issued its first comprehensive facility-level report of quality and safety data, reporting on care provided in inpatient and outpatient settings, quality of care within specific patient populations, and patient satisfaction and outcomes. Improved and re-issued in 2009, the report is a comprehensive snapshot of the quality of care VA provides.
The failure to answer 90 percent of calls says a lot about the VA. As the second-largest bureaucracy in the country, it continues to be a model of how not to run government programs. Forget all of Washington's buzz words: transparency, efficiency, fiscal responsibly. We need the administration to try a new term, "customer service." These veterans aren't calling to order an iPad, they're trying to take advantage of a historic benefit that was promised to them by Congress and this president.