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

The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System has reached an agreement with the University of Michigan (UM) Health System to move 150 VA researchers to the university’s newly-founded Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation located in the university’s North Campus Research Complex.

VA Mental Health Care Examined at Hearing

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing today on the mental health care services provided to veterans.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – February 11, 2013

Did you know ... Veterans can use their VA Benefits to pursue “on-the-job training” (“OJT”) or apprenticeship training with a private sector employer?

VA kicks off Massive Study of Veterans Deaths

A veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes, according to recent estimates from the VA. Suicides by active duty military personnel in 2012 hit 349, more than the 295 Americans who died in combat in Afghanistan.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – February 06, 2013

In August 2010, President Obama announced the Blue Button. Today, it has been downloaded 2.7 million times and the program has been adopted by both the Department of Defense and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – January 26, 2013

The Army is allowing only limited exceptions to its hiring freeze now underway, while few current employees would escape unpaid furloughs if sequestration hits.

National Deployment of Paperless Claims Processing System Underway

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today the nationwide transition to paperless processing of Veterans’ disability claims at its regional benefits processing offices is underway.

Coping with Suicide Ideations

Most military veterans have either thought about or attempted suicide. Thoughts of suicide are normal.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – December 27, 2012

From the VA Community Living Center at Cheyenne, Wyo. to the Texas Veterans Health Care Systems, VA staff, volunteers and communities bring holiday cheer to America’s Veterans during the 2012 holiday season.

Coping With PTSD

As a combat veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) I have had to learn many ways to cope with the illness. Over the past twenty years I have been admitted to several treatment centers for coping with PTSD.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – December 07, 2012

On December 6, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta held a joint press event to discuss ongoing points of collaboration between the two agencies.

Vietnam veterans sue military in Conn. over PTSD

The military has failed to correct the wrongful discharges of thousands of Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, an advocacy group says in a federal lawsuit.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – December 04, 2012

For about two years, VA’s online communications team has been closely tracking the advertising and recruitment efforts of for-profit schools looking to bring in GI Bill tuition dollars. In some cases, these schools have ensnared Veterans looking for info by using official-looking websites, which funneled potential recruits to those schools without any balanced, objective information.

Beating of War Drums

Some of the important news gets reported quickly and is then forgotten just as hurriedly.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – November 28, 2012

Getting used to it "is no small task," noting that "of the more than 1,570 American service members who have had" amputations "because of injuries in Afghanistan or Iraq, fewer than 280 have lost upper limbs

Louisville launches the state’s first veterans court

Louisville will launch the first ever veterans court in Kentucky. The court will give veterans services and programs that are not available to average civilians. A federal grant is covering the cost of the court.

Veterans Justice Outreach program

Some Veterans return from service and easily adjust back into civilian life. Some don’t. There are Veterans within VA Black Hills Health Care System (BHHCS) who return with physical injuries, traumatic brain injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Band of Brothers #11 – Touching The Face of God

Band of Brothers #11 was the confirmation that I had indeed not only touched the face of God as a pilot but was now feeling the presence of God as I facilitated the journey of five GWOT veterans through their deepest fears to a place of love, joy and gratitude and a new choice in life

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – October 16, 2012

Veterans treatment courts have popped up across the country to help troubled Vets integrate with VA care to get the help they need. The courts were featured on a recent edition of 60 Minutes.

PTSD, The Grand Scapegoat

The diagnosis of PTSD was created in response to pressure from Vietnam veterans who wanted to be sure of their right to receive medical and financial benefits as befitting any man (the military was minimally integrated at that time) who fought in an unpopular and hateful war.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – September 28, 2012

On September 27, VA staff exercised to help raise awareness of heart disease in women at VA headquarters “VA Goes Red” Health Expo. View photos of the event.

VA and DoD to Fund $100 Million PTSD and TBI Study

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense (DoD) are investing more than $100 million in research to improve diagnosis and treatment of mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

VA Mobilizes Veterans’ Supporters for Suicide Prevention Month

In recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Month, the Department of Veterans Affairs is calling on individuals and communities across the country to show their support for Veterans in crisis and help raise awareness of the VA mental health services Veterans have earned.

Do Special Veterans Courts Really Work?

pecial veterans courts are popping up in virtually every corner of the country. Starting in Buffalo, NY in 2008, the mission behind establishing veterans courts was to address the hard issues behind the sharp spike of crime among new veterans: drug and alcohol abuse.

Obama: Improve Mental Health Access, Care for Military, Vets

President Barack Obama today signed an executive order that provides increased access to mental health services for service members, military families and veterans.

VA Continues to Reduce Gender Disparities in Health Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released a report that shows improvement in gender disparities in 12 out of 14 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures in VA since 2008.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 28, 2012

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Woman Claims Veteran Affairs Owes Her Over $300,000; Never Seen A...

"Woke up, I don't know what time it was, with somebody on top of me, sexually assaulting me," says Kelly Smith.

New Mobile App Helps Patients With PTSD Through Prolonged Exposure

The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have released PE (for prolonged exposure) Coach, a smartphone mobile application for use with post-traumatic stress disorder treatment.

Can Nasal Spray Help Prevent Military Suicides?

In the midst of a crisis that saw its highest rate of suicide in July, the Army has greenlighted a grant for Dr. Michael Kubek, an Indiana University of Medicine professor, to dig deeper into whether a nasal spray could be a safe and effective way to administer a specific antidepressive neurochemical to the brain and help calm suicidal thoughts.

More Costs of War: Suicides and Mental Trauma of Military Family...

Seven months ago, in December, 2011, Brian Arredondo, age 24, hanged himself in a shed in his mother’s backyard. Brian was the brother of US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Alexander Arredondo, who was killed in Iraq in 2004.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 21, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department, rocked last week by a scandal concerning excessive conference spending, hopes to skirt the fate that befell the top leadership at the General Services Administration four months ago.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 20, 2012

On Aug. 15, Secretary Shinseki met with Veterans and local leaders at the Clara White Mission in Jacksonville, Florida – one of many community partners working together to end homelessness among Veterans by 2015.

Sleep Can Play Important Role in PTSD

As many as 90 percent of soldiers returning from deployment may report suffering from disrupted sleep, Army Col. Carl Castro, director of the Military Operational Medicine Research Program at Fort Detrick, said Tuesday.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 16, 2012

A new study suggests couples therapy may reduce symptoms of PTSD and increase relationship satisfaction. Read more, and learn about counseling at Vet Centers.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 15, 2012

Veterans Affairs' Inspector General (IG) is "investigating allegations of wasteful spending and improper acceptance of gratuities in connection with two human resources training conferences, held in Orlando, Fla., in July and August 2011

Band of Brothers #10 – Connection and Self Healing

I have long felt and have now clearly proved that PTSD is quite often Post Traumatic Heart Disorder for a common symptom of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is the inability to give or receive love .

Troubled Veterans Left Without Health-Care Benefits

More than 20,000 men and women exited the Army and Marines during the past four years with other-than-honorable discharges that can restrict their veterans health-care and disability benefits.

Just Another Story From A Military Family Diagnosed But Never Treated


Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 11, 2012

More than 100 sailors are suing the federal government for pushing them out of the Navy amid mass layoffs driven by record retention rates.