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Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – January 02, 2012

Nearly a decade of wars has taken a grueling toll on the families of thousands of dead warriors, including 20 from Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – November 16, 2011

The Million Veteran Project is a partnership between VA and Veterans to better understand how genes affect health and illness in order to improve health care for Veterans.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – November 15, 2011

Make the Connection helps Veterans recognize they are not alone in their experience. Learn how other Vets have overcome challenges, reached positive outcomes for treatment and recovery, and found paths to fulfilling lives. Read more at VAntage Point.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – September 09, 2011

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced last week that more than $2.2 billion in retroactive benefits have been paid to approximately 89,000 Vietnam Veterans and their survivors who filed claims related to one of three new Agent Orange presumptive conditions.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 09, 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against the US Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming that the agency fails to provide housing for homeless veterans at its ...

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – May 27, 2011

Memorial Day: A day to remember, with family. The date was chosen possibly because flowers would be in bloom all over the country, according to the US Department of Veteran Affairs. The official birthplace of Memorial Day was declared in 1966, when Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared …

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – May 26, 2011

Veterans! Here’s your Top 10 News stories of the day compiled from the latest sources for Thursday

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – May 25, 2011

History, heritage and honor celebrated Memorial Day, WWII veteran finally receives medals and more ....

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – May 24, 2011

Veterans! Here’s your Top 10 News stories of the day compiled from the latest sources

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Todays News – May 23, 2011

The US Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that as many as 95 percent of veterans returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have some form of PTSD. The extent of their condition varies greatly — many show milder symptoms of lasting anxiety, ...

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

Veterans!  Here’s your Top 10 News stories of the day compiled from the latest sources We encourage you to browse our list so that you...

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

An alert employee at the St. Louis VA Medical Center detected stains on surgical instruments during a routine exam prior to a recent OR case.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

Veterans!  Here’s your Top 10 News stories of the day compiled from the latest sources We encourage you to browse our list so that you...

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

1.      When Are New Spouses Eligible For Survivor Benefits?  According to the second item in the "Sgt. Shaft" column for the Washington Times (12/8,...

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

FLASH! VA Focused On Encouraging Transitioning Soldiers To Register For Agency Services. Newsday (11/26, Evans, 339K) reported, “With veterans like” 61-year-old Richard Whitmarsh, who after serving in Vietnam, “spent years in psychiatric institutions,” the US Department of Veterans Affairs is “stepping up efforts to encourage troops leaving the military to register when they are discharged, making them eligible for psychological, medical and disability benefits.” Drew Brookie, a spokesman for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, told Newsday that access and “homelessness are two” of the “top priorities” for Shinseki, who has “said helping wartime troops make the often difficult transition from military lives to civilian ones can prevent battlefield anxieties from metastasizing into more serious problems, such as substance abuse, divorce, homelessness and mental illness.” Newsday pointed out that Whitmarsh recently “took a big step toward his goal of reclaiming his life,” when he “sought help applying for VA benefits” at a “veterans ‘Stand Down’” in Freeport, New York.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

In continuing coverage, the Farmington (NM) Daily Times (11/26, Landry, 17K) reports on the impact of the memorandum signed last month between the VA and the Indian Health Service designed to improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Native veterans. The plan for coordination, collaboration and resource-sharing between the two agencies, was hailed by VA Secretary Shinseki as "a renewal of an important partnership" begun with a similar memorandum in 2003, "which recognized that both organizations would achieve greater success by working together." The memorandum "addresses 12 goals, including increasing services and benefits to veterans and American Indians, improve coordination of care, to enhance access to and quality of care and to address emergency and disaster response."

Top 10 Veterans News from Around the Country 1-22-10

Find out What's Inside Today's Local News for Veterans  Early Call Issued For New GI Bill Submissions. VA Researchers Identify Biological Marker For PTSD.  Land, Funding Assurance...

Top 10 Veterans News from Around the Country 1-21-10

Find out What's Inside Today's Local News for Veterans VA Officials Optimistic About GI Bill Claims For  Spring.  Commission Joins Effort To Bring Second VA Regional Office...

Top 10 Veterans News from Around the Country 1-20-10

Sumner G. Whittier, Administrator of Veterans Affairs (head of VA) from 1957-61, died January 8, 2010, at age 98. The World War II Navy veteran led the VA under President Eisenhower and later served with the Social Security Administration in Baltimore where he worked until age 80. VA’s construction budget ballooned during Whittier’s tenure as facilities were modernized and VA began exploring the potential of computers with the acquisition of its first electronic processing systems. Whittier also championed the adoption of Lincoln’s quote – “… to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan” – as VA’s official motto and had it inscribed on plaques placed at the entrance to VA Central Office.

Top 10 Veterans News from Around the Country 1-19-2010

Read the Top 10 News of the Day for U.S. Veterans