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  • Group of Respected Medical Experts to Advise VA on Health Care for 9 Million Veterans
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a new 11-member Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG) composed of leading medical experts to assist the Department in delivering health care to the 9 million Veterans enrolled in the Veterans Health Administration.
  • VA Expands Choice Program Eligibility, Effective Immediately
    In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it will determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program based on the distance between a Veteran's place of residence and the nearest VA medical facility using driving distance rather than straight-line distance. This change has been […]
  • VA Extends Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the award of 20 contracts for the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI). Originally slated to end in 2014, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 ('VACAA') extended this program through October 2017.
  • New Members Appointed to VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans
    Four new members have been appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, an expert panel that advises the Secretary on issues and programs affecting women Veterans. Established in 1983, the Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary for administrative and legislative changes.
  • VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of nearly $93 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) 3-year grants that will help approximately 45,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 24 non-profit agencies in 15 communities, with $30 million in awards being distributed […]
  • VA changes 40-mile rule for Choice Card eligibility
    Veterans who must drive more than 40 miles to the nearest Department of Veterans affairs medical facility are now eligible for the Veterans Choice Card, which will give them access to health care from private practitioners.VA published an interim final rule on April 24 that changed the distance criteria. The American Legion had testified before […]
  • OCW provides boost to Memphis veterans
    Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW) provided $7,730 worth of gifts to Memphis-area veterans this week through various VA facilities, including a veterans homeless shelter.There are 52 veterans, including seven women, who are staying at the Cocaine & Alcohol Awareness Program (CAAP) facility in Memphis. The shelter has been operating since 2001.Not only do the veterans staying […]
  • Legion expects ‘fully funded’ VA from Congress
    American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm expects Congress to pass a budget for the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill that won't shortchange the Department of Veterans Affairs. "Regardless of political gamesmanship being played between Congress and the White House, The American Legion expects VA to be fully funded," Helm said. "We agree with Secretary […]
  • Legionnaire is a 'modern-day Paul Revere'
    E. Bruce Heilman will turn 89 in two months. He also rides a motorcycle. Some may find that surprising. However, the real surprise is the mission he's about to embark on: a 6,000-mile motorcycle ride to commemorate World War II - the war he fought in. Heilman will leave Quantico, Va., today and embark on […]
  • VA official updates Legionnaires on Denver VA project
    Sloan Gibson, the Department of Veterans Affairs deputy secretary, briefed a group of veterans on the construction status of VA’s Denver medical facility, which has been troubled by delays, mismanagement and exorbitant cost overruns. Two Legionnaires were among the veterans who attended the April 20 meeting, Ralph Bozella and Frank McCurdy. Bozella is chairman of […]
  • Veterans Service Organizations in the 21st Century
    Veterans Service Organizations in the 21st century are a force to be reckoned with from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to Wounded Warriors Project (WWP). These organizations are doing phenomenal work to meet the needs of today's warriors by filling the leadership vacuum that the VA and elected officials leave. Forcefully, through advocating […]
  • Local composer writes song for Wounded Warrior Project
    HARMONY — When Lane Powell heard his friend's story about being badly injured in Iraq, he knew he had to act. For him, taking action often means writing a song. Tags: WWP Wounded_Warrior_Project wwpinc woundedveterans warriors WoundedWarriorProject
  • L-L League lacrosse teams raise $12K for Wounded Warriors
    Lancaster-Lebanon League teams raised more than $12,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project this past week. Tags: WWP Wounded_Warrior_Project wwpinc woundedveterans warriors WoundedWarriorProject
  • A Charitable Twist on Wedding Gifts and Favors
    A small but growing number of people celebrating special occasions are asking loved ones to donate to nonprofits in lieu of presents. Tags: WWP Wounded_Warrior_Project wwpinc woundedveterans warriors WoundedWarriorProject
  • Clear Hearts, Clear Minds: My Journey into Project Odyssey
    It was suppose to be for work. I was going to spend a week with members of Wounded Warrior Project in upstate New York to take part in one of their leading programs: Project Odyssey. So I ended up on my own odyssey-a train ride up from New York City-to see the program unfold far […]
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Veterans Affairs Long Beach Hospital may have improperly disposed patients … – KABC-TV

No punishment in Philadelphia VA report for now – Military Times

Veteran Affairs Events Held in Winston-Salem – TWC News

Unfinished Repairs at Veterans Affairs – Wall Street Journal

US Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Veterans Affairs award – Fox 28 … – Fox 28

LETTER: Department of Veteran Affairs still falling behind – lehighvalleylive.com

Fired staffer accuses Tammy Baldwin’s office of coverup in VA scandal – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Latest Outrage from Veterans Affairs – The Fiscal Times

IG probe: major VA benefits center rife with mismanagement – USA TODAY

Manager removed at Philly VA after IG audit slams facility – Stars and Stripes

Unfinished Repairs at Veterans Affairs – Wall Street Journal

Audit finds wide mismanagement at Philly VA – Fox News

VA building projects riddled with mistakes and cost overruns – Washington Post

Whistleblowers at Veteran Affairs victims of ‘retaliation’ – RT

Veteran Awarded $21 Million After Being ‘Medically Abandoned’ By VA – Daily Caller

Report slams mismanagement, backlog at Phila VA – Philly.com

First Veterans Benefits Law Firm Funded By Veterans Affairs – DisabledVeterans.org

Veterans Affairs Makes Little Headway To Shorten Waiting Times For Care – Huffington Post

Veterans Affairs Hiring Spree Doesn’t Mean Cuts Went Too Far: O’Toole – Huffington Post Canada

Department of Veterans Affairs’ proposal could cut aid for vets – Tribune-Review

Retirement Benefits For Veterans Changing – ThinkAdvisor

Veterans helping veterans end military suicide – WDBJ7

Best for Vets: Employers 2015 rankings are out – Military Times

Military veterans to be honored during Saturday dedication ceremony of Baldwin … – AL.com

Verizon, USAA, Lockheed at top of list for vets’ jobs – USA TODAY

2nd Annual Military & Veterans’ Gala – Alaska Dispatch News

House panel unveils $77B bill to fund military bases, vets’ benefits – The Hill

As a senator, military veteran Joe Sestak would best serve returning soldiers – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

4 Tips for Managing Veterans – U.S. News & World Report

Job fair held for veterans and military personnel – fox2now.com

1,000s of Md. VA health appointments didn’t meet 30-day goal

Connecticut bill targeting women veterans up for a vote

Jeb Bush touts voucher-like system for veterans’ care during Colorado Springs visit

Meet The Iraq War Vet Winning Hearts On Dancing With The Stars

Texas School’s Controversial Mural Getting Another Paint Job — Back to Red, White and Blue

Lawsuit would force quick decisions on vets’ appeals

Fears about North Korean missiles during Pentagon chief’s visit

Could veterans have concussion-related CTE?

Department of Veterans Affairs’ proposal could cut aid for vets

Western radicals who support terrorists present complex danger

New VA center fails to shorten wait times for Colorado Springs area veterans

New personnel rules: Carter’s plans to keep best troops

Veterans battle VA for atomic designation

Special Ops Troops Doubt Women Can Do The Job

Senator: Congress needs ‘to scour’ final Iran nuke deal

National commander visits Columbia American Legion post

Positive trend for post-9/11 vet jobs

Legion’s national leader sets priorities

Army says diversity training sent wrong signal

Veterans’ health records lost in VA-Department of Defense divide

Odierno: Readiness at historically low levels

Retired Leaders: Young Troops Don’t Focus On Retirement Planning

Former troops with highest suicide risk often don’t qualify for mental care

New chief of embattled Tomah VA answers questions

New study finds no elevated risk of suicide for servicemembers who deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan

Army set to ease tattoo rules

One VA doctor’s cure for opiate overprescription: diagnose first

Iraq War planners urge U.S. military presence once Islamic State is defeated

2 Western Pennsylvania veterans’ suicides raise questions

Veteran commits suicide in VA parking lot

American Legion plans Boys State program

U.S. Judge Finds Iran Liable In 2000 Attack On USS Cole

Carter Backs Retirement Benefits For Younger Troops

Department of Defense Releases Fourth Quarter 2014 Suicide Information

Tuskegee Airman Leslie A. Williams dies in California at 95

Air Force songbook again cited, this time in sex assault lawsuit

Thousands of Michigan veterans miss out on benefits

Legion’s Adopt a vet program addressing lack of visitors for some veterans

VA Secretary to Montana veterans: We need to do more

Combat Action Badge Eligibility Recommendation Expected by July

New VA benefits forms prompt anger, legal challenge

American Legion Survey on Choice Card

VA leader: Re-embracing the customer

Carter: Change promotion and retention rules

Budgets Signal Sequester Cuts Here To Stay

Pentagon Chief Sends Military Wish Lists To Congress With Reservations

In Iran talks, failure is an option

VA inspector general: Hawaii supervisor manipulated vets’ benefit data

VA official apologizes to Tomah families

White House backs overhaul of military retirement, health coverage

ISIS Tweets ‘Graduation’ Photos

U.S. defense chief sees military recruitment challenges ahead

National commander of American Legion in Ocala

Defense seeks to bolster military retirement benefits

Legion’s national commander fights to fix veterans’ healthcare

Troops’ and veterans’ groups divided over compensation reform

Calls mount for release of Phila. VA report

Calls mount for release of Phila. VA report

Troops’ and veterans’ groups divided over compensation reform

Legion’s national commander fights to fix veterans’ healthcare

Defense seeks to bolster military retirement benefits

Patriotic till the end: Colorado Springs veteran, 87, dies building flagpole

Late vets’ family members to have their say about VA care

Veterans groups sue to stop VA’s new informal claims process

Pentagon Chief Mulls Easing Military Enlistment Standards

Senate, House spending plans boost defense funds

Lawmaker Wants All VA Bonuses Halted Until Colorado Project Is Completed

Lt. Col. Robert Hite of ‘Doolittle Tokyo Raiders’ dead at 95

New UA American Legion post setting trends

We are a proud bunch of patriots who do a lot of good

Amendment on Veterans Choice rule passes Senate

DoD still reviewing expanded online exchange privileges

UPDATE: Hailey mayor on Bergdahl: ‘We trust that those charges will be fairly evaluated’

23,000 veterans in La. may lose health care

House wants better long-term planning from VA

Advocates spar over plans for retirement overhaul

Military community mocks threat from Islamic State group

U.S. Begins Airstrikes On Iraqi City Of Tikrit

Surgeons General: Sequestration Could Have Lasting Impact

VA grossly underestimates paper claims as new forms policy begins

VA hospital construction chief retires amid investigation

Army charges Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion

Veterans Hurt by Chemical Weapons in Iraq Get Apology

VA seeks new law to change Veterans Choice rules

Proposal to privatize Tricare splits advocacy groups

Veterans React To Bowe Bergdahl Desertion Charges, Discuss Possible Punishments

VA Reports Progress in Reducing Wait Times for Medical Appointments

New VA director hears patients’ complaints at town hall

Contract awarded for Lafayette veterans clinic

Agencies’ hiring of veterans hits all-time high in 2014


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