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U.S. Military Aims for Brain Implants to Restore Wounded Soldiers' Memories

U.S. Military Aims for Brain Implants to Restore Wounded Soldiers' Memories | Veterans | Scoop.it
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A new U.S. military program focused on brain implants could help diagnose and treat soldiers suffering from psychiatric disorders known as "shell shock" in World War I, "battle fatigue" in World War II and post-traumatic...
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"If you have been injured in the line of duty and you can't remember your family, we want to be able to restore those kinds of functions," said Justin Sanchez, DARPA program manager. #Veterans #Caregiving

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Articles regarding the recognition and treatment of Veterans.  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - #PTSD, Mental Health Awareness, Mental Illness. Veterans Administration.
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The Cost of Workplace Violence Prevention and Awareness

The Cost of Workplace Violence Prevention and Awareness | Veterans | Scoop.it
The Threat of Violence is On the Rise... A safe and productive workplace is in everyone's interest, but the number of violent acts, including threats of violence, has increased over 400% over the l...
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Workplace Violence:  OSHA & NIOSH Statistics show that the risk of being attacked while working is seven times greater in the U.S. than in Europe. 

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Parents tell Congress how VA failed their children: Veterans who committed suicide

Parents tell Congress how VA failed their children: Veterans who committed suicide | Veterans | Scoop.it
They spoke of how the VA failed to give their children the help they needed after returning from combat.
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And, finally, watch that veteran sprawled on the floor, crying in the corner of a VA hospital where he’s gone while having flashbacks and begging to be admitted. Refuse to see him again, but assure him he’s free to stick around until he feels well enough to drive himself home.

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Lawmakers seek lower price for bill on veterans health care : Stltoday

Lawmakers seek lower price for bill on veterans health care : Stltoday | Veterans | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON • Stung by sticker shock, members of Congress are scrambling to lower the cost of a bill to fix veterans’ health care amid a growing uproar over long waits
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Lawmakers in both parties agree on the need to reform the Veterans Affairs Department’s health care network — the largest in the country — after reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments at VA hospitals or clinics. #Veterans #VA #VHA

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Starbucks chair co-writing book on military vets

Starbucks chair co-writing book on military vets | Veterans | Scoop.it
Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz is collaborating on a book about veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Schultz has been a prominent advocate for veterans, saying that too little has been done for them once their service was completed. He has pledged to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses...#Veterans 

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World War II Vet, 90, closer to getting Marines to fix AWOL error in war record

World War II Vet, 90, closer to getting Marines to fix AWOL error in war record | Veterans | Scoop.it
A 90-year-old decorated World War II veteran who survived some of the fiercest battles in the Pacific is now making one last stand to see his erroneous war records corrected.
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Smith said he recently wrote President Obama in hopes of fixing the error after unsuccessfully seeking help from a litany of federal agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Personnel Records Center, which initially provided Smith his records. #Veterans #VA 

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VA nurse alleges agency turned on her after she reported abuses

VA nurse alleges agency turned on her after she reported abuses | Veterans | Scoop.it
A Veterans Affairs nurse who spent 28 years at the embattled agency's facility in Albany, N.Y., says when she came forward to report abuse including stolen drugs and mistreatment of patients, her supervisors turned on her instead of trying to fix things.
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Riviello also reported the theft of 5,000 vials of morphine from a locked drawer. She said the vials were refilled with saline solution, which was given to veterans in hospice care and in dire need of pain management. #Veterans #VHA #VA  #Caregiving

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Senate passes bill aimed at fixing veteran healthcare delays

Senate passes bill aimed at fixing veteran healthcare delays | Veterans | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan measure aimed at easing healthcare delays for veterans by giving them more access to private care and allowing the Department (“@Reuters: Senate passes bill...
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Provisions passed by both chambers would allow veterans to visit private doctors at VA expense if they are forced to endure long waits for appointments at VA clinics or live more than 40 miles (64 km) away, and would give the VA secretary more power to fire or demote employees for poor performance.  #Veterans #VHA #Caregiving

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Top Heavy Salaries and Dead Weight Administrators

Top Heavy Salaries and Dead Weight Administrators | Veterans | Scoop.it
Mark Finchem is running for Congress in Arizona and Chip Tatum is the Director of VATVA.ORG As a taxpayer I always want to know where my tax dollars are going and what they are paying for.
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The mess we have is what you get when the government runs top-down, central planning, health care.   #Veterans #VHA #Caregiving

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About

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Hi and welcome to my blog "Shedding Light on Mental Illness."  My name is Amy Gamble and I started this blog to join the dialogue on mental illness.  My hope is to share information and personal st...
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I recently started blogging for the International Bipolar Foundation. You can read the blog here International Bipolar Foundation Blog Link  #MentalHealth #Bipolar #Caregiving

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Group defies VA auditor's demand for whistle-blower records

Group defies VA auditor's demand for whistle-blower records | Veterans | Scoop.it
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ inspector general has demanded that the Project on Government Oversight watchdog group turn over all information it has collected in connection to abuse and mismanagement at VA medical facilities, according to a subpoena.
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As of Monday, roughly 700 people have submitted tips, Newman said, with roughly 25 percent coming from current or former VA employees. #VHA #Veterans

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Veteran Says She Waited Over 20 Years for Brain Tumor Diagnosis - Breitbart News Network

Veteran Says She Waited Over 20 Years for Brain Tumor Diagnosis - Breitbart News Network | Veterans | Scoop.it
Veteran Says She Waited Over 20 Years for Brain Tumor Diagnosis Breitbart News Network On Monday, Navy veteran Regina Nale told Fox News Channel's “Real Story” anchor Gretchen Carlson that she had to wait “six years and 31 days to receive a CT...
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#BrainTumorThursday - Nale also said that she had recently been informed that back in 1985 the VA “found something suspicious on my brain but never told me.” #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Veterans #VHA #Caregiving 

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Why Veterans Affairs Can't Root Out Its Corruption - TIME

Why Veterans Affairs Can't Root Out Its Corruption - TIME | Veterans | Scoop.it

Why Veterans Affairs Can't Root Out Its Corruption - ... Secretary Shinseki Testifies Before Senate On State Of VA Health Care U.S.

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This fraud increased hospital administrators’ chances of netting cash bonuses and salary increases while jeopardizing veterans’ health, the report implied. #Veterans #VHA #Caregiving

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Midwest VA hospitals also had secret waiting lists

Midwest VA hospitals also had secret waiting lists | Veterans | Scoop.it
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Problems with delayed care and unauthorized wait lists found at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Arizona also existed in seven facilities serving the Midwest, b…
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... the Phoenix VA Health Care System had about 1,700 veterans in need of care on secret waiting lists, and another that had 1,400 waited over 90 days for primary care appointments. #Veterans #VHA #Caregiving

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Implantable Sensors Improve Control for Prosthetic Limbs

Implantable Sensors Improve Control for Prosthetic Limbs | Veterans | Scoop.it
When a muscles contracts it generates electricity. This electrical activity remains in the muscles of an amputated limb. It has long been a goal to use these natural muscle signals to enhance the control of hand and arm prosthetics. Previously, researchers did this by attaching two external sensors to the surface of the skin of the residual limb. The sensors were connected to a prosthesis controller by wires.
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These sensors wirelessly transmit intramuscular electrical signals from within the body to external electronics that command a prosthesis to move in a more natural way.  #Veterans #Caregiving

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Burning issue continues to haunt veterans

Burning issue continues to haunt veterans | Veterans | Scoop.it
Years before the VA started collecting names of people who believe they may have been sickened by exposure to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, doctors at Denver's National Jewish Health started receiving phone calls from men and women complaining of mysterious medical problems.
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Officially, on its own website, the VA declares -- to date -- it has yet to find significant evidence of long-term health problems from exposure to burn pits.  #Veterans #VA #VHA #Caregiving

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Anxiety Skyrockets With Veterans During 4th Of July Fireworks - CBS Local

Anxiety Skyrockets With Veterans During 4th Of July Fireworks - CBS Local | Veterans | Scoop.it
CBS Local Anxiety Skyrockets With Veterans During 4th Of July Fireworks CBS Local DENVER (CBS4)- American veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder may be hiding indoors during 4th of July fireworks celebrations because of what they...
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She came home with PTSD that is triggered not necessarily by big fireworks displays but instead by the random firecracker someone might shoot off nearby. #Veterans #PTSD #Caregiving

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Vet Finally Gets VA Appointment, Two Years After His Death

Vet Finally Gets VA Appointment, Two Years After His Death | Veterans | Scoop.it

The Department of Veteran Affairs is apologizing for finally responding to a hospital appointment request letter, two years too late. Suzanne Chase of Acton, Massachusetts, has been working to put the pain of losing her husband, Douglas Chase, to brain cancer, almost two years ago. 

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#BrainTumorThursday - As if adding salt to the wound, her Vietnam veteran husband was denied veterans funeral benefits because he was never actually treated at a veterans’ hospital.  #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM

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TheDC Uncovers Hundreds Of Unprocessed Medical Records; 3 – 5 Month Backlog

TheDC Uncovers Hundreds Of Unprocessed Medical Records; 3 – 5 Month Backlog | Veterans | Scoop.it
A failure to scan outsourced medical records has caused an approximate three- to five-month backlog at the Memphis Veteran Administration Medical Center, The Daily Caller has learned. TheDC was exc
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“If you’re waiting for the results of a colonoscopy, [the added wait time is] the difference between life and death,” the whistle-blower told TheDC.  #Veterans #VHA  #VA #Caregiving

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Veterans Home Care, VA Home Care, VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit

Veterans Home Care, VA Home Care, VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit | Veterans | Scoop.it
Veterans Home Care LLC provides aging veterans and their families nationwide with VA Home Care Services and the VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit paperwork.
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 The VetAssist® Program also furnishes continuing case management and ongoing compliance monitoring – all with no out-of-pocket costs. #Veterans #HomeCare #Caregiving

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The VA Sacrificed Vets for Solar Panels - FrontPage Magazine

The VA Sacrificed Vets for Solar Panels - FrontPage Magazine | Veterans | Scoop.it

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The VA Sacrificed Vets for Solar Panels
As many as 40 veterans had died while waiting for care and 1,715 veterans in the Phoenix VA Health Care System had waited more than 90 days for an appointment.

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But each and every year, from 2009 to 2011, the Phoenix VA Health Care System put in solar panels. The solar panels at the Carl T. Hayden VA in Phoenix cost $20 million. #Veterans #VHA #Caregiving

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Veterans Affairs Chief Says 18 Veterans Left Off Waiting List Have Died - Boston.com

Veterans Affairs Chief Says 18 Veterans Left Off Waiting List Have Died - Boston.com | Veterans | Scoop.it
Veterans Affairs Chief Says 18 Veterans Left Off Waiting List Have Died Boston.com WASHINGTON (AP) — An additional 18 veterans in the Phoenix area whose names were kept off an official electronic Veterans Affairs appointment list have died, the...
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Veterans in Phoenix waited an average 115 days for appointments — five times longer than the Phoenix VA had reported, Griffin said.  #Veterans #VHA #Caregiving

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Veterans in Phoenix waited an average 115 days for appointments — five times longer than the Phoenix VA had reported, Griffin said.  #Veterans #VHA #Caregiving

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Audit: More than 120,000 veterans waiting or never got care

Audit: More than 120,000 veterans waiting or never got care | Veterans | Scoop.it
An audit of more than 700 Veterans Affairs facilities found that tens of thousands of veterans waiting for care.
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Some in Congress on both sides of the aisle have called for a criminal investigation, and 21 senators sent a letter Monday to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for the FBI to get involved. #VHA #Veterans #Caregiving

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Review Summarizes Research on Marijuana’s Negative Health Effects

Review Summarizes Research on Marijuana’s Negative Health Effects | Veterans | Scoop.it
The current state of science on the adverse health effects of marijuana use links the drug to several significant adverse effects including addiction, a new review reports.
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In addition, a long-term study showed that regular marijuana use in the early teen years lowers IQ into adulthood, even if users stopped smoking marijuana as adults.  #Health #MentalHealth

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Veterans see red as Jane Fonda tapped to speak to UCLA grads

Veterans see red as Jane Fonda tapped to speak to UCLA grads | Veterans | Scoop.it
Jane Fonda is slated to speak later this month at a UCLA graduation ceremony, and veterans who recall her consorting with the enemy during the Vietnam War are seeing red.
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 Fonda famously posed near a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun. Although she has apologized since, many veterans believe she helped lift the enemy's spirits while demoralizing those of young Americans. #Veterans #VietnamWar 

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Veterans wait longer at Iowa City's VA than Des Moines' - DesMoinesRegister.com

Veterans wait longer at Iowa City's VA than Des Moines' - DesMoinesRegister.com | Veterans | Scoop.it

Veterans wait longer at Iowa City's VA than Des Moines'
Veterans wait significantly longer for appointments at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Iowa City than at the one in Des Moines, newly disclosed data show.

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New patients waited an average of 25.6 days for a general medical appointment at the Iowa City facility. That compares to 17.6 days at the Des Moines facility and 27 days nationally.#Veterans #VHA #Caregiving

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