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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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Veterans Choice Reversal Doubles Access To Non-VA Care

Veterans Choice Reversal Doubles Access To Non-VA Care | Veterans | Scoop.it
VA publicly announced a reversal of its “crow flies” Veterans Choice policy this week following public outcry after Minnesota news media called out the program. Local KARE 11 News highlighted outrageous impacts of VA’s foul up of the Veterans Choice Card Program.
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True Veterans Choice would cost taxpayers around $50 billion. So, Congress and the executive branch negotiated the initiation interpretation. This initial interpretation resulted in most veterans not being eligible for the program. #Veterans, #VA #VetransChoice #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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5 Classic Signs of Depression Most People Don't Recognise - PsyBlog

5 Classic Signs of Depression Most People Don't Recognise - PsyBlog | Veterans | Scoop.it
A hidden epidemic: research reveals many Americans are depressed without knowing it.
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This study shows an increase in symptoms most people don’t even know are connected to depression, which suggests adolescents and adults really are suffering more.” #Veterans #HealthCare #Depression #Caregivers #Caregiving

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This Rewarding Way of Seeing Your Life Can Protect Heart Health - PsyBlog

This Rewarding Way of Seeing Your Life Can Protect Heart Health - PsyBlog | Veterans | Scoop.it
This perspective has been linked to a wide range of psychological and physical benefits.
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The research found that a high sense of purpose reduced the risk of heart disease by 19%.  The risk of death by any cause was reduced by 23% in those who had a high sense of purpose.  #Veterans #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers #PTSD

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SENATOR McCAIN ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S VISIT TO PHOENIX VA TODAY

SENATOR McCAIN ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S VISIT TO PHOENIX VA TODAY | Veterans | Scoop.it

“At the roundtable with President Obama today, I questioned the Administration’s obvious foot-dragging on fully funding and implementing the VA reform law that he enacted just a few months ago, which is essential to delivering better health care to America’s veterans. I

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#Veterans - Further, of the 10,000 Arizona veterans eligible for the Choice Card, only 500 have been able to make appointments at non-VA health care facilities in over four months since the VA reform legislation was enacted. #VA #VeteransAdministration  #HealthCare #ChoiceCard #VABureaucracy  #Phoenix #MedicalCenter #CarlT.Hayden #Caregiving #Caregivers


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Fort Hood-based brigade to aid Ebola response in West Africa| The United States Army

Fort Hood-based brigade to aid Ebola response in West Africa| The United States Army | Veterans | Scoop.it
The 48th Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Brigade headquarters will deploy to Liberia to command the remaining American forces supporting the U.S. effort to contain the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
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#Veterans - As many U.S. troops return home from the Ebola mission in Liberia, the Fort Hood-based CBRN brigade will replace the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as the joint forces headquarters.  #Military #FortHood #Ebola #WestAfrica


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Fort Hood prostitution case shows military's challenges with sexual assault (+ ... - Christian Science Monitor

Fort Hood prostitution case shows military's challenges with sexual assault (+ ... - Christian Science Monitor | Veterans | Scoop.it
Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen was a sexual assault response coordinator, but Army reports show he used his job to victimize women. He received a two-year sentence in a plea deal this week.
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#Veterans - McQueen “exploited his rank and position of authority to abuse young enlisted women, but at the end of the day, he is walking away with a slap on the wrist,” says retired Col. Don Christensen, who was chief prosecutor for the Air Force.  #Military #SexualAssault #Prostitution #FortHood 

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Shelter dog helps disabled Army veteran learn to trust again

Shelter dog helps disabled Army veteran learn to trust again | Veterans | Scoop.it
Rico barely tips the scale at eight pounds, but this once homeless shelter dog is worth his weight in gold for helping a disabled Army veteran regain her trust in others.
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#Veterans - Shortly before Valentines’ Day in 2014, Venice was matched with Rico, a then four year-old Chihuahua mix, at the Texas Humane Heroes’ Killeen shelter location.  #PTSD #Military #DAV #VA #VeteransAdministration #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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Why Depression Leaves You With 'No Room To Think'

Why Depression Leaves You With 'No Room To Think' | Veterans | Scoop.it
You can escape from those negative thoughts that build up like a wall and leave you with no room to think about other things.
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Depressive symptoms often include fatigue, lack of motivation, problems concentrating, and even forgetfulness. It’s likely that thinking only negative thoughts day after day can have an exhausting effect on both the mind and body — and reduce a person’s ability to think sharply. #Veterans #PTSD #Depression

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"Negative thoughts crowd your mind, making you feel as though you’re spiraling into an unescapable hole. When you’re depressed, you constantly feel like you’re trapped and there’s no way out."

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Senate bill would give military vets access to medical marijuana

Senate bill would give military vets access to medical marijuana | Veterans | Scoop.it

Sen. Booker says proposal would "right decades of wrong."  VA doctors would be allowed to recommend medical marijuana as a treatment option for patients in states where it has been legalized under the new legislation, which would reschedule it out of a list of federally banned substances like heroin and cocaine.

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The medical marijuana legislation introduced Tuesday would lift the threat of federal prosecution from people who use it in states where it has been legalized. #Veterans #MedicalMarijuana #VA #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Veterans Affairs, Second- worst places to work in federal government - Washington Times

Veterans Affairs, Second- worst places to work in federal government - Washington Times | Veterans | Scoop.it
The VA ranked as the second-worst place to work among large federal agencies in 2014, and a top department official has begged employees to submit ideas to try to improve the situation.

Via M. Philip Oliver
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The Veterans Affairs Department ranked 18th out of 19 large federal agencies in a list based on employees’ feedback on surveys from this spring, or about the time the VA began to face scrutiny over a broken bureaucracy and poor care of veterans. Only the Department of Homeland Security rated lower.  #Veterans #VA #VeteranAbuse #Caregiving #Caregivers #HealthCare



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Artist-combat veteran Jeffrey Stenbom uses ghostly sculpture to cope with PTSD - NOLA.com

Artist-combat veteran Jeffrey Stenbom uses ghostly sculpture to cope with PTSD - NOLA.com | Veterans | Scoop.it
Eight days after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center in 2001, Stenbom, who was then 23, joined the Army.
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Stenbom...said that for him, producing sculpture is key to coping with posttraumatic stress disorder.  "More than talking in a group or something or taking medication, making artwork's been my therapy," ..."art saved my life." #Veterans #PTSD #Caregiving #Caregivers  #JKLFA

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US Post Office Guilty 37¢ Stamp Copyright Breach, fined $540K

US Post Office Guilty 37¢ Stamp Copyright Breach, fined $540K | Veterans | Scoop.it

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld an earlier decision against the United States Postal Service (USPS) that it must pay $540,000 for the unauthorized reproduction of Frank Gaylord's art on 37¢ stamp.


The $540,000 damages is based on 10% of the $5.4 million revenue for unauthorized use of a distinctive copyrighted work on a postage stamp."

 

]In 2002, the USPS decided to issue a stamp to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Korean War armistice. "From the very outset of the process of selecting an image for the commemoration, the relevant Postal Service advisory committee fastened onto the idea of using The Column on the stamp," according to the ruling. "It selected Mr. Alli's photograph of The Column for the stamp face, and it paid Mr. Alli a one-time fee of $1,500 for the right to use his photo.




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The $540,000 damages is based on 10% of the $5.4 million revenue for unauthorized use of a distinctive copyrighted work on a postage stamp."  #Veterans #Military #Art #JKLFA #Lawsuit #KoreanWar
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General Martin E. Dempsey: Some Iraqi troops show up for training ill-prepared

General Martin E. Dempsey: Some Iraqi troops show up for training ill-prepared | Veterans | Scoop.it
Some Iraqi army units in line for U.S.-led training to fight the Islamic State group are showing up ill-prepared, the top American general said Sunday.
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He said the military part of the conflict could be concluded "in the foreseeable future." The underlying problems - failures in Iraqi governance and a disaffected Sunni population - probably will take longer to resolve.  #Veterans

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Talk Therapy May Cut Suicide Rate Among U.S. Soldiers: Study: MedlinePlus

Talk Therapy May Cut Suicide Rate Among U.S. Soldiers: Study: MedlinePlus | Veterans | Scoop.it

 Short-term cognitive behavioral therapy can lead to fewer suicide attempts among at-risk U.S. soldiers, a new study suggests.

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"To see a 60 percent reduction in suicide attempts among at-risk active-duty soldiers after a brief intervention is truly exciting," Peterson said.  #Veterans #Soldiers #Suicide #PTSD #HealthCare  #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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Two Intense Emotions Linked to 750% Increase in Heart Attack Risk - PsyBlog

Two Intense Emotions Linked to 750% Increase in Heart Attack Risk - PsyBlog | Veterans | Scoop.it
Two intense emotions that are linked to massive increase in heart attack risk.
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The effect of an anxiety attack is even more pronounced, the study found, increasing the chances of having a heart attack by 9.5 times.  #Veterans #PTSD #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers #Anger #AnxietyAttack 

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Wes Moore: How to talk to veterans about the war - YouTube

Wes Moore joined the US Army to pay for college, but the experience became core to who he is. In this heartfelt talk, the the paratrooper and captain—who wen...
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#Veterans -  "The Other Wes Moore"—explains the shock of returning home from Afghanistan. He shares the single phrase he heard from civilians on repeat, and shows why it's just not sufficient. It's a call for all of us to ask veterans to tell their stories — and listen.  #MilitaryService #PTSD #VA #HealthCare #Caregivers #Caregiving
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Oldest Female Veteran had Pioneering Spirit

Oldest Female Veteran had Pioneering Spirit | Veterans | Scoop.it

Coffey met Obama when she visited the White House last year. In a statement Friday, the president said "it was clear that the passage of time never dampened her patriotic love of country or her pioneering spirit."

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Oldest Female Veteran:  Lucy Coffey was 108 when she died this week in Texas. Her friend, Queta Marquez, says she'd been sick for about a week. She was found dead in her San Antonio home Thursday. #Veterans #OldestFemaleVet  #Obama #SanAntonio #MilitaryService
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Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy helps resolve PTSD - United States Army

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy helps resolve PTSD - United States Army | Veterans | Scoop.it
Approximately 30 patients have been treated with positive results through the Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy, or VRET, program since it was donated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center last October by the Wounded Warrior Project.
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#Veterans - Valdovinos said he had a patient who felt like he emotionally just couldn't get past losing his best friend during a firefight in a building where they were ambushed.  #PTSD #Military #LRMC #VirtualReality 

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If Stroke Victims Cannot Receive Appropriate Care in the VHA, Who Can? » Rawls McNelis + Mitchell: Lawyers for Complex Medicine

If Stroke Victims Cannot Receive Appropriate Care in the VHA, Who Can? » Rawls McNelis + Mitchell: Lawyers for Complex Medicine | Veterans | Scoop.it
RT @RawlsMcNelis: Stroke patients not receiving proper care under #VA... http://t.co/uigVzXnmNq
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#Veterans - Strokes are a serious medical condition that must be properly managed to maximize a patient’s chances of recovering.  It is my sincere hope that no veterans suffered unnecessary harm due to the stroke treatment shortcomings at the TVHS.  #VA #VeteransAdministration #Strokes #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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VA Officials Don't Talk Vet's Recent Death - whotv.com

VA Officials Don't Talk Vet's Recent Death - whotv.com | Veterans | Scoop.it
  DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Des Moines Office of Veterans Affairs hosted a town hall meeting Monday and the talk turned to the recent death of Army veteran Richard Miles, but the VA refused to t...
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#Veterans - His family and friends say he suffered from PTSD, They say he wanted a long-term mental health evaluation at the VA, but instead, he was sent home with a prescription. #PTSD #Military #Caregivers #Caregiving #VA #VHA 

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Veterans Affairs submits whistleblower to criminal investigation; US Special Counsel steps in - Watchdog.org

Veterans Affairs submits whistleblower to criminal investigation; US Special Counsel steps in - Watchdog.org | Veterans | Scoop.it
VA whistleblower says he is treated as a suspect for revealing secret appointment wait list, the president's Office of Special Counsel starts probe.
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“It has become apparent that individuals within leadership have also made it very clear to others in the service that the whistleblower is under investigation in an effort to keep others not to come forward.

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Homeless veteran's dying wish to be granted

Homeless veteran's dying wish to be granted | Veterans | Scoop.it
OKLAHOMA CITY – After he was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, a Marine veteran had one final wish: to be buried in a uniform along with a Marine Corps flag. Donnie Loneman, who had been hom...

Via M. Philip Oliver
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“He had a good heart,” Cleary said. “Donnie was his own person. He did what he wanted and a lot of people fell in love with him for that.” #Veterans #VA #Caregiving #Caregivers #Homeless #USMC

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"After he was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, a Marine veteran had one final wish: to be buried in a uniform along with a Marine Corps flag."

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Veterans Affairs Is Even Worse Than We Thought, Reveal Whistleblowers - Care2.com

Veterans Affairs Is Even Worse Than We Thought, Reveal Whistleblowers - Care2.com | Veterans | Scoop.it
The VA's tendency to lose/ignore documents from veterans and not pay legitimate claims is hardly an accident according to whistleblowers.

Via M. Philip Oliver
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Employees who worked at the Veterans Benefits Administration in Oakland, Calif., discovered that over 13,000 claims and letters sent to the office between 1996 and 2009 had been concealed and completely ignored.  #Veterans #HealthCare #VA #Caregivers #Caregiving

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Virginia Army widow blames VA for husband's death

Virginia Army widow blames VA for husband's death | Veterans | Scoop.it

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Virginia Army widow blames VA for husband?s death
But the level of care and attention he received from the VA toward the end of his life disgusted him. “I think it's despicable what they are doing to their vets,” said Page.

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..the VA to Page said she does not qualify for reimbursement, explaining, “We have no records or documentation that your husband attempted to contact … this facility to request assistance.”  But Page says that’s not true.  #Veterans  #VA #Military #Caregiving #Caregivers #AgentOrange #Vietnam

 


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Soldier began military career at 13 - azcentral.com

Soldier began military career at 13 - azcentral.com | Veterans | Scoop.it
During World War II, Bill Barnes joined the Army at age 13.
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"All of us guys who enlisted as kids are now old men. … When I look out at this group I can't help but be in awe with what these people have done with their lives. We were all just high school dropouts. … I am so proud to be a part of this."  #Veterans #Military #Service #Honor

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