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A Fatal Wait: Veterans Languish And Die On Phoenix VA Hospital's Secret List - WIBW

A Fatal Wait: Veterans Languish And Die On Phoenix VA Hospital's Secret List - WIBW | Veterans | Scoop.it
A Fatal Wait: Veterans Languish And Die On Phoenix VA Hospital's Secret List
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(CNN) -- At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.
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The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor...#Veterans #VA #Scheme #Death

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VA Received Backlog Manipulation Warnings in 2012 - Military.com

VA Received Backlog Manipulation Warnings in 2012 - Military.com | Veterans | Scoop.it
Military.com VA Received Backlog Manipulation Warnings in 2012 Military.com Allegations that veterans died awaiting care at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Arizona comes two years after a former VA official warned Congress that...
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Allegations that veterans died awaiting care at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Arizona comes two years after a former VA official warned Congress that manipulation of patient appointments was a systemic problem. #Veterans #Manipulations #Scam

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I-Team: Mass. Bans Charity Claiming To Help Veterans - CBS Local

I-Team: Mass. Bans Charity Claiming To Help Veterans - CBS Local | Veterans | Scoop.it

BOSTON (CBS) – People want to help veterans back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and are willing to open their wallets to do it.

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Flynn said the group offers no programs for veterans. “This hurts veterans. It hurts the public obviously because they’re giving their money thinking it’s going to help veterans.” #Veterans #Charity

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A New Chance to Delay Huntington's Disease

A New Chance to Delay Huntington's Disease | Veterans | Scoop.it
Massachusetts General Hospital researchers might have discovered a way to delay the onset of Huntington’s disease–and a way for clinical trials to respect patients’ right not to know whether they'll develop the devastating genetic disorder.
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Throughout much of her teen years, Kristen Powers watched a neurodegenerative illness called Huntington’s disease (HD) gradually destroy her mother’s life. Declining motor skills meant her mother fell more often, bruising her skin and scraping her knees. #HuntingtonsDisease

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Little Bird - Mark Storey - YouTube

Little Bird - Mark Storey - YouTube | Veterans | Scoop.it
Fragile as a bird who flys with a broken wing I am lonely as a song who's forgotten how to sing Reaching for the stars looking for another way Fill my mind w...
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Mark Storey @MarkStorey65 is still recovering from a devastating brain injury that occurred over a decade ago. His injury turned his normal productive life  as a musician inside out and upside down. His dark journey of depression and despair has lead him to a new path of hope and passion.  #PTSD #MentalIllness #MentalHealth

 

 

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When His Dem Opponent Mocked His Military Service, Rep. Tom Cotton Responded Perfectly

When His Dem Opponent Mocked His Military Service, Rep. Tom Cotton Responded Perfectly | Veterans | Scoop.it

Cotton rose above the fray by responding with a campaign ad that was classy, humorous, tough and brilliant at the same time.  

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... last month when he attacked his Republican opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, by saying he had a sense of “entitlement” from serving in the military.

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Md. gov candidate suggests Iraq War vet opponent not up for 'real job'

Md. gov candidate suggests Iraq War vet opponent not up for 'real job' | Veterans | Scoop.it
Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler drew ire from a veterans’ group after he made the comments about his opponent, Maryland Lt.
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Gansler’s comments were slammed by a veterans’ group VoteVets.org, whose chairman told the Baltimore Sun his comments were “slime ball politics.”

 

“Doug Gansler needs to stop smearing those of us who served in Iraq as not having had a ‘real job,’ "Jon Soltz, whose group has endorsed Brown, said. “It’s a horrible insult to all those men and women who put their lives on the line, and especially those who died, in service to this country." #Veterans

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You are my world - Mark Storey - YouTube

Mark Story suffers from PTSD but not from a bomb blast during a military conflict. He was a passenger in a car when a drunk driver came around a corner at a very high speed and collided into the car. Marks friends were killed and his broken bones and  brain injury changed his life. 

 

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Mark Storey is still recovering from a devastating brain injury that occurred over a decade ago. His injury turned his normal productive life  as a musician inside out and upside down. His dark journey of depression and despair has lead him to a new path of hope and passion. 

 

Mark's new passion is to spread the message of recovery and to tackle the stigma of mental illness.  As a songwriter, you can feel Mark's passion in the music he has written.  His goal is to encourage others who are suffering and show them that it is possible to recovery from the darkest place.  

 

 

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Europe Pulls All Stops for WWII Anniversaries

Europe Pulls All Stops for WWII Anniversaries | Veterans | Scoop.it
FOULENG, Belgium -- Some townspeople here still remember that day in April 1944 when a burning American B-17 screamed low overhead, crashed and exploded in a nearby field.
Crippled by German flak, the bomber sailed like a flaming arrow into ground now occupied by dozens of grazing cows. An...
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On May 18, Britain's Prince Harry goes to Italy to commemorate four major battles between January and May 1944 in which nearly a quarter-million Allied troops from Britain, the United States, Poland, India, France and New Zealand took part. #Veterans #Military

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With no Iraq-Afghan memorial, Vietnam vets to honor 7,000 dead in first-ever roll call

With no Iraq-Afghan memorial, Vietnam vets to honor 7,000 dead in first-ever roll call | Veterans | Scoop.it

Years away from even being allowed to have a war memorial, the dead from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will be honored by their fellow Vietnam veterans Memorial Day weekend at The Wall.

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“This is the first that we know of -- certainly the first on the Mall,” said The Wall's founder Jan Scruggs of the reading of the names of the nearly 7,000 dead. #Veterans #Military 

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Paperwork snafu delays military widows’ government benefits | Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Paperwork snafu delays military widows’ government benefits | Brooklyn Daily Eagle | Veterans | Scoop.it
Widows and widowers of military veterans all across the city are in danger of being denied survivor’s benefits by the US Department of Veterans Affairs because of a simple and fixable paperwork snafu, according to US Rep. Michael Grimm. The problem, according to Grimm, is that the Dept. of Veterans Affairs requires a death certificate to list the exact cause of death to ensure that the veteran died of a service-related illness or injury so that the surviving spouse can qualify for benefits.
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“It took two, two-and-a-half years for them to get their benefits as widows. It sounds so simple, this snafu, but people are going without getting their benefits. This is money they need to live on,” he said. #Veterans #Benefits #Military

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Montrose veterans program tears down barriers and earns accolades

Montrose veterans program tears down barriers and earns accolades | Veterans | Scoop.it
The mission to make Montrose the most welcoming community in the country for veterans never ends for Melanie Kline.
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Veterans from all wars come together weekly at the center for a coffee gathering that is closed to everyone else — what they talk about is their business. Afterward, a small group of PTSD sufferers meets privately to give one another support in dealing with the problems they face daily. #Veterans #PTSD

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Legislation Could Help Get Veterans Back Work

The proposed bill would allow private employers to give preference to veterans and some spouses
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"Put them at the head of the line. We've done that in terms of sending them off to war, now they're back home and in many cases just trying to get their lives back together.  #Veterans #Benefits 

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Family of veteran who died waiting for care at the VA speaks out

Family of veteran who died waiting for care at the VA speaks out | Veterans | Scoop.it

Family of veteran who died waiting for care at the VA speaks out
MyFox Phoenix   The VA issued a statement on the case, "We offer our deepest condolences to the Breen family. Out of respect for their privacy, we can't talk about Mr.

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The 71-year-old veteran died on November 30th. The death certificate lists the cause as stage 4 bladder cancer. Then, week after his death, the VA called to make an appointment.  #Veterans #VA #Death

"I was screaming, how dare you, do you know my father is dead, thank you VA. I was really yelling, I didn't want to yell at nobody but how could you not," she said.

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Special Report: Filing for VA Benefits-

Special Report: Filing for VA Benefits- | Veterans | Scoop.it

The Veterans Administration spent $500 million on a computerized Veterans Benefits Management System that was intended to streamline the benefits process.

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The government's effort to cut a backlog of pending compensation claims is still considered by the inspector general to be taking too long, which is more than 180 days.  #Veterans #Benefits 

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More of the same: Frustrated vets told proposed medical facility has fallen on ... - Stockton Record

More of the same: Frustrated vets told proposed medical facility has fallen on ... - Stockton Record | Veterans | Scoop.it
More of the same: Frustrated vets told proposed medical facility has fallen on ...
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We are spending trillions of dollars on these wars. Why is it a problem now to serve these veterans?" Campos asked. Following the meeting, he talked about the rancor these funding debates are causing among veterans groups around the country. #Veterans #MedicalFacility

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Army Couple Respond to Brain Cancer Diagnosis - Military.com

Army Couple Respond to Brain Cancer Diagnosis - Military.com | Veterans | Scoop.it
Army Couple Respond to Brain Cancer Diagnosis
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Army Col. Lenny Kness' whole world changed when he was diagnosed with brain cancer less than three years ago. He and his wife, Lt. Col.
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#BrainTumorThursday - Even as Lenny underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments, he did not complain. And he never missed his morning physical training.  Throughout the treatments, running became his escape, he said. #BrainTumor #BrainCancer #BTSM

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#BrainTumorThursday - Even as Lenny underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments, he did not complain. And he never missed his morning physical training.  Throughout the treatments, running became his escape, he said. #BrainTumor #BrainCancer #BTSM

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Man leaves $1,000 tip for dog's surgery

Man leaves $1,000 tip for dog's surgery | Veterans | Scoop.it
A customer left bartender Christina Summitt a $1,000 tip to pay for her dog's surgery.
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"I went back over and said 'Sir, I cannot accept this, what is this for, why would you do this?'" she said. He told her to put it toward Tucker's medical costs. #Dogs  #Humanitarian

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Yoga may help women ease PTSD symptoms

Yoga may help women ease PTSD symptoms | Veterans | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women enrolled in a small study reported a reduction in symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a series of yoga classes.
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About one in 10 U.S. women is affected by PTSD, according to the authors. Many say that alternative and complementary therapies - such as yoga - help them cope with the symptoms, which can include trouble sleeping and having flashbacks related to the traumatic event, known as re-experiencing. #Seniors #Women

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Breathe - Mark Storey Music - YouTube

Mark Storey suffers from PTSD but not from a bomb blast during a military conflict. He was a passenger in a car when a drunk driver came around a corner at a very high speed and collided into the car. Marks friends were killed and his broken bones and  brain injury changed his life. 

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Mark Storey is still recovering from a devastating brain injury that occurred over a decade ago. His injury turned his normal productive life  as a musician inside out and upside down. His dark journey of depression and despair has lead him to a new path of hope and passion. 

 

Mark's new passion is to spread the message of recovery and to tackle the stigma of mental illness.  As a songwriter, you can feel Mark's passion in the music he has written.  His goal is to encourage others who are suffering and show them that it is possible to recovery from the darkest place.  

 

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PTSD and war's effects on veterans can take a heavy toll on families - Newsday

PTSD and war's effects on veterans can take a heavy toll on families - Newsday | Veterans | Scoop.it
The family tension that divided his sisters and tore through two of his marriages began
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Of the more than 2.6 million Americans who served in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan, about 38 percent suffer from relationship problems and high levels of rage -- key indicators of post-traumatic stress -- according to a poll released this month by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation.   #Veterans #PTSD

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Australian soldier’s parents will come here -

Australian soldier’s parents will come here - | Veterans | Scoop.it

After an extensive multi-agency search operation, a forest ranger found him dead on Jan. 15 on Scarface Mountain in Ray Brook. A coroner ruled his death as suicide by hypothermia.

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Now John and Angela McKay plan to return here in May to scatter his ashes where he died. Their daughter will accompany them, Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau said. #Veteran #Military 

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Remembering the fallen

Remembering the fallen | Veterans | Scoop.it
"In Flanders Fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row..."
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Ninety-six years later, members of the American Legion Auxiliary are still handing out poppies as a symbol of the blood shed by American service members who fought on foreign soil. #Veterans #Military

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VA: Disability claims backlog drops by 44 percent

VA: Disability claims backlog drops by 44 percent | Veterans | Scoop.it
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“No veteran should have to wait to receive earned benefits. Through a combination of transformation initiatives and the hard work of our employees, we are making significant progress toward our goal of eliminating the claims backlog in 2015,”  #Veterans

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Veterans Slam New York Times Piece Linking Vets, White Supremacist Groups

Veterans Slam New York Times Piece Linking Vets, White Supremacist Groups | Veterans | Scoop.it
Veterans and veteran advocates have denounced a New York Times opinion piece that connected veterans to white supremacist groups, Military Times reports. The NYT piece, titled “Veterans and White
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Paul Rieckhoff, director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, expressed his outrage to Military Times, “Both the title—‘Veterans and White Supremacy’—and an accompanying graphic joining service members with KKK members are shameful …  #Veterans #Military 

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