Veterans Affairs News

October 2018


10/31/2018:  INFO NEEDED & EVENT [11/12]: Mid-Prairie West seeks veterans’ information [for Honor Wall] (Kalona News 10/31)

                     National veterans’ organization sues VA secretary over emergency bills loophole [w/VIDEO] (CBS 7 WSAW 10/31)

                     EVENT [11/4]: Prudenti: Hofstra Law to provide free legal service to Vets Nov. 4 (Long Island Business News 10/31)

                     EVENT [11/3]: Veterans appreciation tailgate event (Kalona News 10/31)

                     EVENT [11/11]: Local veteran groups honor 100th anniversary of the end of World War I (Oakland Press 10/30)

                     Day of prayer for veterans to be observed at Loma Linda VA hospital (Redlands Daily Facts 10/30)

                     Veterans Impacted by Hurricanes Will Get Priority on Appeals Claims (FedSmith 10/30)

                     Cerner gives new updates on DoD and VA EHR rollouts (Healthcare IT News 10/30)

                     Yavapai County Courts Honoring Those Who Served (Signals AZ 10/30)

                     VA secretary honors local employees (Union-Bulletin 10/30)

                     A flight of honor: Nonprofit group escorts heroes on Washington D.C. memorial trip (CBS WWMT 10/30)

                     Demonstrators call for improved staffing at Illinois Veterans’ Home [w/VIDEO] (NBC WGEM 10/30)

                     Veterans Home workers picket forced overtime, vacant positions (Herald-Whig 10/30)

                     Vikings Share Appreciation During Visit with Veterans (Vikings Skol 10/30)

                     EVENT [11/4]: Veteran's Day, Election Day, and Songs for the Season (Wisconsin Public Radio 10/30)

10/30/2018:  World War II vet honored during Week of Valor announcement (NBC 3 WAVE 10/29)

                     Hoosier veteran receives Purple Heart (Tristate Homepage 10/29)

                     Registered Nurses Call On VA Secretary To Sign Contract (Common Dreams 10/30)

                     EVENT [11/9]: Veterans, service members invited to learn about Veterans Affairs entitlements (Central Jersey 10/30)

                     VA tests new electronic health records systems (My Columbia Basin 10/30)

                     Death of a veteran found in his car at Wilmington's VA leads to changes (Delaware Online 10/30)

                     Bipartisan celebration greets groundbreaking for new veterans home (Macomb Daily 10/30)

                     Recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers (News & Observer 10/30)

                     Local veterans among bicentennial honorees (Herald-Whig 10/29)

                     Veterans are cutting back on smoking and drinking, but they still face significant health risks (Military Times 10/29)

                     EVENT [11/10]: Veterans Corner: Flagpole dedication planned (The Pantagraph 10/29)

                     Request made for veterans clinic in county (Dubois County Herald 10/29)

                     Mom of murdered cop demands to know if killer still gets veterans' benefits (CTV News 10/29)

10/29/2018:  A program for veterans' medical expenses gets an overhaul (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 10/29)

                     EVENT [11/7]: Veterans Affairs Benefits Workshop at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library (Daily Republic 10/29)

                     NYC mayor announces plan to assist 12,000 veteran students at risk of eviction (NBC News 10/29)

                     Researchers to Study Binge Eating Disorder Treatment in Veterans (UCSD Health 10/29)

                     Woman accused of stealing father’s Social Security and Veteran’s Affairs benefits (East Idaho News 10/29)

                     EVENT [11/9]: Veteran’s Day program set at senior center in Basking Ridge (Bernardsville News 10/28)

                     November: Voting, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving (Johnson City Press 10/28)

                     Honor Flight gives veterans special experience [w/VIDEO] (ABC 10 News 10/28)

10/28/2018:  Gulf War syndrome and the burn pits (Argus Observer 10/28)

                     Havasu couple settles son’s wrongful death lawsuit with Veterans Affairs (Havasu News 10/28)

                     As Montana VA looks to enact reforms, staff vacancies and wait times persist (Independent Record 10/28)

                     Expand health coverage for vets exposed to Agent Orange (The Blade 10/28)

                     Clarksburg, WV, veterans medical center improves in internal VA rankings (Exponent Telegram 10/28)

                     National Veterans Memorial and Museum opens in Ohio (Stars & Stripes 10/27)

                     Department of Veterans’ Affairs says there’s no delay in opening Kearney vets home (Grand Island Independent 10/27)

                     Veterans Cemetery holds dedication ceremony for Phase III expansion (Union-Recorder 10/27)

                     Governor dedicates new veterans' cemetery in Angel Fire (MRT 10/27)

10/27/2018:  Veterans skeptical that $10 billion computer system will improve service at VA (Spokesman-Review 10/27)

                     Veterans Affairs office to house slain soldier's award (The Daily Item 10/27)

                     EVENT [10/29]: Veterans town hall meeting in Johnstown (CBS WTAJ 10/26)

                     Gov. Burgum creates Task Force for Veterans Affairs in North Dakota (Jamestown Sun 10/26)

                     Veterans to save with new discount card (SBS News Australia 10/26)

                     Sallisaw chosen as location for next state veterans center, beating out Muskogee and Poteau (News OK 10/26)

                     Doors Open For Annual Veterans Stand Down [w/VIDEO] (Western Slope Now 10/26)

                     Veterans Services director fired after employee reports he was 'obsessed' with her (Leaf Chronicle 10/26)

                     Stand Down underway to aid homeless and at-risk veterans [w/VIDEO] (Redding Record Searchlight 10/26)

10/26/2018:  SUPPORT NEED: Black Hawk VA needs help providing Christmas for vets (The Courier 10/26)

                     Special Forces Veteran Kevin Flike Appointed to The Green Beret Foundation Board Of Directors (PR Newswire 10/26)

                     EVENTS [M-F]: Veterans Affairs drive-thru flu shot clinic suspended Friday for possible bad weather (Virginia First 10/25-26)

                     Former VA psychiatrist sentenced to federal prison (Muskogee Phoenix 10/25)

                     Valley Veteran Questioning VA Disability Claims Process [w/VIDEO] (ABC 5 KRGV 10/25)

                     VA clinic unveils new facilities and services (Conway Daily Sun 10/25)

                     A DAY FOR VETS: Sportsplex holds Veteran’s Summit (Starkville Daily News 10/25)

                     EVENT [11/1]: Veterans Resource Fair scheduled at Walsh (Canton Rep 10/25)

                     Heitkamp Deletes Photo Of World War II Veteran After Complaints It Was Shared Without His Permission (Townhall 10/25)

                     DecryptNaBox Solution to Enable Encryption Services at Departments of Veterans Affairs and Treasury (Business Wire 10/25)

                     Retsil final home for former state director of Veterans Affairs (Kitsap Sun 10/25)

10/25/2018:  Trudeau responds to Christopher Garnier’s Veteran Affairs payouts during question period (Global News 10/24-25)

                     Veterans honored as Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs releases ‘Honor 200’ List (CBS 12 KFVS 10/24)

                     Prior Lake High School graduate named Veterans Affairs Chief of Staff (Prior Lake American 10/24)

                     Delaware Veterans Cemetery Team Earns Top Honors from VA (Delaware News 10/24)

                     Grand Junction VA embracing new whole health system model (The Daily Sentinel 10/24)

                     VA Needs to Address Implementation Challenges and Strengthen Oversight of Subcontracting Limitations (GAO 10/24)

                     EVENTS [10/27-11/12]: Penn State Military Appreciation Week Kicks Off Saturday (Onward State 10/24)

                     EVENTS [10/26-11/12]: Veterans honored at area events (Daily Times 10/24)

                     McSally, Kyl get earful on problems at the VA from local veterans (Tucson.com 10/23)

10/24/2018:  Palliative care could reduce suicide risk among veterans with advanced lung cancer (Healio 10/23)

                     EVENT [11/1]: Veterans' Expo set for Nov. 1 at Chambersburg Mall (Public Opinion 10/23)

                     Salem VA Medical Center hoping to serve more veterans with new transportation program [w/VIDEO] (NBC 10 WSLS 10/23)

                     Crowds gather as VA clinic settles in to new home (Dickinson County News 10/23)

                     EVENT [11/7]: Meredith to Commemorate Veterans Day November 7, 2018 (Meredith College 10/23)

                     Heller misses more than half of Veterans Affairs hearings (Nevada Current 10/23)

                     Women and men Health Information available at VA Hospitals and Online (Suburban Chicagoland News 10/23)

                     ‘I thought it was very nice’: VA official showcased portrait of KKK’s first grand wizard (Washington Post 10/23) 

                     Cleveland man arrested again for illegally scrapping at former Veterans Affairs hospital complex (ABC 5 News 10/23)

10/23/2018:  Regional VA officials don't see privatization in future (Journal Gazette 10/23)

                     Veterans winning, and healing, through the arts (Roanoke Times 10/22)

                     Veterans' Affairs Minister awards $3 million to organizations helping veterans, families [w/VIDEO] (CTV Montreal 10/22)

                     Defence Minister teams up with with international counterparts to improve support for veterans (GOV UK 10/22)

                     VA Delays Force Disabled Veterans To Seek Alternatives For Essential Equipment [w/AUDIO] (Texas Public Radio 10/22)

                     Northport VA launches mobile medical unit in North Hempstead [w/VIDEO] (News 12 Long Island 10/22)

                     New Veterans Affairs Office Opens in Knox County (WTHI 10 News 10/22)

10/22/2018:  Assistance to veterans offered Nov. 10 ((Herald-Mail 10/22)

                     Quarter auction to help get gifts for veterans (The Journal 10/22)

                     DAV MN will make vans available for volunteers to transport veterans (Woodbury Bulletin 10/22)

                     Olympic College students feeling the pinch from delayed GI Bill benefit payments (Kitsap Sun 10/21)

                     Veterans Journal: VA online health portal wins government innovation award (Providence Journal 10/21)

                     U.S. Veteran Affairs secretary promises permanent grave markers, other benefits for Alaska (Anchorage Daily News 10/21)

                     Veterans Resource Fair and Job Expo offers something for everyone (Courier Express 10/21)

10/21/2018:  Transparency now is key to trust in vets home process (Herald-Whig 10/21)

                     Constituent services boost district's quality of life (Journal Gazette 10/21)

                     Veterans Affairs Targets ‘Pension Poachers’ With New Regulation (Disabled Veterans 10/21)

                     Loveland woman receives late husband's WWII benefits, 22 years after his death (Loveland Reporter-Herald 10/20)

                     Clyde Beal: Death of son leads mother to the support of Gold Star Mothers (WV Herald-Dispatch 10/20)

10/20/2018:  New Veterans Affairs medical clinic planned for Muncie (Idaho Statesman 10/20)

                     Veterans Affairs Secretary tours Anchorage homeless veterans event (NBC 2 KTUU 10/19)

                     EVENT [11/2]: Veteran Affairs Office holding coat drive [w/VIDEO] (We Are Iowa 10/19)

                     New Veteran Affairs clinic opens in downtown Iowa City (NBC 7 KWWL 10/19)

                     Blocking VA documents release protects 'shadow rulers' — not vets (Star-Tribune 10/19)

                     The Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center is looking for volunteers [w/VIDEO] (ABC 20 WCJB 10/19)

                     Senior Energy Dept. aide moving to Veterans Affairs (Politico 10/18)

10/19/2018:  EVENT [10/22]: Concerned about Oklahoma veterans? Attend the Governor’s Vets Symposium [w/VIDEO] (News 4 OK 10/18)

                     EVENT [11/3]: How one homeless Hall County family struggles, and how you can help (Gainesville Times 10/18)

                     COLA Increases for Veterans’ Compensation Signed Into Law (Big Island Now 10/18)

                     Comcast Internet Essentials reaches out to embrace veterans (Tacoma Weekly 10/18)

                     VA clinic in Liberal relocating to provide more services to veterans in SW Kan [w/VIDEO] CBS 12 KWCH 10/18)

                     Atlanta VA temporarily moves key staff after hospital’s downgrade (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 10/18)

                     Facebook bad for your mental health? New OHSU study says in-person is better (The Oregonian 10/18)

10/18/2018:  VA Struggles To Reach Other-Than-Honorable-Discharge Vets In Need Of Help (NPR 10/18)

                     Veteran Services welcomes new service officer, offers assistance in filing benefit claims (State Gazette 10/18)

                     North Shore veterans get care at new VA mobile unit at Glen Cove VFW (LI Herald 10/18)

                     Army Veteran Wages War on Social-Media Disinformation (Wall Street Journal 10/17)

                     Wyden cheers VA moves to stop 'pension poachers' (KTVZ 21 News 10/17)

                     Veterans’ Affairs & Benefits (The Irregular 10/17)

                     A new Veterans Affairs office is one step closer to coming to Myrtle Beach (Myrtle Beach Online 10/17)

                     Top Veterans Affairs official notes value of Walla Walla medical center (Union-Bulletin 10/17)

                     Fulton, faith leaders work to clear criminal records in veterans summit [w/VIDEO] (WSB 2 Atlanta 10/16)

                     Veterans’ emergency care loophole remains as candidates campaign on veterans' records [w/VIDEO] (CBS 7 WSAW 10/16)

10/17/2018:  EVENT [11/11]: Catholic Women’s Club Plans Celebration Of Veterans (Mashpee Enterprise 10/16)

                     Cape social services, VA clinic could be moving into Rio Grande Kmart (Press of Atlantic City 10/16)

                     Wilmington VA Expands Long-Term Care Options for S. Jersey Veterans (Cape May County Herald 10/16)

                     VA unveils clinic on wheels to expand patient care [w/VIDEO] (Newsday 10/16)

                     Justice for veterans (Traverse City Record-Eagle 10/16)

                     Despite recommendations, VA stands by firing of top Memphis VA chief of surgery [w/VIDEO] (Commercial Appeal 10/16)

                     Number of veterans affairs facilities offering acupuncture growing rapidly (Medical Xpress 10/16)

                     Board Of Supervisors Discuss New Location For DHS, Veterans Affairs and Mental Health [w/AUDIO] (KCHA News 10/16)

                     Overton Brooks VA Medical Center Director and Whistle-blower complete new mentor program [w/VIDEO] (ABC 3 KTBS 10/15)

                     New programs to help Pacific Northwest veterans [w/VIDEO] (NBC 5 KING 10/15)

10/16/2018:  Jacksonville nonprofit plans to help families of veterans who committed suicide (ABC/NBC 10/15-16)

                     New VA Channel in Arizona (Military.com 10/15)

                     Department of Veterans Affairs to hold webcast on what to expect in 2019 (ABC 8 Tulsa 10/15)

                     Iowa City VA, Loebsack respond to canceled tests report (NBC 7 KWWL 10/15)

                     Former Walter Reed Chief to Take Over at Troubled VA Medical Center (Military.com 10/15)

                     Veterans Affairs Spends Millions on Security Guards at Confederate Cemeteries (US News & World Report 10/15)

10/15/2018:  VA-DoD Leaders Signal Commitment to Interoperability, but What Challenges Will They Face? (Healthcare Informatics 10/15)

                     Veterans Corner: Problem with GI Bill stipend (The Pantagraph 10/15)

                     Cincinnati VA Medical Center gets its fourth leader in three years [w/VIDEO] (Cincinnati Enquirer 10/15)

                     Veteran Medical Foster Care Program Expands in Arkansas [w/VIDEO] (NWA 10/14-15)

                     Wis. U.S. Senate candidate ads focus on Tomah VA scandal [w/VIDEO] (WBAY 2 News 10/14)

                     Five Questions For: Author Suzanne Gordon on the VA as a ‘Model for American Health Care’ (The Progressive 10/14)

                     Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs partners with Alaska Federation of Natives (DVIDS 10/13)

10/14/2018:  VA plans new medical clinic in Muncie (Star Press 10/13)

                     Medicaid is a safety net for veterans (Missoulian 10/13)

10/13/2018:  County offers financial help for veterans [w/VIDEO] (ABC 27 News 10/12)

                     Chillicothe VA director Mark Murdock heading to Cincinnati VA (Chillicothe Gazette 10/12)

                     Tester announces Helena Veteran appointed to National Veterans Mental Health Commission (NBC KTVH 10/12)

                     VA appoints new director for embattled DC hospital (Stars & Stripes 10/12)

                     In local visit, Walden outlines support for veterans (Argus Observer 10/12)

10/12/2018:  Harker Heights: Veterans center reopens after renovations (CBS 10 KWTX 10/12)

                     Veterans, military retirees will see a 2.8 percent COLA boost for 2019 (Military Times 10/11)

                     Oklahoma Veterans Affairs to Build New Center (US News & World Report 10/11)

                     Advocate asks why Michigan Veterans Affairs isn’t connecting more vets to benefits [w/AUDIO] (Michigan Radio 10/11)

                     EVENT [10/24]: Laurels to host veterans affairs speaker (Wellsboro Gazette 10/11)

                     Eglin's VA Clinic reopens after Hurricane Michael (ABC 3 WEAR 10/11)

                     Sammons Financial Donates $20,000 to South Dakota Dept of Veterans Affairs (WZFG 10/11)

                     Merck to supply Samsung’s biosimilar to US Veterans Affairs Dept (Korea Biomedical Review 10/11)

10/11/2018:  Pentagon, VA Leaders Commit to Boosting Accountability in Health Record Overhaul (Nextgov 10/10)

                     Big Spring VA hospital confident in improvements despite 1-star rating (Abilene Reporter 10/10)

                     EVENT [10/23]: Veterans' Affairs Mobile Information Van at UMA Rockland October 23 (Penobscot Bay Pilot 10/10)

                     Rapid recovery TJA protocol in a VA hospital seen as safe and efficient (Healio Orthopedics 10/10)

                     Michigan ranks near bottom in linking vets to VA benefits. State Rep. says we need to move up, now. (NPR 10/10)

                     VA, DOD senior leaders commit to aligned electronic health records system (Hawai'i Army Weekly 10/10)

                     Waterloo gets housing vouchers for homeless vets (The Courier 10/10)

                     Bridgewater veterans honored with banner project (Taunton Daily Gazette 10/10)

                     Pa.’s top veterans’ advocate visits Sewickley’s Bridgeside Market (Sewickley Herald 10/10)

                     GAO Report: Improvements Needed at VA to Prevent Processing Delays (ABC 5 KRGB 10/9)

10/10/2018:  Cerner reveals long list of partners for largest ever EHR undertaking in the US (Healthcare IT 10/10)

                     Veterans Affairs misdiagnoses and delays nearly kill SoCal veteran [w/VIDEO] (ABC 7 News 10/9)

                     VA benefits (Wilkes Journal-Patriot 10/9)

                     Former Veterans Affairs police officer, brother plead guilty to stealing more than $100K from the V.A. (News 7 Miami 10/9)

                     Fall River native named director of veterans affairs in Oregon (The Herald News 10/9)

                     New Stephanie Murphy ad focuses on veteran's family [w/VIDEO] (Orlando Sentinel 10/9)

                     Feds [in Canada] looking at longer deadlines for answering veterans' requests for service (Ottawa Citizen 10/9)

10/09/2018:  Overlapping Opioid & Benzodiazepine Prescriptions among Dually Enrolled Vets: Study (Annals of Internal Medicine 10/9)

                     Survey of Riverside County veterans concludes at month's end. Here's a chance to sound off [w/VIDEO] (Desert Sun 10/8)

                     Blumenthal asks VA Inspector General to investigate sterile procedures at hospital (New Haven Register 10/8)

                     EVENTS [10/12,22,23,29]: Veteran Services to tour Cambria County town halls (CBS WTAJ 10/8)

                     Idaho's Third Veterans Cemetery Coming To Blackfoot [w/AUDIO] (Boise State Public Radio 10/8)

                     Elder Law Experts: V.A. pension program changes could hurt veterans [w/VIDEO] (ABC 13 News 10/8)

                     Rosendale hears concerns from local veterans in Missoula (Missoulian 10/8)

                     Action 9 helps veteran get benefits after life-altering injury [w/VIDEO] (ABC 9 WFTV 10/8)

10/08/2018:  Unsung Hero: Veteran tells story of service, challenges (The Journal-News 10/8)

                     To the Editor: On the Spot with Eddie Edwards (Fosters Online 10/8)

                     Congress Mulls Expanding Telehealth to Help Veterans With PTSD (mHealth Intelligence 10/8)

                     Merck & Co signs biosimilars deal for US veterans (PharmaPhorum 10/8)

                     Cerner creates VA EHR modernization team (Health Data Management 10/8)

                     Editorial | Why is Memphis VA still among the worst? (Commercial Appeal 10/8)

                     Dunn, Wasserman Schultz Want Answers on Why VA Cancelled 250,000 Diagnostic Appointments (Sunshine State News 10/8)

                     Valley officials talk about the rise in veteran suicide (NBC 21 WFMJ 10/7)

                     Ratings show Canandaigua medical center has improved, VA says [w/VIDEO] (Democrat & Chronicle 10/7)

10/07/2018:  Walla Walla VA shows improvement (Union-Bulletin 10/7)

                     VA owes veterans housing allowances under the GI Bill, forcing some into debt (NBC News 10/7)

                     Veterans hospital region’s largest addiction treatment center, could be model for others [w/VIDEO] (Dayton Daily News 10/7) 

                     Virgin Islands Veteran Awarded Purple Heart 45 Years Later (Virgin Islands Consortium 10/7)

                     Lightning Bolt II Invictus Convoy Goulburn stop | Photos (Crookwell Gazette 10/7)

                     'Feel-Good' story: Local group feeds veterans through longtime friendship (Daily Press 10/6)

                     Dozens of Veterans take a Tour of Honor in Keokuk [w/VIDEO] (NBC WGEM 10/6)

                     Our View: Fast storm recovery at VA (Fayetteville Observer 10/6)

                     VA Notifies Patients of Incorrect Mailings of Medications, Letters (The St. Thomas Source 10/6)

10/06/2018:  EVENT [10/19]: Golf event to benefit vets adds adaptive golf flight (Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News 10/6)

                     These Are The Worst VA Medical Centers In The United States (Task & Purpose 10/5)

                     What is SSAFA and what does it do? (The Telegraph UK 10/5)

                     Hundreds of Veterans at Hugin Town Hall (Insider NJ 10/5)

                     Cleveland VA hospital under audit (ABC 5 Cleveland 10/5)

                     Wall Street Journal: Peter O’Rourke Soon To Eject From Veterans Affairs (Disabled Veterans 10/5)

                     Veterans who are victims of domestic, sexual violence would see more help under proposed bill (Stars & Stripes 10/5)

                     MiMedx Kept Cheaper Products Out of Its Offerings to VA Hospitals (Wall Street Journal 10/5)

                     Student veterans, schools frustrated over lack of housing payments from VA (Stars & Stripes 10/5)

                     More than 60% of leases on the VA's West L.A. campus are illegal or improper, audit finds (LA Times 10/5)

                     American Legion Dept. of AL reacts to Montgomery VA 1-star Rating [w/VIDEO] (NBC 12 WSFA 10/4)

                     Lung Cancer Screening Rates Fall Short in VA (MedPage Today / CHEST 10/4)

10/05/2018:  Post 9-11 veterans group pushing Congress to allow VA research on medical marijuana (Orlando Sentinel 10/5)

                     Cerner reveals long list of VA EHR modernization partners (Healthcare IT News 10/4)

                     Report: Temple VA shows service improvements (TDT News 10/4)

                     Senator: VA missed deadline to inform vets with 'bad paper' about access to mental health care (Stars & Stripes 10/4)

                     Tomah VA whistleblower, veteran's widow disagree over senator (Stars & Stripes 10/4)

                     24 Companies Join VA’s Health Record Modernization Team (NextGov 10/4)

                     VA Briefs (Fort Campbell Courier 10/4)