Veterans Affairs News

December 2018



More New Laws for 2019 (12/31)

Roseburg VA shakeup results in number of changes (12/30)

E-mails reveal how [Canadian] Veterans Affairs sought to explain PTSD treatment for man who killed police officer (12/30)


Veterans Affairs to Help ECA Students Hurt by Closures (12/31)

Tony Evers names three to lead on state budget, veterans affairs and financial institutions (12/28)

Re-enactors honor Pearl Harbor veteran (12/28)

Newtown Resident Continues To Serve Fellow Soldiers (12/28)

Oldest World War II veteran, Richard Overton, dies at 112 (12/27-28)

Effort to help military veterans start businesses snowballs (12/27)

Lamoille Women’s Club supports local veteran (12/27)

Retired New Mexico brigadier general to lead veterans agency (12/27)

Veterans Affairs town hall coming to Castle Rock (12/27)


Editorial | Walk the walk when it comes to our veterans (12/27)

LHI awarded contracts by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (12/27)

Veteran Salute: Service never stopped for one Vietnam vet 🎥 (12/27)

Congress questions progress on veterans choice, suicide prevention amid ‘constant churn’ of VA leadership (12/27) 📅

This federal program wipes away disabled vets’ student debt. They’re defaulting on their loans anyway. (12/27)

Bartell's Backroads: I went fishing with a veteran 🎥 (12/26-27)

Live 5 Investigates: More than 100 items deemed missing from Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center 🎥 (12/26)

White House VA hotline offers services, emotional support to US veterans (12/26)

Government shutdown 2018: What’s open, what’s closed? How will it affect you? (12/26)

NYPD cop, an Army combat vet, praised for restraint after five-on-one attack (12/26)


Former Legion commander devotes life to other veterans (12/26)

Planned $15M behavioral health building at Spokane VA Medical Center canceled 🎥 (12/26)

Warner Robins shelter helps struggling veterans during Christmas (12/25)

Eagles Club looking to raise funds to benefit disabled veterans (12/25)

White House Veterans Affairs Hotline Marks One Year Since Opening (12/25)

After 30 years, it’s time to rethink VA’s Cabinet department status (12/25)


Cape May VA clinic to move in 2020 (12/24)

St. Cloud VA director leaving after only a year and a half (12/24)

Howard Altman: Families disgusted at VA failure to spend suicide-prevention money (12/24)

Dallas Cowboys honor three special World War II veterans prior to Sunday's game (12/23)

Blind veteran, 87, who lost his wife won't spend Christmas alone 🎄 (12/23)

LETTER: Members of VFW post thank for Veterans Day parade (12/23)

Forever GI Bill faced issues in 2018. Here's how it unfolded. (12/23)

Plan for Illinois Veterans Home truly is historic (12/23)

Family: Part of Army Veteran’s Skull Surgically Removed after Attack in Sacramento 🎥 (12/23)

Museum’s impact, potential excite veteran (12/22)


Friends learn about services available to local veterans (12/21)

Recorder of Deeds keeps veterans warm this Christmas 🎄 (12/21)

Veteran caregiver program cut by 80 percent this year in Tennessee 🎥 (12/21)

1,300 disabled vets are getting billed for thousands of dollars ... because VA didn’t check their email (12/21)

OptumServe awarded two contracts with the Department of Veterans Affairs (12/21)

Terminal diagnosis leads Kevin Dill to resign from veterans affairs post (12/21)

Men and Women in uniform give Veterans holiday cheer 🎥 🎄 (12/20)

Bill to Ensure Underpaid Vets are Reimbursed Heads to President (12/20)

Franklin County Veterans Affairs continues to pair veterans with service dogs 🎥 (12/20)

90,000 'Blue Water Navy' Vietnam War veterans waiting to get treatment 🎥 (12/20) 📅

VA secretary urged to heed veteran groups over access to community care (12/20)

'No semblance of transparency:' Some concerned VA isn’t collaborating on community care rules (12/19)


Sending More Veterans to Private Care Isn’t Solving the VA’s Problems (12/19)

When measuring resilience, the type of trauma suffered matters (12/19)

Joint Senate-House Panel Reviews VA Mission Act Implementation (12/19)

Weaver has ‘dream job’ as pharmacist for Veterans Affairs (12/19)

Gabbard Demands Action for Veterans (12/18)

1,200 Publix Holiday Meals Donated to Families, Seniors and Veterans by the Jaguars and Partners (12/18)

Noem Names Veterans Affairs Secretary For New Administration (12/18)

VA Overpaid $4.5 Million in Benefits Because It Didn't Read Emails, Watchdog Says (12/18)

Final VA update of the year revealed at town hall today 🎥 (12/18)


In surprise move, commissioners name one of their own to veterans board (12/17-18)

Prosecutors drop federal drug case against former Cincinnati VA leader 🎥 (12/17)

Man having a tough time proving he's alive, not dead 🎥 (12/17)

5 ways Congress can help veterans in the New Year (12/17)

$4.72 million invested by federal VA for columbarium (12/17)

Vets honor Sen. Honeyford (12/17)

FTC & VA Announce MOA On Deceptive Advertising, Sales, Enrollment Practices Targeting Veterans Using Military Ed Benefits (12/17)


Veteran Widow remembers the life "a true patriot" at the Wreaths Across America Ceremony 🎥 (12/15)

My HealtheVet turns 15 (12/17)

VA Hospitals Outperform Private Hospitals in Most Areas (12/17)

VA HEALTH CARE: Improvements Needed in Suicide Prevention Media Outreach Campaign Oversight and Evaluation 📃 (12/15-17)

Group urges White House, VA to reject resurfaced proposal cutting disabled, unemployed veterans' benefits (12/17)

Preston Veterans Home predesign shared, questions answered (12/17)

Veterans Corner: Follow the money (12/17)

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs News Release (12/17)

Military veterans — in Pittsburgh and nationally — embrace VA home loans after improvements to system (12/16)

DeSantis picks Army reservist to lead veterans affairs (12/16)

Veterans Journal: New VA secretary touts VA Choice care option (12/16)


IG: Veterans Affairs Confused About The Role Of Its VA Police (12/14)

VA Whistleblower Visited by FBI, sent to Psych Ward, set to be Terminated from Job (12/14)

VA hospitals often the best option for medical care, study finds (12/13) 📅

Veterans' support 'outdated, needs reform' (12/13)

VA’s confidence about appeals modernization timeline soothes congressional skepticism (12/13)

Barr Holds VA Accountable to Kentucky Student Veterans (12/13)

VA mismanaged police force, costing millions of dollars and leaving security gaps, investigators say (12/13)

Registered nurse pleads guilty to stealing, using drugs from Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center (12/13)

Productivity Commission draft report calls for Veterans' Affairs Department to be shut down (12/13)


Major inquiry says Veterans' Affairs Department should be abolished (12/14)

Rep. Gabbard Advocates for Better Veteran Support (12/13)

VIDEO: Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie Speaks In Kohala 🎥 (12/13)

Report: Nearly half of veterans had dermatology appointments delayed at Pensacola VA clinic (12/13)

New tradition honors veteran graduates (12/12)

US Senate Kills Bill Extending Benefits to US Sailors Exposed to Agent Orange (12/12)

Veteran Affairs seeking more volunteer drivers to give back to those who served (12/12)

Veterans are demanding, not asking, for better care (12/12)

Buffalo chosen for VA facility (12/12)

As VA works to implement appeals reform, GI Bill problems cast doubts (12/12)

VA secretary forces departure of Trump loyalist Peter O'Rourke for 'getting paid to sit on his couch' (12/12)

Local Veterans with Disabilities to See Increase in VA Checks 🎥 (12/12)


Some schools punish GI Bill users for VA’s delays. Congress may be about to stop that. (12/12)

Military, Veterans Affairs won’t pay for Air Force officer’s prosthetic leg, leaving her with $34,000 bill (12/12)

VA and local officials continue to expand care for South Jersey veterans: Our view (12/11)

Former Veterans Affairs officer, brother sentenced for stealing more than $100K from V.A. 🎥 (12/11)

Trump Ally Peter O'Rourke Forced Out at Veterans Affairs After Months of Getting Paid to Do Nothing (12/11)

The VA actually spent money — and years — on a scientific study to tell us daily drinking is unhealthy (12/11)

GE Healthcare Partners With Department of Veterans Affairs to Accelerate 3-D Printing (12/11)

MPTF Has Helped Industry’s Military Veterans Collect $500K In Unclaimed VA Benefits (12/11)

Vanek named veteran of the month (12/11)

New VA Clinic opening in Minot this week (12/11)

Beech Grove Walmart fight: How a Navy veteran humiliated in viral video found redemption 🎥 (12/11)

81-Year-Old Veteran Robbed In Broad Daylight Loses Grandson In Triple Homicide On Same Day 🎥 (12/11)

Bill Introduced to Ensure Vet Reimbursements (12/11)

Veterans Treatment Court Marks Its 10th Anniversary In Tulsa County 🎥 (12/10)


Deal to extend benefits for ‘blue water’ Vietnam veterans appears dead for this year (12/11)

Dog Experiments At Veterans Affairs Set For Formal Review (12/11)

Uncertainty over late GI Bill payments leave lawmakers asking: Who is accountable? (12/11)

Veterans are calling for more oversight as the Governor searches for new veterans affairs director 🎥 (12/10-11)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Partners with T-Mobile to Help Expand Access to Health Care for Veterans (12/10)

Rep. Mark Takano poised to lead House Committee on Veterans Affairs (12/10)

ECSU's Veterans Center opens (12/10)

Volunteerism honored at Disabled American Veterans’ holiday party (12/10)


VET ASSISTANCE NEEDED: Cumberland County Prosecutor seeks peer mentors for vets (12/10)

Red Cross to give holiday cards to veterans in West Virginia 🎥 (12/09-10)

EVENTS: Veterans Journal: Many services available, including free classes (12/09)

China to improve work on handling veterans' petitions (12/09)

China detains 10 after October protests by military veterans (12/09)

Loans Thank Military for Their Service (12/09)

Public online directory of Veterans Affairs staff made secret because of safety concerns, department says (12/09)


County’s new veterans affairs commission to host meet and greet Dec. 12 (12/07)

Compromise plan alive for 'Blue Water Navy' bill (12/06)

Bill to increase veterans services advances in state Senate (12/06)

EVENT [12/11]: Roseburg VA to hold town hall meeting Tuesday (12/06)

Veteran mentors helping other veterans stay out of jail in Bartholomew County 🎥 (12/06)

Concept Design Plans Revealed for Preston Veterans Home 🎥 (12/06)

VA’s telehealth program is already the largest in the nation. It’s about to get bigger (12/06)

Walmart (WMT), Dept. of Veteran Affairs Announce Collaboration on Telehealth to Reach Underserved Veterans (12/06)

Emails show Veterans Affairs rejected a strong statement on the Charlottesville riot 🎥 (12/06)

New Veterans Affairs Clinic opens in Idaho Falls 🎥 (12/06)


Spok to Modernize Communications Throughout Veterans Affairs Hospitals (12/06)

St. Thomas Office of Veterans Affairs Moves Back to Original Location (12/06)

VA head defends staff in controversy over response to race riots (12/06)

Veterans Group, Lawmakers Push to Include Female Veterans in the VA's Motto 🎥 (12/05)

Here’s the VA’s long, slow fix to the GI Bill cash crunch (12/05)

The VA May Blow $2.3 Billion In GI Bill Funds On Schools That Don’t Deserve It, IG Says (12/05)

Uncertainty about G.I. Bill compensation leaves paying for living expenses, tuition in the air for student veterans (12/05)

Don’t condemn white nationalists, Veterans Affairs’ diversity chief was told after Charlottesville, emails show (12/05)

Idaho Falls VA hospital holds official grand opening Thursday (12/04)


Perryopolis, Normalville WWII vets honored with France's highest military honor​ (12/04)

OPINION: Don’t trust university accreditors to stop for-profit schools from scamming veterans (12/04)

The gift of independence: Two veteran families gifted cars this holiday season (12/04)

George H.W. Bush's Bureaucratic Legacy (12/03)

Medford Knights of Columbus builds access ramp for Tabernacle veteran (12/03)

Community News: Veteran's Day, recitals, help for new teachers keep clubs busy (12/03)


VA medical centers will remain open on George H.W. Bush Day of Mourning 🎥 (12/04)

'To Care For Him': Female Veterans Ask VA To Include Them In Its Motto (12/04)

Veterans housing project faces delay after tense meeting in La Crosse (12/04)

Colorado lawmaker calls for investigation into delayed payments to veterans (12/04)

Veterans Affairs Ministry denies poor performance, accepts 55,000 petitioners in 7 months (12/04)

President Trump – and our veterans – are winning against an entrenched VA bureaucracy 🎥 (12/03)

This week in Congress: Farewell to President Bush (12/03)

Pay, leave and other questions answered about Wednesday’s government closure (12/03)

VA Shadow Rulers Had Sway Over Contracting and Budgeting (12/03)

Obernolte bill would waive fee for vets (12/03)
Nashua honors Pearl Harbor’s 77th anniversary (12/03)

Video: Veterans struggle to get benefits from VA due to computer issue 🎥 (12/03)


Veterans on staff of WHS are honored at ceremony (12/02)

Our View: Villages, veterans and help (12/02)

GVSU recognized as veteran-friendly school (12/02)

Iraq War Vet: VA Must Fix 'Deep and Systemic' Problems After Benefit Payment Glitch 🎥 (12/02)

Marine Veteran's Christmas Display Honors Fallen Service Members (12/02)

State ramps up veterans mental health training with new grant (12/02)

VETERANS' CORNER: Help sought for local veterans wreath project (12/02)

Indiana veterans question veterans assistance fund handling (12/02)

Benzie County hires veterans’ affairs director (12/02)

Veterans Center hosts unveiling event (12/02)

Pottawattamie County Commissioners of Veteran Affairs switches to five members (12/02)

5 Rockford-area veterans to be honored during Illinois Bicentennial celebration (12/01)

Volunteers needed for new Ely area service initiative for veterans (12/01)