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Those who served in Iraq, Afghanistan gravitate toward modern organizations

By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kate Hoit served eight years in the Army Reserves, including a tour in Iraq, but when she tried to join her local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, someone asked whether she needed an application for military spouses instead.

By Karen Jowers
Military Times Staff writer
Oct. 17, 2014 - 12:39PM

The tide may be turning in the effort to allow all honorably discharged veterans to shop at the online store operated by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

“It appears there are no insurmountable hurdles,” said a source familiar with a meeting held Oct. 8 between Russell Beland, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for military manpower and personnel, and officials with the Navy Exchange Service Command, Marine Corps Exchange and AAFES.

By Tom Philpott
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 16, 2014

Editor's note: This story has been corrected.

Congress last August gave the Department of Veteran Affairs 90 days to issue medical “Choice Cards” to 9.1 million veterans enrolled in VA care.

By Leo Shane III
Military Times Staff writer
Oct. 10, 2014 - 10:59AM

The American Legion has a message for federal workers upset over veterans preference rules: Get over it.

“Those who have served in uniform have earned such preference,” American Legion National Commander Michael Helm said in a statement late Thursday. “Helping those who have served in uniform, especially disabled veterans, get jobs is a policy that must remain in place.”

By Leo Shane III
Military Times Staff writer
Oct. 9, 2014 - 12:37PM

Four Veterans Affairs senior executives being dismissed this month are the first to face the department’s controversial new firing authorities, approved by Congress in July.

VA leaders are also promising they won’t be the last.

The four — VA’s deputy chief procurement officer and facility directors from Pittsburgh, Alabama and Georgia — have all been the subject of investigations into mismanagement and records manipulation.

As Number of Military Women Surges, Services for Them Haven't Kept Pace
 
By Ben Kesling, Wall Street Journal
Updated Sept. 24, 2014 2:40 p.m. ET
 
When Devon Reyes returned from her first deployment to Afghanistan in 2009, she withdrew from family and friends.
Encourages People to Create a Secure my Social Security Account to Obtain Their Statement Online, Anytime
 

Date:  October 15, 2014
Place:  FargoDome
Time:  9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Services for All Veterans:

  • Wellness Exams/Flu Shots
  • Employment Resources
  • Haircuts
  • Resource and Referral for Homelessness Prevention
  • Health Care Referrals
  • Lunch
  • Veterans Benefits

Additional Resources for Homeless Veterans:

Fargo, ND — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be offering seasonal flu immunization clinics as follows:
 
Fargo VA Health Care System
2101 N. Elm St. Fargo ND
3rd floor auditorium 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
September 25, October 2, October 8, October 15, October 22, October 30
 
Jamestown VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic:
2430 20th St SW Suite 8, Jamestown, ND – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (September 23, 2014)
 
The VFW is still accepting entries for the 2014-2015 VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen scholarship competitions. The deadline for student entries in both contests is Nov. 1.
 

Tens of thousands of soldiers who are discharged from the military each year are locked out of VA services.

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: September 15, 2014

SAN DIEGO — As part of the effort to eliminate the VA appointment backlog by the end of next year, Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald said Monday that he plans to increase the range of pay for VA doctors and nurses, among other changes.

September 12, 2014
Defense One

Years of study notwithstanding, the Veterans Affairs Department still knows too little about the readjustment difficulties faced by the increasingly younger and more female cohort of recently separated service members.

Dennis Wagner, The Republic | azcentral.com 
3:22 p.m. MST September 10, 2014

A Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general's report on delayed health care at the Phoenix VA medical center used a standard to evaluate patient deaths that would be virtually impossible to meet, according to medical experts.

By Leo Shane III and Patricia Kime
Military Times Staff writers
Sep. 10, 2014 - 10:25AM

As a peer mentor for Wounded Warrior Project, Josh Renschler regularly helps severely injured veterans navigate the Veterans Affairs Department health care system.

So he’s no longer surprised by stories about delays and headaches in accessing medical care.

“We just keep seeing the same problems over and over again,” Renschler said. “It’s always a battle to get seen.”

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