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Wednesday, 4 October 2017
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- Wednesday, 4 October 2017

- Did you know:

- Jim Mattis: No lack of resources in Puerto Rico with 10,000 troops on the ground.
- Hurricane Maria: VA in Puerto Rico still trying to reach more than 500 homebound Vets.
- Senate won’t confirm Trump’s Pentagon nominees until McCain gets Iraq and Afghanistan details.
- Senate confirms Trump choice to head FCC.
- New site showcases everything feds do wrong.
- Mattis reveals new rules of engagement.
- Mattis expects more NATO troops in Afghanistan as US numbers remain murky.
- Jim Mattis: New Afghanistan strategy will put more US troops closer to front lines.
- Mattis: Stick to Iran deal.
- Pentagon identifies 10th Mountain soldier killed in Iraq.
- These soldiers just received the Army's newest skill badge.
- Families, congressman file lawsuit on deadly Osprey crash from 2000.
- First female AAV officer says it is 'a privilege and an honor'.
- Navy ID's pilots killed in Tennessee T-45C crash.
- As the wounded kept coming, hospitals dealt with injuries rarely seen in the U.S..
- Marine vet steals truck and saves dozens during Las Vegas massacre.
- Vets sue Defense Department over 1966 Spain H-bomb mishap.
- VA watchdog reviewing Shulkin’ s 10-day trip to Europe.
- Veterans Affairs inspector general is reviewing David Shulkin’ s Europe trip.
- VA Chief under investigation over European trip: report.
- VA names Elizabeth Dole to head caregivers advisory group.
- Advancing the VA’s Community Care Mission: A conversation with Baligh Yehia, Deputy Under Secretary for Health.
- Congress can use the power of pets to help women and Vets.
- How the VA is blocking marijuana research Veterans say could save lives.
- Researchers at IUPUI using dogs to sniff out prostate cancer.
- Report: VA inches closer to Cerner EHR contract award.
- Tennessee mail carrier sentenced for stealing opioids.
- Black Ale Project lets craft beer fans raise a glass to help local veteran charities.
- Veteran of the Day Robert D Hales.


Did you know:

Through Hurricanes VA Continues Efforts To Care For Veterans: Millions were affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, storms that occurred at the height of the 2017 hurricane season that set astounding records and impacted every VA hospital and community clinic in VA Sunshine Healthcare Network’s 64,000-mile service area in Florida, South Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Despite the destruction caused by these monster storms, Veterans continued to receive vital health care and other support, thanks to the selfless efforts of thousands of dedicated VA employees who rallied together to provide around-the-clock care for patients sheltered-in-place in the eight large, hurricane-constructed VA hospitals and to get services back up and running in dozens of outpatient clinics impacted in the Southeast corridor of the U.S. and the Caribbean.

Washington Examiner Jim Mattis: No lack of resources in Puerto Rico with 10,000 troops on the ground. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that about 10,000 troops were on the ground in Puerto Rico and there was no delay in the Pentagon meeting requests for aid, despite criticisms that the administration has been slow to deploy forces to the island.

FOX News: Hurricane Maria: VA in Puerto Rico still trying to reach more than 500 homebound Vets. Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria roared through Puerto Rico, destroying much of the island’s infrastructure, more than 500 homebound at-risk veterans still haven’t been reached by doctors, nurses and social workers, Fox News has learned. There are 1,687 homebound vets in Puerto Rico who require ongoing treatment such as dialysis, chemotherapy and insulin to survive.

Defense News Senate won’t confirm Trump’s Pentagon nominees until McCain gets Iraq and Afghanistan details. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said Tuesday he is refusing to advance U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominees to the Pentagon until he is satisfied the administration is communicating its plans for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Associated Press Senate confirms Trump choice to head FCC. The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission despite Democratic complaints that Ajit Pai will undermine net neutrality.

Federal Times New site showcases everything feds do wrong. Federal inspectors general have launched a new website that will serve as a centralized public library for IG reports.

Defense News Mattis reveals new rules of engagement. U.S. forces are no longer bound by requirements to be in contact with enemy forces in Afghanistan before opening fire, thanks to a change in rules of engagement orchestrated by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

Military Times Mattis expects more NATO troops in Afghanistan as US numbers remain murky. Now that U.S. military commanders have increased the number of troops in Afghanistan, they’re hopeful that NATO officials will follow suit in the months to come.

Washington Examiner Jim Mattis: New Afghanistan strategy will put more US troops closer to front lines. The new Pentagon strategy will move more U.S. troops closer to the front lines in an effort to increase the effectiveness of Afghan forces to convince the Taliban it has no choice but to negotiate an end to the 16-year war.

Politico Mattis: Stick to Iran deal. President Donald Trump's top Pentagon advisers told Congress Tuesday they believe Iran is sticking to the 2015 agreement to halt its nuclear weapons program and expressed support for keeping the pact.

Military Times Pentagon identifies 10th Mountain soldier killed in Iraq. The Pentagon on Tuesday released the name of the soldier killed Sunday in Iraq.

Army Times These soldiers just received the Army's newest skill badge. Soldiers who become members of the Caisson Platoon must meet rigorous requirements and work long days, but they’re honored to do it.

Military Times Families, congressman file lawsuit on deadly Osprey crash from 2000. The widows of two U.S. Marine Corps pilots killed in an MV-22 Osprey crash in 2000 and the congressman who pursued answers about that incident for years announced Tuesday they have filed a FOIA lawsuit against the Defense Department to obtain additional documents on the crash.

Marine Corps Times First female AAV officer says it is 'a privilege and an honor'. While she was at The Basic School, 2nd Lt. Mariah Klenke decided to become the Marine Corps’ first female assault amphibian officer.

Navy Times Navy ID's pilots killed in Tennessee T-45C crash. The Navy released the identities of the two pilots who were killed Sunday when their T-45C Goshawk aircraft crashed in Cherokee National Forest, near Tellico Plains in southeast Tennessee.

Washington Post As the wounded kept coming, hospitals dealt with injuries rarely seen in the U.S.. For hours, some patients were in danger of suffocating on their own blood. So many wounds resembled those most often seen on battlefields that the hospital quickly contacted four Air Force trauma surgeons who happened to be participating in a visiting-fellow program there.

Marine Corps Times Marine vet steals truck and saves dozens during Las Vegas massacre. Marine Corps veteran Taylor Winston was attending a concert with his girlfriend at the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest country music festival when shots rang out.

The Associated Press Vets sue Defense Department over 1966 Spain H-bomb mishap. Veterans groups sued the Defense Department on Tuesday in an effort to obtain disability benefits for airmen who say they were exposed to radiation while responding to a 1966 accident involving U.S. hydrogen bombs in Spain.

The Washington Post (AP): VA watchdog reviewing Shulkin’ s 10-day trip to Europe. The Veterans Affairs Department’s watchdog said Tuesday it is reviewing Secretary David Shulkin’s 10-day trip to Europe with his wife that mixed business meetings with sightseeing. Shulkin disclosed last week he traveled to Denmark and England to discuss veterans’ health issues. Travel records released by VA show four days of the trip were spent on personal activities, including attending a Wimbledon tennis match and a cruise on the Thames River.

CBS News: Veterans Affairs inspector general is reviewing David Shulkin’ s Europe trip. The Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general is reviewing Secretary David Shulkin's 10-day taxpayer-funded trip to Europe in July, during which Shulkin and his wife spent time shopping and sightseeing in Denmark and the U.K. A spokesman for the VA's Office of Inspector General told told CBS News on Tuesday that it is "gathering information and reviewing the recent trip."

The Hill: VA Chief under investigation over European trip: report. The Department of Veteran Affairs inspector general is investigating Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin over his trip to Europe, CNN reported Tuesday. Shulkin traveled to London and Demark in July, where he met with officials from both counties. Michael Nacincik, spokesman for the VA inspector general's office, told CNN that he couldn’t say what triggered the probe or if the office was investigating any other instances of Shulkin’s travel.

Military Times: VA names Elizabeth Dole to head caregivers advisory group. Veterans Affairs officials on Monday announced former North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole will chair the department’s new family and caregiver advisory committee, formed in response to problems with support programs earlier this year. The committee, which features a mix of veterans and military caregivers, is charged with advocating for improvements to VA care and benefits services. In a statement, Dole called the work “critical” for the veterans community.

WFED (AM-1500, Audio): Advancing the VA’s Community Care Mission: A conversation with Baligh Yehia, Deputy Under Secretary for Health. What is the mission of VA’s Office of Community Care? How is VA enhancing how it provides Community Care? What can VA do better? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions & more with Baligh Yehia, Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Hill: Congress can use the power of pets to help women and Vets. Each year, Congress works hard to pass bills that will help the American people. While acrimony and partisanship have made this more difficult, lawmakers are considering two bills that have bipartisan support on Capitol Hill and among the American people: H.R. 2327 and H.R. 909, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS), and the Pets And Women Safety (PAWS) Acts of 2017.

Government Executive: How the VA is blocking marijuana research Veterans say could save lives. In 2010, Boone Cutler was taking 30 milligrams of morphine, 70 milligrams of oxycodone and other opioids each day. He regularly went three to four days without sleep. The Army veteran had survived a blast injury while deployed in Sadr City, Iraq, and has since endured seven knee surgeries, five shoulder surgeries and back surgery. He also suffers from Parkinson's Disease.

WXIN (FOX-59, Video): Researchers at IUPUI using dogs to sniff out prostate cancer. Scientists at IUPUI are hoping man’s best friend can help solve one of man’s biggest problems. Recently, a study in Italy found that dogs have the ability to smell and detect certain odors in urine that are associated with prostate cancer with 98% accuracy. A team at IUPUI, led by Dr.Mangilal Argawal, is hoping to replicate that process and develop an early screening method.

ExecutiveGov: Report: VA inches closer to Cerner EHR contract award. The Department of Veterans Affairs expects to award Cerner a contract to build a new electronic health record system for VA as early as this month, Federal News Radio reported Friday. VA Secretary David Shulkin told members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee at a hearing Wednesday that the department issued to Congress a 30-day notice of contract award for the new EHR platform.

The Washington Post (AP): Tennessee mail carrier sentenced for stealing opioids. A Tennessee mail carrier who pleaded guilty to stealing at least 33 packages of medications intended for veterans has been sentenced to probation. The Kingsport Times-News reports that Bronson Cobble was sentenced last week to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $1,154 in restitution following his June plea to one count of theft of mail.

Military Times Black Ale Project lets craft beer fans raise a glass to help local veteran charities. A Marine veteran’s take on enlisting local businesses to back nearby veterans charities has gone national, which is good news for anyone who supports such efforts — or likes dark beer.

Dept of Veterans Affairs Veteran of the Day Robert D Hales. Air Force Veteran Robert D. Hales. Robert —“Bob” to his friends—grew up on Long Island, and after marriage and graduating from the University of Utah, joined the U.S. Air Force to become a fighter pilot. He flew F-84 and F-100 jets for three and a half years in the strategic and tactical air commands, and was a member of the squadron’s precision firepower demonstration team. Robert applied what he learned in his Air Force days to his life and in teaching his two sons. “Our unit motto—displayed on the side of our aircraft—was ‘Return with Honor,’” he said. “This motto was a constant reminder to us of our determination to return to our home base with honor only after having expended all of our efforts to successfully complete every aspect of our mission.” After serving in the Air Force, Robert earned an MBA from Harvard and became a successful business executive for several major national and international companies. Through his life Robert served in volunteer church positions, and for the past 42 years had been a senior leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Robert exemplified his squadron motto throughout his life, and has returned with honor. Robert passed away Sunday at age 85. We honor his service.


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