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Thursday, 05 October 2017
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- Thursday, 05 October 2017

- Did you know:

- As Puerto Rico relief expands, the military will set up numerous hospitals.
- 3 US Army special operations commandos killed in Niger.
- Congressman lambastes Pentagon for withholding Osprey documents.
- How high-tech Navy went off course on basic seamanship skills.
- Navy officer fights for right to try unproven drugs before dying.
- Air Force: All eligible captains to be promoted to major.
- House Dems boycott VA reform discussion over inclusion of right-leaning group: report.
- House Democrats boycott VA health event, complicating reform plans.
- VA Photo ID Cards for All Veterans Coming in November.
- ‘Alzheimer’s is a Veterans’ disease:’ New group tries to improve support for Vets with dementia.
- VA expanding use of tele-medicine to improve access for Veterans.
- NHIT Week 2017: Technology Improves Care Options for Veterans – Tools being deployed more strategically by the VA, Secretary David Shulkin says.
- UNH Veterans adaptive sports program receives federal grant.
- Visually impaired Veterans tour Kansas Statehouse.
- VA Loan Program May Be Letting Veterans Down, A shortage of home appraisers is gumming up the works.
- The VA’s woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration.
- Improving Policy-Making at VA a Complex Task, GAO Finds.
- ‘Unaccompanied’ Veterans honored at Camp Butler national Cemetery.
- Veteran of the Day – Donald Malarkey.


Did you know:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: This month, VA would like to raise awareness of breast cancer and emphasize the importance of early detection. One in every eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute. That’s why we encourage women to begin annual mammograms by age 45 and have them every other year starting from age 55. The overall five-year survival rate of breast cancer is 89.7%, but if detected early enough—while the cancer is still localized in the breast—the rate of survival increases to nearly 99%. As the leader in nationwide breast cancer screenings among women Veterans, we remain deeply committed to improving and expanding available services to prevent and combat this disease. Here are some additional ways we’re enhancing care for…


Stars and Stripes As Puerto Rico relief expands, the military will set up numerous hospitals. Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan said the military will establish numerous hospitals in Puerto Rico in coming days, as thousands of additional troops and dozens more helicopters arrive.

USA Today 3 US Army special operations commandos killed in Niger. U.S. officials said three U.S. Army special operations commandos were killed Wednesday and two others were wounded when they came under fire in southwest Niger. The officials said the two wounded were taken to Niamey, the capital, and are in stable condition. The officials were not authorized to discuss the incident publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity. The officials said the commandos, who were Green Berets, were likely attacked by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb militants. In a statement, U.S. Africa Command said the forces were with a joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol north of Niamey, near the Mali border, when they came under hostile fire. Africa Command said the U.S. forces are in Niger to provide …

Stars and Stripes Congressman lambastes Pentagon for withholding Osprey documents. U.S. Rep. Walter Jones on Tuesday lambasted Marine, Navy and Department of Defense officials for withholding communications about the troubled development of the V-22 Osprey and a crash in 2000 that killed 19 Marines.

Stars and Stripes How high-tech Navy went off course on basic seamanship skills. “How in the world could a billion-dollar destroyer not know that there’s a freighter closing in on it?” Sen. Angus King asked during a Senate committee hearing on Sept. 19. “This is just unacceptable from just a modern seamanship point of view, it seems to me.”

Stars and Stripes Navy officer fights for right to try unproven drugs before dying. Matt Bellina was an officer in the Navy when he started showing symptoms of the deadly Lou Gehrig's disease in 2012. Now he's taken on a new fight: a law making it easier for terminally ill patients to get access to experimental drugs

Stars and Stripes Air Force: All eligible captains to be promoted to major. Most Air Force captains can count on automatic promotion to major after Dec. 1, the service has announced

The Hill: House Dems boycott VA reform discussion over inclusion of right-leaning group: report. House Democrats boycotted a veterans health care reform discussion Tuesday over the inclusion of an advocacy group with ties to Republican Party donors, Military Times reported. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Democrats would not attend the meeting because Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) would be there. Democrats accused the group of being more interested in political attacks than creating new policy.

Military Times: House Democrats boycott VA health event, complicating reform plans. Plans to overhaul veterans health care this fall could be in jeopardy after House Democrats boycotted a supposedly friendly roundtable discussion on the issue Tuesday over the inclusion of a Republican-linked advocacy group they insist is more interested in political attacks than policy crafting. The controversy comes just a few weeks before House lawmakers are planning to fast-track new legislation surrounding outside care programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs…

Military.com: VA Photo ID Cards for All Veterans Coming in November. All honorably discharged veterans of every era will be able to get a photo identification card from the Department of Veterans Affairs starting in November due to a law passed in 2015. The law, known as the Veterans Identification Card Act 2015, orders the VA to issue a hard-copy photo ID to any honorably discharged veteran who applies. The card must contain the veteran's name, photo and a non-Social Security identification number…

Stars and Stripes: ‘Alzheimer’s is a Veterans’ disease:’ New group tries to improve support for Vets with dementia. It was part of Taylor’s motivation to help create VeteransAgainstAlzheimer’s, which officially launched Tuesday. The group is partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans of Foreign Wars to increase funding for Alzheimer’s research, boost support for caregivers and enroll more veterans who are affected by dementia into the VA.

WDBJ (CBS-7): VA expanding use of tele-medicine to improve access for Veterans. The VA Medical Center in Salem is expanding the use of tele-medicine, as a way to improve veterans' access to health care. Wednesday, a company that provides the technology to the Department of Veterans Affairs demonstrated some of the newest equipment in Salem. Lindsay Gill is the Facility Telehealth Coordinator at the Salem VA Medical Center.

HealthTech: NHIT Week 2017: Technology Improves Care Options for Veterans – Tools being deployed more strategically by the VA, Secretary David Shulkin says. One day after publication of a rule that would let doctors at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities leverage telemedicine to provide care to patients anywhere, VA Secretary David Shulkin discussed his agency’s goals for using technology moving forward.

Foster’s Daily Democrat: UNH Veterans adaptive sports program receives federal grant. The University of New Hampshire’s Northeast Passage Program will receive a $172,974.49 grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support adaptive sports opportunities for veterans and servicemembers with disabilities, according to Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster.

WIBW (CBS-13, Video): Visually impaired Veterans tour Kansas Statehouse. The VA of Eastern Kansas sponsored an event on Tuesday that left a long lasting impact. The Topeka and Leavenworth VA campuses partnered with The Kansas State Capitol to host a tour for veterans who are visually impaired. Over 40 veterans were in attendance, some of who visited the Capitol for the first time.

HuffPost: VA Loan Program May Be Letting Veterans Down, A shortage of home appraisers is gumming up the works. One of the promises we make members of the military is that in exchange for their service, we promise to ease their transition back into civilian life when the time comes. For over seven decades, a major element of that deal has been the VA loans that veterans can use to buy a home.

The Hill: The VA’s woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration. Actions express priorities. Unfortunately, for the nation’s veterans, the current priorities of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have not changed much in the Trump era. As much as blaming Trump’s populist policies or rousing rhetoric is an easy answer for any problem currently facing the nation, in the interest of fairness, it is important to note that the VA’s woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration or political party, including the Trump administration.

FEDweek: Improving Policy-Making at VA a Complex Task, GAO Finds. The Veterans Health Administration, the largest arm of the VA, is encountering several difficulties as it attempts to improve its policy-making, GAO has said. Under a policy issued last year, directives and notices are now the sole documents for establishing national agency policy; other types of documents, such as program office memos, are considered guidance.

The State Journal-Register: ‘Unaccompanied’ Veterans honored at Camp Butler national Cemetery. Ten “unaccompanied” veterans were honored at Camp Butler National Cemetery on Tuesday. The veterans were recently buried at the cemetery but either had no relatives or no relatives who could travel to the cemetery at the time of burial. The twice-annual ceremony includes the presentation of colors, a ceremonial flag folding, rifle volley and the playing of “Taps” presented by the Sangamon County Inter-veterans Burial Detail.

Dept of Veterans Affairs Veteran of the Day – Donald Malarkey. Army Veteran Donald Malarkey. Donald was one of several members of Easy Company who were portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. Donald was in his first semester at the University of Oregon when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He tried enlisting in the Marine Corps and the Army Air Corps, but was drafted into the Army in 1942. He volunteered to be a paratrooper after reading a Life magazine article about them being the best. He received his jump certification in 1942. He was assigned to E (“Easy”) company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. He participated in Mission Albany, the airborne landing portion of Operation Neptune, the largest amphibious invasion in history, which was the assault portion of Operation Overlord. He parachuted into France and helped knock out four German 105 mm artillery battery, for which he earned the Bronze Star. Donald fought for twenty-three days in Normandy, nearly eighty in the Netherlands, thirty-nine in the Battle of Bastogne in Belgium, and nearly thirty more in and around Haguenau, France, and the Ruhr Pocket in Germany. He served more consecutive time on the front lines than any other member of Easy Company. After the war, Donald returned to the University of Oregon and received his bachelor’s in business. He was introduced to historian Stephen Ambrose in 1987, and in 1989 traveled with other members of Easy Company to Europe to provide oral histories of their war experiences. Those recollections became the basis for Band of Brothers, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, and the source book of the same name written by Ambrose. Donald was frequently asked to speak about his experiences in WWII, and he lectured at West Point and made trips with the USO to Kuwait and Germany to meet with wounded soldiers from the Iraq War. Donald passed away on September 30, 2017. We honor his service.


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