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Friday, 6 October 2017
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- Friday, 6 October 2017

- Did you know:

- VA, DoD HHS Evacuate Hurricane Maria Medical Patients.
- Mental Health Concerns in Aftermath of Puerto Rico Hurricane.
- Hurricane relief efforts will delay Afghanistan deployments.
- Trump plans to declare that Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest.
- ‘A significantly weaker America’: Major study warns of eroding US military.
- Mattis warns DoD against leaks in new memo.
- Trump, during photo shoot, talks of 'calm before the storm'.
- One hand tied behind your back': Why DoD's empty policy chair matters.
- ‘A significantly weaker America’: Major study warns of eroding U.S. military.
- Senator wants communist West Point grad booted from the Army.
- Marines may move the Crucible earlier in boot camp.
- US Navy to repair damaged destroyer in Japan.
- New Air Force command gives leaders ‘enterprise view’ of mission support functions.
- North Dakota Air National Guard sends emergency shelter units to Virgin Islands.
- Russia hacking phones, mining info from US troops on cruise tours.
- Judge denies bail for woman accused of leaking US secrets .
- Judge Won’t Release Iraq War Veteran Fighting Deportation.
- ACLU challenges military detention of US citizen.
- 3 legislators propose "Green Alert' to aid in search for missing veterans.
- Veterans ID cards to be available starting in November.
- Democrats ‘Throw Tantrum.’ Skip VA Event Because of a Group They Don’t Like.
- New VA Advisory Council to Highlight Family, Caregiver Issues.
- Congress must expand health care choices for Veterans.
- Union warns of VA privatization ahead of Choice reform debate.
- Veterans Health Center Failed to Update Cleaning Standards.
- VA: Cleaning standards lapsed for instruments at Fayetteville campus.
- These airmen cleaned up an H-bomb disaster, decades later they’re still fighting for benefits.
- To Protect Veterans, Keep The VA Ban On Employees Working With For-Profit Colleges.
- Letters to the Editor for October 6, 2017.
- Dayton VA site of new Veterans ‘Walk of Honor’ tribute.
- Air Force veterans reconnect after more than 50 years apart.
- Veteran of the Day: Anthony Philip Bevacqua.


Did you know:

Take Command of Your Health: Milestone changes coming to TRICARE: TRICARE beneficiaries will soon have increased access to health care through key changes that are set to take place in January 2018. With the benefit set to undergo some of the biggest improvements in more than two decades, beneficiaries will be able to take command of their health care through expanded choices. These improvements include wider access to network providers, updated enrollment to reduce disruptions in care, and simplified co-payments.


Dept of Veterans Affairs VA, DoD HHS Evacuate Hurricane Maria Medical Patients. Approximately 35 medical patients from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have arrived in Shreveport, Louisiana, via a dozen military aircraft or smaller private planes, since Sunday, September 24, 2017. Upon arrival, patients were transported to local hospitals across the community. Patient demographics ranged from infants to senior citizens, with a wide range of medical needs. Some family members accompanied their loved ones.

U.S. News & World Report (AP): Mental Health Concerns in Aftermath of Puerto Rico Hurricane. Locked out of his home and with nowhere else to go, Wilfredo Ortiz Marrero rode out Hurricane Maria inside a Jeep, which was lifted off its wheels by floodwaters in the parking lot. He then endured days without enough food or running water.

Military Times Hurricane relief efforts will delay Afghanistan deployments. This year’s hurricane season and the ensuing relief effort by the U.S. military to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean will cause a delay in deployments of U.S. forces to Afghanistan, according to Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the Joint Staff director.

Washington Post Trump plans to declare that Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest. President Trump is expected to announce next week that he will “decertify” the international nuclear deal with Iran, saying it is not in the national interest of the United States and kicking the issue to a reluctant Congress, people briefed on the White House strategy said Thursday.

Defense News ‘A significantly weaker America’: Major study warns of eroding US military. U.S. military capabilities continued to stand still or erode as world threats proliferated during 2017, a new study is warning.

Military Times Mattis warns DoD against leaks in new memo. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued a new warning Thursday to all military and Defense Department civilian personnel against information leaks, and directed personnel to report suspected leaks, guidance that government transparency advocates said would have a chilling effect on the public’s right to know.

The Associated Press Trump, during photo shoot, talks of 'calm before the storm'. President Donald Trump delivered a foreboding message Thursday night, telling reporters as he posed for photos with his senior military leaders that this might be “the calm before the storm.”

Defense News One hand tied behind your back': Why DoD's empty policy chair matters. Nine months into the Trump administration, the Pentagon remains understaffed, with a particularly vital role left unfulfilled in the undersecretary of defense for policy — a vacancy that experts worry is impacting the ability of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to execute his agenda.

Defense News ‘A significantly weaker America’: Major study warns of eroding U.S. military. U.S. military capabilities continued to stand still or erode as world threats proliferated during 2017, a new study is warning.

Military Times Senator wants communist West Point grad booted from the Army. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is demanding West Point officials revoke the commission of an officer who posted photos of himself with pro-communist messages hidden under his graduation uniform, calling it an “extreme embarrassment” for the military.

Marine Corps Times Marines may move the Crucible earlier in boot camp. The Crucible may be moved earlier in recruit training so that Marines can have more time for mentoring before leaving boot camp, Marine Corps Times has learned.

Defense News US Navy to repair damaged destroyer in Japan. The U.S. Navy will heavy lift the damaged destroyer John S. McCain to Japan where it will be repaired, according to a Navy release Wednesday evening.

Federal News Radio New Air Force command gives leaders ‘enterprise view’ of mission support functions. It may be a few more years before the Air Force knows exactly how much money it’s saved by centralizing its base support functions within a single organization.

The Associated Press North Dakota Air National Guard sends emergency shelter units to Virgin Islands. The North Dakota Air National Guard has sent about 80 tons of equipment to the U.S. Virgin Islands to support hurricane relief efforts.

Stars and Stripes Russia hacking phones, mining info from US troops on cruise tours. Moscow is apparently targeting rank-and-file U.S. military personnel for information while operating in Eastern Europe and while coming to Russia as tourists, according to military officials and media reports.

Stars and Stripes Judge denies bail for woman accused of leaking US secrets . Reality Winner, the former Air Force linguist charged with leaking U.S. secrets, must remain jailed until her trial, a federal judge ruled Thursday, saying her release would pose an "ongoing risk to national security."

Military.com (AP): Judge Won’t Release Iraq War Veteran Fighting Deportation. An immigration judge in Washington state declined to release an Iraq War veteran from custody Wednesday while he fights the government's efforts to deport him. Chong Kim, a South Korean immigrant and green card holder from Portland, Oregon, struggled with drug addiction, homelessness and post-traumatic stress following his time in Iraq in 2009 and 2010, leading to convictions for burglary and other charges.

The Hill ACLU challenges military detention of US citizen. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the military detention of a U.S. citizen accused of fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

WZAW 3 legislators propose "Green Alert' to aid in search for missing veterans. Three Wisconsin legislators have come together to propose a bill to create an alert system when veterans go missing.

Military Times: Veterans ID cards to be available starting in November. Veterans Affairs officials will start issuing new veterans ID cards next month, giving recipients an easy way to provide their military service for business discounts and other promotions. The move, first reported by Military.com, comes two years after Congress passed legislation for the cards. A VA spokesman said they’ll be made available for no cost to any veteran who applies through the department’s website.

Townhall: Democrats ‘Throw Tantrum.’ Skip VA Event Because of a Group They Don’t Like. Democrats have had plenty of time to boycott lately. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) refused to recognize President Trump's moment of silence for the Las Vegas victims this week, apparently hoping his protest would spur a debate on gun control.

Military.com: New VA Advisory Council to Highlight Family, Caregiver Issues. Caregiver, survivor and veteran family issues soon will be pushed directly to the Department of Veterans Affairs' top official, thanks to a new advisory committee announced this week. The panel, which will hold its first meetings Oct. 23 and 24, is chaired by former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, whose organization, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, is a well-known watchdog on veteran caregiver issues.

Houston Chronicle: Congress must expand health care choices for Veterans. This summer, at a veterans' town hall in Houston, a woman named Linda shared her husband's story. He had passed away 13 months before, following years of cardiac problems that Linda said were not adequately treated by his U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care providers.

Stars and Stripes: Union warns of VA privatization ahead of Choice reform debate. A coalition of people opposed to the Department of Veterans Affairs providing more private care for veterans described their fears Thursday about an effort by President Donald Trump’s administration to shift more public funds to private entities and undermine VA health care.

U.S. News & World Report (AP): Veterans Health Center Failed to Update Cleaning Standards. A health care system that provides services to veterans at various clinics has confirmed that its center in northwest Arkansas failed to follow updated cleaning standards for instruments used in eye surgery.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: VA: Cleaning standards lapsed for instruments at Fayetteville campus. The Veterans Health System of the Ozarks didn't follow updated cleaning standards for instruments used in eye surgery, the center confirmed in a statement Tuesday afternoon. "At this point, the main impact to patients is that some appointments had to be canceled and rescheduled," the statement said.

The Washington Post: These airmen cleaned up an H-bomb disaster, decades later they’re still fighting for benefits. On a winter morning in 1966, nuclear weapons fell from the sky over southeastern Spain. High above, an American B-52 bomber on a Cold War alert mission had collided with a refueling plane midflight. The impact blew open the aircraft’s belly, sending four hydrogen bombs sailing toward earth.

Task & Purpose: To Protect Veterans, Keep The VA Ban On Employees Working With For-Profit Colleges. On Sept. 14, the Department of Veterans Affairs quietly announced that it will waive a common-sense ethics law for all of its employees. For over 50 years, the VA has prohibited employees from receiving payments or having other financial relationships with for-profit colleges that receive GI Bill funds. In announcing plans to scrap this ethics law, the agency falsely claimed that the ban was an outdated and redundant provision because it was enacted “before there were conflict-of-interest laws applicable to all Executive Branch employees.”

The Union Democrat: Letters to the Editor for October 6, 2017. I have spent many hours in the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital’s rose garden while my neighbor is having chemotherapy. Perhaps some of our city leaders have been there. Each rose in the labyrinth garden has a tag. No, not the Latin name of the rose — but the name of a soldier whose family dedicated a rose in his or her honor. I see families wheeling their loved ones into the garden for a quiet and dignified moment together.

Dayton Daily News: Dayton VA site of new Veterans ‘Walk of Honor’ tribute. A new brick walkway at the Dayton VA Medical Center campus will pay homage to veterans and those who support them, organizers say. The Defenders of Freedom Walk of Honor is set to be dedicated in a 2 p.m. ceremony Friday, Oct. 6. The ceremony will be at a garrison flag next to the campus bandstand and in front of Building 320, a community living center on Ohio Avenue, Dayton VA spokesmen said.

The Associated Press Air Force veterans reconnect after more than 50 years apart. It was a long time coming for two U.S. Air Force veterans. But when it finally happened, the moment was worth the wait of a lifetime.

Dept of Veterans Affairs Veteran of the Day: Anthony Philip Bevacqua. Air Force Veteran Anthony Philip Bevacqua. Anthony served from 1952 to 1973 during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1932 and enlisted in the Air Force in the midst of the Korean War. He completed basic training at Sampson Air Force Base in Geneva, New York. In 1953, he trained as a cadet and pilot at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. On April 14, 1954 Anthony graduated from his last stage of flight training as a second lieutenant pilot. After completing gunnery school, Anthony received his first assignment with the 508th strategic fighter wing at Turner Air Force Base, Albany, Georgia. It was at this time that he married his wife. Joseph embarked on his first reconnaissance mission during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, flying from Mariana, Florida, over Cuba in a U-2 plane. He continued to pilot reconnaissance missions during the Vietnam War. He completed several tours at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. In 1973, Anthony retired from Beale Air Force Base, Yuba City, California, after more than 20 years of service. He remained in Yuba City and raised his family. After his service, he worked as a real estate agent and mortgage lender with his son. Anthony also served as the chairman of the Beale Military Liaison Committee, and became a member of the Air Force Association and the Military Officers Association of America. Thank you for your service, Anthony!



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