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Wednesday, 11 October 2017
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- Wednesday, 11 October 2017

- Did you know:

- Puerto Rico’s Health Care Is In Dire Condition, Three Weeks After Maria.
- North Korean Hackers Stole U.S.-South Korean Military Plans, Lawmaker Says.
- Secret South Korean war plans are safe after reported North Korea hack, Pentagon says.
- Trump may visit Demilitarized Zone during trip to South Korea.
- In scolding letter, ethics chief tells agency heads to ask themselves ‘Should I do it?’ not ‘Can I do it?’.
- Milley: Army will pray for peace, prepare for war.
- Pentagon: Diplomatic Dispute Not Affecting Military Operations Out of Turkey.
- You're not seeing things: Soldiers at AUSA are wearing prototype ‘pinks and greens’.
- At least 16 Marines separated for hazing in California.
- Navy fires John S. McCain leadership, calls fatal August collision "preventable".
- CNO: Junior leader empowerment can help fix Navy.
- Go cyber: Airmen can earn cash and promotions, get set up for civilian life.
- Court-martial for former AFSOUTH command chief begins.
- Report: Online trolls targeting US troops, veterans.
- 115 House Dems want proof Trump coordinated transgender military ban with Pentagon.
- Senators call for more oversight of VA spending.
- Lawmakers Seek to Crack Down on Veterans Affairs Budget Requests.
- New Legislation Focuses on Federal Employees.
- A vision of a clearer future for our Veterans.
- Detecting mental health conditions in women Veterans assists in identifying risk for CAD.
- VA Union Workers Protest Staff Shortages in Reno.
- How do docs misusing drugs fit into the opioid crisis? One example sheds light.
- West Virginia facility manipulated wait times, patient data.
- Female Veterans pose for 1940s-Style Pin-Up Calendar for a Good Cause – and the Pictures Are Stunning!
- Community honors forgotten Civil War Veteran.
- Veteran of the Day: John Mais.


Did you know:

Women’s Health Month: Time to reset your health care habits: I was recently a speaker at a women’s leadership symposium and was asked for strategies for proactively managing one’s health when faced with hectic schedules and numerous responsibilities. I could totally relate and the timing couldn’t be better! October is Women’s Health Month and a great time to remember that we, as women, owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to make our health a priority.


The New York Times: Puerto Rico’s Health Care Is In Dire Condition, Three Weeks After Maria. Robert P. Kadlec, the assistant secretary of Health and Human Services for preparedness and response, said the Veterans Health Administration had also opened its hospitals to nonveterans to help meet urgent needs.

New York Times North Korean Hackers Stole U.S.-South Korean Military Plans, Lawmaker Says. North Korean hackers stole a vast cache of data, including classified wartime contingency plans jointly drawn by the United States and South Korea, when they breached the computer network of the South Korean military last year, a South Korean lawmaker said Tuesday.

Washington Examiner Secret South Korean war plans are safe after reported North Korea hack, Pentagon says. The Pentagon, responding to reports that North Korean hackers have stolen secret war plans in a cyberattack on a South Korean defense center, said Tuesday it remains confident the plans are secure.

Stars and Stripes Trump may visit Demilitarized Zone during trip to South Korea. While Trump would be following his predecessors by visiting the heavily fortified area, any visit to the truce village of Panmunjom and an observation post in the DMZ would take place amid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The Washington Post: In scolding letter, ethics chief tells agency heads to ask themselves ‘Should I do it?’ not ‘Can I do it?’. Inspectors general are investigating the use of noncommercial planes by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price — who was forced to resign this month over at least $500,000 he racked up in taxpayer-funded charter flights — as well as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has also come under scrutiny for taking a taxpayer-funded, 10-day trip to Europe over the summer with his wife and two top aides.

Army Times Milley: Army will pray for peace, prepare for war. The Army chief of staff has a message for his commanders: If it doesn’t increase combat readiness, don’t do it.

Voice of America Pentagon: Diplomatic Dispute Not Affecting Military Operations Out of Turkey. The Pentagon says a diplomatic dispute between Turkey and the United States has not affected military operations or personnel out of Turkey, including efforts to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Army Times You're not seeing things: Soldiers at AUSA are wearing prototype ‘pinks and greens’. The Army is working on a revival of a World War II-era service uniform, and prototypes of the proposed “pinks and greens” made their debut on the conference floor of the annual AUSA meeting in Washington, D.C.

Marine Corps Times At least 16 Marines separated for hazing in California. The San Diego-based 1st Marine Division has been rocked by a hazing scandal since June, when the new division commander ordered a crackdown on abuse and other illegal behavior.

Navy Times Navy fires John S. McCain leadership, calls fatal August collision "preventable". Calling a fatal August collision involving the destroyer John S. McCain that killed 10 sailors “preventable,” the Navy‘s 7th Fleet has fired the ship’s commanding officer and executive officer.

Navy Times CNO: Junior leader empowerment can help fix Navy. Fixing Navy problems that have come to light after the fatal at-sea disasters involving the destroyers Fitzgerald and John S. McCain this summer will involve empowering junior leaders, the service’s top officer said in a message Friday.

Air Force Times Go cyber: Airmen can earn cash and promotions, get set up for civilian life. The Air Force doesn’t want to be next on the infamous list of hacked organizations or agencies.

Air Force Times Court-martial for former AFSOUTH command chief begins. The court-martial of the former command chief of the 12th Air Force, or Air Forces Southern, began on Tuesday.

Military Times Report: Online trolls targeting US troops, veterans. Online trolls appear to be targeting U.S. veterans and military members on social media in an effort to confuse and unsettle the community, according to a new Oxford University study released this week.

Washington Examiner 115 House Dems want proof Trump coordinated transgender military ban with Pentagon. House Democrats want to know if President Trump spoke with anyone from the Pentagon before deciding to ban transgender people from the military in July.

Stars and Stripes: Senators call for more oversight of VA spending. A group of senators led by Arizona Republican John McCain are seeking assurances that money spent on private health care for veterans is well-managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. McCain and Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., introduced legislation to prevent future funding crises at the VA that put veterans’ health care and benefits at risk.

Roll Call: Lawmakers Seek to Crack Down on Veterans Affairs Budget Requests. Following repeated last-minute requests from the Department of Veterans Affairs for billions of dollars to keep a private care access program running, lawmakers have introduced legislation to crack down on how the agency comes calling for more money. Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., John McCain, R-Ariz., Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., introduced legislation that would require the VA to make additional funding requests outside the regular budget process…

WFED (AM-1500, Audio): New Legislation Focuses on Federal Employees. Congress is thinking about federal employees this week. A new House bill is named for a Veterans Affairs Department whistleblower who committed suicide. Another would give bonuses to employees who expose waste. These debates take place against a backdrop of ongoing budget talks. Loren Duggan, editorial director of Bloomberg Government…

The Hill: A vision of a clearer future for our Veterans. According to the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook, there are more than one million visually impaired veterans over the age of 45 in the United States — and within that group, approximately 157,000 are considered legally blind. While some instances of impaired vision for these veterans may be linked to trauma sustained in battle, much of it may also be connected to age-related vision problems.

MedicalXpress: Detecting mental health conditions in women Veterans assists in identifying risk for CAD. Women Veterans exhibit a high degree of mental health issues that are associated with an increased risk for coronary artery disease (CAD). The study, which appears in the Journal of Women's Health, also found that with each additional mental health condition (depression, anxiety and psychotic disorders), the odds of CAD increase by at least 40 percent.

U.S. News & World Report (AP): VA Union Workers Protest Staff Shortages in Reno. Union workers for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Nevada are protesting staff shortages they say are preventing veterans from getting the quality health care they deserve. Members of the American Federation of Government Employees organized a demonstration Tuesday outside the federal building on the south edge of Reno's downtown casino district.

Kansas City Star: How do docs misusing drugs fit into the opioid crisis? One example sheds light. When a patient showed up at a CVS Pharmacy last year with a prescription written by Missouri doctor Steven Puderbaugh for 240 20-milligram pills of oxycodone, something seemed off to the staff. So they called the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in St. Joseph where Puderbaugh worked. A nurse at the clinic said Puderbaugh was on a leave of absence. And the patient in question didn’t appear anywhere in the VA’s records.

Becker’s Hospital Review: West Virginia facility manipulated wait times, patient data. A Department of Veterans Affairs investigation revealed the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Clarksburg, W. Va., intentionally manipulated patient data to make it seem like wait times and patient volume were lower than they actually were, according to the Office of Special Counsel. The VA began its investigation following allegations from a confidential whistle-blower.

People: Female Veterans pose for 1940s-Style Pin-Up Calendar for a Good Cause – and the Pictures Are Stunning! So far, the group has given nearly $60,000 worth of rehab equipment to Veterans Administration and military hospitals, and has visited more than 11,000 sick and wounded veterans in 62 facilities. A mini-USO unto itself, the group also has visited active duty troops at 24 military installations, including Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where wounded warfighters are medically stabilized before being sent to hospitals stateside.

Sioux City Journal Community honors forgotten Civil War Veteran. For years, James Ball's name was read off with the names of other deceased military veterans during Newcastle's Memorial Day observance. No one in attendance at those observances ever knew Ball, who died in 1904, so it's understandable that little was known about him. Until a couple years ago, no one realized that the exact location of his grave wasn't even known. "Nobody knew anything about it until we started hunting for it," said Gloria Oberg, president of the Dixon County Historical Society. After two years of searching through federal, state, county and local records and countless websites, enough was learned so that Ball could be properly …

Dept of Veterans Affairs Veteran of the Day: John Mais. Navy Veteran John Zenter Mais. John served during World War II from 1943 to 1947. John was a teenager and served on the U.S.S. Princeton aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Boxer aircraft carrier and the U.S.S. Brinkley Bass destroyer. In his own words sent in from a family member, “I was wounded when the USS Princeton, sunk. Young and frightened, I was swimming for my life while being shot at from the Japanese airplanes. I count myself lucky to have been an excellent swimmer; many of the sailors could not swim and became easy targets wearing life jackets.” John was awarded the Bronze Star for his service and bravery. After retiring, John and his wife Connie volunteered at local senior centers, were members of the VFW for 18 years, and enjoyed country western dancing. John and his wife celebrated their 70th anniversary in December 2016, with their son and two daughters; his wife passed away six months later. In July, he celebrated his 91st birthday. Thank you for your service, John!


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