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Thursday, 12 October 2017
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- Thursday, 12 October 2017

- Did you know:

- White House: Trump picks deputy chief of staff to lead DHS.
- Mattis to Military: ‘Be Ready’ For What Trump Decides To Do About North Korea.
- Mattis denies report that Trump called for larger nuclear stockpile.
- The Army is deciding which posts will be next to accept women in infantry, armor, artillery.
- Congressional Members Want To Help Deported Vets Get VA Care.
- VA conceals shoddy care and health workers’ mistakes.
- VA must assure public that problem doctors will be exposed.
- Official: VA hospital intentionally skewed patient data.
- Alaska VA plans to boost staff by nearly 100.
- VA surgeries postponed because there aren’t enough anesthesiologists.
- Federal judge to decide whether Maine Veterans can sue VA over substandard care.
- How the VA fueled the national opioid crisis.
- VA doctors soon asking Veterans about hunger.
- VA abruptly drops plan to suspend ethics law.
- VA abruptly drops plan to suspend ethics law.
- Congressmen consider proposal to slash GI Bill flight school benefits.
- For the lost US Marines from Tarawa, a homecoming 70 years late.
- 'Lest we forget': WWI monuments being restored nationwide.
- Veteran of the Day – William Darwin.

Did you know:

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Stars and Stripes White House: Trump picks deputy chief of staff to lead DHS. President Donald Trump will nominate his deputy chief of staff, Kirstjen Nielsen, as his next secretary of Homeland Security, the White House announced Wednesday.

Task and Purpose Mattis to Military: ‘Be Ready’ For What Trump Decides To Do About North Korea. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the annual convention of the Association of the US Army on Monday that they should “be ready” with military options should diplomacy fail with North Korea. When asked what the US military could do to make war with North Korea less likely, Mattis didn’t sugarcoat it or offer false hope. “There’s one thing the US Army can do, and that is, you have got to be ready to ensure that we have military options that our president can employ, if needed,” said Mattis.

Stars and Stripes Mattis denies report that Trump called for larger nuclear stockpile. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday denied a report that President Donald Trump has called for a ten-fold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

DefenseNews The Army is deciding which posts will be next to accept women in infantry, armor, artillery. There’s not a job in the Army that isn’t open to women, but there are still only a couple of places to serve for those female soldiers who have joined the infantry, armor and fire support specialist communities.

Stars and Stripes: Congressional Members Want To Help Deported Vets Get VA Care. When five members of Congress traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, on Friday, they met U.S. veterans, many of them with mental illness or physical issues — all deported and unable to access their federal benefits. The congressmen, members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, listened to the veterans’ stories with the intent to return to Washington and suggest ways to connect them with Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation…

USA Today VA conceals shoddy care and health workers’ mistakes. USA Today investigation found the VA — the nation’s largest employer of health care workers — has for years concealed mistakes and misdeeds by staff members entrusted with the care of veterans. In some cases, agency managers do not report troubled practitioners to the National Practitioner Data Bank, making it easier for them to keep working with patients elsewhere. The agency also failed to ensure VA hospitals reported disciplined providers to state licensing boards.

The Denver Post: VA must assure public that problem doctors will be exposed. Reporters at USA Today this week revealed yet another disturbing practice by the nation’s health care provider for veterans — sweeping bad doctors out the door but their misdeeds under the rug. The USA Today investigation found the Department of Veterans Affairs “has for years concealed mistakes and misdeeds by staff members entrusted with the care of veterans.”

The Washington Post (AP): Official: VA hospital intentionally skewed patient data. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel said in a news release last week that a whistleblower prompted the investigation of the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg. Officials say that over the last seven years, a manager at the facility urged nursing staff to place emergency patients into two unofficial clinics rather than record the encounter. The decision, among other things, caused an inaccurate analysis of staff workload.

Alaska Dispatch News: Alaska VA plans to boost staff by nearly 100. The director of the Alaska Veterans Affairs Healthcare System announced Wednesday that he plans to add nearly 100 new staffers to his team by July, bringing the total number of VA employees in the state to 650. Dr. Timothy Ballard, the Alaska VA director, said the increase in employees will expand health care access for Alaska veterans, including in Anchorage, where VA doctors have stopped accepting new patients due to staffing constraints.

KDVR (FOX-31, Video): VA surgeries postponed because there aren’t enough anesthesiologists. A Problems Solvers investigation has found 65 to 90 surgeries have been canceled or postponed at the Denver VA Medical Center since early August. The Eastern Colorado Health Care System blames a shortage of staff, specifically anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists. "In Colorado it`s a very competitive market for physicians in general and particularly anesthesiologists," Dr. Ellen Mangione said.

WGME (CBS-13, Video): Federal judge to decide whether Maine Veterans can sue VA over substandard care. Six Maine veterans are suing the U.S. Government for medical malpractice, after they say a podiatrist at Togus Veteran's Hospital practiced negligent foot and ankle care. Whether the lawsuits move forward hinges in part on this question: Did the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs fraudulently conceal it? That's now up to a judge to decide. "They very much trusted that they would get good care at the VA," said David Lipman, an attorney representing two of the veterans.

Newsweek (Video): How the VA fueled the national opioid crisis. A key role in spreading opiate use was played by Purdue Pharma, the OxyContin manufacturer convicted of hiding the drug's addictive properties. It gave $200,000 to the VA pain management team that essentially turned the VA into its propaganda arm, according to secret corporate documents obtained by Newsweek. The team helped develop the initial VA–Department of Defense guidelines that concluded opiates "rarely" cause addiction.

WXIN (FOX-59, Video): VA doctors soon asking Veterans about hunger. Veterans could soon see a new kind of question when visiting their doctors at a United States Department of Veterans Affairs hospital. The questions are targeted to reduce hunger and food insecurity among military men and women. It's part of a new program going through a trial right now.

The Washington Post (AP): VA abruptly drops plan to suspend ethics law. The Department of Veterans Affairs abruptly dropped plans Wednesday to suspend an ethics law barring employees from receiving benefits from for-profit colleges. The move comes after criticism from government watchdogs who warned of financial entanglements with private companies vying for millions in GI Bill tuition. In a statement to The Associated Press, the VA said it had received “constructive comments” on the Trump administration plan and as a result would delay action.

Stars and Stripes VA abruptly drops plan to suspend ethics law. The Department of Veterans Affairs abruptly dropped plans Wednesday to suspend an ethics law barring employees from receiving benefits from for-profit colleges. The move comes after criticism from government watchdogs who warned of financial entanglements with private companies vying for millions in GI Bill tuition.

Stars and Stripes: Congressmen consider proposal to slash GI Bill flight school benefits. Congressmen heard arguments Wednesday for cutting federal funding given to veterans who attend flight training programs, with some veteran advocates saying the schools use a loophole to charge inordinate amounts for tuition and abuse the GI Bill. Representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, American Legion and Student Veterans of America told members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee on economic opportunity…

Stars and Stripes For the lost US Marines from Tarawa, a homecoming 70 years late. More than 1,000 Marines were killed in the multi-day battle in late November 1943. Most were buried on the island in dozens of scattered plots. But after the war, some of the plots could not be found, and the bodies of hundreds of Marines were never located and brought home.

Stars and Stripes 'Lest we forget': WWI monuments being restored nationwide. The 100th anniversary this year of America's involvement in the "Great War" has drawn attention to the state of the monuments to its soldiers and galvanized efforts to fix them.

Dept of Veterans Affairs Veteran of the Day – William Darwin. William served as a Swim Instructor in the Navy during World War II. His most proud accomplishment is teaching young men how to survive in the water. He currently works part-time at the Las Vegas Convention Center. William recently turned 100-years-old and he attributes his longevity to eating healthy, laughing a lot and loving hard. Thank you for your service, William!


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