Welcome Guest [Log In] [Register]






Welcome Veterans, Friends and Family!

Photobucket
Veterans Corner

With

Michael Isam



We are proud to be able to provide up to date
news and information for all Veterans and family members


We have added a Employment section for those in need


Please check back daily for more information



Thank you for your dedication and support of our Veterans!


Please take the time to register a username and post your support
Add Reply
Tuesday, 30 January 2018
Topic Started: Jan 30 2018, 07:18 AM (8 Views)
michaelisam
Member Avatar
Michael Isam
[ *  *  *  *  *  *  * ]



Thanks to Kevin Secor

Please see attachment for complete details

- Tuesday, 30 January 2018

- Did you know:

- This week in Congress: Trump's first State of the Union address.
- Military members among prominent White House guests for State of the Union address.
- Congress struggles to clinch budget deal.
- Congressional hawks want straight talk on military readiness problems.
- US General to Turkey: We’re Not Pulling Back.
- Russian jets fly within five feet of Navy plane over Black Sea.
- Mattis: Thaw between North and South Korea should not distract from denuclearization.
- Vietnam War loomed over Mattis' two days in Hanoi.
- US troops are revealing sensitive and dangerous information by jogging.
- Mattis orders review of how troops use Fitbits, other fitness apps following breach.
- Military reviews its rules as new details of US soldiers and bases emerge.
- US Army secretary open to foreign designs for new combat vehicle.
- Neller: Marine aviation on the rebound after ‘horrible’ 2017.
- The Corps wants to field a new laser targeting device (in case GPS fails).
- Navy tells families when they can identify a sailor who has died on social media in latest handbook.
- MCPON dishes new guidance to all CPOs. U.S.
- Air Force To Get Second Female F-35 Pilot.
- Pharmacy fee hikes Feb. 1 will drive more prescription business onto base.
- New VA ID Card Reopens to Most Vets.
- VA resumes online applications for new ID cards.
- Judge: Stop the legal fights and curb the opioid epidemic.
- Second Lady Karen Pence advocates for art therapy to help Fort Hood soldiers.
- VFW Class Offers Mental Health Training.
- Brain resetting treatment shows promise with Veterans experiencing PTSD.
- Jacksonville VA clinic offers Battlefield Acupuncture as opioid alternative.
- Can Just 5 Therapy Sessions Work for Those with PTSD?.
- VA Expands Program to Target Suicide.
- Veterans Justice Program provides second chance for those who have served .
- Veterans get more direct scheduling options.
- NJ politicians announce expansion of health care for Vets.
- VA Proposed Rule Aims to Improve Health Data Exchange Consent.
- The VA Proposes Placing Responsibility for Issuing Eligibility Regulations with SBA.
- 50 years after a Stars and Stripes photographer captured the bloody Tet offensive, he bears witness again.
- Veteran of the Day – Addison “Mort” Walker.

Did you know:

Learn about VA’s Connected Health Tools through Facebook Live on February 1: Join the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and VHA’s Office of Connected Care for a February 1 Facebook Live event (https://my.iava.org/cov_event?id=a5PC00000008fM7MAI) about connected health care tools for Veterans. Dr. Neil Evans, Chief Officer of the Office of Connected Care, will sit with IAVA Veteran representatives to discuss various technologies that can improve the lives of Veterans, Caregivers and their families, from My HealtheVet to VA Video Connect and Mobile Apps. Audience members can submit questions that will be answered during and following the event.

Participating is easy:
• Register to “attend” the event on IAVA’s events page at https://my.iava.org/cov_event?id=a5PC00000008fM7MAI.
• Visit IAVA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IAVA.org/ on February 1 at 12 p.m. ET.
o Click on the video, make sure that it is unmuted and turn up the sound.
o If you would like to participate in the discussion, type your questions into the comments section under the video, and experts will respond during or following the event.
This event is part of the Office of Connected Care’s continued efforts to increase Veterans’ access to care through VA’s connected health technologies. To learn more about the Office of Connected Care, visit https://connectedcare.va.gov.



Defense News This week in Congress: Trump's first State of the Union address. Defense and veterans hearings on Capitol Hill for the week of Jan. 29.

Military Times Military members among prominent White House guests for State of the Union address. President Donald Trump’s guests for his State of the Union address on Tuesday will include an Army staff sergeant who helped save a fellow soldier’s life during a mission in Syria and a Marine Corps corporal who became the first blind double-amputee to re-enlist.

Politico Congress struggles to clinch budget deal. Lawmakers are increasingly unlikely to reach a long-term spending agreement by the next government funding deadline.

Defense News Congressional hawks want straight talk on military readiness problems. As the Pentagon prepares to roll out its 2019 budget request next month, the big question on Capitol Hill is just how candid leaders will be about military readiness problems when they are called to testify.

DefenseOne US General to Turkey: We’re Not Pulling Back. Gen. Votel said the U.S. recognizes its NATO ally's concerns but won't abandon the coalition of Syrian Democratic Forces fighting ISIS on the world's behalf.

Navy Times Russian jets fly within five feet of Navy plane over Black Sea. Russian fighter jets got dangerously close to a Navy aircraft Monday over the Black Sea, the second such incident in as many months.

Stars and Stripes Mattis: Thaw between North and South Korea should not distract from denuclearization. Mattis described the relationship between the U.S. and South Korea as an “ironclad and irreplaceable alliance” during a meeting at U.S. Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii.

Stars and Stripes Vietnam War loomed over Mattis' two days in Hanoi. "We respect our past, but we look to our future," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said several times before and during his two-day visit to Vietnam, as he tried to focus discussions on his new strategy of developing military relationships in Asia to blunt the influence of big state powers such as Russia and China.

Stars and Stripes US troops are revealing sensitive and dangerous information by jogging. An interactive map posted on the internet that shows the whereabouts of people who use fitness devices also reveals highly sensitive information about the location and activities of troops at U.S. military bases.

Military Times Mattis orders review of how troops use Fitbits, other fitness apps following breach. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has directed a DoD-wide review of fitness app use policies following the news this weekend that an app used by troops revealed sensitive military information, the Pentagon said Monday.

Stars and Stripes Military reviews its rules as new details of US soldiers and bases emerge. Pentagon officials could adjust policies governing the use of wearable electronics, such as fitness tracking wristbands, after an interactive map was published online that could reveal sensitive information about servicemembers in war zones, a Defense Department spokesman said Monday

Defense News US Army secretary open to foreign designs for new combat vehicle. The door is open for foreign companies to join the multibillion-dollar race to build a new combat vehicle for the U.S. Army, according to new service Secretary Mark Esper.

Stars and Stripes Neller: Marine aviation on the rebound after ‘horrible’ 2017. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller inferred that human error was to blame for most of last year’s incidents on Okinawa. Neller’s comments came a day after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to keep people on Okinawa safe.

Marine Corps Times The Corps wants to field a new laser targeting device (in case GPS fails. The Marine Corps wants to update an existing laser-targeting technology so that Marines can deliver precision-guided bombs even if their GPS system is jammed or disrupted.

Stars and Stripes Navy tells families when they can identify a sailor who has died on social media in latest handbook. The Navy released 40 pages of social media guidelines as part of its handbook that are designed to help sailors, public affairs staff, Navy leaders, family members and others in an era where information and disinformation quickly spread.

Navy Times MCPON dishes new guidance to all CPOs. Navy chiefs need to fully understand what’s expected of them and do a better job of communicating, both up and down the chain of command, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (IW/SG) Steven Giordano said in a new message to all chief petty officers.

Aviation Week U.S. Air Force To Get Second Female F-35 Pilot. The U.S. Air Force finally is ready to welcome its second female F-35 pilot.

Stars and Stripes Pharmacy fee hikes Feb. 1 will drive more prescription business onto base. Tricare beneficiaries will see increases in co-payments for prescription drugs filled by mail order or at neighborhood retail outlets starting Feb. 1. The prospect of higher out-of-pocket costs at these venues is expected to drive more beneficiaries to use on-base pharmacies where prescription drugs will continue to be dispensed free of charge.

Military.com: New VA ID Card Reopens to Most Vets. Veterans are once again able to apply for the free Department of Veterans Affairs ID card after technical problems late last year forced a delay to the program. The free ID card, originally rolled-out in late November, was ordered by Congress in 2015 as a way to give veterans proof of service at businesses without carrying a copy of their DD-214 forms. It is available for all honorably discharged veterans, regardless of era or time in service.

Stars and Stripes: VA resumes online applications for new ID cards. Veterans can again submit online applications for new identification cards through the Department of Veterans Affairs website after the system was taken down in December following rollout problems. The purpose of the identification cards is to help veterans prove their military history without having to carry around their DD-214 certificates, which contain sensitive information.

USA Today Judge: Stop the legal fights and curb the opioid epidemic. Lawsuits accuse opioid makers of misleading health care professionals and the public by marketing opioids as rarely addictive. Every state attorney general has either filed a lawsuit against opioid makers or is involved in investigating whether health care providers were misled about the drug's addictiveness.

KCEN (NBC-6, Video): Second Lady Karen Pence advocates for art therapy to help Fort Hood soldiers. Second Lady Karen Pence on Monday afternoon visited Killeen, where she addressed the Texas Creative Forces conference underway at the Shilo Inn and advocated on behalf of art therapy as a means of healing current and former military members in Central Texas. Monday marked day one of the two-day Creative Forces event, which was part of a joint pro-arts initiative between the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Bloomington Pantagraph VFW Class Offers Mental Health Training. Several similar classes are offered in McLean County throughout the year, but this was the first event with a focus on veterans and military personnel. “We're losing 20 to ... Veterans, especially with PTSD, should always utilize programs the (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) has available,” said Britch.

Omaha World-Herald: Brain resetting treatment shows promise with Veterans experiencing PTSD. An acoustic brain-resetting therapy demonstrating success with helping student athletes recover from a concussion is also showing promise with military veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Wake Forest School of Medicine researchers say a pilot study is significantly reducing PTSD symptoms.

Florida Times-Union: Jacksonville VA clinic offers Battlefield Acupuncture as opioid alternative. The procedure, called Battlefield Acupuncture, was developed in 2001 by retired Air Force Col. Richard Niemtzow in an effort to quickly relieve pain for military personnel in the field and as an alternative to traditional treatments. The gold-plated needles are about 2 millimeters long and easily fit in combat pockets.

HealthDay: Can Just 5 Therapy Sessions Work for Those with PTSD?. A mere five sessions of specialized therapy could help people struggling from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests. The findings could help address time constraints that sometimes prevent people from getting the treatment they need, the researchers noted. Exposure to physical or psychological trauma can cause PTSD. People with the condition may experience flashbacks, nightmares, disruptive thoughts, sleeping problems and social issues.

KVPR (NPR-89.3): VA Expands Program to Target Suicide. The Veterans Health Administration has tried a number of ideas to drive down the suicide rate among veterans. The VA is about to start automatically enrolling most new veterans in mental health care, starting in March. People who work with veterans say the program, mandated by an executive order from the White House, is a great idea, but they worry about the impact on an already strained system.

Bakersfield Californian Veterans Justice Program provides second chance for those who have served . Ask EJ Carter what he did while serving as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War, and his face changes, his voice softens.

WLUC (NBC-6): Veterans get more direct scheduling options. January 12th, every Veterans Affairs Hospital began offering same day service for orthotic and prosthetic needs. V.A. hospitals are also now improving access to other specialty services by offering direct scheduling in Audiology, Optometry, and several other departments.

WNJS (PBS-52, Video): NJ politicians announce expansion of health care for Vets. Navy vet Kevin Clancy says veterans who need hospital services have had just two choices in New Jersey: the VA Medical Center in Lyons, out in Somerset County, or the one in East Orange, Essex County. That made it tough for many North Jersey vets. “If you can’t get there, you’ve got a problem,” said Clancy. “I’d get guys calling me up all the time, saying, ‘Hey, you know, I missed the bus!

Healthcare Informatics: VA Proposed Rule Aims to Improve Health Data Exchange Consent. A new proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) seeks to streamline health data exchange of veterans’ medical records by enabling health information exchanges (HIEs) to more easily obtain patient consent. The proposed rule would allow VA to amend current consent regulations so that partnering HIEs can obtain permission to share EHRs without a hardcopy of a patient’s written consent form.

JDSupra: The VA Proposes Placing Responsibility for Issuing Eligibility Regulations with SBA. In a rulemaking process that can be traced back to 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published proposed rules on Jan. 10, 2018, seeking to place jurisdiction for eligibility determinations for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSB) with the Small Business Administration (SBA). Because the VA’s and SBA’s eligibility criteria had diverged in some areas…

Stars and Stripes 50 years after a Stars and Stripes photographer captured the bloody Tet offensive, he bears witness again. John Olson was just 19 when he deployed to Vietnam with the Army, and back then, working for Stars and Stripes, he wanted only to make compelling photographs. And he did. In the decades that followed, people would often ask if the war affected him, and he'd always tell them that it didn't. That changed three years ago.

Dept of Veterans Affairs Veteran of the Day – Addison “Mort” Walker. Army Veteran Addison “Mort” Walker, who served during World War II in Europe. From a very young age, Mort knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up – a cartoonist. But unlike most people, he did not wait to grow up. By the age of 12, his work was appearing regularly in publications such as Flying Aces and Inside Detective magazines. And at 15, he would have his own comic strip in the Kansas City Star newspaper.

Three years later, in 1941, he landed an interview with the greeting card company Hall Brothers, now known as Hallmark. When asked what he thought about the cards, Mort simply replied, “they are lousy.” The company apparently respected his frankness and hired him on as the chief editorial designer where he designed a line of cards based on humorous single-panel cartoons that would appeal to troops serving in World War II. Mort would join the war effort two years later after being drafted in 1943. He served as an intelligence officer and is said to have helped supervise a prison camp for German POWs. After the war, Mort remained in Italy where he oversaw the destruction of military equipment until his discharge as a first lieutenant.

He returned to the states and enrolled at the University of Missouri where he would graduate the following year. He moved to New York to reignite his career as a cartoonist. One of his cartoons featured a college student named Beetle. The 1950 strip was not an immediate success and was on the chopping block. With the Korean War ramping up, Mort decided that it was time for Beetle to enlist in the Army. The cartoon gained some popularity, but it would be the Tokyo edition of Stars and Stripes that would make it famous. Not for carrying the cartoon, but for banning it, as the paper feared the lazy private who constantly bucked authority set a bad example for real-life soldiers. The popularity of Beetle Bailey soared. At its height, Beetle Bailey was seen by more than 200 million people daily.

In 1954, Beetle went home on furlough to visit his sister Lois and her husband Hi – creating the spin-off comic strip “Hi and Lois.” Beetle Bailey would remain relevant in the coming decades tackling serious issues with humor. In 1970, Mort introduced Lt. Jack Flap the first black character. Some southern newspapers along with Stars and Stripes canceled the strip citing racial tension, but a 100 more publications picked it up. In 1997, he sent Gen. Halftrack to sensitivity training for his improper behavior toward the lovely Miss Buxley. From there on out, the general behaved in a professional manner.

On June 16, 2013, Beetle Bailey began experiencing symptoms of PTSD — reminding everyone that “post traumatic stress can affect any soldier,” helping launch a public awareness campaign during National PTSD Awareness Month.

Among the scores of awards bestowed upon Mort for his art and contributions to the military was an Army Certificate of Appreciation for Patriotic Civilian Service award in 1990 and in 2000 he received the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the highest award the secretary of the Army can bestow on a civilian. Mort was happy that the Army “finally found a sense of humor.” Addison “Mort” Walker passed away Jan. 27, 2017, at the age of 94 at his home in in Stamford, Connecticut. We salute his service during World War II and that of his characters who have made us laugh for more than 65 years.

###


Attached to this post:
Attachments: Did_you_know.docx (50.81 KB)
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
1 user reading this topic (1 Guest and 0 Anonymous)
ZetaBoards - Free Forum Hosting
Create your own social network with a free forum.
Learn More · Sign-up Now
« Previous Topic · Veteran's Today · Next Topic »
Add Reply



Theme designed by
Frostbitee