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Theresa Aldrich (Tbird)
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Leave No One Behind, Not On A Jungle Trail, Not On A Desert Trail, Not On A Paper Trail™
Leave No One Behind, Not On A Jungle Trail, Not On A Desert Trail, Not On A Paper Trail™

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The Suicide Rate Among Female Veterans Is On The Rise, And Experts Have No Idea Why
The suicide rate among female veterans has increased far more dramatically than the suicide rate among male vets over the past decade, but it's unclear why.
http://www.scoop.it/t/va-claims/p/4078304847/2017/04/27/the-suicide-rate-among-female-veterans-is-on-the-rise-and-experts-have-no-idea-why/wordpress?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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'Enlisted Military' Ranks As One Of The Worst Jobs In The World — Again
Online job database CareerCast released its annual job rankings, and where enlisted military landed won't surprise you one bit.
But more importantly, the ranking doesn’t reflect the fact that joining the military isn’t just a job, but a higher calling. When you sign your name on the dotted line, you aren’t just signing a contract with someone for a wage and benefits: you’re agreeing to serve your country, and work yourself to the bone in the process.
http://www.scoop.it/t/va-claims/p/4078310985/2017/04/27/enlisted-military-ranks-as-one-of-the-worst-jobs-in-the-world-again/wordpress?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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Veteran patients in imminent danger at VA hospital in D.C., investigation finds
The facility has repeatedly run out of surgical equipment, used expired tools and dirty sterile storage areas. Conditions are so dangerous at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C., that the agency's chief watchdog issued a rare preliminary report Wednesday to alert patients and other members of the public.
http://www.scoop.it/t/va-claims/p/4078000867/2017/04/20/veteran-patients-in-imminent-danger-at-va-hospital-in-d-c-investigation-finds/wordpress?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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Vet Amputee Who Carried Woman During Boston Marathon Has An Incredible Story
The story behind the story of the veteran amputee who carried a woman across the finish line during Monday's Boston Marathon is even more inspiring.
A video of a veteran with a prosthetic leg carrying an American flag and a woman across the finish line during Monday’s Boston Marathon has gone viral, racking up more than 5 million views in the past 24 hours. Of course, the story behind the story is even more incredible.
The veteran is retired Army Staff Sgt. Earl Granville, who lost part of his leg when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle in eastern Afghanistan in 2008. The blast also killed two of his comrades, according to Granville’s bio on the website for Unstoppable Heroes, a nonprofit that helps veterans wounded in combat adjust back to civilian life.
http://www.scoop.it/t/va-claims/p/4077961828/2017/04/20/vet-amputee-who-carried-woman-during-boston-marathon-has-an-incredible-story/wordpress?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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Veterans Affairs launches pilot program with CVS to reduce wait times for veteran care
Some ailing veterans can now use their federal health care benefits at CVS “MinuteClinics” to treat minor illnesses and injuries, under a pilot program announced Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The new program, currently limited to the Phoenix area, comes three years after the VA faced allegations of chronically long wait times at its centers, including its Phoenix facility, which treats about 120,000 veterans.
http://www.scoop.it/t/va-claims/p/4078010426/2017/04/20/veterans-affairs-launches-pilot-program-with-cvs-to-reduce-wait-times-for-veteran-care/wordpress?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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Trump extends private-sector health care program for vets
President Donald Trump signed a bill Wednesday to temporarily extend a program that lets some veterans seek medical care in the private sector, part of an effort by the president to deliver on a campaign promise.

The extension will give Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin time to develop a more comprehensive plan to allow veterans to more easily go outside the VA health system for care. Under the bill Trump signed into law, the VA will be allowed to continue operating its Choice Program until the funding runs out, which is expected early next year. The program was scheduled to expire on Aug. 7 with nearly $1 billion left over.
http://www.scoop.it/t/va-claims/p/4078010409/2017/04/20/trump-extends-private-sector-health-care-program-for-vets/wordpress?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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VA halts changes to caregiver stipends, pending a full program review
Veterans Affairs officials on Monday announced they will not kick any more individuals out of the department’s caregiver support program while a full review of the benefit is conducted over the next three weeks.

The move comes two weeks after an NPR report that dozens of regional medical centers were cutting back on the number of families receiving caregiver benefits, possibly against VA rules.
http://www.scoop.it/t/va-claims/p/4077969893/2017/04/19/va-halts-changes-to-caregiver-stipends-pending-a-full-program-review/wordpress?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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Exclusive: Congress Is Quietly Trying To Pass A 'GI Bill 3.0' By Memorial Day
But some vets say the plan would tax the lowest-paid service members, and they worry Congress is more interested in a photo op than in good policy.
‘The hearing was announced when everyone was gone.’

Since March, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs has solicited input from veterans groups — but just a few of them — and quietly scheduled a subcommittee hearing on the GI Bill proposals for 10 am on April 26, even though that hearing has not yet been posted on the House calendar or the committee’s web page.
“The hearing was announced when everyone was gone,” a Democratic staffer for the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, who requested anonymity to speak about internal matters, told T&P. “Our members aren’t here, they’re in their districts.” That means the congressional panel that will mark up the GI Bill won’t have much time to prepare for the process.
http://www.scoop.it/t/va-claims/p/4077961789/2017/04/19/exclusive-congress-is-quietly-trying-to-pass-a-gi-bill-3-0-by-memorial-day/wordpress?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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VA Announces Internal Review of Caregiver Program
Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that, effective April 17, it has suspended revocations initiated by VA medical centers based on eligibility for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) for three weeks.
“VA is taking immediate action to review the National Caregiver Support Program to ensure we honor our commitment to enhance the health and well-being of Veterans,” said Dr. David J. Shulkin, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “I have instructed an internal review to evaluate consistency of revocations in the program and standardize communication with Veterans and caregivers nationwide.”
VA Medical Centers will continue accepting PCAFC applications, approving applicants based upon current eligibility criteria, processing appeals and monitoring eligible Veterans’ well-being at least every 90 days, unless otherwise clinically indicated.
http://www.scoop.it/t/va-claims/p/4077876623/2017/04/18/va-announces-internal-review-of-caregiver-program/wordpress?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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Probe Of Veterans Affairs Hospital Shows Patients Were Put At Risk
Steve Inskeep talks to VA Inspector General Michael Missal about an investigation into the D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center. It found serious issues regarding the handling of medical equipment.
http://www.scoop.it/t/va-claims/p/4077815512/2017/04/17/probe-of-veterans-affairs-hospital-shows-patients-were-put-at-risk/wordpress?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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