On March 6, 2014, Mr. John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America, (VVA) will be presenting the organization 2014 Legislative Agenda and Policy Initiatives before the Joint House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs.
The hearing will begin at 9:30 am and will be televised live at http://veterans.house.gov/
According to a White House announcement appearing in the February 21 issue of Army Times, the Medal of Honor will be awarded to 24 people, three of them living, who served in wars of past decades.
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VVA Press Release
(Washington, D.C.) – Today Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) released a report confirming that the U.S. Coast Guard routinely violates its own procedures and regulations intended to protect service members from erroneous discharges for alleged personality disorder (PD) and adjustment disorder (AD). These violations create huge numbers of illegal discharges and operate to deny benefits to many veterans.
"Disorder in the Coast Guard: The United States Coast Guard's Illegal Personality and Adjustment Disorder Discharges" analyzes thousands of pages of previously withheld individual service records that VVA obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) after years of litigation. Law students of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School conducted the analysis for VVA.
VVA's white paper updates and extends a 2008 Government Accountability Office report that found widespread illegality in PD discharges at four military installations. Using records obtained in settlement of its FOIA litigation, VVA examined discharge practices service-wide, analyzing AD and PD discharges. The report concludes that illegal PD discharges continue in the Coast Guard. It also presents evidence that AD discharges in the Coast Guard are rising and that most AD discharges are unlawful.
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The report is available at http://www.vva.org/PPD-Documents/14.02.26-VVA-CG-WP.pdf
For more information visit: http://www.vva.org/ppd.html
Support Senate Bill 1602
Please write to your Senators Today and Ask Them to support S.1602, the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2013.
Senator Richard Blumenthal, (D-CT), has introduced S.1602 the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2013.
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According to a February 24 article by Hans Petersen posted on the VA website, the VA is introducing a new, secure identification card, called the Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC). VHIC replaces the Veteran Identification Card (VIC), which was introduced in 2004.
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In a February 24 MilitaryTimes article by Karen Jowers, the often-touted 30 percent average savings that troops and families enjoy in military commissaries would shrink considerably under the Pentagon’s plan to slash taxpayer subsidies for the stores by two-thirds.
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Former VVA Alaska State Council President Rick Davidge, who served as the VVA Government Affairs Committee chair (2011-2013), is presented with the VVA Commendation Medal by VVA National President John Rowan at the Council of State Presidents Meeting, February 27, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska.
As reported February 20 by CNBC’s Dina Gusovsky, the online privacy of veterans and Veterans Affairs employees—including their health-care and financial information—is at risk, according to an internal draft of a VA report obtained by CNBC.
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On February 25, the VA reported it has initiated a multi-faceted approach to reduce the use of opioids among America’s veterans using VA health care. The Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI) is a comprehensive effort to improve the quality of life for the hundreds of thousands of veterans suffering from chronic pain. Launched in October 2013 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, OSI is already demonstrating success in lowering dependency on this class of drugs. At eight sites of care in Minnesota, OSI practices have decreased high-dose opioid use by more than 50 percent. OSI incorporates the team approach with the goal of reducing opioid use by alleviating a veteran’s pain using non-prescription methods. There is an emphasis on patient education, close patient monitoring with frequent feedback, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine practices like acupuncture.
“We have developed and implemented joint pain management guidelines which encourage the use of other medications and therapies in lieu of habit forming opiates,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “Early results give us hope that we can reduce the use of opioids for veterans suffering with chronic pain and share these best practices across our healthcare networks.” VA has developed patient management initiatives, including Pain Coach, which is a pain management app available for download by patients receiving pain management treatments; a Veterans’ Health Library, including a Patient/Family Management Toolkit; and resources for Pain Management on My HealtheVet. All of these applications allow veterans to better manage their pain without the use of opioids. VA‘s measurement-based pain care includes the “Pain Scale,” which reduces uncertainty and helps veterans by discussing the potential benefits of a medication and possible side-effects. For further information, veterans should contact their primary care health team.
In a February 24 article by Sean Cockerham of the McClatchey Washington Bureau, published in Stars and Stripes, a dozen members of the Alaska National Guard face charges of sexual misconduct in what members of the guard call a severe problem in the ranks.
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