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In This Issue June 26, 2015


Study on Wounded Warrior Caregivers Released

Vets Want 74 Sailors’ Names Added to The Wall

Senator to VA Sec: What About the Continuing Culture of Chaos at VA?

VA to Outsource Hep-C Care

Congress Presses VA to Identify High-risk Colleges

June 27 Is National PTSD Awareness Day

Number of Veterans Waiting for Care Is Up 50 Percent

VA Faces Criticism Over Wait Times and Choice Card

VA Broke Promises to Vets Exposed to Mustard Gas

VVA Documentary Nears Completion

VVA Convention News

 

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Study on Wounded Warrior Caregivers Released

Vet and child

According to a June 22 Washington Times article by Emery A. Popoloski, caring for a wounded warrior takes an emotional toll on their caregivers. RAND's "Hidden Heroes: America's Military Caregivers' Report" reported on the statistical data of mental illness among military caregivers. However, there is no report which specifically focuses on the darker side of military caregiving--suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and in the worst cases, suicide itself.

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As Reported by Military Times

Vets Want 74 Sailors’ Names Added to The Wall

The Navy destroyer USS Frank E. Evans is shown at sea. 
(Photo: Navy)

According to a June 21 Military Times story by Chris Carola of the Associated Press, a group of Navy veterans is trying to persuade the U.S. military to add the names of 74 sailors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The sailors were killed when their destroyer, the USS Frank E. Evans, was cut in half in a collision with an Australian aircraft carrier during naval exercises in the South China Sea in June 1969.

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As Reported by The Washington Post

Senator to VA Sec: What About the Continuing Culture of Chaos at VA?

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

According to a June 22 Washington Post article by Lisa Rein, in the five weeks since an explosive memo from the top procurement official at Veterans Affairs went public, the major contracting abuses the document alleged are pervasive throughout the agency have angered veterans and members of Congress.

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As Reported by USA Today

VA to Outsource Hep-C Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving to outsource care nationwide for up to 180,000 veterans who have hepatitis C, a serious blood and liver condition treated with expensive new drugs that are costing the government billions of dollars.
(Photo: H. Darr Beiser/USA TODAY)

According to a June 21 USA Today article by Dennis Wagner of The Arizona Republic, the Department of Veterans Affairs is moving to outsource care nationwide for up to 180,000 veterans who have hepatitis C, a serious blood and liver condition treated with expensive new drugs that are costing the government billions of dollars.

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As Reported by Stars and Stripes

Congress Presses VA to Identify High-risk Colleges

The lobby of Everest College in Santa Ana, Calif., on June 24, 2014. Federal regulators moved to shut down Everest's parent company, Corinthian Colleges.
DON BARTLETTI, LOS ANGELES TIMES/MCT

According to a June 22 Stars and Stripes story by Travis J. Tritten, could tweaking the VA’s website have saved some veterans from suffering through the collapse of Corinthian Colleges? A group of congressional Democrats believe so and on Monday asked the VA to give veterans researching the best use of the education benefits a heads up about for-profit colleges under investigation for suspicious activity.

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PTSD Awareness

June 27 Is National PTSD Awareness Day

PTSD Awareness Month

Spread the word: PTSD Awareness Month has been widely observed in June with events and information sharing throughout the country. For the fourth consecutive year, June 27 has been designated as PTSD Awareness Day. Join us to help those with PTSD.

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As Reported by The Washington Post

Number of Veterans Waiting for Care Is Up 50 Percent

According to a June 24 Washington Post article by Emily Wax-Thibodeaux, one year after an explosive Veterans Affairs scandal sparked national outrage, the number of veterans on wait lists to be treated for everything from Hepatitis C to Post-traumatic Stress is 50 percent higher than at the same time last year, according to VA data.

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As Reported by StarTribune

VA Faces Criticism Over Wait Times and Choice Card

According to a June 24 StarTribune article by Mark Brunswick, it's been a bad couple of weeks for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The department is facing a nearly $3 billion budget shortfall. VA officials are expected to testify in front of Congress on Thursday, June 24, and will make the case that more money is needed to solve the problem.

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As Reported by NPR

VA Broke Promises to Vets Exposed to Mustard Gas

Three test subjects enter a gas chamber, which will fill with mustard gas, as part of the military's secret chemical warfare testing in March 1945.
Courtesy of Edgewood Arsenal

According to a June 23 NPR story by Caitlin Dickerson, in secret chemical weapons experiments conducted during World War II, the U.S. military exposed thousands of American troops to mustard gas. When those experiments were formally declassified in the 1990s, the Department of Veterans Affairs made two promises: to locate about 4,000 men who were used in the most extreme tests and to compensate those who had permanent injuries. But the VA didn't uphold those promises, an NPR investigation has found.

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Finally A Voice

VVA Documentary Nears Completion

Finally A Voice

Finally A Voice, The Birth of the Vietnam Veterans of America, by filmmaker John Giannini is nearing completion and will be shown on July 24 at VVA's 17th National Convention in Springfield, Illinois. The documentary covers the intense week in November 1983 when VVA delegates came together in Washington, D.C., to hammer out a constitution, elect leaders, and decide the course of the organization. The film included recent interviews with VVA members, who recall the issues in play then and where they stand now.

A trailer can be viewed here

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