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  • Military-funded prosthetic technologies benefit more veterans

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    In 1905, an Ohio farmer survived a railroad accident that cost him both of his legs. Two years later, he founded the Ohio Willow Wood company, using the namesake timber to hand-carve prosthetic limbs. The company grew, surviving the Great Depression and a fire that destroyed the plant, and still thrives today in rural Ohio. Few who work there now might remember the curious footnote in the company's history that occurred during World War II, when the rebuilt factory was diversified to build parts for PT boats and B-17 bombers.
     

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  • New Technology Allows Veterans to Control Prosthesis With Their Minds

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    RICHMOND — For the first time since the explosion, William Gadsby thought about bending his knee, and it happened.

    His keys were banging against his hip so he reached down and dropped them on the floor. But he had lost his knee in 2007 during his second deployment in Iraq, when his leg had to be amputated following an explosion.

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  • Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans' Opioid Use Similar to that of Civilians

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    Heavy rucksacks, parachuting out of helicopters, combat injuries, and stress result in chronic pain for many service members. In the United States, opioids are commonly prescribed to manage chronic pain, and overprescribing is a concern, particularly for veterans' healthcare.

    However, a new study published in Pain suggests that opioid use among Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) veterans is roughly comparable to that of the general U.S. population.

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  • VA Launches 'New, Unique' Tool to Help Prevent Veteran Suicides

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    WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs recently unveiled a new program that reviews veterans’ health records to identify which ones might attempt suicide.

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  • WRNMMC, VCE Staffs Discuss Care, Rehab With Blind Veterans

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    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Vision Center of Excellence staff briefed members of the Blind Veterans Association and Blind Veterans UK about care and rehabilitation capabilities at the nation’s flagship health care facility April 5.

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  • Veterans Administration, CVS Test Program to Reduce Wait Times

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    WASHINGTON — 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 VA medical center, which treats about 120,000 veterans.

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  • Exclusive: New VA chief on public scrutiny: Bring it

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    WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs has a new message on public scrutiny: Bring it on.

    President Trump’s pick to lead the agency, VA Secretary David Shulkin, is unveiling a new web site that reveals for the first time exactly how care at VA hospitals compares with nearby private-sector hospitals and national averages. The site has data for roughly 20 hospitals but more will be added soon, the VA says.

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  • VA, Veterans Fighting Opioid Epidemic

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    Jason Simcakoski, a 35-year-old Marine, husband and father, died at the Tomah VA  Medical Center in Wisconsin in 2014 from a toxic combination of prescription drugs. His overdose sparked national outrage, with some veterans calling VA hospitals “candy factories.” His death eventually led to the passage of the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act, which created stronger procedures for the prescription guidelines used by VA providers. 

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  • Congress Advance Bill to Extend Veterans Choice Program

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    The Senate and House of Representatives have both passed a bill to extend the Veterans Choice Program, a VA initiative to allow veterans access to non-VA healthcare when facing extraordinary wait times or other barriers to treatment, according to multiple sources.

    The Senate unanimously passed the bill earlier this week, according to a statement from Senator John McCain’s office.

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  • Some VAs Are Dropping Veteran Caregivers From Their Rolls

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    By the time they cut her from the program, Alishia Graham was angry, but not surprised. Her postman delivered the news in February.

    "The letter was sitting at the top — and my stomach dropped because I knew what it was," she says.

    The letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs informed Graham that her husband Jim, who sustained a brain injury on his third deployment to Iraq, no longer qualified for a caregiver to help with his daily life.

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