March 16, 2015
Emily Wax-Thibodeaux | The Washington Post
COLORADO SPRINGS — Driving along the winding roads of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Allison Hickey looks out at the snowy forested mountains of the campus, a place she first came to by bus as a teenager almost 40 years ago, and admits it still haunts her.
March 14, 2015
Martin Matishak | The Hill
President Obama on Friday acknowledged that the Veterans Affairs Department has “more work to do” to regain the trust of veterans.
Speaking from a hospital in Phoenix where patients allegedly endured long waiting times for care that were subsequently covered up by officials, Obama said the department’s new leadership was “chipping away” at the problems.
March 13, 2015
Dennis Wagner | The Republic
On the eve of a presidential visit to the Phoenix VA hospital, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald stressed that reforming his massive federal agency is a process with two key elements: leadership and time.
"What we're doing is changing a system," McDonald said Thursday after meeting with student veterans at Arizona State University's Tempe campus. "And we're telling them we want them to help do that. ... We're not where we want to be."
March 12, 2015
B. J. Drye | Stanly News and Press
WASHINGTON – Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2015. This legislation would build on existing homeless veterans programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by investing in established programs that are proven to be effective and removing any residual barriers to housing for veterans.
March 11, 2015
Steve Walsh | NPR
Veterans who need to see a doctor often have to travel long distances – 40 miles or more – to get to a Department of Veterans Affairs facility. So last year, after scandals involving long wait times for vets, Congress tried to make getting care easier.
The Veterans Choice Act gives veterans the option of using a doctor outside the VA system if VA facilities are more than 40 miles away, or there's more than a 30-day wait for an appointment.
March 11, 2015
Travis J. Tritten | Stars and Stripes
WASHINGTON — VA doctors could refer veterans to state medical marijuana programs under a landmark reform bill floated in the Senate on Tuesday.
The bill would end the federal prohibition against pot as a medical treatment, clearing away any ambiguity for patients in states that have approved its use. It mirrors a House bill filed last month and specifically allows physicians and health care providers at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities across the country to recommend it.
March 10, 2015
George Altman | Military Times
For Chris Harthcock, the prospect of going to business school after he transitioned out of the Navy in 2014 was daunting — "a huge unknown," in his words.
The former petty officer second class had a wife and an infant son dependent on him, and those biweekly paychecks would disappear if he opted for school instead of the workforce.
March 9, 2015
Ernie Smith | Associations Now
The National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations, which launched late last month, aims to boost coordination among veterans groups. The enterprise is the result of a widespread belief among military nonprofits and federal agencies that more organization is needed.
Veterans organizations have some of the most respected missions in the nonprofit world, as they work to lighten the burdens that often fall on those who sacrificed for their country.
March 9, 2015
Beth McDonough | KSTP TV
here are 300 days and counting to find a place to live for every homeless veteran in the state; that's a statewide goal by the end of this year.
On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs announced a new push to do just that and the program is unlike any before.
March 9, 2015
Amanda Falcone | News Times
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Davis saw three combat zones during one tour of duty and dodged bullets just like her male comrades. Still, the Enfield womant says she has never been treated as an equal in her 24 years as a soldier, and she doesn't believe that will change once she retires at the end of this year.