December 4, 2018
Kristopher Goldsmith | Wired
I FIRST CAME across the imposter Facebook page by accident. The page was made to look like that of my employer, Vietnam Veterans of America, complete with our organization's registered trademark and name. As an Iraq veteran and the office’s designated millennial policy guy, I was helping run VVA's social media accounts.
December 2, 2018
Leo Shane III | Military Times
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Americans still enjoy overwhelming confidence in the U.S. military, according to a new survey by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.
November 29, 2018
Donovan Slack | USA Today
WASHINGTON – Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie overruled a top benefits official Thursday and said the VA won't ignore federal law and will now reimburse veterans who may have been underpaid GI Bill benefits.
The move came just hours after Paul Lawrence, the VA’s undersecretary for benefits, testified on Capitol Hill that the amount of work it would take to figure out how many were shortchanged and by how much wouldn't be worth it.
November 28, 2018
Political News | KXL
In a newly released report, scientists have called on Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund a new program aimed at studying the generational health effects among veterans of the Gulf and post-9/11 wars.
The report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine comes less than two weeks after the same group called on the VA to look at generational exposure to dioxin — a component of Agent Orange.
November 26, 2018
Quil Lawrence | NPR
Editor's note: This story contains a description of self-harm.
For an estimated 500,000 veterans, being put out of the military with an other than honorable discharge is a source of shame and an obstacle to employment. "Bad paper," in most cases, means no benefits or health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs — even when the problems that got them kicked out were linked to PTSD, traumatic brain injury or military sexual assault.
November 21, 2018
Natalie Gross | Military Times
Everyone needs seed money to start a business. But veteran entrepreneurs usually have a harder time getting financing than their nonveteran counterparts, a new study finds.
Veterans had to submit more applications to get approved for loans and other types of financing, and when they eventually were approved, it was often for less money than they were seeking, according to data from the latest annual Federal Reserve Banks’ Small Business Credit Survey.
November 19, 2018
Nikki Wentling | Stars and Stripes
WASHINGTON — Researchers with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found for the first time that enough evidence exists to link hypertension to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War.
The finding, announced Thursday, bolsters the case for veterans with hypertension to be granted easier access to Department of Veterans Affairs benefits, advocates argued. Before last week’s announcement, researchers had determined there was only “limited” or “suggestive” evidence hypertension could be caused by chemical herbicides used in Vietnam.
November 19, 2018
Friends and colleagues,
Nearly six years ago I started a new role on the Joint Staff supporting veterans and military families. Working in the Chairman’s Office of Warrior and Family Support aligned my passion for Gold Star families with my vocation and gave me unparalleled insights into thousands of organizations and agencies across the country that support our military community in a wide variety of ways.
November 19, 2018
Kelly Finn Stormer | EINPresswire
Executive Recruiting Firm Begins Search for Successor
November 17, 2018
Veterans with mental health issues related to their service will be able to pursue a class-action lawsuit against the military.
A federal court judge in Connecticut ruled Thursday in favor of Navy and Marine Corps veterans who received a less-than-honorable discharge due to incidents related to untreated mental illnesses.
As a result of their discharge status, these veterans were subsequently denied VA benefits to receive healthcare for their war-related mental health issues.