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  • Far fewer veterans use choice card and private health care than expected, VA says

    Emily Wax-Thibodeaux | The Washington Post

    Only 27,000 veterans have made appointments for private medical care since the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Choice Card program rolled out at the start of November, Secretary Robert “Bob” McDonald said this week.

    It’s such a tiny number compared with the 9 million people who use VA health care that McDonald has asked for “flexibility” to reallocate billions of dollars for other pressing matters, from hiring more claims officers to help wade through a vast veterans’ benefits backlog to managing other patient medical needs.

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  • VA details plan to eliminate veterans' homelessness

    GALE HOLLAND | LA Times

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs detailed its plan Friday to end veterans' homelessness in Los Angeles by 2016, pledging to open its West Los Angeles campus to permanent and temporary housing, and to place returning service members and their families in subsidized apartments throughout the county.

    The VA's "action plan," developed as part of a legal settlement, will prioritize severely disabled, mentally ill and women veterans for housing in largely abandoned buildings on its sprawling 387-acre property.

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  • New Recommendations For Pain Management Among Active Military And Veterans

    CJ Arlotta | Forbes

    Much of the conversation around managing chronic pain has been directed toward the general U.S. population. One specific group deserves a little more attention: active military and veterans.

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  • Summit at UA to Address Needs of Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life

    UA News

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — In the 13 years since American troops first deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, more than 2.6 million veterans have returned home.

    One of the biggest challenges veterans face is getting the help they need during their readjustment to home. To help address these growing problems, The University of Alabama’s School of Social Work, and its partners, present “Service Member to Civilian (S2C): A National Summit on Improving Transitions” April 16-17 at the Bryant Conference Center.

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  • New bill for Veterans would help them start families

    KREM Staff | KREM.com

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced a bill on Wednesday that would allow veterans who have suffered catastrophic injuries to receive reproductive services.

    The bill, titled the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2015, would end the Department of Veteran Affairs' ban on in vitro fertilization, or IVF, and expand the Department of Defense's current fertility treatment programs.

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  • Mayor’s veteran homelessness campaign nears goal

    Brendan Cheney | Capital

    As the number of homeless veterans in New York City continues to trend sharply downward, the de Blasio administration's newly reemphasized goal of entirely eliminating veteran homelessness in the five boroughs by the end of the year seems within reach.

    The trend began in the last year of the Bloomberg administration, with the number of homeless veterans decreasing 72 percent since the beginning of 2013, after a concerted city-federal effort, to a current estimate total of 1,000 homeless veterans. The estimated total in Jan. 2013 was 3,547; in Jan. 2014, it was 1,645.

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  • Congressional auditors: VA health care is high-risk

    Gregg Zoroya | USA Today

    The Department of Veterans' Affairs vast health network — beset by a scandal last year over delayed care — has been listed as a high-risk federal program by congressional auditors for the first time.

    The report by the watchdog Government Accountability Office, which is issued every two years, includes a broad indictment of the $55.5 billion VA program, one of the nation's largest health care systems. USA TODAY obtained the VA section of the report, scheduled for release Wednesday.

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  • Semper Fi Fund gives $100 million to injured veterans

    Linda McIntosh | U-T San Diego

    CAMP PENDLETON — As the Semper Fi Fund moves into its second decade, the nonprofit has given out more than $100 million to injured service members and their families.

    Over the past decade since it was founded, the Oceanside-based nonprofit has helped more than 13,000 wounded and critically ill veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The effort, spearheaded by a Marine wife, Karen Guenther, began with $500. 

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  • VA Secretary Attempts to Change Culture, Combat Critics

    Astrid Goh and Tara Longardner | US News and World Report

    Six months after taking over as Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Robert A. McDonald has proven himself capable in the eyes of many of leading the scandal-ridden agency.

    But experts agree that the Department of Veterans Affairs still has much work to do – especially regarding transparency and restoring the trust of military veterans.

    “We want this administration to ensure every individual that put veterans in harm’s way is appropriately dealt with, swiftly,” said Louis Celli, ‎the American Legion’s national director of veterans affairs and rehabilitation.

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  • Veterans Journal: MyVA’s maps reorganized to improve service

    George W. Reilly | Providence Journal

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has reorganized its MyVA organizational maps into five regions, using state boundaries, as part of the agency’s continuing effort to improve service to beneficiaries across the nation by the end of June 2015. The regional map can be seen at: 1.usa.gov/1xMhfCh. Rhode Island is included in the region of states running along the Atlantic coast from Maine to North Carolina.

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