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  • Hospice program comforts dying veterans

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    “I started out in Southern France and ended up in Belgium," is how Palmer Gaetano describes his army service in World War II. The 92-year old lives in a hospice facility in the Rochester-area village of Spencerport, near his daughter and her family.

    Gaetano is one of more than 9 million American military veterans over the age of 65, according to 2013 census bureau figures.  With an aging population that includes vets from Vietnam, Korea, and World War II, there are 1,800 veteran deaths each day. One program strived to meet their increased need for end-of-life care.

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  • No choice for veterans when doctors don't join VA program

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    A Giles County veteran who lives more than 40 miles from the Salem VA Medical Center could see a doctor closer to home if only he could find one willing to participate in the Veterans Choice Program.

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  • VA Chief: Aging Vietnam Vets Straining System

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    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The struggles veterans face in accessing healthcare are a harbinger for all American medicine, and the problem won't be resolved without adequate funding, said Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald.

    "VA is the canary in the coal mine. We learn about the problems in American medicine before American medicine," McDonald told a roomful of reporters at the annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists here on Friday.

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  • Lawmakers want DoD, VA pharmacies to match meds

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    The House Armed Services Committee wants the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments' pharmacies to offer the same medications, at least for some prescriptions.

    Legislation introduced this week calls for the formularies of both departments to match medications for pain management, sleep disorders, psychiatric conditions and other illnesses "determined appropriate" by the DoD and VA secretaries.

    Committee aides said lawmakers are looking to ensure continuity of care and treatment when troops move from active duty to veterans status.

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  • Swords to Plowshares offers Military Sexual Trauma Online Training: Apr 30, 2015

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    Military Sexual Trauma Online Training:  Treatment Considerations, and Access to Care + Benefits  

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  • County creates Veterans Network of Care

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    Montgomery County government has created the Veterans Network of Care, a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with veterans' issues.

    A kick-off event is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 24 at the William O. Beach Civic Hall at 350 Pageant Lane, Clarksville. For more information, call 931-648-8482.

    The Network of Care empowers veterans, service members, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within Clarksville/Montgomery County/Fort Campbell area.

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  • A year later: VA struggles to improve care nationwide

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    One year ago, a crisis in service and integrity at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix triggered a national metamorphosis at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Investigators verified that patients were dying in a system of backlogged care while the Veterans Health Administration, the arm of the VA that oversees agency health-care operations, put out phony data on wait times.

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  • VA Extends Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the award of 20 contracts for the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI). Originally slated to end in 2014, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“VACAA”) extended this program through October 2017.

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  • VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

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    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists — and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms costing billions of dollars — government data show that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all.

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  • Report: Poor coordination of support efforts hurts vets

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    Veterans struggling to adapt to post-military life face a bounty of support resources, but poor coordination of those efforts potentially leaves them confused and without help, according to a new study released Wednesday.

    Researchers from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University said many of the financial, medical and social problems faced by veterans in America can be traced not to a lack of assistance programs but instead to "a lack of collaboration, coordination, and collective purpose" between myriad government and community offerings.

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