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Veterans News & Events for Tuesday, August 22, 2017   (Please Note: The Veterans News compiled and transmitted by Wayne M. Gatewood, Jr., USMC (Ret), does not endorse the views and/or facts presented, or any commercial products that may be advertised or available on external links. The presence of a link to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of that site, or the views or privacy policies contained therein).     VA to Revise State Veteran Home Construction Regulations. New Regulations Will Make it Easier for Rural Communities to Compete for Grants for their Projects.  https://www.va.gov/ opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm? id=2941     Veterans Affairs Media Summary and News Clips for Monday, August 21, 2017. Read here...     Defense News TV for Monday, August 21, 2017. http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c6719l. 4ud/33b7ece8     DOD Contracts Awarded for Monday, August 21, 2017. https://www.defense.gov/News/ Contracts/Contract-View/ Article/1284769/source/ GovDelivery/     PilieroMazza,  PLLC, Attorneys At Law Weekly Report for August 21, 2017. Relative scoop in here for you fellow Vets doing business with the federal government. http://mailchi.mp/ pilieromazza/ weeklyupdate82117?e=a4c61eb9da     Defense and Ex-Im Update for Monday, August 21, 2017.  Provided by Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services. Read here...     Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Monday, August 21, 2017. http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c66z3r. vtx/9b97bd93     Reserve Officers Association (ROA) SmartBrief for Monday, August 21, 2017. http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= 294FCA73-7EC7-4DD2-B4F0- 4D5AE80DB516&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     POLITICO Morning Defense for Monday, August 21, 2017. A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.  http://www. politico.com/tipsheets/ morning-defense/2017/08/21/ ten-missing-after-uss-john-s- mccain-collides-with-oil- tanker-off-singapore-221979     Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) – “The Evening CSIS” for August 21, 2017. Presented by H. Andrew Schwartz, CSIS Chief Communication Officer. http://mailchi.mp/csis.org/ the-evening-afghan-strategy- barcelona-total-eclipse-and- more?e=43b85a311b     SmartBrief on Leadership for Monday, August 21, 2017.  http://www2.smartbrief. com/servlet/encodeServlet? issueid=BA393CE1-BCDE-40F1- A02D-DA206BB82317&sid= 97fc7e62-fef0-4d78-aeb8- a2a54d351b58     FCW Daily for Monday, August 21, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group. https://fcw.com/newsletters/ fcwdaily/2017/08/aug21.aspx? mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiT1RGaU5UQmtORFkwWVRZMy IsInQiOiJUTmF3OGVRa3VPc1RYUk5T dklUS0lHNlhBTG1cL1BxdkI2ZmV4cW Z0clwvTHNheHhtTXE5NjlrOU1rOGhV eUJmb2FNY3AreEl4Y0RIbncxNUxzdH U5ZWY4enpLMDlHSWppVWtPZ204Z0wr VTJ2Zml5VVFzREZLVWVXNEdlb3o5Tm dYIn0=     Your 6:00 am GovConWire - Top News from Executive Mosaic. http://us4.campaign-archive2. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 77f831fc76     Your 12:00 pm Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.  http://us4. campaign-archive2.com/?e= 859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 81459d449e     Your 5:00 pm GovCon Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.  http://us4. campaign-archive2.com/?e= 859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= c697c1127b     A Variety of Veterans News from Variety of Sources     Navy Times   10 sailors missing after Navy destroyer John S. McCain collides with merchant vessel . Ten sailors were missing early Monday after the destroyer John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel in the South China Sea, 7th Fleet officials said.   Military Times   President Trump to present new Afghanistan, Asia strategy Monday night .  President Donald Trump in a national address will update the “path forward for America‘s engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia,” according to a White House statement issued Sunday.   Washington Examiner   Jim Mattis: Trump has made decision on Afghanistan strategy, wants to announce it to American people himself .   Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said President Trump has made a decision on the United States' strategy for Afghanistan.   Marine Corps Times   Marine commander in Afghanistan: 'We cannot allow the Taliban to win .  In mid-July, Marines advised Afghan troops and police as they launched a successful operation to clear the Taliban from part of Nawa district, south of Lashkar Gah.   Military Times   Pentagon distances itself from allies of the U.S. partner force battling ISIS .  In the acronym soup of militant groups waging war across Syria, understanding the various sub components and allegiances of various militia groups is important to wading through Syrian conflict politics.   Yonhap News Agency   Mattis: Reduction in U.S. troops in S. Korea exercises was not caused by N.K. tensions .   U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday that this week's joint exercises with South Korea will involve fewer American troops than last year because of the current emphasis on integration, not because of recent tensions with North Korea.   Defense News  Top Pentagon posts 74 percent vacant as Congress returns .    A handful of Pentagon nominees will be waiting for Senate confirmation when the upper chamber returns in September from its summer recess, but the administration still has dozens of Defense Department positions to fill.   Army Times   West Point dedicates barracks to ostracized black cadet, Tuskegee Airman .   Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. eventually became a Tuskegee Airman and the Air Force’s first black general, but when he was just a cadet in 1932 at the United States Military Academy, no one wanted to be his roommate, let alone be his friend, or even speak to him unless absolutely necessary.   Army Times   Poll results: 79 percent of Army Times readers support Confederate post names .   Army Times put the question of whether or not to renames posts named after Confederate officers to our readers, who resoundingly voted to keep the names.   Associated Press   Feds allege California Marines involved in $67M health fraud .  Federal authorities say Southern California Marines were recruited for a scheme that bilked the government’s military health insurance provider out of $67 million.   Associated Press  Navy anticipates housing crunch in San Diego region . The Navy is facing a looming housing crunch in the San Diego region, where high home prices and rents are already a problem.   Air Force Times   Air Force Predator crashes in Turkey; investigation underway .   An MQ-1 Predator crashed in a field shortly after taking off from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey Thursday, the Air Force said.   The Record-Courier:  Trump in Reno to address American Legion on Wednesday . President Donald Trump will be speaking to the 99th annual American Legion National Convention in Reno on Wednesday. Trump is expected to speak about 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. About 9,000 participants are expected in Reno for the convention, which opens today.   FOX News (Video):  Secretary Shulkin speaks out about Charlottesville backlash . In this four-minute video from “Watters’ World,” Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks out about the Charlottesville backlash.   The Hill:  VA Secretary on Confederate monuments: ‘You hav to respect people’s opinions’ . Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin weighed in on the heated debate over whether to remove Confederate monuments across the country, saying Americans must be cognizant of each other's feeling amid simmering racial tensions.   WSET (ABC-13, AP):   Family: Remove Arlington’s Confederacy monument . Descendants of a Confederate veteran who sculpted a 32-foot monument to the Confederacy at Arlington National Cemetery want it removed. More than 20 descendants of sculptor Moses Jacob Ezekiel wrote a letter to The Washington Post urging the Confederate Memorial be moved from its place of honor at the cemetery and placed in a museum or some other place "that makes clear its oppressive history."   Government Matters (Video):  One-on-One with VA Secretary David Shulkin . In a special two-part interview, Francis sat down with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin. They discussed the culture, workforce and technology challenges facing the Department, and the way the White House is impacting and influencing Secretary Shulkin’s agenda.   Brooklyn Daily Eagle:  Plan to convert Brooklyn VA Hospital to ambulatory center raises alarm with Vets, pols . A plan to eliminate inpatient surgery at Brooklyn’s VA hospital and transfer these services to the Manhattan VA hospital is raising alarm among Brooklyn and Staten Island military veterans and local officials, who say they are worried the move will cause a hardship for veterans in the outer boroughs.   WGRZ (NBC-2):  VA update on unsanitary scope procedures . The Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center released an update Friday on more than 500 scope procedures with scopes that were not properly sanitized. They say the procedures took place between April 19, 2015 and June 23, 2017. They also say the employee who was in charge of cleaning the scopes has been removed from his responsibilities.    Northwest Florida Daily News:  Letters to the Editor: Thanks to the VA . Recently the VA was being bashed by veterans who have experienced ill treatment from staff members. I find it difficult to remain silent since I have been treated at both the Eglin veterans facility as well as Pensacola’s in an outstanding manner. It has been my experience that there are some outstanding dedicated nurses, doctors and staff members who are being unfairly targeted as uncaring and rude.   Concord Monitor:  My Turn: Let’s give ‘Veterans Choice’ a chance . Following retirement from my otolaryngology private practice, I set up and ran an ear, nose and throat clinic at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Manchester, retiring in 2016. Having worked within the VA system for seven years, I have experienced the challenges of delivering medical services, most challenges being administrative in nature.   Daily Press:  Riverside, VA team up in Veterans Choice program . Riverside Health System has joined forces with the Hampton VA Medical Center to provide health care through the Veterans Choice Program. The partnership ensures veterans receive access to high quality care close to home.   Modern Healthcare:  Veterans Choice funding strikes a temporary compromise . Although the Veterans Choice program received a six-month reprieve thanks to new emergency funding, it will take more than an influx of cash for the program to thrive, according to veterans groups. As it currently runs, VA Choice has problems, according to veterans organizations and experts. Though the program was supposed to cut down on wait times for veterans seeking care, some still wait weeks for appointments and provider shortages are exacerbating the program's troubles.   The Register-Mail:  Opioid thefts concern patients, officials alike . About this story: Another alleged theft of opioid medication led The Register-Mail to a pair of victims in Galesburg and a look into the underground market for painkillers. Jeffrey Jarvis doesn’t know if he’s part of a crime trend, a statistical blip in theft statistics, or the random victim of an opportunist.   WDBJ (CBS-7):   Locals in Salem honor, support Veterans with PTSD . These drivers with the Star City Cruisers are used to getting attention with their rides. Friday, they putting that attention to good use. They along with the Salem Rotary converged at the Salem VA Medical Center for a cruise in. Participants brought their cool rides to kick off a weekend car show. Veterans at the VA medical center were invited to check out the cars, have dinner and listen to live music.   Deseret News:  Would military exit oath be enough to prevent Veteran suicide? Experts say no . The Senate is considering a defense funding bill that proposes an "oath of exit" aimed at decreasing self-harm and suicide among America's veterans. But while acknowledging the idea is well-intentioned, many experts who deal with suicide and mental health among veterans say asking exiting service members to take the voluntary pledge could actually do harm.   Commercial-News:  VA: VA a leader in health research . This is the third installment of this monthly column, which, as I stated in both of the first two, is intended to convince any and all eligible veterans to at least investigate what VA can do for you and your health care. Again, if you’re already receiving care in the VA system, thank you, and we hope to continue to earn your trust.   KXVA (FOX-15, Video):  Taylor Co, Vietnam Veteran receives help from the White House . On February, 22, 2017, Bennie Dooley, a Vietnam Veteran from Taylor County was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Dooley went to the Veterans Service Office to apply for service connection. After his representative Bryan Massey was thrown through obstacles and loops, they finally turned to President Trump’s hotline for Veterans. It was this service that acted and granted Dooley with justice.   The San Diego Union-Tribune:  Forever GI Bill: Lost in the chaos, a great display of unanimity . In these days of deep division in the country, it’s easy to forget there are areas everyone can still agree on. Like helping veterans. Both chambers of Congress and President Donald Trump deserve the highest praise for a rare and welcome display of complete unanimity — not a single no vote — over the recent extension and improvement of the GI Bill, which has helped numerous veterans and their families get education and training since 1944.   Inside Tucson Business:  A new program aims to help homeless Vets get back on their feet . Bruce DeRaad is homeless after serving over 20 years in the Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. A new program to help veterans like him has offered him a path getting a full-time job with the city. In July, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded Pima County a $236,654 grant for the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program, to connect veterans in need with stable employment. The program just signed up its first five participants.   WBBM (CBS-2, Video):  Graduation Day For Lincoln Cemetery Memorial Volunteers . This is graduation day for new volunteers for the memorial squad at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. […] They are the men and women who have trained to give veterans a burial with honors at the cemetery. The youngest is 34-year-old Jennifer Orr, who has already been part of the squad – during her training – and had the chance to meet veterans’ family members.   The Wall Street Journal:  Eternal Life: The Difficulty of Firing at the VA . Your editorial “Can the VA Fire Anyone?” (Aug. 15) asserts that “the Merit Systems Protection Board [MSPB] . . . has become a union-supported shop dedicated to protect employees from discipline,” but this is inconsistent with the facts.   KVLY (NBC-11, Video):  Disabled Veteran with passion for serving receives new custom home . MS Marts and his wife received the keys to their new home, marking new beginning. The couple had been living in a home that was unable to support his equipment given to him by the VA for his recovery and that couldn't fully support the equipment he used for his well-known radio show. This new home, however, has room for it all.   Japan Times   Wreck of U.S. cruiser that delivered vital parts for Hiroshima A-bomb found after seven-decade search .   Lost to the depths of the Pacific Ocean 72 years ago after being sunk by Japanese torpedoes, the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis — the ship that delivered components crucial to “Little Boy,” the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima — has been located.       Upcoming Veteran Events   American Legion Post 328, Southfield, Michigan Listing of Current Events in and around the Metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, for the period August 17 - September 3, 2017.  http://www.legionpost328.org/ events.html Sent in by our fellow Veteran Tim Wirkus. Thanks Tim!   Federal Business Council, Inc. (FBC) List of remaining Industry Outreach Events for remainder of CY 2017.  https://www.fbcinc.com/ search.aspx   Marine Week – Detroit, MI. September 6 – 10, 2017. Marine Week, hosted by the United States Marine Corps in one city per year, is a celebration of Community, Country and Corps – providing the American public the experience of directly connecting with hundreds of Marines. From September 6 –10, 2017, Marine Week Detroit will feature hands-on static displays, live demonstrations, time-honored Marine Corps traditions, musical performances and other events to showcase the history, military capabilities and community involvement of the Corps. For details:  http://usmarineweek. com/   National Veteran Small Business Coalition, DC Metro Chapter Dinner Meeting, Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 4:00 - 8:30 PM (EDT), Arlington, VA. Go here to get more details and to register. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ national-veteran-small- business-coalition-13- september-2017-dc-metro- chapter-dinner-meeting- tickets-37070437677   MOAA Military and Veteran Networking Forum, September 14, 2017, 7:15-10:00 PM. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C. An evening of networking and professional development designed to provide those who have served and their families the opportunity to meet industry professionals, hiring managers, executives, and resource specialists.  700+ Veterans, Transitioning Servicemembers, and Spouses - Three designated halls: Top Military-Friendly Companies, Careers in the Information Technology Industry, and Exploring Entrepreneurship. Keynote welcome with two panel sessions. 70+ organizations committed to supporting the military community (GE, Starbucks, Amazon, Verizon, General Dynamics + more).  Opportunities to connect with executives, mentors, and community leaders. Learn more and register at:  http://www.moaa.org/ networkingforum/   Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair, Springfield, VA, September 21, 2017. Come meet face-to-face with representatives from Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, CSRA, DXC Technology, Leidos, U.S. Postal Service, AECOM, PenFed, YRCI, WBB, FCi Federal, PotomacWave, ComScore, New York Life, Octo Consulting, ACT I, and more!  Job fair hours are 9 am to 12:30 pm, with an Employer Panel discussion for job seekers starting at 8 am. The Waterford Reception Center is located at 6715 Commerce Street in Springfield, Virginia. Business attire recommended. Bring many copies of your resume. Be sure to research the companies in advance, including contacting people you know who are working there and asking for their assistance in matching your skills and experience with their open jobs.  For more information and to register for the event, visit  www.corporategray.com/ jobfairs/387 . By pre-registering and uploading your resume, you'll receive the job fair employer directory in advance, and give the participating companies early access to your credentials. Also, see flyer here….   2017 Veterans International Small Business Opportunities Conference (VISBOC) October 10, 2017, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Arlington VA.  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is partnering with the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) to host the 4th Annual Veterans International Small Business Opportunities (VISBOC).  http://mailchi.mp/ 980deee42b74/2017-veterans- international-small-business- opportunities-conference- visboc?e=b5ef1b329e   National HUBZone Conference, October 12 – 13, 2017. Westfields Marriott Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia. For you Veteran Small Business Owners that are also HUBZone Companies.  http://www. hubzonecouncil.org/clubportal/ ClubStatic.cfm?clubID=528& pubmenuoptID=29484     Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Fall Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” October 13th-16th, 2017, City of Industry, California. For more information: http://www. womenveteransalliance.org/ events/unconference/   St. Joseph’s University Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) – COHORT III – October 14 - 22, 2017, Saint Joseph’s University Campus in Philadelphia, PA. No Cost to qualified Veterans. The Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program is designed specifically to provide the tools, education and mentorship necessary to allow all qualified veterans the opportunity to start their own businesses. We offer the latest training in business and entrepreneurship, utilizing the breadth of experience available through the renowned Haub School of Business, experienced faculty, and industry practitioners. Click on following link for Video: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=WpWB347egMo&feature= youtu.be&utm_source=Ralph+ Galati+Linked-In+Contacts+-+ VEJ+Audience&utm_campaign= dfae0ac3ac-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_ 2017_04_26&utm_medium=email& utm_term=0_2b5b0a4e16- dfae0ac3ac-382008989   To enroll, go here:  http://sites.sju.edu/ veteransservices/ entrepreneurship-programs/sju- veterans-entrepreneurial- jumpstart-vej/     Sent in by Ralph Galati, Director, Veterans Services, St. Joseph’s University.  Thanks Ralph!    Veterans in Business – Inaugural National Conference. November 6-7, 2017, Palm Springs, CA.  Go here for details and to register: http://www.cvent.com/events/ veterans-in-business-network/ event-summary- 4ccfca021b174c069cee970cc0a621 59.aspx   Warrior Ethos 4th Annual Gala – November 16, 2017. Save the date. https://www.warriorsethos.org/ news/
Veterans News & Events | August 15, 2017  (Please Note: The Veterans News compiled and transmitted by Wayne M. Gatewood, Jr., USMC (Ret), does not endorse the views and/or facts presented, or any commercial products that may be advertised or available on external links. The presence of a link to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of that site, or the views or privacy policies contained therein).     VA OIG Recently Released Reports and Featured Items .   https://www.va.gov/oig/     VA staffing new White House VA Hotline Principally with Veterans .     https://www.va.gov/opa/ pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id= 2940     VA OIG - Healthcare Inspection – Follow-Up Review Access to Urology Service, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, Arizona .  https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-14-00875-334.pdf     Veterans Affairs Media Summary and News Clips for Monday, August 14, 2017.   Read here...     Veterans Affairs Media Summary and News Clips for Sunday, August 13, 2017.   Read here...     Defense News TV or Monday, August 14, 2017.   http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c65h69. 4qt/75a3b233     DOD Contracts Awarded for Monday, August 14, 2017.    https://www.defense.gov/News/ Contracts/Contract-View/ Article/1278194/source/ GovDelivery/     Defense and Ex-Im Update for Monday,  August 14, 2017.   Provided by Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services.  Read here...       Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Monday, August 14, 2017.   http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c65i9w. v7p/32eb114f     Reserve Officers Association (ROA) SmartBrief for Monday, August 14, 2017.  http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= EA4D22B4-8651-47CB-8A34- E0CD04F79BBA&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     POLITICO Morning Defense for Monday, August 14, 2017.  A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.   http://www.politico.com/ tipsheets/morning-defense/ 2017/08/14/irans-parliament- moves-to-boost-funding-for- missile-program-221862     Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) – “The Evening CSIS” for August 14, 2017. Presented by H. Andrew Schwartz, CSIS Chief Communication Officer.  http://mailchi.mp/csis.org/ the-evening-china-help-vp-on- venezuela-althea-and-more?e= 43b85a311b     SmartBrief on Leadership for Monday, August 14, 2017.   http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= C409D60A-89FF-4BBC-808B- 49F0209403E7&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     FCW Daily for Monday, August  14, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.  https://fcw.com/newsletters/ fcwdaily/2017/08/aug14.aspx? mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiWXpkak9EVTVZemRrTXpsay IsInQiOiJZekR4QnplQUhOMFwvWWhK a3Q3QkFUaGtJNHNTa2RtRklYV2hINX FDTW51aHcxeHZDMGs1QWY5R0txU0Fi a3d5MlRzRTVVWEFnektPdUpDVG41Uk JQYzlneExnR29sWURvZ2JQXC9vMFNQ dHZEQVl5ODZVTmJDY0tSaVRLUmRLQk dmIn0=     Your 6:00 am GovConWire - Top News from Executive Mosaic.   http://us4.campaign-archive1. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= a01d731700     Your 12:00 pm Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.   http://us4.campaign-archive1. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 8e4b02d683     Your 5:00 pm GovCon Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.   http://us4.campaign-archive1. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= f3af290636       A Variety of Veterans News from Variety of Sources     ABC News (AP):   Trump’ remarks about violent clashes in Charlottesville .   President Donald Trump's remarks Saturday about violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, delivered in Bedminster, New Jersey, and transcribed and distributed by the White House: Well, thank you very much. As you know, this was a small press conference but a very important one, and it was scheduled to talk about the great things that we're doing with the Secretary on the Veterans Administration.   Yonhap News Agency    N. Korea seems to be prepared for fresh ICBM test: expert .   Recent satellite photos suggests that North Korea is preparing for fresh submarine-based missile tests, an expert has said, amid heightened tension between the U.S. and North Korea over the communist state's successful launch of an inter-continental ballistic missile.   The Guardian   Trump's rhetoric on North Korea echoes loudly in void of US diplomacy .   It took more than seven months for the Trump administration to encounter its first real foreign crisis, and when it came, it was largely self-inflicted.   Voice of America    Top US General Arrives on Korean Peninsula for Talks on N. Korea Threat .  The top U.S. general has arrived on the Korean peninsula amid unprecedented threats between Washington and Pyongyang and as annual military exercises between the United States and South Korea risk further increasing tensions.   Defense News   Trump pledges 'billions' increase in missile defense spending .  U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged to increase defense spending by “billions of dollars,” while hinting that a plan to increase spending on missile defense may come as soon as next week.   South China Morning Post    China and India on brink of armed conflict as hopes of resolution to border dispute fade .  Chinese and Indian troops are readying themselves for a possible armed conflict in the event they fail in their efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution to their border dispute on the Doklam plateau in the Himalayas, observers said.   Army Times   The civilian version of the Army’s new handgun is having firing problems .   The civilian version of the Army’s new handgun is having problems firing when it shouldn’t.   Marine Corps Times   Top Marine orders 24-hour pause in flight operations for all aircraft .   Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller has ordered all Marine Corps aircraft to suspend flight operations for 24 hours within the next two weeks following the Aug. 5 deadly MV-22B Osprey crash that killed three Marines.   Associated Press    Navy: Only woman in SEAL training pipeline drops out .   The only woman in the Navy SEAL training pipeline has dropped out, a Navy special warfare official confirmed Friday.   Air Force Times    Less than half of the US bomber fleet is ready to 'fight tonight' .  Less than half of the bombers President Donald Trump would rely upon to be “locked and loaded” against North Korea could launch today if needed, according to the latest Air Force figures available.   Stars and Stripes:  Europe program offers separating service members VA Jobs .   A new program offering Department of Veterans Affairs jobs to servicemembers leaving active duty is now accepting applicants for a Europe-based training course. Previously only available in the United States, the pilot program offered by the VA and the Soldiers for Life office allows servicemembers across Europe to train for jobs as either service representatives or as disability raters, officials said Friday.   McClatchy:    Vets group sues Pentagon for not protecting private military records of millions of troops .   A veterans organization is suing the Pentagon for exposing private details about troops’ military service on “a truly massive scale” due to lax security on one of its websites. The lawsuit filed by Vietnam Veterans of America charges that that a Defense Department website “is currently exposing private details about the military service of millions of veterans to anybody at all, anonymously, for any purpose.”   The New York Times (AP):   Trump Signs Bill to Fund Veterans Medical care Program .   President Donald Trump has signed an emergency spending bill that will pump more than $2 billion into a program that allows veterans to receive private medical care at government expense. Trump, who made improving veterans care a central campaign promise, signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act while at his New Jersey golf club on Saturday.   Stars and Stripes:   Trump signs $3.9 billion VA funding bill to avert crisis for Choice program .   President Donald Trump on Saturday signed a $3.9 billion funding deal for the Department of Veterans Affairs that will shore up the nearly bankrupt Veterans Choice Program and allow the VA to open 28 new clinics and implement new hiring programs. Trump signed the bill in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he’s staying at his golf club on what he’s called a 17-day “working vacation.”   The Washington Times:  Trump signs Vets bill to keep Veterans Choice Program afloat .   President Trump on Saturday signed a bill that will pump funds into the Veterans choice program to keep it up and running, while Washington continues to fight over how best to give veterans the care they earned — but which the government has sometimes failed to deliver.   Washington Examiner:   Congress gets it right on Veterans; why can’t it on anything else .   As in many other instances where veterans have exemplified exceptional leadership and civic engagement, the most recent bipartisan legislative victories were led by and focused on former and current service members. Veterans affairs continues to exemplify the power of compromise and pragmatism in Congress.   FOX News (Video):  Secretary Shulkin addresses rehiring of fired VA director .   In this four-minute video, Secretary David Shulkin VA secretary speaks out on controversy on 'Fox & Friends.'   The Washington Times:  David Shulkin says new evidence in firing of VA medical center head should confirm decision .   Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Friday that he’s going to look into the firing and subsequent rehiring of Washington, D.C.’s VA Medical Center director. “We’re going to take a look at all the evidence we had before when we made the decision to fire him, and since then even more evidence has come out. The inspector general has released its report on his leadership and has found additional concerns,” Mr. Shulkin said on Fox News.   Concord Monitor:   My Turn: After meeting with VA Secretary, there is reason for optimism .   On Aug. 4, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin made an unprecedented visit to the Manchester VA. In attendance was the entire New Hampshire congressional delegation, along with Gov. Chris Sununu. Over the past few weeks, scores of veterans detailed horror stories of poor care they received at the VA.   Chicago Tribune:   Editorial: Veterans health care: Building on success .    The Department of Veterans Affairs has a problem. In 2014, after revelations of shockingly long wait times for veterans with serious ailments, it set up a program to let some of them go to doctors outside the VA system. Did it work? The Veterans Choice Program has been so popular that it is on the verge of running out of money.   FOX News (Video):   Bill to help curb Veterans’ suicides might have opposite effect, critics say .   A proposal in Congress intended to help reduce the suicide rate among U.S. military veterans might actually do more harm than good, its critics say. The “Oath of Exit Act,” sponsored by a Florida Republican who lost both legs to a roadside bombing in Afghanistan, recently passed the House as a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, Stars and Stripes reported.   The Des Moines Register (Video):   Suicide-prevention riders’ message to Veterans: ‘It’s OK to say you’re scared’.   Ronnie Murray cried what he called "tears of relief" at the Food Depot Bar and Grill in Grimes. The Air Force veteran spent Aug. 3 on his motorcycle. He and more than 20 others rode around the Des Moines metro area to raise awareness about the high rate of veteran suicides. On average, 20 veterans die each day from suicide, according to a 2016 report from the Department of Veterans Affairs.   Globe Gazette:    Psychiatrist shortage also felt in VA system, Iowa .   A nationwide shortage of psychiatrists has created a similar shortage in the U.S. Veterans Affairs department, which can amplify the department’s challenge in having sufficient staff to provide mental health care to veterans.   Leavenworth Times:   Employees picket in front of VA .   Employees of the Eisenhower VA Medical Center and others picketed Friday in front of the Leavenworth veterans hospital. Jennifer Gum said employees were concerned about vacancies at the hospital and proposed budget cuts. “They need to staff the VA,” she said. “We want to take care of our vets.”   The Washington Times:  Majority of VA hospitals offer holistic therapies, alternative to opioids, study finds .   Nearly 80 percent of military medical facilities are offering alternative medicines for pain management and psychological treatment instead of opioids when possible, according to a study published Thursday by the nonprofit RAND Corp. Over 8.9 million veterans are treated at 1,233 veteran health facilities each year, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs.   Stars and Stripes:  Paralyzed Veterans of America: Ending dog testing at VA could hurt Veterans .   Advocates and lawmakers attempting to shut down dog testing at the Department of Veterans Affairs have a new adversary – a group of disabled veterans concerned that stopping the research would limit future medical advancements. A measure to stop funding for VA research that causes pain to dogs passed the House floor on July 26 as part of a multi-agency funding bill.   News 12 (Video):   Vietnam Vets report significant results of parasite study .   Participants of a VA pilot study on Long Island say a significant number tested positive for liver-damaging parasites. Liver fluke is a water-borne pathogen prevalent in the Vietnam region and linked to liver cancer. Veterans are asking the government to classify the disease as a service-connected disability, but they say they're facing resistance. Their efforts led to a recent pilot study conducted at the Northport VA. The VA would not comment on the results.   ABC News (AP):   Congress approves bill to address VA claims backlog .   Congress has sent the president a bill aimed at trimming a rapidly growing backlog of veterans' disability claims. The House approved the bill by voice vote Friday during a brief session, sending the measure to President Donald Trump. The House is on recess, but a handful of lawmakers gaveled the chamber in and out of a session that lasted less than five minutes.   Roll Call:   House Sends Veterans’ Appeals Bill to Trump’s Deskm Measure aims to pare down backlog appeals for disability benefits .   The House during a pro forma session Friday cleared a bipartisan bill aimed at paring down a massive backlog of appeals for veterans’ disability benefits. Passage of the measure brings to three the number of major veterans’ bills that now await President Donald Trump’s signature.   Associated Press   Officials: Exhumation of killers from vet cemeteries is rare .    The recent exhumation of an Army Vietnam veteran’s body from the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery was a rare invocation of federal laws aimed at keeping murderers and rapists out of veterans burial grounds, federal and state officials say.   Upcoming Veteran Events   American Legion Post 328, Southfield, Michigan Listing of Current Events in and around the Metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, for the period August  8 - November 18, 2017.  http://www.legionpost328.org/ events.html     Sent in by our fellow Veteran Tim Wirkus. Thanks Tim!   Federal Business Council, Inc. (FBC) List of remaining Industry Outreach Events for remainder of CY 2017.   https://www.fbcinc.com/ search.aspx   JobZone's August 2017 Job Fair events.   August 15 - Patuxent River MD ... August 17 Joint Base Andrews AFB MD.  Go here for details and to sign up!   https://www. jobzoneonline.com/default.aspx     14th Annual Elite SDVOB National Conference, August 16 – 18, 2017, Orlando, FL.  Convention website here:  http://www. sdvobconference.com/    Go here for Hotel Information and Reservations:  https:// disneyworld.disney.go.com/ resorts/coronado-springs- resort/   Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) offering Relationship Building Course for Military/ Veteran couples, August 18 -20, 2017,  Richmond, VA.   Details  here…..   American Legion will be hosting a Career Fair as well as an Employment Summit in conjunction with the American Legion Annual Convention in Reno, NV.     Employment Summit is August 18 – 19, 2017.   Details here…      Veterans Employment Workshop and Veterans Career and Benefits Fair is August 22, 2017.   Details here…   Objective Rally Point (ORP).    Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM ,  Army-Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.    You are invited to join us for our monthly Veteran networking breakfast on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. ORP is a forum for military Veterans in business and those who support them, or wish to team with them, to meet and connect. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to network with other Veterans committed to success in business.  Although the focus of ORP is on the connections made between and with Veterans, we do have a presentation each month.  This month we are very fortunate to have our annual panel of Federal Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Directors. Confirmed to participate on the panel are, Dr James Galvin, Deputy Director for Portfolio Management & Outreach, DoD Office of Small Business Programs, David Canada, Procurement Analyst/Program Manager, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Also invited to participate are Veterans Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security and OSDBUs from the military services. This is an incredible panel of government small business representatives and advocates who will provide information and perspective from several different agencies on how Veterans can be successful in marketing and winning contracts. Any Veteran interested in contracting with the government needs to attend and gain the benefit of decades of small business experience on the panel. Cost is $35.00.   For more information and to register:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ objective-rally-point-august- 2017-tickets-36778817433     Marine Week – Detroit, MI.  September 6 – 10, 2017.  Marine Week, hosted by the United States Marine Corps in one city per year, is a celebration of Community, Country and Corps – providing the American public the experience of directly connecting with hundreds of Marines.  From September 6 –10, 2017, Marine Week Detroit will feature hands-on static displays, live demonstrations, time-honored Marine Corps traditions, musical performances and other events to showcase the history, military capabilities and community involvement of the Corps. For details:  http://usmarineweek. com/   National HUBZone Conference, October 12 – 13, 2017.  Westfields Marriott Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia.  For you Veteran Small Business Owners that are also HUBZone Companies.  http://www. hubzonecouncil.org/clubportal/ ClubStatic.cfm?clubID=528& pubmenuoptID=29484     Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Fall Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” October 13th-16th, 2017, City of Industry, California. For more information: http://www. womenveteransalliance.org/ events/unconference/   St. Joseph’s University Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) – COHORT III –   October 14 - 22, 2017, Saint Joseph’s University Campus in Philadelphia, PA.   No Cost to qualified Veterans.  The Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program is designed specifically to provide the tools, education and mentorship necessary to allow all qualified veterans the opportunity to start their own businesses.  We offer the latest training in business and entrepreneurship, utilizing the breadth of experience available through the renowned Haub School of Business, experienced faculty, and industry practitioners.  Click on following link for Video: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=WpWB347egMo&feature= youtu.be&utm_source=Ralph+ Galati+Linked-In+Contacts+-+ VEJ+Audience&utm_campaign= dfae0ac3ac-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_ 2017_04_26&utm_medium=email& utm_term=0_2b5b0a4e16- dfae0ac3ac-382008989    To enroll, go here:  http://sites.sju.edu/ veteransservices/ entrepreneurship-programs/sju- veterans-entrepreneurial- jumpstart-vej/     Sent in by Ralph Galati, Director, Veterans Services, St. Joseph’s University.   Thanks Ralph!     Veterans in Business – Inaugural National Conference.  November 6-7, 2017, Palm Springs, CA .   Go here for details and to register:  http://www.cvent.com/events/ veterans-in-business-network/ event-summary- 4ccfca021b174c069cee970cc0a621 59.aspx     Warrior Ethos 4th Annual Gala – November 16, 2017.  Save the date.   https://www.warriorsethos.org/ news/  
Veterans News & Events | August 14, 2017  Please Note: The Veterans News compiled and transmitted by Wayne M. Gatewood, Jr., USMC (Ret), does not endorse the views and/or facts presented, or any commercial products that may be advertised or available on external links. The presence of a link to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of that site, or the views or privacy policies contained therein).     This Week At VA.   https://content.govdelivery. com/accounts/USVA/bulletins/ 1afdeab     VA OIG - Review of Alleged Failure of the National Work Queue to Perform in Production.   https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-16-01401-295.pdf     VA OIG - Inspection of the VA Regional Office, New Orleans, Louisiana .  https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-16-04626-280.pdf     VA OIG - Inspection of the VA Regional Office Atlanta, Georgia .  https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-16-05468-282.pdf     Veterans Affairs Media Summary and News Clips for Friday, August 11, 2017.   Read here...     Veterans Affairs Media Summary and News Clips for Thursday, August 10, 2017.    Read here...     DOD Contracts Awarded for Friday, August 11, 2017.    https://www.defense.gov/ News/Contracts/Contract-View/ Article/1276614/source/ GovDelivery/     DOD Contracts Awarded for Thursday, August 10, 2017.   https://www.defense.gov/News/ Contracts/Contract-View/ Article/1275111/source/ GovDelivery/     Piliero/Mazza Attorneys At Law -Weekly Update for Friday, August 11, 2017.   Some relative scoop in here for you fellow Vets in business with the federal government.  http://mailchi.mp/ pilieromazza/weekly81117?e= a4c61eb9da     Defense and Ex-Im Update for Thursday,  August 10, 2017.   Provided by Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services.    Read here...       Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Friday, August 11, 2017.    http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c650gj. uo5/cbe3f475     Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Thursday, August 10, 2017.   http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c64rws. ulh/a688d529     Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs – List of Jobs for Maryland Veterans.   http://campaign.r20. constantcontact.com/render?m= 1108302653966&ca=ad710a59- b985-41bd-b132-d5483c1bd72a     Military and Veteran Legal Resource Guide .   The Virginia attorney general has released a 33-page guide to legal resources for service members, their families and veterans which will be distributed by the state Department of Veterans Services and Veterans service organizations. The guide explains the unique rights and protections afforded the military, covering employment, consumer protection, education, state taxes, family law, voting and other laws.    Read here...      Sent in by our fellow Veteran, Alan Bunting, USAFR (Ret).  Thanks Alan!     The American Legion ONLINE UPDATE for Thursday, August 10, 2017 .  http://editor.legionemail.com/ vo/?FileID=76b16111-a65e-4efc- 8727-4cc3a32ae77d&m=736a46fb- 023f-44f1-9d9e-b6104c947b84& MailID=33763637&listid=84772& RecipientID=13904510900     Reserve Officers Association (ROA) SmartBrief for Friday, August 11, 2017.  hhttp://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= A2F45CA0-A18E-42D7-B707- 1A6A7DA49BDF&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     VFW ACTION CORPS Weekly.   https://www.vfw.org/ actioncorpsweekly     POLITICO Morning Defense for Friday, August 11, 2017.  A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.   http://www.politico.com/ tipsheets/morning-defense/ 2017/08/11/trump-says- military-plans-are-locked-and- loaded-on-north-korea-221827     POLITICO Morning Defense for Thursday, August 10, 2017.  A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.   http://www.politico.com/ tipsheets/morning-defense/ 2017/08/10/north-korea- details-its-threats-against- guam-221801     SmartBrief on Leadership for Friday, August 11, 2017.   http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= C17FF51F-395C-4FA6-AADB- 14EF020EB8C2&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     SmartBrief on Leadership for Thursday, August 10, 2017.   http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= 01858584-08DD-4F42-94F3- A81EE5817D50&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     FCW Daily for Friday, August  11, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.    https://fcw.com/newsletters/ fcwdaily/2017/08/aug11.aspx? mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiWWpVMk1tWTROMlkwTkdGaS IsInQiOiJKaWVRdE4zS0RtTTZXYWN6 R2RcLzdDRFh3cW0xZmFMdllWQnAyUX RDZlhXU1IxOFZUZkJLVGhzT0szK2pl ZVQyaktja0dZUjAxMm1iaFVoMmZxV2 lmelE5OVlkeXNyY0JHTFNqWVIwc0pz cnBUXC9GMkVhVzBNcmZWZVRxT1R2Y2 5QIn0=     FCW Daily for Thursday, August  10, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.  https://fcw.com/newsletters/ fcwdaily/2017/08/aug10.aspx? mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiTnpBMVpURTJZalZpTm1VeC IsInQiOiJKZ3NnQU43TCtOaytDYWtI eWFQWTAwRzF3dFRXc2treFZGMTZVbz YrYXo1eHE5UytJcVF3akwxK2k0bk1N cHJ2bjRPNWdxWkI5ZzVEN3pRRUczRF NjTjVoTFpjZ1lWaG05SXQ0aWNORlhC djI3czNNenRUNWVtUFRPXC9KM2lmd2 EifQ==     Executive Mosaic's Weekly GovCon Round-up.   http://mailchi.mp/ executivemosaic/executive- mosaics-weekly-govcon-round- up-519337?e=859b48c2d3     Your 6:00 am GovConWire - Top News from Executive Mosaic.   http://us4.campaign-archive2. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 2aad67062c     Your 12:00 pm Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.   http://us4.campaign-archive1. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 50104f5e3c     Your 5:00 pm GovCon Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.   http://us4.campaign-archive1. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 4a94fe96bd       A Variety of Veterans News from Variety of Sources     Associated Press     Russian surveillance plane creates buzz in Washington .    A low-flying Russian airplane created a buzz in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, but it turns out the surveillance flight over the Capitol, Pentagon and other sites was cleared by the U.S. government under a long-standing global treaty.   Associated Press   Guam's worries grow as tensions rise between US, North Korea .   Residents of the tiny Pacific island of Guam say they’re afraid of being caught in the middle of escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea after Pyongyang announced it was examining plans for attacking the strategically important U.S. territory.   Associated Press    Can North Korea missiles hit Guam?    Here’s a look at some of the North Korean missiles possibly capable of reaching Guam.   Stars and Stripes   'Maybe that statement wasn't tough enough,' Trump says of previous threat to N. Korea  .  President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Thursday, demanding that Kim Jong Un's government "get their act together" or face extraordinary trouble. He said his previous "fire and fury" warning to Pyongyang might have been too mild.     Military Times   Mattis: North Korea nuke attack would result in ‘end of its regime’ .   North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “should take heed” and stop the nuclear threats that could lead to the destruction of his people, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Wednesday.   Bloomberg    Pentagon's Silicon Valley Unit Helps Target Terrorists .    U.S. pilots flying combat sorties against Islamic State and al-Qaeda offshoots may soon be directed to hit “pop-up” targets -- such as fleeing vehicles, ambushes and attempts to plant roadside bombs -- through streamlined planning tools crafted in Silicon Valley.     Associated Press    Tennessee state Sen. Green, nominated for Army secretary, won't run for Congress next year .  When state Sen. Mark Green abandoned his bid for Tennessee governor in June after his failed nomination for Army secretary, he said he would turn his attention to a “higher capacity” in Washington.     Army Times    The Army chief of staff wants you to get a head start on preparing for the next big war .   Urban warfare. Near-peer adversaries. Russia. Korea.   Fox News    Marine Corps lifts grounding of MV-22 Osprey and other aircraft in deployed unit following crash .    The U.S. Marine Corps announced Wednesday it was lifting an "operational pause" for the roughly 20 aircraft assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, which suffered the loss of an MV-22 Osprey over the weekend off the coast of Australia -- resulting in the deaths of three Marines.     Kitsap Sun   Navy extends Nimitz stay in Middle East .   The Navy informed families Saturday that the USS Nimitz, which was involved in a second incident with Iran Tuesday, will extend its stay in the Persian Gulf.   Air Force Times    Air Force graduates first enlisted female pilot .   The Air Force’s first enlisted female pilot has graduated from Undergraduate Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training, Air Force officials said.   Federal Times    Report: No more charity bake sales for CFC .   The change is in response to recommendations made in 2012 for the CFC’s modernization.     Stars and Stripes   The fight to derail senators' military compensation squeeze .  The Congressional Budget Office, in estimating the impact of key provisions in House and Senate defense authorization bills for fiscal 2018, also spotlights the higher out-of-pocket costs that military folks would face if various Senate-devised personnel initiatives survive negotiations with the House to shape a final bill.     WFED (AM-1500):   VA’s Shulkin blows his stack .   Great CEOs keep the big picture in mind and make sure everyone knows where the organization is going. But they also know which details to bore in on when necessary, lest a localized problem blossoms into cancer. Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin has bored into one situation like a dentist’s drill.     Townhall:    A Pathetic Show of Bureaucratic Garbage .   On Wednesday, we learned that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been forced to rehire the former director of the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Brian Hawkins had been fired in July after the completion of an internal investigation.     Government Executive:   VA Secretary Vows to Re-Fire Former DC Health Center Chief .   Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin on Wednesday blasted a decision by Merit Systems Protection Board Vice Chairman Mark Robbins to issue a stay in the firing of the former director of the VA medical facility in Washington, D.C. Brian Hawkins was relieved of his duties at the D.C. medical center in April after a report faulted the center for deficiencies in how it handles medical supplies.     New Hampshire Public Radio:   Manchester VA Officials Removed, Reassigned to Regional Office .   Two high-ranking officials removed from the Manchester VA medical center last month  have been reassigned to positions at the VA New England Healthcare System in Bedford, Massachusetts. Danielle Ocker, former director of the Manchester VA, and James Schlosser, former chief of staff, were both  criticized by whistle-blowers in a Boston Globe article containing allegations of poor care and unsanitary conditions at the hospital.     Stars and Stripes:   Plan to institute military oath against suicide could backfire, some experts say .   Kelly said the APA wants the Defense Department and VA to use evidence-based suicide prevention practices. Bryan, an Iraq war veteran, led a study comparing the effectiveness of no-suicide contracts with an alternative approach -- to create a crisis-response plan people can use when struggling with suicidal thoughts. The study was published in January in the Journal of Affective Disorders.     U.S. News & World Report (AP):   Manchester VA Partners with Catholic Medical Center .   Some Manchester VA Medical Center providers will be seeing patients at Catholic Medical Center while repairs are made to the veterans hospital after recent flooding. A burst pipe caused severe flooding at the Manchester facility last month, just after the Boston Globe published allegations of substandard care and conditions. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin visited the hospital last week, has removed three top officials and ordered an investigation.     Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Manchester VA Partner with Catholic Medical Center .   Filing an application for enrollment is the first step veterans must take to gain access to health care at the more than 150 VA hospitals across the country. But a scathing new federal review finds the health enrollment system overseen by a national VA office in Atlanta is in disarray. Poor oversight and mismanagement of the enrollment system resulted in delays to health care access for some veterans…     WPTV (NBC-5):    Inspector General finds West Palm Beach VA Medical Center delayed care for hundreds of Veterans .   Did the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center delay care for hundreds of veterans with cardiology issues? A new report from the Department of Veterans Affairs' Inspector General says yes. According to a recently released report, The Office of Inspector General received two separate anonymous complaints in 2014 and 2015, alleging delay of care and potential manipulation of wait-time statistics at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.       The Columbus Dispatch:   Women Veterans in Ohio gathering in Columbus for conference .   That’s one reason Baun, who is the Ohio director for the Military Women Across the Nation organization, plans to be a part of Saturday’s Ohio Women Veterans Conference hosted by the state Department of Veterans Services at the Ohio Union on Ohio State University’s campus. The day-long conference, first hosted in 2006, is among the largest of its kind in the nation, with more than 500 women already registered.     ExecutiveBiz:     VA Issues Mobile Cloud Services Infrastructure RFI .   The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a request for information on potential contractors that can support the development of a mobile cloud services infrastructure for VA. A FedBizOpps notice posted Tuesday says the VA MCS system will replace the department’s mobile infrastructure services platform that works to facilitate common controls sharing and management across several applications and enclaves.    Veteran sexual trauma victims: You are not alone :   Mary spends her time raising three children and volunteering to serve other Veterans.  Her father was a Vietnam Vet.  She loved soccer and Barbie dolls.  But, her love of the military began when she was in ROTC. She loved the lifestyle and the discipline.  She enlisted in the U.S. Army immediately after she completed school.  During her four years in the Army, she was sexually assaulted on multiple occasions.   She is not alone.       Stars and Stripes   Mattis warns North Korea that military action would lead to its destruction .   Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned North Korea on Wednesday against forcing the United States to use its military power to destroy them. North Korea “should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people,” Mattis said.     Stars and Stripes   Trump tough talk on North Korea seen in 1999 TV interview .   In a conversation with the late Tim Russert on NBC's "Meet the Press," Donald Trump said that, as president, he would "negotiate like crazy" with North Korea, but added "if that negotiation doesn't work, you better solve the problem now than solve it later."     Stars and Stripes   American aircraft carrier to visit Vietnam next year, Pentagon says .   Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met Tuesday with Ngo Xuan Lich, Vietnam’s defense minister, to discuss further steps in their mutual defense relationship and regional security challenges. The two also agreed to expand naval cooperation and the sharing of information.     Stars and Stripes   Marines: Ospreys in Japan safe to fly following deadly crash .   The Marine Corps has deemed its Japan-based MV-22 Ospreys safe to fly despite the Japanese government’s request to ground the fleet of tilt-rotor aircraft after a deadly crash off the coast of Australia, a top general said Wednesday.     Stars and Stripes   Active-duty military members sue Trump over transgender ban .   Five active-duty service members sued President Donald Trump Wednesday over his intentions to ban transgender personnel from serving in the military.     The Hill    Devaluing Human Life Is No Way To Thank Wounded Veterans For Their Service .   For a veteran facing a lifetime of paralysis after suffering a spinal cord injury, hope is often the last thing to die. Yet, the recently introduced House bill, H.R. 3197, threatens to crush what little hope to which I, and the approximately 60,000 veterans living with spinal cord injury, cling. The act proposes to reduce investment in medical research, and the reason is as simple as it is controversial: animal research.  Introduced by Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), the Act follows reports of experimentation on dogs at the McGuire VA Medical Center in the congressman’s home state. Purportedly disturbing reports revealed that animals were being given amphetamines and suffering heart attacks, among other research-based details that aren’t easily digestible by those outside of the scientific community. The mainstream gut reaction that followed these revelations was easy to predict. When contemplated in a vacuum, the thought of animals experiencing induced pain would bother any reasonable person. However, I do not enjoy the luxury of contemplating these thoughts in a vacuum.     WPHT (W1, Audio):   VA Secretary: Department Is Modernizing, Cutting Down Wait Times .   David Shulkin, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs appeared on The Rich Zeoli Show on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT to discuss the improvements that have been made since the Department became entangled with scandals in recent years over veterans being delayed in receiving the care or, in some cases, dying before they get it, saying that the situation continues to improve.     The Virginian-Pilot:   In Norfolk, VA Secretary outlined 5 priorities for overhauling Veterans’ care .   Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin described the VA system much like he might a patient. “The VA has a lot of problems right now, and I describe it as being in critical condition,” Shulkin told reporters Wednesday. “That means we need to intensively monitor the progress of the organization, but I believe we’re moving in the right direction.”     Daily Caller:    VA Secretary: My Only Clinical Priority IS Decreasing Vet Suicides .   Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said in an address Monday morning that his only clinical priority at the moment is making sure the veteran suicide rate drops. “The last priority and really my only clinical priority that I talk about right now is suicide and veteran suicide,” Shulkin said Monday at the 118th Veterans of Foreign Wars.     Military.com:   Vets More at Risk of Opioid Abuse in Private Care: Inspector General .   Veterans using the VA's Choice program allowing private-sector health care face a "significant risk" of opioid abuse in the treatment of chronic pain, according to the VA's Inspector general. Policies in place at the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce the number of opioid prescriptions do not necessarily apply to private-sector doctors, the IG said.     The Fix:   VA Calls For Review Of Opioid Policies for At-Risk Veterans .   A new report found that a lack of communication and inconsistent guidelines may be putting veterans at a higher risk of overdose. The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a report calling for changes in how opioids are prescribed to at-risk veterans, particularly those with chronic pain and co-occurring mental health issues, focusing on better communication between VA healthcare providers and doctors outside the VA system.     FedScoop:    At VA Center for Innovation’s Demo Day, Shulkin gives five tips to would-be- innovators .   “My favorite TV show is ‘Shark Tank,'” David Shulkin, secretary of Veterans Affairs, told the crowd gathered at Georgetown University, many of whom were minutes away from seeing an approximation of the ABC show. Why “Shark Tank?” Because on the show and in innovation, Shulkin said, only those solving a real-world need survive.     News-Express:   Moran pushes for reforms in VA health care .   Dr. David Shulkin believes lessons of the television show “Shark Tank” can be applied to improving the Department of Veterans Affairs. Shulkin, the VA secretary, said Tuesday that the program fostering entrepreneurs rewards those business ideas that solve problems. And the VA, he conceded, has problems. “I firmly believe we can fix this system,” he said at the VA Center for Innovation.     Daily News Journal:    Visiting VA exec: MTSU Veterans center ‘tremendous’ .   Incredible and tremendous are just two of many words national Veterans Affairs official Scott R. Blackburn said about the facilities and people connected with Middle Tennessee State University’s Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center. Blackburn, interim deputy secretary of the VA, toured the center and had lunch with university President Sidney A. McPhee, five student veterans and others Tuesday.     WGNS (CMN-1450):    Interim Deputy Secretary of the VA, Mr. Scott Blackburn, visited the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System .   Interim Deputy Secretary of the VA, Mr. Scott Blackburn, visited the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System's (TVHS) Alvin C. York campus in Murfreesboro Tennessee Tuesday (8/8/17). His visit was in conjunction with a speaking engagement at a VA National Conference being held at the Opryland Convention Center in Nashville TN.     The Washington Post (AP):   VA forced to rehire director of DC Veterans hospital .   A former director of the veterans hospital in the nation’s capital who had been fired for poor leadership has been rehired. Brian Hawkins was put back on the Department of Veterans Affairs payroll after he appealed the decision to the Merit Systems Protection Board. Hawkins was let go last month after audits found mismanagement at the facility.     The Washington Post:   Federal panel blocks firing of head of troubled DC Veterans’ hospital .   A federal board has blocked the firing of the director of D.C.’s troubled hospital for veterans, setting up a showdown with the Trump administration as it pursues expanded authority to clean house at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Brian Hawkins, who until recently served as the head of the VA Medical Center in Washington, was removed from his post in April and fired two weeks ago for what VA officials said was a failure to “provide effective leadership.”     The New York Times:    VA Plans to fire Its DC Medical Director - Again .   The head of the Veterans Affairs Department told lawmakers he intends to try out a new law that makes it easier to fire — and keep fired — deficient department employees. The test case: the former director of the agency’s main medical center here. The center’s director, Brian Hawkins, oversaw an operation that the department’s inspector general said was plagued by the “highest levels of chaos.”     Washington Examiner:    Whistleblower warns VA is taking steps to close thousands of Veterans’ healthcare applications .   A well-known whistleblower in the Department of Veterans Affairs warned Wednesday that the VA appears to be getting ready to close tens of thousands of incomplete healthcare applications, even though it's been clear for more than a year that the VA was failing to give veterans a chance to complete these applications.     NPR (Audio):   US Moves to Amend Secret Mustard Gas Tests On Veterans .   A wrong against a group of World War II veterans is about to be righted. There will be new acknowledgment that tens of thousands of troops were used as human test subjects for the Army's experiments with one of the most dreaded weapons of the time — mustard gas. And for the few who still survive, there's a new promise of health benefits.     KJZZ (NPR-91.5, Audio):   What Are Differences Between GI Bill and Forever GI Bill ?   The original GI Bill was passed in 1944 and is one of the most impactful pieces of legislation Congress has ever approved. It gave veterans greater opportunities to attend college and buy homes. Earlier this summer, the House unanimously passed the Forever GI Bill, an expansion of a post-9/11 GI Bill.     Health Data Management:    IT is top priority for VA as it tries to compete with private sector .   The Department of Veterans Affairs will ultimately fix its health system through transparency about the many challenges that the agency is struggling to address, including information technology issues, according to VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD. Only through openness and honesty about the VA’s myriad problems will the agency be able to find creative and innovative solutions that are effective in transforming veteran healthcare, contends Shulkin.     FedScoop:    Legacy systems hinder Veterans Affairs’ DATA Act compliance, report says .   The Department of Veterans Affairs’ decades old financial management system makes it all but impossible for the agency to fully comply with the financial reporting requirements of the DATA Act, a recently-released report states. The audit, commissioned by the VA’s Office of the Inspector General and completed by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP in November 2016, was released publicly on Tuesday.     Task & Purpose    The Marine Corps Doesn’t Know Why It Chose ‘Semper Fi’ As Its Motto .   The few, the proud, the Marines: custodians of a proud martial tradition dating back to Nov. 10, 1775. So it might surprise you to know that the Marine Corps doesn’t know why its motto is Semper Fidelis. The iconic phrase, Latin for “always faithful,” has captured the spirit of Marines, past, present, and future, since the 1880s. But the reasoning behind its selection is still unknown.   No, really. We asked the Marine Corps, and they …      Upcoming Veteran Events   American Legion Post 328, Southfield, Michigan Listing of Current Events in and around the Metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, for the period August  8 - November 18, 2017.  http://www.legionpost328.org/ events.html     Sent in by our fellow Veteran Tim Wirkus. Thanks Tim!   Federal Business Council, Inc. (FBC) List of remaining Industry Outreach Events for remainder of CY 2017.   https://www.fbcinc.com/ search.aspx   JobZone's August 2017 Job Fair events.   August 15 - Patuxent River MD ... August 17 Joint Base Andrews AFB MD.  Go here for details and to sign up!   https://www. jobzoneonline.com/default.aspx     14th Annual Elite SDVOB National Conference, August 16 – 18, 2017, Orlando, FL.  Convention website here:  http://www. sdvobconference.com/    Go here for Hotel Information and Reservations:  https:// disneyworld.disney.go.com/ resorts/coronado-springs- resort/   Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) offering Relationship Building Course for Military/ Veteran couples, August 18 -20, 2017,  Richmond, VA.   Details  here…..   American Legion will be hosting a Career Fair as well as an Employment Summit in conjunction with the American Legion Annual Convention in Reno, NV.     Employment Summit is August 18 – 19, 2017.   Details here…      Veterans Employment Workshop and Veterans Career and Benefits Fair is August 22, 2017.   Details here…   Objective Rally Point (ORP).    Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM ,  Army-Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.    You are invited to join us for our monthly Veteran networking breakfast on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. ORP is a forum for military Veterans in business and those who support them, or wish to team with them, to meet and connect. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to network with other Veterans committed to success in business.  Although the focus of ORP is on the connections made between and with Veterans, we do have a presentation each month.  This month we are very fortunate to have our annual panel of Federal Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Directors. Confirmed to participate on the panel are, Dr James Galvin, Deputy Director for Portfolio Management & Outreach, DoD Office of Small Business Programs, David Canada, Procurement Analyst/Program Manager, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Also invited to participate are Veterans Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security and OSDBUs from the military services. This is an incredible panel of government small business representatives and advocates who will provide information and perspective from several different agencies on how Veterans can be successful in marketing and winning contracts. Any Veteran interested in contracting with the government needs to attend and gain the benefit of decades of small business experience on the panel. Cost is $35.00.   For more information and to register:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ objective-rally-point-august- 2017-tickets-36778817433     Marine Week – Detroit, MI.  September 6 – 10, 2017.  Marine Week, hosted by the United States Marine Corps in one city per year, is a celebration of Community, Country and Corps – providing the American public the experience of directly connecting with hundreds of Marines.  From September 6 –10, 2017, Marine Week Detroit will feature hands-on static displays, live demonstrations, time-honored Marine Corps traditions, musical performances and other events to showcase the history, military capabilities and community involvement of the Corps. For details:  http://usmarineweek. com/   National HUBZone Conference, October 12 – 13, 2017.  Westfields Marriott Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia.  For you Veteran Small Business Owners that are also HUBZone Companies.  http://www. hubzonecouncil.org/clubportal/ ClubStatic.cfm?clubID=528& pubmenuoptID=29484     Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Fall Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” October 13th-16th, 2017, City of Industry, California. For more information: http://www. womenveteransalliance.org/ events/unconference/   St. Joseph’s University Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) – COHORT III –   October 14 - 22, 2017, Saint Joseph’s University Campus in Philadelphia, PA.   No Cost to qualified Veterans.  The Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program is designed specifically to provide the tools, education and mentorship necessary to allow all qualified veterans the opportunity to start their own businesses.  We offer the latest training in business and entrepreneurship, utilizing the breadth of experience available through the renowned Haub School of Business, experienced faculty, and industry practitioners.  Click on following link for Video: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=WpWB347egMo&feature= youtu.be&utm_source=Ralph+ Galati+Linked-In+Contacts+-+ VEJ+Audience&utm_campaign= dfae0ac3ac-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_ 2017_04_26&utm_medium=email& utm_term=0_2b5b0a4e16- dfae0ac3ac-382008989    To enroll, go here:  http://sites.sju.edu/ veteransservices/ entrepreneurship-programs/sju- veterans-entrepreneurial- jumpstart-vej/     Sent in by Ralph Galati, Director, Veterans Services, St. Joseph’s University.   Thanks Ralph!     Warrior Ethos 4th Annual Gala – November 16, 2017.  Save the date.   https://www.warriorsethos.org/ news/    
Veterans News & Events | August 14, 2017  Please Note: The Veterans News compiled and transmitted by Wayne M. Gatewood, Jr., USMC (Ret), does not endorse the views and/or facts presented, or any commercial products that may be advertised or available on external links. The presence of a link to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of that site, or the views or privacy policies contained therein).     This Week At VA.   https://content.govdelivery. com/accounts/USVA/bulletins/ 1afdeab     VA OIG - Review of Alleged Failure of the National Work Queue to Perform in Production.   https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-16-01401-295.pdf     VA OIG - Inspection of the VA Regional Office, New Orleans, Louisiana .  https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-16-04626-280.pdf     VA OIG - Inspection of the VA Regional Office Atlanta, Georgia .  https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-16-05468-282.pdf     Veterans Affairs Media Summary and News Clips for Friday, August 11, 2017.   Read here...     Veterans Affairs Media Summary and News Clips for Thursday, August 10, 2017.    Read here...     DOD Contracts Awarded for Friday, August 11, 2017.    https://www.defense.gov/ News/Contracts/Contract-View/ Article/1276614/source/ GovDelivery/     DOD Contracts Awarded for Thursday, August 10, 2017.   https://www.defense.gov/News/ Contracts/Contract-View/ Article/1275111/source/ GovDelivery/     Piliero/Mazza Attorneys At Law -Weekly Update for Friday, August 11, 2017.   Some relative scoop in here for you fellow Vets in business with the federal government.  http://mailchi.mp/ pilieromazza/weekly81117?e= a4c61eb9da     Defense and Ex-Im Update for Thursday,  August 10, 2017.   Provided by Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services.    Read here...       Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Friday, August 11, 2017.    http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c650gj. uo5/cbe3f475     Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Thursday, August 10, 2017.   http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c64rws. ulh/a688d529     Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs – List of Jobs for Maryland Veterans.   http://campaign.r20. constantcontact.com/render?m= 1108302653966&ca=ad710a59- b985-41bd-b132-d5483c1bd72a     Military and Veteran Legal Resource Guide .   The Virginia attorney general has released a 33-page guide to legal resources for service members, their families and veterans which will be distributed by the state Department of Veterans Services and Veterans service organizations. The guide explains the unique rights and protections afforded the military, covering employment, consumer protection, education, state taxes, family law, voting and other laws.    Read here...      Sent in by our fellow Veteran, Alan Bunting, USAFR (Ret).  Thanks Alan!     The American Legion ONLINE UPDATE for Thursday, August 10, 2017 .  http://editor.legionemail.com/ vo/?FileID=76b16111-a65e-4efc- 8727-4cc3a32ae77d&m=736a46fb- 023f-44f1-9d9e-b6104c947b84& MailID=33763637&listid=84772& RecipientID=13904510900     Reserve Officers Association (ROA) SmartBrief for Friday, August 11, 2017.  hhttp://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= A2F45CA0-A18E-42D7-B707- 1A6A7DA49BDF&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     VFW ACTION CORPS Weekly.   https://www.vfw.org/ actioncorpsweekly     POLITICO Morning Defense for Friday, August 11, 2017.  A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.   http://www.politico.com/ tipsheets/morning-defense/ 2017/08/11/trump-says- military-plans-are-locked-and- loaded-on-north-korea-221827     POLITICO Morning Defense for Thursday, August 10, 2017.  A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.   http://www.politico.com/ tipsheets/morning-defense/ 2017/08/10/north-korea- details-its-threats-against- guam-221801     SmartBrief on Leadership for Friday, August 11, 2017.   http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= C17FF51F-395C-4FA6-AADB- 14EF020EB8C2&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     SmartBrief on Leadership for Thursday, August 10, 2017.   http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= 01858584-08DD-4F42-94F3- A81EE5817D50&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     FCW Daily for Friday, August  11, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.    https://fcw.com/newsletters/ fcwdaily/2017/08/aug11.aspx? mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiWWpVMk1tWTROMlkwTkdGaS IsInQiOiJKaWVRdE4zS0RtTTZXYWN6 R2RcLzdDRFh3cW0xZmFMdllWQnAyUX RDZlhXU1IxOFZUZkJLVGhzT0szK2pl ZVQyaktja0dZUjAxMm1iaFVoMmZxV2 lmelE5OVlkeXNyY0JHTFNqWVIwc0pz cnBUXC9GMkVhVzBNcmZWZVRxT1R2Y2 5QIn0=     FCW Daily for Thursday, August  10, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.  https://fcw.com/newsletters/ fcwdaily/2017/08/aug10.aspx? mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiTnpBMVpURTJZalZpTm1VeC IsInQiOiJKZ3NnQU43TCtOaytDYWtI eWFQWTAwRzF3dFRXc2treFZGMTZVbz YrYXo1eHE5UytJcVF3akwxK2k0bk1N cHJ2bjRPNWdxWkI5ZzVEN3pRRUczRF NjTjVoTFpjZ1lWaG05SXQ0aWNORlhC djI3czNNenRUNWVtUFRPXC9KM2lmd2 EifQ==     Executive Mosaic's Weekly GovCon Round-up.   http://mailchi.mp/ executivemosaic/executive- mosaics-weekly-govcon-round- up-519337?e=859b48c2d3     Your 6:00 am GovConWire - Top News from Executive Mosaic.   http://us4.campaign-archive2. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 2aad67062c     Your 12:00 pm Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.   http://us4.campaign-archive1. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 50104f5e3c     Your 5:00 pm GovCon Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.   http://us4.campaign-archive1. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 4a94fe96bd       A Variety of Veterans News from Variety of Sources     Associated Press     Russian surveillance plane creates buzz in Washington .    A low-flying Russian airplane created a buzz in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, but it turns out the surveillance flight over the Capitol, Pentagon and other sites was cleared by the U.S. government under a long-standing global treaty.   Associated Press   Guam's worries grow as tensions rise between US, North Korea .   Residents of the tiny Pacific island of Guam say they’re afraid of being caught in the middle of escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea after Pyongyang announced it was examining plans for attacking the strategically important U.S. territory.   Associated Press    Can North Korea missiles hit Guam?    Here’s a look at some of the North Korean missiles possibly capable of reaching Guam.   Stars and Stripes   'Maybe that statement wasn't tough enough,' Trump says of previous threat to N. Korea  .  President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Thursday, demanding that Kim Jong Un's government "get their act together" or face extraordinary trouble. He said his previous "fire and fury" warning to Pyongyang might have been too mild.     Military Times   Mattis: North Korea nuke attack would result in ‘end of its regime’ .   North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “should take heed” and stop the nuclear threats that could lead to the destruction of his people, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Wednesday.   Bloomberg    Pentagon's Silicon Valley Unit Helps Target Terrorists .    U.S. pilots flying combat sorties against Islamic State and al-Qaeda offshoots may soon be directed to hit “pop-up” targets -- such as fleeing vehicles, ambushes and attempts to plant roadside bombs -- through streamlined planning tools crafted in Silicon Valley.     Associated Press    Tennessee state Sen. Green, nominated for Army secretary, won't run for Congress next year .  When state Sen. Mark Green abandoned his bid for Tennessee governor in June after his failed nomination for Army secretary, he said he would turn his attention to a “higher capacity” in Washington.     Army Times    The Army chief of staff wants you to get a head start on preparing for the next big war .   Urban warfare. Near-peer adversaries. Russia. Korea.   Fox News    Marine Corps lifts grounding of MV-22 Osprey and other aircraft in deployed unit following crash .    The U.S. Marine Corps announced Wednesday it was lifting an "operational pause" for the roughly 20 aircraft assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, which suffered the loss of an MV-22 Osprey over the weekend off the coast of Australia -- resulting in the deaths of three Marines.     Kitsap Sun   Navy extends Nimitz stay in Middle East .   The Navy informed families Saturday that the USS Nimitz, which was involved in a second incident with Iran Tuesday, will extend its stay in the Persian Gulf.   Air Force Times    Air Force graduates first enlisted female pilot .   The Air Force’s first enlisted female pilot has graduated from Undergraduate Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training, Air Force officials said.   Federal Times    Report: No more charity bake sales for CFC .   The change is in response to recommendations made in 2012 for the CFC’s modernization.     Stars and Stripes   The fight to derail senators' military compensation squeeze .  The Congressional Budget Office, in estimating the impact of key provisions in House and Senate defense authorization bills for fiscal 2018, also spotlights the higher out-of-pocket costs that military folks would face if various Senate-devised personnel initiatives survive negotiations with the House to shape a final bill.     WFED (AM-1500):   VA’s Shulkin blows his stack .   Great CEOs keep the big picture in mind and make sure everyone knows where the organization is going. But they also know which details to bore in on when necessary, lest a localized problem blossoms into cancer. Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin has bored into one situation like a dentist’s drill.     Townhall:    A Pathetic Show of Bureaucratic Garbage .   On Wednesday, we learned that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been forced to rehire the former director of the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Brian Hawkins had been fired in July after the completion of an internal investigation.     Government Executive:   VA Secretary Vows to Re-Fire Former DC Health Center Chief .   Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin on Wednesday blasted a decision by Merit Systems Protection Board Vice Chairman Mark Robbins to issue a stay in the firing of the former director of the VA medical facility in Washington, D.C. Brian Hawkins was relieved of his duties at the D.C. medical center in April after a report faulted the center for deficiencies in how it handles medical supplies.     New Hampshire Public Radio:   Manchester VA Officials Removed, Reassigned to Regional Office .   Two high-ranking officials removed from the Manchester VA medical center last month  have been reassigned to positions at the VA New England Healthcare System in Bedford, Massachusetts. Danielle Ocker, former director of the Manchester VA, and James Schlosser, former chief of staff, were both  criticized by whistle-blowers in a Boston Globe article containing allegations of poor care and unsanitary conditions at the hospital.     Stars and Stripes:   Plan to institute military oath against suicide could backfire, some experts say .   Kelly said the APA wants the Defense Department and VA to use evidence-based suicide prevention practices. Bryan, an Iraq war veteran, led a study comparing the effectiveness of no-suicide contracts with an alternative approach -- to create a crisis-response plan people can use when struggling with suicidal thoughts. The study was published in January in the Journal of Affective Disorders.     U.S. News & World Report (AP):   Manchester VA Partners with Catholic Medical Center .   Some Manchester VA Medical Center providers will be seeing patients at Catholic Medical Center while repairs are made to the veterans hospital after recent flooding. A burst pipe caused severe flooding at the Manchester facility last month, just after the Boston Globe published allegations of substandard care and conditions. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin visited the hospital last week, has removed three top officials and ordered an investigation.     Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Manchester VA Partner with Catholic Medical Center .   Filing an application for enrollment is the first step veterans must take to gain access to health care at the more than 150 VA hospitals across the country. But a scathing new federal review finds the health enrollment system overseen by a national VA office in Atlanta is in disarray. Poor oversight and mismanagement of the enrollment system resulted in delays to health care access for some veterans…     WPTV (NBC-5):    Inspector General finds West Palm Beach VA Medical Center delayed care for hundreds of Veterans .   Did the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center delay care for hundreds of veterans with cardiology issues? A new report from the Department of Veterans Affairs' Inspector General says yes. According to a recently released report, The Office of Inspector General received two separate anonymous complaints in 2014 and 2015, alleging delay of care and potential manipulation of wait-time statistics at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.       The Columbus Dispatch:   Women Veterans in Ohio gathering in Columbus for conference .   That’s one reason Baun, who is the Ohio director for the Military Women Across the Nation organization, plans to be a part of Saturday’s Ohio Women Veterans Conference hosted by the state Department of Veterans Services at the Ohio Union on Ohio State University’s campus. The day-long conference, first hosted in 2006, is among the largest of its kind in the nation, with more than 500 women already registered.     ExecutiveBiz:     VA Issues Mobile Cloud Services Infrastructure RFI .   The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a request for information on potential contractors that can support the development of a mobile cloud services infrastructure for VA. A FedBizOpps notice posted Tuesday says the VA MCS system will replace the department’s mobile infrastructure services platform that works to facilitate common controls sharing and management across several applications and enclaves.    Veteran sexual trauma victims: You are not alone :   Mary spends her time raising three children and volunteering to serve other Veterans.  Her father was a Vietnam Vet.  She loved soccer and Barbie dolls.  But, her love of the military began when she was in ROTC. She loved the lifestyle and the discipline.  She enlisted in the U.S. Army immediately after she completed school.  During her four years in the Army, she was sexually assaulted on multiple occasions.   She is not alone.       Stars and Stripes   Mattis warns North Korea that military action would lead to its destruction .   Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned North Korea on Wednesday against forcing the United States to use its military power to destroy them. North Korea “should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people,” Mattis said.     Stars and Stripes   Trump tough talk on North Korea seen in 1999 TV interview .   In a conversation with the late Tim Russert on NBC's "Meet the Press," Donald Trump said that, as president, he would "negotiate like crazy" with North Korea, but added "if that negotiation doesn't work, you better solve the problem now than solve it later."     Stars and Stripes   American aircraft carrier to visit Vietnam next year, Pentagon says .   Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met Tuesday with Ngo Xuan Lich, Vietnam’s defense minister, to discuss further steps in their mutual defense relationship and regional security challenges. The two also agreed to expand naval cooperation and the sharing of information.     Stars and Stripes   Marines: Ospreys in Japan safe to fly following deadly crash .   The Marine Corps has deemed its Japan-based MV-22 Ospreys safe to fly despite the Japanese government’s request to ground the fleet of tilt-rotor aircraft after a deadly crash off the coast of Australia, a top general said Wednesday.     Stars and Stripes   Active-duty military members sue Trump over transgender ban .   Five active-duty service members sued President Donald Trump Wednesday over his intentions to ban transgender personnel from serving in the military.     The Hill    Devaluing Human Life Is No Way To Thank Wounded Veterans For Their Service .   For a veteran facing a lifetime of paralysis after suffering a spinal cord injury, hope is often the last thing to die. Yet, the recently introduced House bill, H.R. 3197, threatens to crush what little hope to which I, and the approximately 60,000 veterans living with spinal cord injury, cling. The act proposes to reduce investment in medical research, and the reason is as simple as it is controversial: animal research.  Introduced by Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), the Act follows reports of experimentation on dogs at the McGuire VA Medical Center in the congressman’s home state. Purportedly disturbing reports revealed that animals were being given amphetamines and suffering heart attacks, among other research-based details that aren’t easily digestible by those outside of the scientific community. The mainstream gut reaction that followed these revelations was easy to predict. When contemplated in a vacuum, the thought of animals experiencing induced pain would bother any reasonable person. However, I do not enjoy the luxury of contemplating these thoughts in a vacuum.     WPHT (W1, Audio):   VA Secretary: Department Is Modernizing, Cutting Down Wait Times .   David Shulkin, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs appeared on The Rich Zeoli Show on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT to discuss the improvements that have been made since the Department became entangled with scandals in recent years over veterans being delayed in receiving the care or, in some cases, dying before they get it, saying that the situation continues to improve.     The Virginian-Pilot:   In Norfolk, VA Secretary outlined 5 priorities for overhauling Veterans’ care .   Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin described the VA system much like he might a patient. “The VA has a lot of problems right now, and I describe it as being in critical condition,” Shulkin told reporters Wednesday. “That means we need to intensively monitor the progress of the organization, but I believe we’re moving in the right direction.”     Daily Caller:    VA Secretary: My Only Clinical Priority IS Decreasing Vet Suicides .   Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said in an address Monday morning that his only clinical priority at the moment is making sure the veteran suicide rate drops. “The last priority and really my only clinical priority that I talk about right now is suicide and veteran suicide,” Shulkin said Monday at the 118th Veterans of Foreign Wars.     Military.com:   Vets More at Risk of Opioid Abuse in Private Care: Inspector General .   Veterans using the VA's Choice program allowing private-sector health care face a "significant risk" of opioid abuse in the treatment of chronic pain, according to the VA's Inspector general. Policies in place at the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce the number of opioid prescriptions do not necessarily apply to private-sector doctors, the IG said.     The Fix:   VA Calls For Review Of Opioid Policies for At-Risk Veterans .   A new report found that a lack of communication and inconsistent guidelines may be putting veterans at a higher risk of overdose. The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a report calling for changes in how opioids are prescribed to at-risk veterans, particularly those with chronic pain and co-occurring mental health issues, focusing on better communication between VA healthcare providers and doctors outside the VA system.     FedScoop:    At VA Center for Innovation’s Demo Day, Shulkin gives five tips to would-be- innovators .   “My favorite TV show is ‘Shark Tank,'” David Shulkin, secretary of Veterans Affairs, told the crowd gathered at Georgetown University, many of whom were minutes away from seeing an approximation of the ABC show. Why “Shark Tank?” Because on the show and in innovation, Shulkin said, only those solving a real-world need survive.     News-Express:   Moran pushes for reforms in VA health care .   Dr. David Shulkin believes lessons of the television show “Shark Tank” can be applied to improving the Department of Veterans Affairs. Shulkin, the VA secretary, said Tuesday that the program fostering entrepreneurs rewards those business ideas that solve problems. And the VA, he conceded, has problems. “I firmly believe we can fix this system,” he said at the VA Center for Innovation.     Daily News Journal:    Visiting VA exec: MTSU Veterans center ‘tremendous’ .   Incredible and tremendous are just two of many words national Veterans Affairs official Scott R. Blackburn said about the facilities and people connected with Middle Tennessee State University’s Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center. Blackburn, interim deputy secretary of the VA, toured the center and had lunch with university President Sidney A. McPhee, five student veterans and others Tuesday.     WGNS (CMN-1450):    Interim Deputy Secretary of the VA, Mr. Scott Blackburn, visited the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System .   Interim Deputy Secretary of the VA, Mr. Scott Blackburn, visited the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System's (TVHS) Alvin C. York campus in Murfreesboro Tennessee Tuesday (8/8/17). His visit was in conjunction with a speaking engagement at a VA National Conference being held at the Opryland Convention Center in Nashville TN.     The Washington Post (AP):   VA forced to rehire director of DC Veterans hospital .   A former director of the veterans hospital in the nation’s capital who had been fired for poor leadership has been rehired. Brian Hawkins was put back on the Department of Veterans Affairs payroll after he appealed the decision to the Merit Systems Protection Board. Hawkins was let go last month after audits found mismanagement at the facility.     The Washington Post:   Federal panel blocks firing of head of troubled DC Veterans’ hospital .   A federal board has blocked the firing of the director of D.C.’s troubled hospital for veterans, setting up a showdown with the Trump administration as it pursues expanded authority to clean house at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Brian Hawkins, who until recently served as the head of the VA Medical Center in Washington, was removed from his post in April and fired two weeks ago for what VA officials said was a failure to “provide effective leadership.”     The New York Times:    VA Plans to fire Its DC Medical Director - Again .   The head of the Veterans Affairs Department told lawmakers he intends to try out a new law that makes it easier to fire — and keep fired — deficient department employees. The test case: the former director of the agency’s main medical center here. The center’s director, Brian Hawkins, oversaw an operation that the department’s inspector general said was plagued by the “highest levels of chaos.”     Washington Examiner:    Whistleblower warns VA is taking steps to close thousands of Veterans’ healthcare applications .   A well-known whistleblower in the Department of Veterans Affairs warned Wednesday that the VA appears to be getting ready to close tens of thousands of incomplete healthcare applications, even though it's been clear for more than a year that the VA was failing to give veterans a chance to complete these applications.     NPR (Audio):   US Moves to Amend Secret Mustard Gas Tests On Veterans .   A wrong against a group of World War II veterans is about to be righted. There will be new acknowledgment that tens of thousands of troops were used as human test subjects for the Army's experiments with one of the most dreaded weapons of the time — mustard gas. And for the few who still survive, there's a new promise of health benefits.     KJZZ (NPR-91.5, Audio):   What Are Differences Between GI Bill and Forever GI Bill ?   The original GI Bill was passed in 1944 and is one of the most impactful pieces of legislation Congress has ever approved. It gave veterans greater opportunities to attend college and buy homes. Earlier this summer, the House unanimously passed the Forever GI Bill, an expansion of a post-9/11 GI Bill.     Health Data Management:    IT is top priority for VA as it tries to compete with private sector .   The Department of Veterans Affairs will ultimately fix its health system through transparency about the many challenges that the agency is struggling to address, including information technology issues, according to VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD. Only through openness and honesty about the VA’s myriad problems will the agency be able to find creative and innovative solutions that are effective in transforming veteran healthcare, contends Shulkin.     FedScoop:    Legacy systems hinder Veterans Affairs’ DATA Act compliance, report says .   The Department of Veterans Affairs’ decades old financial management system makes it all but impossible for the agency to fully comply with the financial reporting requirements of the DATA Act, a recently-released report states. The audit, commissioned by the VA’s Office of the Inspector General and completed by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP in November 2016, was released publicly on Tuesday.     Task & Purpose    The Marine Corps Doesn’t Know Why It Chose ‘Semper Fi’ As Its Motto .   The few, the proud, the Marines: custodians of a proud martial tradition dating back to Nov. 10, 1775. So it might surprise you to know that the Marine Corps doesn’t know why its motto is Semper Fidelis. The iconic phrase, Latin for “always faithful,” has captured the spirit of Marines, past, present, and future, since the 1880s. But the reasoning behind its selection is still unknown.   No, really. We asked the Marine Corps, and they …      Upcoming Veteran Events   American Legion Post 328, Southfield, Michigan Listing of Current Events in and around the Metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, for the period August  8 - November 18, 2017.  http://www.legionpost328.org/ events.html     Sent in by our fellow Veteran Tim Wirkus. Thanks Tim!   Federal Business Council, Inc. (FBC) List of remaining Industry Outreach Events for remainder of CY 2017.   https://www.fbcinc.com/ search.aspx   JobZone's August 2017 Job Fair events.   August 15 - Patuxent River MD ... August 17 Joint Base Andrews AFB MD.  Go here for details and to sign up!   https://www. jobzoneonline.com/default.aspx     14th Annual Elite SDVOB National Conference, August 16 – 18, 2017, Orlando, FL.  Convention website here:  http://www. sdvobconference.com/    Go here for Hotel Information and Reservations:  https:// disneyworld.disney.go.com/ resorts/coronado-springs- resort/   Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) offering Relationship Building Course for Military/ Veteran couples, August 18 -20, 2017,  Richmond, VA.   Details  here…..   American Legion will be hosting a Career Fair as well as an Employment Summit in conjunction with the American Legion Annual Convention in Reno, NV.     Employment Summit is August 18 – 19, 2017.   Details here…      Veterans Employment Workshop and Veterans Career and Benefits Fair is August 22, 2017.   Details here…   Objective Rally Point (ORP).    Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM ,  Army-Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.    You are invited to join us for our monthly Veteran networking breakfast on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. ORP is a forum for military Veterans in business and those who support them, or wish to team with them, to meet and connect. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to network with other Veterans committed to success in business.  Although the focus of ORP is on the connections made between and with Veterans, we do have a presentation each month.  This month we are very fortunate to have our annual panel of Federal Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Directors. Confirmed to participate on the panel are, Dr James Galvin, Deputy Director for Portfolio Management & Outreach, DoD Office of Small Business Programs, David Canada, Procurement Analyst/Program Manager, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Also invited to participate are Veterans Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security and OSDBUs from the military services. This is an incredible panel of government small business representatives and advocates who will provide information and perspective from several different agencies on how Veterans can be successful in marketing and winning contracts. Any Veteran interested in contracting with the government needs to attend and gain the benefit of decades of small business experience on the panel. Cost is $35.00.   For more information and to register:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ objective-rally-point-august- 2017-tickets-36778817433     Marine Week – Detroit, MI.  September 6 – 10, 2017.  Marine Week, hosted by the United States Marine Corps in one city per year, is a celebration of Community, Country and Corps – providing the American public the experience of directly connecting with hundreds of Marines.  From September 6 –10, 2017, Marine Week Detroit will feature hands-on static displays, live demonstrations, time-honored Marine Corps traditions, musical performances and other events to showcase the history, military capabilities and community involvement of the Corps. For details:  http://usmarineweek. com/   National HUBZone Conference, October 12 – 13, 2017.  Westfields Marriott Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia.  For you Veteran Small Business Owners that are also HUBZone Companies.  http://www. hubzonecouncil.org/clubportal/ ClubStatic.cfm?clubID=528& pubmenuoptID=29484     Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Fall Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” October 13th-16th, 2017, City of Industry, California. For more information: http://www. womenveteransalliance.org/ events/unconference/   St. Joseph’s University Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) – COHORT III –   October 14 - 22, 2017, Saint Joseph’s University Campus in Philadelphia, PA.   No Cost to qualified Veterans.  The Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program is designed specifically to provide the tools, education and mentorship necessary to allow all qualified veterans the opportunity to start their own businesses.  We offer the latest training in business and entrepreneurship, utilizing the breadth of experience available through the renowned Haub School of Business, experienced faculty, and industry practitioners.  Click on following link for Video: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=WpWB347egMo&feature= youtu.be&utm_source=Ralph+ Galati+Linked-In+Contacts+-+ VEJ+Audience&utm_campaign= dfae0ac3ac-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_ 2017_04_26&utm_medium=email& utm_term=0_2b5b0a4e16- dfae0ac3ac-382008989    To enroll, go here:  http://sites.sju.edu/ veteransservices/ entrepreneurship-programs/sju- veterans-entrepreneurial- jumpstart-vej/     Sent in by Ralph Galati, Director, Veterans Services, St. Joseph’s University.   Thanks Ralph!     Warrior Ethos 4th Annual Gala – November 16, 2017.  Save the date.   https://www.warriorsethos.org/ news/    
Veterans News & Events | August 10, 2017  (Please Note: The Veterans News compiled and transmitted by Wayne M. Gatewood, Jr., USMC (Ret), does not endorse the views and/or facts presented, or any commercial products that may be advertised or available on external links. The presence of a link to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of that site, or the views or privacy policies contained therein).   MSPB forces VA to take back fired official, VA exploring all options under new accountability authorities.    https://www.va.gov/opa/ pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id= 2939     Saturday and Sunday Interments in National Cemeteries  - VA Conducts Study and Seeks Comments.  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a Request for Information in the August 9, 2017, edition of the Federal Register, relating to VA’s conduct of a study on the feasibility and need for providing increased interments in VA national cemeteries on Saturdays and Sundays.  Section 304 of the Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-315) (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”)  requires VA conduct this study.  VA’s notice requests comments and feedback from interested parties to help inform VA as it conducts this study, to include specific questions for comment (see below) with regard to the perceived need for such increased interments.  Comments in response to this request for information must be received by VA on or before September 8, 2017.   Details here…     VA OIG - Review of Alleged Delay of Care and Scheduling Issues at the VAMC in West Palm Beach, FL.     https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-15-02583-256.pdf     VA OIG – Administrative Summary - Primary Care Access, Scheduling, and Consult Management Concerns, Erie VA Medical Center, Erie, Pennsylvania   https://www.va.gov/oig/PUBS/ VAOIG-15-01484-321.PDF     VA OIG – Review of VA’s Readiness To Implement the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act .  https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-16-02454-250.pdf     Veterans Affairs Media Summary and News Clips for Wednesday, August 9, 2017.   Read here...     Veterans Affairs Media Summary and News Clips for Tuesday, August 8, 2017.    Read here...     DOD Contracts Awarded for Wednesday, August 9, 2017. https://www.defense.gov/News/ Contracts/Contract-View/ Article/1273544/source/ GovDelivery/     DOD Contracts Awarded for Tuesday, August 8, 2017.   https://www.defense.gov/News/ Contracts/Contract-View/ Article/1272315/source/ GovDelivery/     Defense and Ex-Im Update for Tuesday,  August 8, 2017.   Provided by Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services.     Read here...     Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Wednesday, August 9, 2017.    http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c64jyx. ujp/6b2f0016     Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Tuesday, August 8, 2017.   http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c64boc. uhx/d27da2da     Reserve Officers Association (ROA) SmartBrief for Wednesday, August 9, 2017. http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= 3B7EDFB7-088F-4A5D-84C6- 8E3001980CA7&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     POLITICO Morning Defense for Wednesday, August 9, 2017.  A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.   http://www.politico.com/ tipsheets/morning-defense/ 2017/08/09/trump-warns-of- fire-and-fury-in-response-to- north-koreas-threats-221781     POLITICO Morning Defense for Tuesday, August 8, 2017.  A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.   http://www.politico.com/ tipsheets/morning-defense/ 2017/08/08/pentagon-and-south- korea-consider-more-powerful- missiles-221752     Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) – “The Evening CSIS” for August 9, 2017. Presented by H. Andrew Schwartz, CSIS Chief Communication Officer.   http://mailchi.mp/csis/the- evening-nk-cuba-mali-blues- and-more?e=43b85a311b     Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) – “The Evening CSIS” for August 8, 2017. Presented by H. Andrew Schwartz, CSIS Chief Communication Officer.   http://mailchi.mp/csis.org/ the-evening-nks-mini-nukes- iranian-drone-wichita-lineman- and-more?e=43b85a311b     SmartBrief on Leadership for Wednesday, August 9, 2017. http://www2.smartbrief. com/servlet/encodeServlet? issueid=6A76E2F3-52B4-4DF7- 8906-EFA5F088FEE1&sid= 97fc7e62-fef0-4d78-aeb8- a2a54d351b58     SmartBrief on Leadership for Tuesday, August 8, 2017. http://www2.smartbrief. com/servlet/encodeServlet? issueid=C697246B-2470-4D80- ABE6-11207AD474E7&sid= 97fc7e62-fef0-4d78-aeb8- a2a54d351b58     FCW Daily for Wednesday, August  9, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.    https://fcw.com/newsletters/ fcwdaily/2017/08/aug09.aspx? mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiTkRZeE5qVTNZMk14WXprMS IsInQiOiJ3ejFsRTVTa3BLM3BmWE0y c1lrOVBtQ2RCY3lvQ29BY1hrZ1BuOU RDeGxnenpoWWh0U1hPd1wvb0greEVT NlEyVHJBUGl6TVwvamVGN1hVMGdPd0 tURkZ6d21XRThPZFMybHllWVpkbGY0 bkZxb3QrNmpoMnlTeXNBSytVeXYraV BwIn0=     FCW Daily for Tuesday, August  8, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.  https://fcw.com/newsletters/ fcwdaily/2017/08/aug08.aspx? 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Glenn Walters.     Stars and Stripes   Marines eye plan to put women in West Coast combat training .   The Marine Corps is eyeing a plan to let women attend what has been male-only combat training in Southern California, as officials work to quash recurring problems with sexism and other bad behavior among Marines, according to Marine Corps officials.     Navy Times    Navy increasing orders lead times .   Navy personnel officials received approval for a $257 million plus-up from Congress that they say will allow the service to beginning cutting more orders — some as much as six months out.   Stars and Stripes   Navy extends USS Nimitz stay in Persian Gulf  .   The Navy informed families Saturday that the USS Nimitz, which was involved in a second incident with Iran on Tuesday, will extend its stay in the Persian Gulf.     Air Force Times   Dozens of aircraft tackle real-life obstacles during Air Mobility Command's biggest exercise .   Anyone tracking flight paths as the sun set Wednesday over Washington state would have seen a major aircraft movement: military cargo planes, refueling tankers and fighter jets flying in formation.     Associated Press   Daunting budget deadlines loom for government .   The Trump administration and Congress face a daunting set of budget-related deadlines in the coming weeks. Blowing them could cause a partial government shutdown and upend global financial markets.     Defense News   Thorny fiscal deadlines await Congress’s return .   The Trump administration and Congress face a trio of high-priority budget items when lawmakers return from recess in September. If they stumble, it could lead to a partial government shutdown.   Washington Examiner    Bill banning VA's dog testing program draws an opponent: Disabled veterans .    Groups representing disabled veterans and medical researchers warned this week that legislation banning most medical experimentation on dogs at the Department of Veterans Affairs would deprive veterans of needed medical breakthroughs, and thus represents a dangerous policy change for America's war heroes.     WUOM (NPR-91.7, Audio):   The VA, America’s largest integrated health system, turns 96 years old .   The Department of Veterans Affairs is the country's largest integrated health system. Nearly nine million of America’s veterans get medical care from the VA. Ninety-six years ago today, the precursor to what we now know as the VA began with a stroke of President Warren G. Harding’s pen.     PBS:   How the massive, pioneering and embattled VA health system was born .   On this day in 1921, President Warren G. Harding cut short his summer vacation at Mount Prospect, New Hampshire, and returned to Washington to sign Public Law 67-47, an act that marked the most ambitious domestic program of his presidency. The flourish of his fountain pen created a Veterans Bureau meant to take care of and treat disabled war veterans.     CBS News (Video):    Promise tracker: Is Trump keeping his word on opioids ?   I would also restore accountability to our Veterans Administration. Too many of our brave veterans have been prescribed these dangerous and addictive drugs by a VA that should have been paying them better attention.  In late June, 2017 President Trump signed the bipartisan bill Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 that was supported by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.     Military Times   Taking away troops' guns would reduce suicides, study finds .   Pentagon health care providers are failing to provide service members identified as a high risk for suicide with the appropriate care, according to a study released Monday by the RAND Corp, reports USA Today.   KPBS (PBS-15, Audio):   VA Study Shows Yoga Can Lower Dependence On Pain Meds .   The Veterans Health Administration is searching for ways to wean veterans off pain medication. A new study from the San Diego VA shows that the right kind of yoga can be a long term solution. “It’s an ongoing battle. A struggle. Sometimes I’ve had to call in sick because I can’t get out of bed,” said Matthew Castro, who works at the VA in San Diego. Lower back pain has haunted him since his time in the Navy.     Texas Public Radio (Audio):   Poly-Trauma Rehab Helps Service Members and Veterans Heal in San Antonio .   Treating American service members hurt in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts created a new military emphasis on polytrauma -- a medical term meaning more than one serious injury. The complex wounds of war also created a need for a new model of care that today is helping veterans and active duty military heal. Air force veteran William Geralds knows the meaning of the phrase hard work.     WFED (AM-1500):   Solving VA’s problems, one innovative idea at a time .   More than 4,000 miles separate Alaska and Louisiana, but the two states are working hand in hand to engage and retain Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Amy Thames of the Alexandria VA Health Care System in Louisiana, and Roxanne Nilsson of the Alaska VA Health System, are leading JumpStart onboarding efforts in their respective medical centers, and they came to Washington, D.C. to talk about their progress during the VA Innovation Demo Day.     WOAI (NBC-4):   Vacant buildings at the VA costing taxpayers millions .   The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been trying to regain the trust of veterans after scandals involving long wait times and poor hospital conditions. Now a government report reveals another problem: vacant buildings costing millions to maintain. News 4 Trouble Shooter Jaie Avila toured some of them not so far from San Antonio.     ABC News (AP):   Mortgage lender PHH agrees to pay $74 million settlement .   Federal prosecutors in Minnesota say PHH Corp. and two subsidiaries have agreed to pay over $74 million to settle allegations they violated standards for underwriting government-backed mortgages. Acting U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Gregory Brooker said in a statement Tuesday that Mount Laurel, New Jersey-based PHH submitted defective loans for government insurance, and that homeowners and taxpayers paid the price.     Armenian Weekly:    A Purposeful Visit to Great Lakes National Cemetery .   Who better deserves top-notch medical attention than these men and women who served our country, putting life and limb on line to preserve freedom? Didn’t we always feel safe here in this country, even though we heard during World War II that the enemy had come dangerously close to our shores?     Federal Computer Week:   VA’s legacy systems aren’t ready for the Data Act .   A just-released oversight report reveals that legacy systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs aren't ready to support many Data Act requirements. According to the report, dated November 2016 but released on Aug. 8, there are serious limitations posed by the department's legacy systems that challenge financial reporting requirements mandated by the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act.     Washington Examiner (Video):     Fire Alarm Ends VA Secretary’s Speech On Innovation .   Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin on Tuesday was forced to end his speech about VA innovations early because of a fire alarm. Shulkin was speaking at Georgetown University about innovative steps the VA is taking to improve healthcare access for veterans, when a fire alarm suddenly blared out. "Now, the question is, what do we do?" he said as the audience laughed. "Let's see if somebody comes and tells us"   Military.com:   1st Woman to Head DAV Will Focus On Female Vet, Caregiver Issues .   The first female commander of a top veteran advocacy organization, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), credits a lifelong love of asking questions and a willingness to try new things with leading her to the new job. Retired Army reservist Delphine Metcalf-Foster was elected to the role Aug. 1 at the DAV's annual meeting in New Orleans.    Volunteers sought for reading of the names at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial :   When the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. in 1982, a promise was made to never forget those who served and sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War. Etched in its black granite walls are the names of 58,318 service members who were killed or remain missing. The Wall honors their courage, sacrifice and devotion to duty and country. Since its inception, The Wall has become a sacred place for loved ones and visitors to pay their respects. By separating the war from the warrior, The Wall began a process of national healing.  This year marks the 35th Anniversary of The Wall. In commemoration of the Anniversary,  the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF)  is honored to host the …     Stars and Stripes   On Purple Heart Day, honoring those who have received the nation's oldest military decoration .   January 16, 1967, is a day Joe Sanchez will never forget. It was his 20th birthday. And it was the day a grenade nearly ensured there would be no 21st.     South China Morning Post    China ‘fires warning’ with array of navy drills off Korean peninsula .   Chinese naval forces will conduct more than 10 kinds of drills and launch dozens of types of missiles during four days of live-fire exercises off the Korean peninsula, according to state media.   Japan Times   Japan, South Korea and U.S. plan international push to denuclearize North .   The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Monday to ramp up international pressure on North Korea to compel the reclusive country to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.   Stars and Stripes   North Korea threatens to retaliate against US for sanctions .   North Korea lashed out Monday against tough new U.N. economic sanctions, threatening to retaliate against the United States and insisting its nuclear weapons program is not up for negotiation.     Politico   Tillerson: U.S. will respond to Russia's move to expel diplomats by Sept. 1 .   The U.S. government will respond by the end of this month to the Russian government’s decision to reduce the number of American diplomatic staff in Russia by more than 700, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday morning, according to an Associated Press report.   NBC   U.S. May Begin Airstrikes Against ISIS in Philippines .   The Pentagon is considering a plan that allows the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes on ISIS in the Philippines, two defense officials told NBC News.   NBC    U.S. Is Sending More Marines to Afghanistan .   The U.S. is sending dozens more Marines to Afghanistan, according to three U.S. defense officials.   C4ISRNET   Army gets a new, long-awaited CIO .   After a lengthy confirmation process, Maj. Gen. Bruce Crawford is assuming the role of Army CIO/G-6, according to Army officials.   Marine Corps Times   Three Marines killed in Osprey crash off Australia identified .   Three Marines killed when their MV-22B Osprey crashed Saturday off Queensland, Australia, have been identified.   Navy Times   Up to 1,100 chiefs face involuntary return to sea duty .    Chief, pack your seabag.      Associated Press   Remains of World War II airman returned to Montana .   Though he died 75 years ago, airman William “Bill” Gruber continues to watch over his little brother from a framed portrait in the younger man’s Helena home.   Associated Press   South Dakota Air Guard selects 1st female wing command chief .  The South Dakota Air National Guard has its first female wing command chief.     Duluth News-Tribune:   Former brewing president not regretting decision to leave retirement, work in Trump administration .   Jake Leinenkugel has no regrets about coming out of retirement to become a senior adviser to the White House for the Department of Veterans Affairs. "It's rewarding and challenging," Leinenkugel said. "I come into work, and I tell myself I try to make a difference to one veteran every day. And at the end of the day, 12 or 13 hours later, I wonder as I walk out, did I make a difference? I'm actually working as hard as I ever did."   USA Today   Troops at risk for suicide not getting needed care, report finds .   Pentagon health care providers failed to perform critical follow-up for many troops diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome who also were at high risk for suicide, according to a new study released Monday by the RAND Corp.   Stars and Stripes:   Report: Pentagon not providing adequate care to troops at risk of suicide .   Defense Department health care providers do a good job of screening for suicide risk, but they fail to provide critical and effective follow-up treatment to servicemembers identified as suicidal, according to a Rand Corp. report released Monday. Rand researchers found appropriate follow-up care was given to only 30 percent of servicemembers with depression and 54 percent of servicemembers with post-traumatic stress disorder who were at risk of suicide.     Vietnam Veterans of America    VVA Slams DoD for Failing to Treat Troops with PTSD.   “What is made clear in the RAND report released early this morning is that the Department of Defense is treating troops' health as a box-checking exercise," said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America. "Why is it that once a service member is screened positively for depression or PTSD, that they aren't focusing on evidenced-based treatment and positive outcomes?"  "The reports we have seen this year about how the military treats troops with PTSD are infuriating," continued Rowan. "In May, the Government Accountability Office released a report showing that tens of thousands of veterans with PTSD and related conditions were kicked out with bad paper and reduced access to GI Bill and health benefits. What was made clear in RAND's report today is that Congress needs to step in and hold people accountable for kicking out so many veterans with psychiatric conditions without ever giving them the tools they need to recover."  The Washington Post (Power Post):   Veterans’ health-care gap creates ‘greater risk’ for opioid abuse .   The information about the veteran is scant, clinical in tone, yet disturbing. “At the time of his death, the patient was a male in his forties with a past medical history significant for PTSD, chronic low back pain, obstructive sleep apnea, obesity, and depression,” the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general reported.     The Hill:   The need to reform compensation for Veterans with mental health disabilities .   When wounded, ill, or injured service members are no longer able to perform their military duties, their medical conditions are evaluated to determine appropriate pay and benefits. This process is intended to fulfill the armed forces’ primary obligation to maintain combat readiness by removing unfit troops, while simultaneously ensuring fair compensation for veterans’ disabilities.     WFED (AM-1500):   More funding, accountability for VA Choice program proposed, now what ?   Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin received his wish last week as the House passed a bill that will add an additional $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice Program. The bill, also known as the Choice Act, was introduced just weeks before the current Choice program funding was set to expire, and passed as a last-minute decision before Congress left for the August recess.     The Eagle-Tribune:   VA secretary responds to whistleblowers on NH hospital .   In response to a major push led by a doctor from Newburyport, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin announced on Friday he would invest $30 million in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire, to improve patient care and called for a national search to replace three hospital administrators.     Mississippi Today:   Access to Health Care:  Record-breaking waits at VA .   Dr. David Walker, the medical center’s director, said resolving the issue has been his “number one priority.” He has the funding to hire 25 full-time doctors. What he doesn’t have, however, is a large pool of doctors either in Mississippi or willing to move here. “We are hurting because we don’t have enough primary care doctors. But it is hard to recruit doctors to Mississippi,” Walker said in a recent town hall meeting at the VA. “And if veterans don’t choose this VA, we won’t survive.”     Democrat & Chronicle:   Schumer calls for Veteran’s compensation for Agent Orange-linked glioblastoma .   U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer stood alongside Lindsay Cray at the Veterans Outreach Center on Monday to urge action be taken to provide federal compensation for Cray's father Tom, a Rochester Vietnam veteran who founded the center and is now fighting glioblastoma. From 1962 to 1975, the U.S. military used Agent Orange, a powerful herbicide to eliminate forest cover and crops for their opponents.     WHEC (NBC-10, Video):   Veteran says VA won’t recognize brain tumor could be linked to Agent Orange .   A veteran who helped service members in our area for decades is facing a new battle. Tom Cray founded the Veterans Outreach Center and led the organization for years. He's battling a cancerous brain tumor, but can't get VA compensation. Cray served two tours of duty in Vietnam where he came in contact with Agent Orange.     McKnight’s:   Improving end-of-life care begins with honoring patient preferences .   When it comes to dying in the United States, the interests and inclinations of payers and providers often outweigh the needs of patients, especially when it comes to end-of-life care. Take hospice care for seniors. If Medicare beneficiaries choose hospice care, they lose Medicare coverage for disease modifying interventions, nursing home and hospital care. This isn't much of a choice for patients and certainly doesn't account for their preferences.     Military Times:   Ashford University maintains GI Bill eligibility, blasts VA .   An online university in danger of losing its eligibility to enroll GI Bill users, recently allowed by the Department of Veterans Affairs to continue such enrollments pending court appeals, is accusing the VA of disseminating bad information and wants students to go to the White House with complaints. The VA announced last month it was pulling Ashford University’s eligibility to accept GI Bill funds on Aug. 16…     Journal-Advocate:   Local VA director receives DAV award, Roberts named Outstanding Employee of the Year .   There are more than 350,000 full-time VA employees, but only three — one from each administration — were singled out to receive awards at the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and DAV Auxiliary's 96th National Convention in New Orleans, on July 31. This year's National Commander's Award for Outstanding Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Employee of the Year went to Paul L. Roberts, director of the Cheyenne VA Medical Center.     Associated Press   Virginia creates legal guide for service members, veterans .   Virginia’s attorney general has created a new resource guide with information on things like taxes and education for military service members and veterans.   Associated Press    Lost Purple Hearts returned to families of deceased soldiers .    The families of seven deceased U.S servicemen gathered on Monday to receive lost Purple Heart medals their loved ones had earned in four wars.   Stars and Stripes   The savage fight for Guadalcanal: Jungle, crocodiles and snipers during World War II .   The Marines began lining the rail of the troop ship before dawn to peer at the distant shape emerging from the ocean.      Upcoming Veteran Events   American Legion Post 328, Southfield, Michigan Listing of Current Events in and around the Metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, for the period August  3 - 18, 2017.  http://www.legionpost328.org/ events.html    Sent in by our fellow Veteran Tim Wirkus. Thanks Tim!   Federal Business Council, Inc. (FBC) List of remaining Industry Outreach Events for CY 2017. https://www.fbcinc.com/search. aspx   JobZone's August 2017 Job Fair events.   August 15 - Patuxent River MD ... August 17 Joint Base Andrews AFB MD.  Go here for details and to sign up!   https://www. jobzoneonline.com/default.aspx     14th Annual Elite SDVOB National Conference, August 16 – 18, 2017, Orlando, FL.  Convention website here:  http://www. sdvobconference.com/    Go here for Hotel Information and Reservations:  https:// disneyworld.disney.go.com/ resorts/coronado-springs- resort/   Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) offering Relationship Building Course for Military/ Veteran couples, August 18 -20, 2017,  Richmond, VA.   Details  here…..   American Legion will be hosting a Career Fair as well as an Employment Summit in conjunction with the American Legion Annual Convention in Reno, NV.     Employment Summit is August 18 – 19, 2017.   Details here…      Veterans Employment Workshop and Veterans Career and Benefits Fair is August 22, 2017.   Details here…   Objective Rally Point (ORP).    Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM ,  Army-Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.    You are invited to join us for our monthly Veteran networking breakfast on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. ORP is a forum for military Veterans in business and those who support them, or wish to team with them, to meet and connect. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to network with other Veterans committed to success in business.  Although the focus of ORP is on the connections made between and with Veterans, we do have a presentation each month.  This month we are very fortunate to have our annual panel of Federal Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Directors. Confirmed to participate on the panel are, Dr James Galvin, Deputy Director for Portfolio Management & Outreach, DoD Office of Small Business Programs, David Canada, Procurement Analyst/Program Manager, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Also invited to participate are Veterans Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security and OSDBUs from the military services. This is an incredible panel of government small business representatives and advocates who will provide information and perspective from several different agencies on how Veterans can be successful in marketing and winning contracts. Any Veteran interested in contracting with the government needs to attend and gain the benefit of decades of small business experience on the panel. Cost is $35.00.   For more information and to register:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ objective-rally-point-august- 2017-tickets-36778817433     Marine Week – Detroit, MI.  September 6 – 10, 2017.  Marine Week, hosted by the United States Marine Corps in one city per year, is a celebration of Community, Country and Corps – providing the American public the experience of directly connecting with hundreds of Marines.  From September 6 –10, 2017, Marine Week Detroit will feature hands-on static displays, live demonstrations, time-honored Marine Corps traditions, musical performances and other events to showcase the history, military capabilities and community involvement of the Corps. For details:  http://usmarineweek. com/   National HUBZone Conference, October 12 – 13, 2017.  Westfields Marriott Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia.  For you Veteran Small Business Owners that are also HUBZone Companies.  http://www. hubzonecouncil.org/clubportal/ ClubStatic.cfm?clubID=528& pubmenuoptID=29484     Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Fall Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” October 13th-16th, 2017, City of Industry, California. For more information: http://www. womenveteransalliance.org/ events/unconference/   St. Joseph’s University Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) – COHORT III –   October 14 - 22, 2017, Saint Joseph’s University Campus in Philadelphia, PA.   No Cost to qualified Veterans.  The Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program is designed specifically to provide the tools, education and mentorship necessary to allow all qualified veterans the opportunity to start their own businesses.  We offer the latest training in business and entrepreneurship, utilizing the breadth of experience available through the renowned Haub School of Business, experienced faculty, and industry practitioners.  Click on following link for Video: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=WpWB347egMo&feature= youtu.be&utm_source=Ralph+ Galati+Linked-In+Contacts+-+ VEJ+Audience&utm_campaign= dfae0ac3ac-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_ 2017_04_26&utm_medium=email& utm_term=0_2b5b0a4e16- dfae0ac3ac-382008989    To enroll, go here:  http://sites.sju.edu/ veteransservices/ entrepreneurship-programs/sju- veterans-entrepreneurial- jumpstart-vej/     Sent in by Ralph Galati, Director, Veterans Services, St. Joseph’s University.   Thanks Ralph!     Warrior Ethos 4th Annual Gala – November 16, 2017.  Save the date.   https://www.warriorsethos.org/ news/  
  Veterans News & Events | August 8, 2017  (Please Note: The Veterans News compiled and transmitted by Wayne M. Gatewood, Jr., USMC (Ret), does not endorse the views and/or facts presented, or any commercial products that may be advertised or available on external links. The presence of a link to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of that site, or the views or privacy policies contained therein). Military.com Article – VA Considers Additional Agent Orange Ailments.   Sent in by our fellow Veteran, Alan Bunting, Col, USAFR (Ret) in NJ.  Thanks Alan!   http://www.military.com/ military-report/va-considers- additional-agent-orange- ailments.html?ESRC=mr0807.nl     VA Extends Funding to Groups Impacted by Grant and Per Diem Program Changes.   https://www.va.gov/opa/ pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id= 2937     VA OIG - Healthcare Inspection – Veterans Choice Program Dermatology Delays, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, North Chicago, Illinois .  https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-16-02551-306.pdf     VA OIG - Clinical Assessment Program Review of the Syracuse VA Medical Center, Syracuse, New York .    https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-16-00558-311.pdf     Veterans Affairs Media Summary and News Clips for Monday, August 7, 2017.  Read here...     DOD Contracts Awarded for Monday, August 7, 2017.   https://www.defense.gov/News/ Contracts/Contract-View/ Article/1270908/source/ GovDelivery/     Defense and Ex-Im Update for Monday, August 7, 2017. Provided by Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services.    Read here...       Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Monday , August 7, 2017.   http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c643xu. uf9/1895cf51     Defense News TV for Monday, August 7, 2017.  http://link.defensenews. com/view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c646ge. 4th/483a9e48     Non Commissioned Officers Association – NCO A dvocacy Newsletter for Monday, August 7, 2017 .   https://www.votervoice.net/ iframes/NCOA/newsletters/26689     Reserve Officers Association (ROA) SmartBrief for Monday, August 7, 2017.  http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= C15A6950-DAA2-4615-987D- 360D1749912A&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     POLITICO Morning Defense for Monday, August 7, 2017.  A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.   http://www.politico.com/ tipsheets/morning-defense/ 2017/08/07/trumps-north-korea- policy-resembles-obamas-221727     SmartBrief on Leadership for Monday, August 7, 2017.  http://www2.smartbrief. com/servlet/encodeServlet? issueid=DF178227-10CC-4189- AF3D-8583456F89E9&sid= 97fc7e62-fef0-4d78-aeb8- a2a54d351b58     FCW Daily for Monday, August  7, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.    https://fcw.com/newsletters/ fcwdaily/2017/08/aug07.aspx? mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiTkRrMlptWTJZVEkxWW1JeC IsInQiOiJTVDFmdG05OUlcL3FYQW1l QStzdDQwWGlCMmVQWERSaFlycDc4ZU diUDJoVHJjYmR5N1JsOW1EM3BwVExj b09UZEhHT1hNUTR5Z3VBQ0pGNUhROD dKMytDZ3VyNks5aHBNRWVUUlwvZ0NZ RnkwekhpNU9GZUJwNGVqOXRKWk1mY1 NFIn0=     Washington Technology Daily for Monday, August 7, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.   https://washingtontechnology. com/newsletters/wtdaily/2017/ 08/aug07.aspx?mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiTlRNeVpXTmlPV1U1WlRBei IsInQiOiJpK1VwV0swR1lLU3NzUGJI c09vNE9YeVQrZVA2YWRqeE10R1lsRj Y1dFZMS29SNUhHdVloTWtTNVpaVGFR bVg3VUVcL3JZbXZlYWJJbFwvdmtTaz FHcnV3N2pVYkV6V3RhOWVcL2RLM3NS UEVocjB0K1JRU2VkXC9JWUZLOW1RWH BxbUYifQ==     Your 6:00 am GovConWire - Top News from Executive Mosaic.  http://us4.campaign- archive1.com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= ba1914b25c       A Variety of Veterans News from Variety of Sources     See You At The 2017 National Women Veterans Summit :   The female Veteran population accounts for 10 percent of U.S. Veterans, and that number is expected to grow to 15 percent by 2030. This Veteran population — which is younger and more ethnically diverse than their male peers, experiences unique challenges such as access to gynecologic care during active duty, sexual harassment and a greater likelihood for homelessness and unemployment than male Veterans. In response, VA will discuss these issues at the 2017 National Women Veterans Summit.  This event, will promote forward-thinking dialogue and …     Military.com:   Top VSO Gets First Female Commander .   One hundred years after the first women were permitted to officially join the U.S. military, a woman has been elected to head a top U.S. veterans' service organization. Retired Army Reserve First Sgt. Delphine Metcalf-Foster was elected Aug. 1 as national commander of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) at the organization's annual convention in New Orleans.     Military Times:    Gulf War Vet Becomes First  Woman in 25 Years To Lead A Major Veterans Organization .   Nine years ago, when Army veteran Delphine Metcalf-Foster went to her local Veterans Affairs hospital for a knee replacement, she asked her doctors if they would use a female-specific prosthesis. They said they never considered getting any. “I realized then there needed to be more education,” she said.     Defense News   Defining the Military Agenda .   Join us Sept. 6, 2017, at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City. The theme of this year’s conference is "Defining the Military Agenda." Registration is currently open. Reserve your seat today.   Washington Post    Under Trump, gains against ISIS have ‘dramatically accelerated’ .   Nearly a third of territory reclaimed from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria since 2014 has been won in the past six months, due to new policies adopted by the Trump administration, a senior State Department official said Friday.     Agence France-Presse     Philippine military needs 20,000 more troops due to greater threats, Duterte says .    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked lawmakers to approve the recruiting of 20,000 more soldiers to tackle increased security threats following a bloody urban siege in the south, his spokesman said on Sunday (Aug 6).     Newsweek    Russia, not the U.S., is now calling the shots in the Middle East .    Russia's deputy foreign minister met Wednesday with leading diplomats from Iran and Iraq to discuss combating Islamist extremist groups and the future of Syria.   South China Morning Post   China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier could join the navy ahead of schedule .    China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, is likely to join the navy of the People’s Liberation Army by late next year, earlier than scheduled, analysts said.     Japan Times    Tokyo asks Washington to halt Osprey flights in Japan after crash off Australia .   Tokyo on Sunday asked Washington to halt Osprey flights in Japan after the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps called off search and rescue operations for three marines who disappeared after an MV-22 crashed off Australia’s east coast a day earlier.   Japan Times   Top U.S. general to discuss increased security cooperation with Japan, China and South Korea .   Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, will visit Japan, China and South Korea in mid-August, U.S. government sources said on Friday.   Associated Press   Military scrambles for transgender policy after Trump tweets .   President Donald Trump’s tweets declaring transgender people unwelcome in the armed forces have plunged the Pentagon into a legal and moral quagmire, sparking a flurry of meetings to devise a new policy that could lead to hundreds of service members being discharged.   Army Times    Fundraiser for pregnant wife of soldier killed in Afghanistan nets $12,000 in four hours .   An online fundraiser for one of two soldiers killed in a suicide attack on Wednesday while deployed to Afghanistan is rapidly gaining traction.     Associated Press    Bodies of 2 paratroopers killed in Afghanistan return to US .    The bodies of two soldiers killed by a car bomb in Afghanistan have been returned. Supporters raised tens of thousands of dollars for their families.   Associated Press    West Point cadet from Virginia breaks ground as 1st captain .   An African-American woman will take the top position in West Point’s cadet chain of command for the first time in the academy’s history.     Associated Press   Search called off for 3 US Marines who crashed off Australia .   U.S. military officials called off a search and rescue operation on Sunday for three U.S. Marines who were missing after their Osprey aircraft crashed into the sea off the east coast of Australia while trying to land.   UPI    Marine Corps to field new pack frames in 2018 .   The Marine Corps will begin fielding a reinforced pack frame for their standard rucksacks as early as 2018 after reports of the current issue FILBE frames becoming brittle and snapping in cold weather.   Navy Times    Navy’s stealthy Combatant Craft Assault boats operating in Middle Eastern waters .   U.S. special operations is reportedly using the Navy’s stealthy Combatant Craft Assault boats in Middle Eastern waters, reports The Drive.   Navy Times   Navy identifies missing Stethem sailor .   The Navy has identified a destroyer Stethem sailor who has been missing since Tuesday and presumed overboard.     Air Force Times    Air Force wants 800 NCOs to retrain into undermanned jobs .    The Air Force hopes to have 800 staff, technical and master sergeants retrain into 61 crucial, undermanned jobs, according to a list released Thursday by the Air Force Personnel Center.   Defense News   Air Force buys Boeing 747s for next Air Force One, but cost savings unknown .   The commander in chief is one step closer to stomping in his Air Force Ones after the Air Force on Friday awarded Boeing a contract for the two 747s that will be converted into presidential airlifters.     Task & Purpose   15 Reasons The Coast Guard Is Completely Underrated .   On August 4, 1790, President George Washington okayed the creation of a Revenue Cutter Service to collect tariffs from U.S.-bound ships. Two-hundred and twenty-seven years later — after absorbing the Lifesaving Service and the Lighthouse Service — the U.S. Coast Guard is alive and well, charged with preserving life and property on the water… along with drug interdiction, counterterror, ice operations, these Huggies, and whatever cash you got.     Austin American-Statesman:   Commentary: Military is about combat readiness, not social justice .   The authors claim that “the Pentagon spends five times as much on Viagra as providing health care to transgender troops.” While likely true, it should be noted that over 90 percent of the erectile dysfunction meds prescribed are for aging military retirees and aging veterans accessing VA health care.     The Tennessean (USA Today Network, Video):   New Poll Results Fuel Fresh Debate Around Future of VA’s Choice Program .   A new poll shows veterans overwhelmingly support reforms to the VA's coveted health care program, but others say it's another attempt to advance efforts to privatize the VA, further fueling the brewing debate around the program itself.     Politico:   Trump and VA unveil telehealth initiative .   In an event at the Roosevelt Room Thursday, President Trump and VA Secretary David Shulkin promoted several new telehealth initiatives in the department: — Big new reg: The most surprising for longtime readers is a new regulation allowing doctors to treat patients anywhere in the VA through telemedicine, regardless of location or state licensing laws. Shulkin called it "Anywhere to Anywhere VA Health Care."     Health Data Management:   VA to expand telehealth services for Veterans Nationwide .   The Department of Veterans Affairs is dramatically expanding its current telehealth capabilities to meet the growing needs of its patient population, particularly in the area of mental health services as well as rural and underserved parts of the United States.     NPR (Morning Edition, Audio):   Whistleblowers Come Forward Over problems At New Hampshire VA Hospital .   A dozen whistleblowers at the Manchester, N.H., VA hospital have exposed inadequate patient care and incompetence, leading to staff dismissals and an investigation.     ABC News (AP):   VA announces new spending, leadership for Manchester center .   The nation's top veterans affairs official promised Friday to bring fresh leadership and additional funding to the embattled Manchester Veterans Administration Medical Center so sick and wounded service members can get the care they deserve.     The Boston Globe:   VA Secretary ousts third admin at troubles NH Veterans’ hospital .   Hours after arriving at New Hampshire’s only hospital for veterans for his first visit, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin on Friday announced that he was removing the head of nursing services, the third leader of the troubled Manchester VA Medical Center he has ousted in three weeks.     New Hampshire Public Radio:    VA Sec Shulkin Removes Another Official, Promises Funds for Manchester VA .   Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has removed a third top official from the Manchester VA. Secretary Shulkin has removed Carol Williams, the medical center's director of nursing and patient care services. It's a move doctors who blew the whistle on problems with the Manchester VA had been calling for.     WMUR (ABC-9, Video):   Local Veterans react to visit by VA Secretary to Manchester, Pledged $30 million investment in facility .   On a tour of the V.A. Medical Center in Manchester Friday, V.A. Secretary David Shulkin promised millions of dollars to help revamp the facility and improve care. Local veterans said they're hopeful the promised reforms are for real. After whistleblowers highlighted problems at the V.A. Medical Center in Manchester they've received the full attention of the Department of Veterans Affairs.     Billings Gazette:   Grateful for VA health care .   In response to the negative concerns of the VA health care system, consider this: I am a navy veteran of the Vietnam War ending 43 years ago. My health conditions are not service-connected, and I am low-income. Ten years ago, unable to walk without pain, the VA’s vascular surgeon in Ft. Harrison performed a femoral bypass, along with follow-up care and a redirection, done locally at St. V, all at no cost to me.     Stars and Stripes:   VA whistleblower gets job in Trump’s new accountability office .   Two years ago, Brandon Coleman was placed on paid leave from his job with the Department of Veterans Affairs as an addiction therapist after he reported poor care for mental-health patients at the Phoenix VA hospital — the epicenter of the agency’s wait-time scandal.     The Arizona Republic:   Phoenix VA whistleblower assigned to new national accountability office .   A Department of Veterans Affairs employee who helped expose a breakdown in veterans' care in Phoenix says he's been assigned to the agency's new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. "I don't have a job title yet," said Brandon Coleman, a Marine Corps veteran and former addiction therapist.     The Boston Globe:   After family outcry, sick Vet gets room at VA hospital .   A sick Navy veteran in desperate need of specialized care in Boston spent days in limbo in a hospital in Bangor, his family says, after the US Department of Veteran Affairs said it would only cover treatment at the medical center in West Roxbury — but that he could not go there, because no bed was available.     Military.com (McClatchy):   Court Deals Major Blow to Veterans Suing Over Burn Pits .   A federal judge has dismissed a major lawsuit against a defense contractor by veterans and their family members, over burn pit operations in Iraq and Afghanistan that plaintiffs said caused them chronic and sometimes deadly respiratory diseases and cancer.     The News-Review:   Home-like residential facility opens doors to Veterans with PSD, substance abuse disorders .   No one knows better than Vietnam veteran Jim Gilbert of Roseburg just how important the new residential treatment facility for post-traumatic stress and substance abuse disorders at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center will be to his fellow veterans. "It's a fantastic facility," he said. "The services they are making available to veterans today are giving people hope for life."     WND:   Chuck Norris Covers Astonishing Results of New Therapy, Highlights exciting potential of low-risk treatment .   By now you may be familiar with the story of Eden Carlson, the two-year-old who was found last year face down in the family swimming pool, barely clinging to life. Rushed to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, she spent nearly two hours without a heartbeat and it would take constant CPR at both the house and the emergency room to get a return of circulation.     The Huffington Post:   Support for Women Veterans: How Long Has This Been Going On ?  Back in the Way Back When, as we were setting up the Vet Center program, we put together focus groups to help address issues specific to various groups of vets: women, African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, physically disabled, etc. That was in 1980, when this photo of the National Advisory Women Veteran Committee was taken.     The Florida Times-Union:  Agencies see urgent needs for homeless female Vets; paperwork bogs down the process, former high school queen lived in car .   At first it was comfortable living out of a Chevy Equinox. Rannay Robinson moved bags filled with belongings so they blocked the windows and reclined her seats so she could sprawl out a little. The 22-year-old college student and inactive member of the U.S. Army Reserve stands just 5-foot-2, so her sport-utility vehicle provided enough shelter for someone who had nowhere else to go.     Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:   Wisconsin gets reprieve, won’t have funding cut for homeless Veterans program .   Wisconsin officials were warned that they could lose funding for their homeless veterans programs if they didn’t restructure them. But they continued to operate them as they had been — only to see their support cut. The state learned this summer that it would lose nearly $1 million in annual federal funding used to run the program.     Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:   The GI Bill’s wisdom: Congress’ unanimous support reflects the nation .   This summer, the Rethink Vets program launched by The Heinz Endowments has been encouraging employers to consider hiring more veterans. The advertising campaign — “Don’t just call veterans heroes. Call them for an interview” and other similar messages — also worked to influence the public perception of veterans and underscore their readiness to join the workforce.     Newsday:   Veterans groups, educators on hail expansion of GI Bill .   An expansion of the GI Bill approved by Congress last week is being hailed by veterans and college administrators alike as boon to the fortunes of ex-military personnel hoping to reshape their lives with academic degrees.     Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Wells Fargo pays $108 million on fraud claim by Atlanta whistleblowers .   Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to pay $108 million to the federal government to settle two metro Atlanta whistleblowers’ allegations that the bank charged fraudulent fees on veterans’ home refinancing loans. The settlement award, disclosed Friday by an Atlanta firm representing the whistleblowers, is the largest so far to result from the 11-year-old lawsuit.     Reuters:   Wells Fargo to pay US $108 million over Veteran’ loans .   Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) will pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit claiming it charged military veterans hidden fees to refinance their mortgages, and concealed the fees when applying for federal loan guarantees.     The Washington Times (AP):   VA Medical Center plans for future national history center .   A Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Ohio is moving forward with a plan to renovate a warehouse for a future history center. The Dayton Daily News reports ( http://bit.ly/2uoBFam  ) the Dayton VA Medical Center will use the warehouse to store more items and create space for a future National VA History Center.     Military Times:   Commentary: Want to make a real difference for struggling Vets? Ensure access to legal aid .   As a legal aid lawyer, I work with veterans every single day. I see them struggle to get benefits they have earned through service to their country. I see their court battles to keep their homes and livelihoods. As a veteran myself, I’m deeply saddened to see how often the scales of justice are tipped against them.    The Washington Times (AP):   Georgia law school starting legal clinic for Veterans .   A Georgia university’s law school is creating a legal clinic focused on military veterans. Officials at the University of Georgia School of Law say the clinic is funded by a donation from alumnus James Butler. According to a school statement, Butler wanted to honor his father, who was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy.     Military Times   The road to Reno: American Legion riders prep for annual Legacy Run .   The “Loneliest Road in America” is about to get some company — for a good cause.   Task and Purpose    This Marine Corps Comic Strip Artist From the 1920s Might Be the Original Terminal Lance .   Some things never change, and in the Marine Corps, an institution where upholding tradition is the order of the day, this is doubly true. I’m not talking about eagles, globes, and anchors, immaculate uniforms, or having a high-and-tight, no, I mean the real traditions: the never-ending grunts versus pogs dispute, service rivalries, drunken shenanigans on leave or in the barracks. These staples of the Corps aren’t new, and they’ve provided ample material to enlisted Marines-turned-biting- satirists for nearly a century.          Upcoming Veteran Events   American Legion Post 328, Southfield, Michigan Listing of Current Events in and around the Metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, for the period August  3 - 18, 2017.  http://www.legionpost328.org/ events.html    Sent in by our fellow Veteran Tim Wirkus. Thanks Tim!   Federal Business Council, Inc. (FBC) List of remaining Industry Outreach Events for CY 2017. https://www.fbcinc.com/search. aspx   JobZone's August 2017 Job Fair events.   August 15 - Patuxent River MD ... August 17 Joint Base Andrews AFB MD.  Go here for details and to sign up!   https://www. jobzoneonline.com/default.aspx     GovConectx Federal Government Small Business  Procurement Event - August 10, 2017.   Falls Church, VA.  Details  here…   14th Annual Elite SDVOB National Conference, August 16 – 18, 2017, Orlando, FL.  Convention website here:  http://www. sdvobconference.com/    Go here for Hotel Information and Reservations:  https:// disneyworld.disney.go.com/ resorts/coronado-springs- resort/   Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) offering Relationship Building Course for Military/ Veteran couples, August 18 -20, 2017,  Richmond, VA.   Details  here…..   American Legion will be hosting a Career Fair as well as an Employment Summit in conjunction with the American Legion Annual Convention in Reno, NV.     Employment Summit is August 18 – 19, 2017.   Details here…      Veterans Employment Workshop and Veterans Career and Benefits Fair is August 22, 2017.   Details here…   Objective Rally Point (ORP).    Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM ,  Army-Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.    You are invited to join us for our monthly Veteran networking breakfast on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. ORP is a forum for military Veterans in business and those who support them, or wish to team with them, to meet and connect. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to network with other Veterans committed to success in business.  Although the focus of ORP is on the connections made between and with Veterans, we do have a presentation each month.  This month we are very fortunate to have our annual panel of Federal Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Directors. Confirmed to participate on the panel are, Dr James Galvin, Deputy Director for Portfolio Management & Outreach, DoD Office of Small Business Programs, David Canada, Procurement Analyst/Program Manager, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Also invited to participate are Veterans Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security and OSDBUs from the military services. This is an incredible panel of government small business representatives and advocates who will provide information and perspective from several different agencies on how Veterans can be successful in marketing and winning contracts. Any Veteran interested in contracting with the government needs to attend and gain the benefit of decades of small business experience on the panel. Cost is $35.00.   For more information and to register:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ objective-rally-point-august- 2017-tickets-36778817433     Marine Week – Detroit, MI.  September 6 – 10, 2017.  Marine Week, hosted by the United States Marine Corps in one city per year, is a celebration of Community, Country and Corps – providing the American public the experience of directly connecting with hundreds of Marines.  From September 6 –10, 2017, Marine Week Detroit will feature hands-on static displays, live demonstrations, time-honored Marine Corps traditions, musical performances and other events to showcase the history, military capabilities and community involvement of the Corps. For details:  http://usmarineweek. com/   National HUBZone Conference, October 12 – 13, 2017.  Westfields Marriott Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia.  For you Veteran Small Business Owners that are also HUBZone Companies.  http://www. hubzonecouncil.org/clubportal/ ClubStatic.cfm?clubID=528& pubmenuoptID=29484     Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Fall Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” October 13th-16th, 2017, City of Industry, California. For more information: http://www. womenveteransalliance.org/ events/unconference/   St. Joseph’s University Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) – COHORT III –   October 14 - 22, 2017, Saint Joseph’s University Campus in Philadelphia, PA.   No Cost to qualified Veterans.  The Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program is designed specifically to provide the tools, education and mentorship necessary to allow all qualified veterans the opportunity to start their own businesses.  We offer the latest training in business and entrepreneurship, utilizing the breadth of experience available through the renowned Haub School of Business, experienced faculty, and industry practitioners.  Click on following link for Video: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=WpWB347egMo&feature= youtu.be&utm_source=Ralph+ Galati+Linked-In+Contacts+-+ VEJ+Audience&utm_campaign= dfae0ac3ac-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_ 2017_04_26&utm_medium=email& utm_term=0_2b5b0a4e16- dfae0ac3ac-382008989    To enroll, go here:  http://sites.sju.edu/ veteransservices/ entrepreneurship-programs/sju- veterans-entrepreneurial- jumpstart-vej/     Sent in by Ralph Galati, Director, Veterans Services, St. Joseph’s University.   Thanks Ralph!     Warrior Ethos 4th Annual Gala – November 16, 2017.  Save the date.   https://www.warriorsethos.org/ news/  
Veterans News & Events | August 3, 2017  (Please Note: The Veterans News compiled and transmitted by Wayne M. Gatewood, Jr., USMC (Ret), does not endorse the views and/or facts presented, or any commercial products that may be advertised or available on external links. The presence of a link to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of that site, or the views or privacy policies contained therein).       Statement by VA Secretary David J. Shulkin - Congressional Approval of VA Choice Funding Legislation   https://www.va.gov/opa/ pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id= 2935     VA OIG - Administrative Investigation - Improper Approval and Use of Leave, VA Medical Center, Chillicothe, Ohio .  https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-15-04374-313.pdf     VA Answers Governor Christie's Call on Opioid, Launches S.T.O.P. P.A.I.N Advices and Guidelines.   https://www.va.gov/opa/ pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id= 2934     VA OIG - Administrative Investigation - Failure to Follow VA Policy, VA Medical Center, Washington, DC.    https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-15-01119-315.pdf       VA OIG - Healthcare Inspection - Opioid Prescribing to High-Risk Veterans Receiving VA Purchased Care https://www.va.gov/oig/ pubs/VAOIG-17-01846-316.pdf       VA Office of Inspector General Releases Inspection Report on Opioid Prescribing. https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ press-releases/VAOIG- OpioidPrescribingPressRelease. pdf     VA OIG - Clinical Assessment Program Review of the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, Salisbury, North Carolina.   https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-16-00576-310.pdf     VA OIG - Inspection of the Veterans Service Center Cheyenne, Wyoming.   https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-17-00962-262.pdf     Veterans Affairs Media Summary and News Clips for Wednesday, August 2, 2017.  Read here...     Veterans Affairs Media Summary and News Clips for Tuesday, August 1, 2017.  Read here...       DOD Contracts Awarded for Wednesday, August 2, 2017.   https://www.defense.gov/News/ Contracts/Contract-View/ Article/1265704/source/ GovDelivery/     DOD Contracts Awarded for Tuesday, August 1, 2017.   https://www.defense.gov/News/ Contracts/Contract-View/ Article/1264185/source/ GovDelivery/       JUST IN: GSA Chooses 10 for $50B EIS Telecom Contract.    From Washington Technology.  https://washingtontechnology. com/articles/2017/08/01/gsa- eis award.aspx?mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiWlRBNE5XUmtaVEZtTVRobC IsInQiOiJjYXlUNUZaK3h1QXYwUDdB VnlqUUZBVm96RTJUdmwydno3ckZVRE RWSE1ySHNOb0FEYklUTlB5ZlF1VUY3 MjhnZmJhVGd6d0gyK3NZbDFnQXR1OE hZM2x2N3lGYWt1emN2cUY1R1VTMEVk cGhMclgzQTFnQnR1M1RzeUs3YTVVRS J9       Defense and Ex-Im Update for Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Provided by Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services.   Read here...     Defense and Ex-Im Update for Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Provided by Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services.   Read here.. .       Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Wednesday , August 2, 2017.   http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c637af. u9x/d7a4af98     Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Tuesday , August 1, 2017.  http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c62zfh. uat/ae3c0de9     Non Commissioned Officers Association NCO A dvocacy Newsletter for August 1, 2017.   https://www.votervoice.net/ iframes/NCOA/newsletters/26622     Reserve Officers Association (ROA) SmartBrief for Wednesday, August 2, 2017.  http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= 102032C6-0017-49A2-8D77- FD7CA29EB750&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     CONNECTED WARRIOR for August 2, 2017 – New from our friends at 1105 Media. https://connectedwarrior.com/ Home.aspx     POLITICO Morning Defense for Wednesday, August 2, 2017.  A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.  http://www.politico.com/ tipsheets/morning-defense/ 2017/08/02/mattis-and- tillerson-set-to-testify-on- aumf-in-the-senate-221654     POLITICO Morning Defense for Tuesday, August 1, 2017.  A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.   http://www.politico.com/ tipsheets/morning-defense/ 2017/08/01/pentagon-set-to- unveil-new-acquisition- structure-221637     SmartBrief on Leadership for Wednesday, August 2, 2017.   http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= FED30D91-7242-4485-BE05- 8967DB62307A&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     SmartBrief on Leadership for Tuesday, August 1, 2017.   http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= E75E18A8-C45A-4145-9D53- EF7C44D58282&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     FCW Daily for Wednesday, August 2, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.  https://fcw.com/newsletters/ fcwdaily/2017/08/aug02.aspx? mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiTlRJek0yVTJNV1V4WlRkaS IsInQiOiJMTmtmK0RCczdMaTQ0Q2hs cTFJSFwvQ0RsWHI1bEx0T2RFUFBNaT VVUzZZdWs0d1lRenIxWDNiUHU2ZjVl TkNhWnlMRkFRT2s2QkVxNEpiNGkxQn d0ZjlTTnRNWG9SN01WQ0VoZVRNK3BP aEVwZVBMTSt0TjdISFJkSnp5MThoOG EifQ==     FCW Daily for Tuesday, August 1, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.    https://fcw.com/newsletters/ fcwdaily/2017/08/aug01.aspx? mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiTnpOa056Qm1aREEyWW1ObS IsInQiOiJQSUpkaFRpTmlsWHEwNUxB aHRnMHQrXC9vVCtrWWRlSzlCdVI1eX p0WjFsK2Iyc3hrTlZvK1wvTDZsVG9F SmJRMW9MU0JVbnozZ2kzSnhrVTlFVU tvb253aTFOYVI4TEh4YnhSRFE2YW9h b0NCZTVVUlN2VmFzS1pCakZiQkVZWE RJIn0=     Washington Technology Daily for Wednesday, August 2, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.   https://washingtontechnology. com/newsletters/wtdaily/2017/ 08/aug02.aspx?mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiTURKalpqWmxNREV3TVdSaC IsInQiOiI2TWVIMHhsVGpCbGxNYkR4 aEdnd3krY2c4YXZ2aU03cWlIakNkN2 FpWFduMytpc1ZmQVJhcHVXb0NDMTk2 bndkb2ptT1hCaE15NGVsRzFTK2tGQX pSK0RldXpsV2VvN1FKY1crcDdYaklR ZkZCTjcrUTBIQ3F4RXhmYWQreGFvZy J9     Washington Technology Daily for Tuesday, August 1, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.   https://washingtontechnology. com/newsletters/wtdaily/2017/ 08/aug01.aspx?mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiTlRnM05EVmxZalpoT0RFei IsInQiOiJzbHhRR2RGS2p4Z0tDazFt QTN0ZDNweDJkUzNsU3R0RVZ0Wkxzb0 JNTXZJNzJSTXRVRXJ0MXI0c2JUTUJl dlQ0aWp3RkxnRTc0VkpLMVZwRk1vT2 cyMWdyaUdlamVjTk5zdlJcL3FhZXRz VW9aRE9taXdmdU9cLysxWTNGTFNlQ1 B3In0=     Your 6:00 am GovConWire - Top News from Executive Mosaic.   http://us4.campaign-archive2. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 4011997af1       Your 12:00 pm Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.   http://us4.campaign-archive1. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 8d58a174fd     Your 5:00 pm GovCon Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.   http://us4.campaign-archive2. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 8fe2dbd9aa     A Variety of Veterans News from Variety of Sources   Veterans find prostate cancer cure at Richmond VA hospital :   Thanks to the nationwide scope of the Veterans Health Administration, a national referral program has allowed Veterans from around the country to descend on the  McGuire VA Medical Center  in Richmond for treatment of moderate to aggressive forms of prostate cancer.   Prostate cancer  is the second-most common type of cancer among American men, who make up the largest population of Veterans. The most common form of treatment in most VA facilities is external beam radiation, a six to nine week process that involves treatments five days a week.     New York Times    Russia’s Military Drills Near NATO Border Raise Fears of Aggression .  Russia is preparing to send as many as 100,000 troops to the eastern edge of NATO territory at the end of the summer, one of the biggest steps yet in the military buildup undertaken by President Vladimir V. Putin and an exercise in intimidation that recalls the most ominous days of the Cold War.     Yonhap News Agency   Tillerson to visit Southeast Asia, discuss N. Korea .    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Southeast Asia later this week to attend a series of regional meetings expected to focus on North Korea and other issues, his office said Tuesday.     Deutsche Welle    US tells North Korea: 'We are not your enemy' .    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States would like to have a dialogue with North Korea and isn't seeking to topple its regime. Efforts to curb the rogue state's nuclear program have had little effect.     Washington Examiner   Senate confirms Trump's Navy secretary, seven other Pentagon nominees .   The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Richard V. Spencer to be the new Navy secretary, along with seven other civilians to fill key positions at the Pentagon.     Military Times   Lawsuit accuses DoD of not securing millions of troops' personal info .   Vietnam Veterans of America is suing the Defense Department for potentially exposing personal information of millions of current and former service members through lax oversight of its Servicemembers Civil Relief Act website.    Army Times   She’s one of the Army’s first transitioned transgender soldiers — and an infantryman — but now her future is uncertain .    Spc. Alex Ketchum thought she’d done everything right.     Defense News    Marine Osprey tiltrotor proves its worth in the Asia-Pacific .    Five years after its arrival in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, the Boeing MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor is proving to be an integral part of operations for forward-deployed U.S. Marines in the region.     Defense News   Destroyer sailor missing, presumed overboard in the South China Sea .   A sailor from the destroyer Stethem is missing in the South China Sea, U.S. Pacific Fleet confirmed Tuesday, triggering a search-and-rescue operation inside the contested waters.     Air Force Times   Investigators: Heat stroke killed airman during SERE training .   A 21-year-old airman died of heat stroke during Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training last July, according to an Air Force investigation report released Tuesday.     Military.com     Commandant: 'I Will Not Break Faith' With Transgender Coast Guardsmen .   As military services await guidance following President Donald Trump's announcement last week via Twitter of a ban on transgender service members, the commandant of the Coast Guard is speaking out, saying he has no intention of leaving transgender Coast Guardsmen out in the cold.     DAV    Army Veteran Becomes First Woman to Lead Big Three Veterans Service Organization .   Retired Army veteran Delphine Metcalf-Foster was elected National Commander of the nearly 1.3 million-member DAV (Disabled American Veterans) today at the organization’s 96th National Convention.  She becomes the first woman veteran, as well as African-American female, to assume the organization’s highest post. She is also the first female elected to lead one of the country’s major veterans service organizations.  Metcalf-Foster followed in the footsteps of her father, a Buffalo soldier, by pursuing …     The Washington Post (AP):   Senate Oks $3.9B to Address VA’s Looming Budget Crisis .   The Senate approved a pair of bills Tuesday taking aim at urgent problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, clearing a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to fix a looming budget crisis and adopting new measures to pare down a rapidly growing backlog of veterans' disability claims. Both bills passed by unanimous vote.     Washington Examiner:   Senate votes to boost VA healthcare funding by $2.1 billion .   The Senate quickly passed legislation Tuesday night that would boost funding for a key Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare program by $2.1 billion, in a vote that sends the bill to President Trump's desk. The legislation is a response to recent warnings from the VA that funding for its Veterans Choice Program would expire soon without an act of Congress.     Stars and Stripes:   Senate passes VA Choice funding deal, sends bill to White House .   The Senate on Tuesday evening passed a funding deal to provide $2.1 billion to the nearly bankrupt Veterans Choice Program while investing another $1.8 billion in Department of Veterans Affairs personnel and facilities. The bill, a bipartisan compromise negotiated between House and Senate lawmakers last week, would avert the threat of interrupted medical care for thousands of veterans and inject enough money into the Choice program to keep it going for the next six months.     Military Times:   Senate advances VA Choice fix, claims appeals reform package .   Senate lawmakers quietly advanced two major Veterans Affairs reform bills on Tuesday night, sending a funding fix for the Choice program to the White House and queuing up a benefits claim appeals reform package to become law later this year. Both measures were passed by voice vote in the waning hours of the Senate’s session, as lawmakers look to leave town for an extended legislative recess.     Stars and Stripes:   Senate passes VA appeals reform bill .   The Senate unanimously passed legislation Tuesday evening to reform the process veterans use to appeal claims for benefits – a system that now leaves veterans waiting years to receive earned disability compensation and health care. The legislation creates three ways for veterans to appeal their claims for benefits.     Military Times    Advocates push senators to pass GI Bill expansion before summer recess .   House lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a massive expansion to GI Bill benefits last week. Now supporters are wondering if Senate officials will be able to do the same.     Stars and Stripes:   ‘Forever GI Bill’ losing momentum? Advocates intensify push for Senate vote .   The House unanimously passed a large expansion of veterans education benefits last week, just nine days after the legislation was introduced in that chamber. But advocates are now concerned that momentum has been lost in the Senate. Student Veterans of America, the American Legion and other groups have been pressing Senate leadership to schedule a vote on the expanded GI Bill for the past week.     The Patriot-News:   They served us -  now higher education must serve our returning Veterans .   Given the 16 years of continuous military activity following 9/11, it is not surprising that a large number of returning veterans are looking forward to the next step in their lives. As a nation, we should always remember their individual and collective sacrifice and courage. Increasingly, higher education is taking a larger role in providing opportunities for our veterans. About 924,000 veterans have obtained benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, according to the Pat Tillman Foundation and Operation College Promise.     Hugh Hewitt Show:   Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin .   One of the most interesting people in the United States Cabinet is Dr. David Shulkin, who is the Secretary of Veteran Affairs, and has been at the VA since taking the number two position there under President Oibama. He was promoted by President Trump, confirmed unanimously because of his private sector experience with patient-centered care. He was a CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.     Breitbart (Audio):    Secretary Shulkin on VA Modernization: Wait Times Posted Online, Same-Day Service for Emergencies .   Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin appeared on Tuesday’s Breitbart News Daily to discuss reforms made at the V.A. on his watch, the challenges that still remain, the state of health care reform for the private sector, and the emotional Medal of Honor ceremony for Vietnam War Army medic James McCloughan.     The Washington Times:   VA Secretary says John Kelly’s new role is a reset for the Trump administration .   Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Tuesday that John Kelly’s new role as chief of staff is a true reset for the Trump administration. “I think that this is a reset. I think that this is a White House that is dealing with so many issues and trying to move so quickly that it’s taking a while to learn the best way in which to organize itself internally, and to represent itself externally.     Washington Examiner:   Longtime director of SC VA medical center fired from VA Headquarters: Report .   The Department of Veterans Affairs fired the former director of the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center, who was reassigned to VA headquarters in April, according to a report Tuesday. In a statement Tuesday, the agency said Brian Hawkins "failed to provide effective leadership at the medical center," NBC4 in Washington first reported.     Stars and Stripes:   Report Ousted VA hospital director emailed sensitive information to unsecure accounts .   The director of the Washington VA Medical Center — removed from his position in April after a government watchdog found the hospital was putting veterans at risk — had also broken Department of Veterans Affairs policy by sending sensitive information to private email accounts belonging to him and to his wife, according to a report released Tuesday.     U.S. News & World Report:   Field Hearing Set to Examine Veterans Hospital Allegations in New Hampshire .   U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster is convening a House subcommittee field hearing on allegations of substandard care and conditions at New Hampshire's only veterans hospital. Kuster is the lead Democrat on the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. She says the subcommittee's chairman will join her at a field hearing in New Hampshire on Sept. 18.     Concord Monitor:   The doctor will be in Friday, and Manchester VA patients are ready .   Be ready. Have answers, a plan. Show compassion, and mean it. Open your ears and listen. Otherwise, you’ll get a frigid reception, harsh like a New Hampshire winter, from some of the veterans who have been mistreated at the Manchester VA through the years. And there have been lots of them.     The Denver Post:   Senators want answers about “shameful,” “Unacceptable” VA waiting times in Denver .   U.S. senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet want to know what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is doing to solve the agency’s recurring problems in Colorado with scheduling speedy medical appointments, according to letters they sent Tuesday.     The Wall Street Journal:  Veterans Using Private Doctors at Greater Risk for Opioid Abuse, Patients treated entirely within the VA system fare better .   Veterans using a Department of Veterans Affairs program to seek care from doctors in the private sector instead of the VA face a greater danger of becoming entangled in the country’s opioid epidemic, the VA said Tuesday. Findings from the VA’s Office of Inspector General show that programs allowing veterans to get care from private doctors when appointments aren’t available in the VA system leave veterans vulnerable to overprescription of powerful opioids…     Stars and Stripes:   Report: Veterans with private-sector docs at greater risk for opioid abuse .   Veterans who use Department of Veterans Affairs programs to receive private-sector medical care are at “significant risk” for abusing opioids, according to a VA watchdog report released Tuesday. New VA policies that aim to decrease opioid prescriptions do not cover private-sector doctors who sign on with the VA to treat veterans, the VA Office of Inspector General found.     Task & Purpose:   VA Report: Vets in Private Care Are At Higher Risk For Opioid Addiction .   As the Senate today deliberated on an emergency funding bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ premier private-health program, a new government report is warning of “a significant risk” of addiction and health complications for veterans who are prescribed opioid prescriptions outside the VA. The July 31 VA inspector general report found that the department is having communications problems with the private-sector healthcare providers they hire to treat veterans…     WJXT (TV-4):    Conflicting guidelines for prescribing opioids increasing risks for Veterans .   The nation's opioid crisis is having a significant impact on the veteran population, and after the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs looked at how these painkillers are currently being prescribed, it finds veterans are being put at an increased risk. According to an OIG report released today, there is an immediate need for change because of conflicting guidelines for VA and non-VA providers.     Marine Corps Times:   Marine Corps Vet’s widow searches for answers in VA fentanyl death .   A Marine Corps veteran fatally overdosed on fentanyl while under lockdown in inpatient care at a Department of Veterans Affairs psychiatric facility. Now his widow wants to know how he got ahold of the drugs, reports The Boston Herald. Hank Brandon Lee died March 4 of acute fentanyl intoxication at the age of 35. He was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital after being discovered unresponsive in the Department of Veterans Affairs psychiatric campus in Brockton, Massachusetts, according to the Herald.     The Hill:   Feds’ rampant use of no-bid contracts: the essence of corruption .   Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) David Shulkin just awarded a contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Cerner, a health technology company. Secretary Shulkin, who was seeking a firm to build the VA's new electronic health records system, awarded the contract without even considering proposals from other companies.     Military Times   Soldier will reunite medal with Korea vet's family on National Purple Heart Day .   Staff Sgt. Kevin Coady discovered a Purple Heart in the 1970s, and has sought the rightful recipient ever since. On Aug. 7, with the help of Purple Hearts Reunited, Coady will reunite the medal with the family of Pfc. Jack Carl Kightlinger, a Marine killed in Korea. This is Kightlinger's story:    VIDEO They Called Me Doc' Jim McCloughan MoH    Yesterday, the President presented  Spc. 5 Jim McCloughan the Medal of Honor   Spc. 5 Jim McCloughan served as a combat medic during the Vietnam War. Nearly 50 years later, was awarded the nation's highest honor for saving 10 of his fellow Soldiers during the battle of Nui Yon Hill in Vietnam.  Meet ‘Doc’ Jim McCloughan     Stars and Stripes   Vietnam War medic receives Medal of Honor 48 years after saving 10 men in brutal battle  .   As a 23-year-old Army medic, James C. McCloughan ran repeatedly through fields of flying bullets to retrieve and treat wounded comrades in the midst of a deadly two-day battle. More than 48 years later, at 71, McCloughan was presented the United States’ top military honor on Monday.     Stars and Stripes   Full text of President Trump's remarks at the Medal of Honor ceremony, July 31, 2017 .   The full text of President Donald Trump's remarks and the Medal of Honor citation for Pfc. James C. McCloughan, July 31, 2017, at the White House.     Stars and Stripes   Pence begins 3-nation European tour in NATO member Estonia .   U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrived Sunday in Estonia for meetings with the presidents of three Baltic nations in northeastern Europe, the first stop of a four-day European tour.     Associated Press    VP Pence in Estonia: Attack on one NATO ally is attack on all .   U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday strongly pledged America’s commitment to protecting NATO allies against attacks, including the Baltic states, which have anxiously watched a growing Russian military presence in the region.   Military Times    Trump considers withdrawal from Afghanistan .   The Pentagon is finding proposed troop increases for Afghanistan to be a much harder sell than expected for President Donald Trump.   US News & World Report   Trump Plans for Afghanistan MIA as Pressure Builds in America’s Longest War .  The security situation in Afghanistan is as bad as it has been since the 2001 U.S. invasion, according to a government report that casts new urgency on a stalled White House effort to determine how – and, perhaps, if – America should proceed in its longest war.   Yonhap News Agency    U.S. 'ready' to install more THAAD launchers: Pentagon .   The United States is ready to deploy the remaining parts of an advanced missile defense system to South Korea, the Pentagon said Monday with tensions rising over North Korea's latest missile test.     Voice of America   Trump Assures North Korea Threat 'Will Be Handled' .   U.S. President Donald Trump uttered assurances during the start of his Cabinet meeting on Monday morning that the threat from North Korea will be taken care of.   Washington Examiner   Pentagon says Trump's transgender tweet was not an order .   But the Pentagon is taking no action in response to the commander in chief's expressed wishes because, Defense Department officials say, a tweet is not the same thing as an order.     Politico    Kelly seizes control of the West Wing .   Almost the first thing White House chief of staff John Kelly did after being sworn in Monday was dismiss communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who he believed had become a distraction in the aftermath of a profanity laced-tirade to a reporter.     Defense News   Selva reconfirmed as Joint Chiefs vice chairman .   Gen. Paul Selva was confirmed Monday by a voice vote for a second two-year term as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.     Marine Corps Times    New device could lighten load for Marines .    A new device idea would have supplies at Marines’ fingertips, not on their backs.   C4ISRNET   Navy applies a layered defense approach in cyberspace .   In addition to being the direct service link for U.S. Cyber Command, 10th Fleet, or Fleet Cyber Command, has a mission set in cyberspace for the Navy that is much more expansive than just the man, train and equip cyber mission force CYBERCOM contribution.   Air Force Times     Air Force trims eligibility for up-or-out extensions .    The Air Force is giving airmen in 106 enlisted career fields up to two more years to get promoted before they are made to leave the service under the newest round of high year of tenure extensions.     Military Times    In their own words: Vets in Congress push for GWOT memorial .   Before the House last Friday unanimously passed legislation to start the process of building a Global War on Terrorism memorial, a line of young war veterans took to the chamber floor to offer an emotional view of the importance of the work.   Stars and Stripes   Federal cash could go to cleanup of water contaminated by military bases .  The Pentagon would receive $10 million to carry out health screenings in communities where drinking water has been contaminated by military bases under an appropriations bill amendment passed by the House on Thursday night     The Tennessean (USA Today Network – TN):   Political debate  brews over nearly broke VA Choice health care program .   While almost every eye on Washington, D.C., last week focused on the Senate and its failed efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, another health care battle continued on the other side of the Capitol. Less than three years into existence, the Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Choice health program is nearly broke and often criticized for not achieving what it said it would.     The Denver Post:   Good reasons to support the VA Choice program .   News that veterans in Colorado are dealing with long waits to get into Veterans Affairs hospitals and facilities is truly depressing, and should add weight to arguments for continued support of the Choice program that covers private visits when VA doctors are too busy. Given that our nation seems to be on a path of perpetual war, those who volunteer to put life and limb on the line to defend us ought to trust that the VA stands ready to help when injuries and illness strike.     The Journal:   New VA Secretary outlines five priorities for improved service to Veterans .   Because the new VA secretary David Shulkin previously served as undersecretary for health, he is familiar with the Veteran’s Administration in his new role, according to the acting medical center director of the Syracuse VA Medical Center. “He very quickly identified five priorities,” Dr. Judy Hayman said during Monday’s meeting of the North Country Veterans Advisory Committee.     Washington Examiner:   Whistleblower gets job in new accountability office at Trumps’ VA .   A government worker who has testified in Congress about problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs has a job at the new office aimed at protecting VA whistleblowers from retaliation. Brandon Coleman, an addiction therapist at the Phoenix VA hospital, will work at the VA's Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.     U.S. News & World Report (AP):  Whistleblowers to Hear From Veterans at Town Hall Meeting, Manchester VA Medical Center staffers who have alleged substandard care and conditions .   Manchester VA Medical Center staffers who have alleged substandard care and conditions at New Hampshire's only veterans hospital are holding a town hall meeting to discuss the situation. The event for veterans and others is being held at the American Legion Sweeney Post in Manchester on Monday afternoon, five days after VA officials held a similar meeting.     Concord Monitor:    VA whistleblower: Manchester should be a ‘test case’ for national reform .   One of the whistleblowers at the Manchester Veterans Affairs Medical Center said he plans to propose his workplace as a “test case” for national reform of the veterans’ health care system when he meets with VA Secretary David Shulkin this week. Dr. Ed Kois, the head of the facility’s spinal cord clinic, said he hopes to peel away restrictive layers of bureaucracy at the state’s only veterans hospital and hold it up as a model for the rest of the country.     The Southern Illinoisan:   Bost seeks investigation of Marion VA after memo cites ‘significant declines’ in patient safety culture, employee morale .   U.S. Rep. Mike Bost of Murphysboro on Monday called on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin to investigate allegations of mismanagement at the Marion VA Medical Center that may have compromised quality of care and patient safety, according to news release from Bost’s office.     The Daily Sentinel:   Operation: Rural Rx, Veterans Affairs showcases project to improve health care for patients living in rural areas .   Two employees and a contractor with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center were recently tasked with a project by the Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation to gain an understanding of challenges veterans in rural areas face when accessing their health care. Some of those findings were on display at the hospital Monday.     CNN (Video):   Doctors increasingly face changes for patient overdoses .   Stanos said doctors who receive cases like these can learn a lot from the Veterans Health Administration, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Early on, the health care system heavily pushed opioid painkillers as part of its pain management approach. But over much of the past decade, the VA revamped its approach to pain, offering a wider variety of pain services and addiction treatment programs. The impact of these measures -- including the 2013 rollout of the VA's Opioid Safety Initiative -- was a major cut in the number of opioids it prescribed.     Huffington Post:    Veterans Administration Approves EF (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Treatment .   Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has been approved as a “generally safe” therapy by the US Veterans Administration (VA). After reviewing the extensive evidence for the safety and efficacy of EFT, a group of experts in the VAs Integrative Health Coordinating Center published a statement approving EFT and several other complementary and integrative health (CIH) practices.     FOX News (Video):   VA resumes Caregiver Program after controversy over caregivers’ removal .   The Department of Veterans Affairs has resumed a program funding caregivers for disabled veterans after complaints led to a suspension earlier this year – though veterans across the country remain concerned about how thousands of caregivers were abruptly removed by the agency. “VA has taken immediate steps to improve the program’s operations,” VA Secretary David J. Shulkin in a statement on Friday.     KSAT (ABC-12):   Army Vet who defrauded VA shown walking on DoJ footage after claiming he couldn’t faces up to 50 years in prison .  The United States Department of Justice has released footage showing an Army veteran who told doctors he could no longer walk mowing his lawn and walking around his front yard. The footage, gathered over several months by undercover investigators with the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, was used in June to convict 54-year-old Mack Cole Jr. of federal health care fraud and making false statements about a health care benefit program.     Military Times   Found in jewelry shop, POW's Purple Heart will finally be returned .   Purple Hearts Reunited located Staff Sgt. Bernard Eldon Snow’s Purple Heart in a jewelry store in California. This is Snow’s story:     Stars and Stripes   Survivor's guilt shadows veteran 50 years after Vietnam War disaster .   Steve Heinrich leaned forward in his easy chair and stared into the distance as he told the story, his mind taking him back to places he never cared to revisit. But survivor's guilt can be a powerful thing, and he figured the moment had come to try to shed some of it.     Stars and Stripes   Medal of Honor veteran meets with jail inmates, shares story of his own challenges .  After nearly flunking out of both grade school and high school, Allen Lynch of Gurnee joined the United States Army, where he also had a rough time, nearly earning himself a dishonorable discharge before a fateful day in combat.        Upcoming Veteran Events   American Legion Post 328, Southfield, Michigan Listing of Current Events in and around the Metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, for the period July 27 - August 18, 2017.  http://www.legionpost328.org/ events.html   Sent in by our fellow Veteran Tim Wirkus. Thanks Tim!   Federal Business Council, Inc. (FBC) List of remaining Industry Outreach Events for CY 2017. https://www.fbcinc.com/search. aspx   Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation - List of Job Fairs.  Updated every quarter.  Sent in by our fellow Veteran,  Jorge Cruz, Maryland, DLLR, U.S. Army (Ret).  http://www.dllr. maryland.gov/employment/ jobfairs.shtml   JobZone's August 2017 Job Fair events.  August 2- Herndon VA ... August 15 - Patuxent River MD ... August 17 Joint Base Andrews AFB MD.  Go here for details and to sign up!   https://www. jobzoneonline.com/default.aspx     Mount Vernon Celebrates Purple Heart Day - Monday, August 7, 2017.  You are cordially invited to celebrate National Purple Heart Day at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. It is our honor to have you join us as we commemorate the oldest military decoration in the United States at the beloved home of its founder. Here is information you might find helpful in planning your visit.  http://us2.campaign- archive1.com/?u= 2313d2141f19dbc004908589e&id= 04795fbcf8&e =   Veterans Entrepreneurship Task Force – VET Force Meeting.  August 8, 2017, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.   Being held at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) facilities.  MUST be registered by August 1, 2017, if you wish to attend!   http://campaign.r20. constantcontact.com/render?m= 1101945301720&ca=5ff075b3- 0f4c-4cd1-9446-5bbde89ef58d     2017 College Acceleration Summit -  A virtual summit. August 8, 2017.  No cost .  Take the first step to accelerate your professional growth by registering for the 2017 College Acceleration Summit, a free virtual conference on August 8. This conference will help adults access the knowledge and skills they need for success in the working world. It will feature over 20 world-class education experts, including Military Warriors Support Foundation CEO Leroy Sisco, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives President Perry Tarrant, healthcare education leaders and many more, who will lead sessions that share insights, strategies, and tactics to give you a clear plan to advance your careers. For attending, you will be eligible to win one of three $500 scholarships. The event is completely free to the general public. Register now at  www. collegeaccelerationsummit.com     Please pass it along.    GovConectx Federal Government Small Business  Procurement Event - August 10, 2017.   Falls Church, VA.  Details  here…   14th Annual Elite SDVOB National Conference, August 16 – 18, 2017, Orlando, FL.  Convention website here:  http://www. sdvobconference.com/    Go here for Hotel Information and Reservations:  https:// disneyworld.disney.go.com/ resorts/coronado-springs- resort/   Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) offering Relationship Building Course for Military/ Veteran couples, August 18 -20, 2017,  Richmond, VA.   Details  here…..   Marine Week – Detroit, MI – September 6 – 10, 2017.  Marine Week, hosted by the United States Marine Corps in one city per year, is a celebration of Community, Country and Corps – providing the American public the experience of directly connecting with hundreds of Marines.  From September 6 –10, 2017, Marine Week Detroit will feature hands-on static displays, live demonstrations, time-honored Marine Corps traditions, musical performances and other events to showcase the history, military capabilities and community involvement of the Corps. For details:  http://usmarineweek. com/   National HUBZone Conference, October 12 – 13, 2017.  Westfields Marriott Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia.  For you Veteran Small Business Owners that are also HUBZone Companies.  http://www. hubzonecouncil.org/clubportal/ ClubStatic.cfm?clubID=528& pubmenuoptID=29484     Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Fall Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” October 13th-16th, 2017, City of Industry, California. For more information: http://www. womenveteransalliance.org/ events/unconference/   St. Joseph’s University Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) – COHORT III –   October 14 - 22, 2017, Saint Joseph’s University Campus in Philadelphia, PA.   No Cost to qualified Veterans.  The Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program is designed specifically to provide the tools, education and mentorship necessary to allow all qualified veterans the opportunity to start their own businesses.  We offer the latest training in business and entrepreneurship, utilizing the breadth of experience available through the renowned Haub School of Business, experienced faculty, and industry practitioners.  Click on following link for Video: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=WpWB347egMo&feature= youtu.be&utm_source=Ralph+ Galati+Linked-In+Contacts+-+ VEJ+Audience&utm_campaign= dfae0ac3ac-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_ 2017_04_26&utm_medium=email& utm_term=0_2b5b0a4e16- dfae0ac3ac-382008989    To enroll, go here:  http://sites.sju.edu/ veteransservices/ entrepreneurship-programs/sju- veterans-entrepreneurial- jumpstart-vej/     Sent in by Ralph Galati, Director, Veterans Services, St. Joseph’s University.   Thanks Ralph!     Warrior Ethos 4th Annual Gala – November 16, 2017.  Save the date.   https://www.warriorsethos.org/ news/  
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DOD Contracts Awarded for Monday, July 31, 2017.  https://www.defense.gov/ News/Contracts/Contract-View/ Article/1262973/source/ GovDelivery/ Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Monday , July 31, 2017.   http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c62ra3. ucl/3a76bcfd Women Veteran Alliance July 2017 Newsletter.   http://myemail. constantcontact.com/Women- Veterans-Alliance--Impacting- and-Empowering-.html?soid= 1105585715689&aid=BUsNtsxM3wg Reserve Officers Association (ROA) SmartBrief for Monday, July 31, 2017.   http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= 8337A30A-8857-4F6F-B0B8- 0B33E4C0CDC2&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58 POLITICO Morning Defense for Monday, July 31, 2017.  A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.   http://www.politico.com/ tipsheets/morning-defense/ 2017/07/31/white-house-eyes- afghanistan-withdrawal-221608 SmartBrief on Leadership for Monday, July 31, 2017.   http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= 1FC346BE-0D09-4C8F-8E0E- 7D57E8EC1E32&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58 FCW Daily for Monday, July 31, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.  https://fcw.com/newsletters/ fcwdaily/2017/07/jul31.aspx Washington Technology Daily for Monday, July 31, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.   https://washingtontechnology. com/newsletters/wtdaily/2017/ 07/jul31.aspx?mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiT0dVellqUmtaV1UyWXpnMy IsInQiOiJsTVBKYkpJcVwvOGtFTG5Q UUQ5ZmVOQm5oaWprYXZUMGFucnQrZj g0ZTJVSTJhXC9GOWdzRTBvYmo3a253 RGJ4YjFMQkNXRzg3SXljaVlvZ2VudW c5Z3FVdm1Ba1crb3dXY05kdmd0RGZJ d1I4SlIyamVwQnVPVWdQMEJzRmkxeF I2In0= Your 6:00 am GovConWire - Top News from Executive Mosaic.   http://us4.campaign-archive1. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= d63e43880a Your 12:00 pm Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.   http://us4.campaign-archive1. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 7f75eda22e Your 5:00 pm GovCon Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.   http://us4.campaign-archive1. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 6e02daa396   A Variety of Veterans News from Variety of Sources     The White House (Video):   President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address .   My fellow Americans, This past week, we have celebrated, saluted, and honored American heroes who have devoted their lives to God, Family, and Country. Aboard USS Gerald R. Ford, we saluted those who will defend our flag on the newest and most advanced aircraft carrier in the history of our world.     (New York Times)      Putin, Responding to Sanctions, Orders U.S. to Cut Diplomatic Staff by 755 .  President Vladimir V. Putin announced on Sunday that the American diplomatic mission in Russia would have to cut its staff by 755 employees, a response to the new American sanctions that escalated the tensions between Washington and Moscow.   The Washington Times:   Transforming the military, one tweet at a time – Trump vowed to rebuild the military and that’s what he’s doing .   It took President Trump kicking a hornet’s nest to provide a moment’s distraction from the media’s obsession with all things Russian. His tweeted reversal of President Obama’s transgender military inclusion mandate didn’t knock the Russians off the front pages or CNN for long. But it refocused the public on Mr. Trump’s signature promise to “make America great again.”     Military Times   Trump’s transgender ban will likely land in court .    President Trump’s apparent intent to reverse the 10-month-old Pentagon policy that allows transgender troops to serve openly is likely to set the stage for a legal battle between the Defense Department and those troops at risk of involuntary separation, legal experts say.   Military Times   Dunford: DoD will implement Trump policy on transgender forces .    All transgender U.S. servicemembers will continue to be treated with respect, but DOD will eventually implement President Donald Trump’s policy which may ban their service, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph F. Dunford said Thursday.   Military Times   Poll: Active-duty troops worry about military's transgender policies .   President Donald Trump’s announcement of looming changes in the military’s transgender policies could be less controversial within the ranks than among civilians, given troops’ conflicted views on the issue.   Hot Air:   The Government Needs To End Its Military ‘Freebies” Recruitment Tactics .   There’s been plenty of reaction across the political spectrum on President Donald Trump’s tweets about banning transgender troops. Vox put together a roundup of people and politicians who were angry about the decision, while The Daily Wire wrote only 12% of active duty military supported transgender troops and also claimed gender transitioning was self-mutilation.     Reuters   Suicide ‘Clusters’ May Appear In Army Units .  One suicide attempt in an army unit may foreshadow attempts by other soldiers in the same unit, suggests a new study from the U.S. military.   Army Times   Acting secretary: Army needs to send funding message, fix asset ‘mismatch’ .   One of the great challenges facing Army leaders is conveying the precarious situation the Army faces after years of budget sequestration, repeated continuing resolutions and 16 years of sustained combat deployments, the service’s acting secretary said this week.   Military Times   Retired Marine colonel one of 3 astronauts en route to space station .   A retired Marine officer was one of three astronauts aboard a Soyuz space capsule that successfully blasted off for the International Space Station on Friday.     Marine Corps Times   New boot flying off shelves at Marine Corps Exchanges .   A new boot authorized for purchase at Marine Corps Exchange stores has proven to be so popular that it has sold out.   USNI News   Repair for USS Fitzgerald After Collision Will Cost More Than Fix to USS Cole After Terror Attack .   The cost to repair stricken destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) will easily be more than the $250 million the U.S. Navy paid to repair USS Cole (DDG-67) after it suffered a 2000 terrorist attack in Yemen, USNI News has learned.   Defense News   Experts question the US Navy’s ideas for a new frigate .    A panel of analysts raised questions Tuesday about the U.S. Navy’s recent request for information from industry on a new frigate that it wants to begin buying in fiscal year 2020.   Air Force Times   Lawsuit alleges Air Force is withholding info on flag-folding incident .   An organization representing a retired airman who was forcibly removed from a retirement ceremony last April is suing the Air Force, seeking more information on the incident.   ABC News (AP):   Pentagon, border wall covered in $788B House spending bill .   The House has passed a $788 billion spending bill that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon. The 235-192 vote both eases a large backlog of unfinished spending bills and gives Trump and his House GOP allies political wins heading into the August recess.     The Times-Picayune:   Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin assures transgender Vets of continued care during New Orleans visit .   Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin assured transgender veterans Saturday (July 29) that the agency's services are unaffected by President Trump's recent pledge to bar transgender people from serving in the military. "We've certainly been hearing from a lot of veterans who have concerns about what that means," Shulkin said, referring to Trump's statements.     Paralyzed Veterans of America    Foundational Investment in VA Choice Care Challenges Claims of Imminent Privatization .   Paralyzed Veterans of America was one of the earliest and most vocal opponents of privatizing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare when recent efforts began to gain steam in 2014, following the Phoenix VA scandal. I, along with my fellow paralyzed veterans, knew all too well what awaited us in the private health sector: well-meaning health providers who lacked the level of expertise to treat and sustain the life of veterans with spinal cord dysfunction with the competence to which we’d become accustomed. On balance, many non-veterans with spinal cord injury or disease find themselves in capable hands at places like Craig Hospital, Shepherd Center, and Spaulding Rehab. But if the best non-VA specialized care is a …     ABC News (AP):   House moves to extend choice program, end VA budget crisis .   The House overwhelmingly approved a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to address a budget shortfall at the Department of Veterans Affairs that threatens medical care for thousands of veterans. The bill provides $2.1 billion to continue funding the Veterans Choice program, which allows veterans to receive private medical care at government expense.     Military.com:   House Votes Unanimously to Extend VA Choice Program for 6 months .   After failing in the first try earlier this week, the House unanimously passed a $3.9 billion bill Friday to extend the Veterans Choice Program on private care for six months. The 419-0 vote on the emergency spending measure came after the Senate worked out a deal with House negotiators to add an amendment to the bill on the leasing of 28 new VA facilities in 17 states to overcome the objections of the veterans service organizations (VSOs).     Stars and Stripes:   House approves new deal to prevent VA budget crisis for Choice program .   House lawmakers voted unanimously Friday on a deal to fund the nearly depleted Veterans Choice Program and avert the threat of interrupted medical care for thousands of veterans. The bill, a bipartisan compromise negotiated between House and Senate lawmakers, would inject $2.1 billion into the Choice program to keep it going for the next six months.     WFED (AM-1500):  Last-minute Veterans Choice funding bull filled with key VA hiring flexibilities .   An additional $2 billion for the Veterans Choice Program isn’t the only provision lawmakers rushed to pass before leaving Friday for the August recess. Under the House Veterans Affairs Committee leadership, lawmakers managed to find a solution that replenishes the Veterans Choice Fund with an additional $2.1 billion dollars and invests in key VA functions.     The Washington Times (AP):   Medical staff shortage bill addresses Veterans’ needs .   The U.S. House has passed a bill co-authored by New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster to address a medical staff shortage for veterans. The bill would establish a pilot program that awards educational assistance to veterans with medical military training who will be placed as physician assistants in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.     FedSmith:   Bill Would Prevent VA From Rehiring Previously Fired Employees .   Congress has passed another bill (S. 114) with reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs that is now on its way to the White House. The bill is primarily being hailed for authorizing more funds for the Veterans Choice Program. While it certainly does that, it contains a number of other human resources functions.     The Washington Times (AP):   AP Fact Check: Trump off base on vets, health payments .   President Donald Trump bragged about a mission accomplished in veterans’ health care that has not been achieved. He threatened to end health insurers’ “bailouts” that actually help consumers. And he cited “tremendous” costs to taxpayers from providing health services to transgender troops without providing evidence of that expense.     Boston Herald:   Report finds Veterans hit hard by opioid crisis .   The opioid crisis has hit veterans particularly hard, as prescriptions have skyrocketed since the Iraq and Afghanistan wars began and Department of Veterans Affairs staffers have often been busted for diverting the drugs to take themselves or sell.     The Herald-Sun:   Cancer survivor? Dukes’ new PTSF app helps patients and families overcome trauma of diagnosis and treatment .   Cancer diagnoses can herald looming life-and-death battles, often won, but some survivors are left traumatized by the fight. Cancer patients commonly walk away from life-saving chemotherapy and radiation treatments having developed post-traumatic stress disorder. Duke University has created the Cancer Distress Coach app to help.     The Hill:   GI Bill 2017: Investing in the future of the Republic .   Following its healthcare “Vote-A-Rama,” the U.S. Senate will soon act on the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, named after the American Legion officer and World War I veteran who was an architect of the World War II GI Bill.     WLS (ABC-7, Video):   What the VA wants you to know about Veterans’ programs .   It's a company that says it's assisted thousands of desperate veterans by helping them to get benefits and home care services. But one local family says the company isn't fully delivering on its promises. A homebound couple reached out to the I-Team after using a service to facilitate their home care.     Military Times:   Report: Young Vets are more successful than their civilian peers .   Young veterans are better educated, better paid and better off than many of their civilian peers, which researchers believe could be due to their military service. The analysis, released by The City University of New York earlier this month, cuts against public perception of veterans struggling to adjust to post-military life.     Military Times   Companies that focus on hiring vets outperform market . A new investment fund will allow people to invest in companies with strong records in recruiting and supporting veterans, active duty service members, Guardsmen and reservists, and military families.   WSMH (FOX-66, Video):   Female Veterans honored at Great Lakes National Cemetery .   A special service was held Saturday honoring our female veterans. The lives of four female vets who paid the ultimate sacrifice were celebrated in a rare special event at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Township. They also celebrated the over two million women who have served in the military since the American Revolution.        Upcoming Veteran Events   American Legion Post 328, Southfield, Michigan Listing of Current Events in and around the Metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, for the period July 27 - August 18, 2017.  http://www.legionpost328.org/ events.html   Sent in by our fellow Veteran Tim Wirkus. Thanks Tim!   Federal Business Council, Inc. (FBC) List of remaining Industry Outreach Events for CY 2017. https://www.fbcinc.com/search. aspx   Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation - List of Job Fairs.  Updated every quarter.  Sent in by our fellow Veteran,  Jorge Cruz, Maryland, DLLR, U.S. Army (Ret).  http://www.dllr. maryland.gov/employment/ jobfairs.shtml   JobZone's August 2017 Job Fair events.  August 2- Herndon VA ... August 15 - Patuxent River MD ... August 17 Joint Base Andrews AFB MD.  Go here for details and to sign up!   https://www. jobzoneonline.com/default.aspx     Mount Vernon Celebrates Purple Heart Day - Monday, August 7, 2017.  You are cordially invited to celebrate National Purple Heart Day at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. It is our honor to have you join us as we commemorate the oldest military decoration in the United States at the beloved home of its founder. Here is information you might find helpful in planning your visit.  http://us2.campaign- archive1.com/?u= 2313d2141f19dbc004908589e&id= 04795fbcf8&e =   Veterans Entrepreneurship Task Force – VET Force Meeting.  August 8, 2017, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.   Being held at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) facilities.  MUST be registered by August 1, 2017, if you wish to attend!   http://campaign.r20. constantcontact.com/render?m= 1101945301720&ca=5ff075b3- 0f4c-4cd1-9446-5bbde89ef58d     2017 College Acceleration Summit -  A virtual summit. August 8, 2017.  No cost .  Take the first step to accelerate your professional growth by registering for the 2017 College Acceleration Summit, a free virtual conference on August 8. This conference will help adults access the knowledge and skills they need for success in the working world. It will feature over 20 world-class education experts, including Military Warriors Support Foundation CEO Leroy Sisco, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives President Perry Tarrant, healthcare education leaders and many more, who will lead sessions that share insights, strategies, and tactics to give you a clear plan to advance your careers. For attending, you will be eligible to win one of three $500 scholarships. The event is completely free to the general public. Register now at  www. collegeaccelerationsummit.com     Please pass it along.    GovConectx Federal Government Small Business  Procurement Event - August 10, 2017.   Falls Church, VA.  Details  here…   14th Annual Elite SDVOB National Conference, August 16 – 18, 2017, Orlando, FL.  Convention website here:  http://www. sdvobconference.com/    Go here for Hotel Information and Reservations:  https:// disneyworld.disney.go.com/ resorts/coronado-springs- resort/   Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) offering Relationship Building Course for Military/ Veteran couples, August 18 -20, 2017,  Richmond, VA.   Details  here…..   Marine Week – Detroit, MI – September 6 – 10, 2017.  Marine Week, hosted by the United States Marine Corps in one city per year, is a celebration of Community, Country and Corps – providing the American public the experience of directly connecting with hundreds of Marines.  From September 6 –10, 2017, Marine Week Detroit will feature hands-on static displays, live demonstrations, time-honored Marine Corps traditions, musical performances and other events to showcase the history, military capabilities and community involvement of the Corps. For details:  http://usmarineweek. com/   National HUBZone Conference, October 12 – 13, 2017.  Westfields Marriott Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia.  For you Veteran Small Business Owners that are also HUBZone Companies.  http://www. hubzonecouncil.org/clubportal/ ClubStatic.cfm?clubID=528& pubmenuoptID=29484     Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Fall Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” October 13th-16th, 2017, City of Industry, California. For more information: http://www. womenveteransalliance.org/ events/unconference/   St. Joseph’s University Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) – COHORT III –   October 14 - 22, 2017, Saint Joseph’s University Campus in Philadelphia, PA.   No Cost to qualified Veterans.  The Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program is designed specifically to provide the tools, education and mentorship necessary to allow all qualified veterans the opportunity to start their own businesses.  We offer the latest training in business and entrepreneurship, utilizing the breadth of experience available through the renowned Haub School of Business, experienced faculty, and industry practitioners.  Click on following link for Video: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=WpWB347egMo&feature= youtu.be&utm_source=Ralph+ Galati+Linked-In+Contacts+-+ VEJ+Audience&utm_campaign= dfae0ac3ac-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_ 2017_04_26&utm_medium=email& utm_term=0_2b5b0a4e16- dfae0ac3ac-382008989    To enroll, go here:  http://sites.sju.edu/ veteransservices/ entrepreneurship-programs/sju- veterans-entrepreneurial- jumpstart-vej/    
(Please Note: The Veterans News compiled and transmitted by Wayne M. Gatewood, Jr., USMC (Ret), does not endorse the views and/or facts presented, or any commercial products that may be advertised or available on external links. The presence of a link to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of that site, or the views or privacy policies contained therein).     VA OIG - Jacksonville Veteran Indicted On Charges of Stealing $538,000 in Fraudulent Disability Benefits.   https://www.justice.gov/usao- mdfl/pr/jacksonville-veteran- indicted-charges-stealing- 538000-fraudulent-disability- benefits     VA OIG - Owner Of Commercial Supply Companies Gets 60 Months In Prison For Conspiring To Defraud Approximately 40 Companies Of More Than $1 Million.  https://www.justice.gov/usao- nj/pr/owner-commercial-supply- companies-gets-60-months- prison-conspiring-defraud- approximately     Guardianship Firm and its Principals Charged with Federal Conspiracy, Fraud, Theft and Money Laundering Offenses.   https://www.justice.gov/usao- nm/pr/guardianship-firm-and- its-principals-charged- federal-conspiracy-fraud- theft-and-money     Healthcare Inspection—Quality of Care Concerns at Two Veterans Integrated Service Network 23 Facilities and a Veterans Readjustment Counseling Center, St. Cloud VA Health Care System, St. Cloud, Minnesota, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Minneapolis.  https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-15-00509-301.pdf     Chicago Honors Korean War Veterans on the 64th Commemoration.    http://abc7chicago.com/ society/korean-war-veterans- honored-in-chicago/2243008/  Sent in by George Mulvaney of the Chicago Marines.  Thanks George and Semper Fi!     Veterans Affairs Media Summary and News Clips for Wednesday, July 26, 2017.   Read here...     Veterans Affairs Media Summary and News Clips for Tuesday, July 25, 2017.   Read here...     DOD Contracts Awarded for Wednesday, July 26, 2017.   https://www.defense.gov/News/ Contracts/Contract-View/ Article/1258952/source/ GovDelivery/     DOD Contracts Awarded for Tuesday, July 25, 2017.  https://www.defense.gov/ News/Contracts/Contract-View/ Article/1257663/source/ GovDelivery/       Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Wednesday , July 26, 2017.   http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c61vte. udh/389273f4       Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Tuesday , July 25, 2017.    http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c61oyg. uhx/90b499ad       Reserve Officers Association (ROA) SmartBrief for Wednesday, July 26, 2017.  http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= 499B56B1-D9EC-4C2C-87EB- 4892D7811240&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     Defense and Ex-Im Update for Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Provided by Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services.   Read here...     POLITICO Morning Defense for Wednesday, July  26, 2017.  A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.   http://www.politico.com/ tipsheets/morning-defense/ 2017/07/26/north-korea- reportedly-could-field-a- nuclear-icbm-next-year-221537     POLITICO Morning Defense for Tuesday, July  25, 2017.  A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.   http://www.politico.com/ tipsheets/morning-defense/ 2017/07/25/mccain-to-return- for-votes-on-healthcare-and- ndaa-221508       SmartBrief on Leadership for Wednesday, July 26, 2017.   http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= E68F5654-CB59-4B85-9736- 6BC879889634&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     SmartBrief on Leadership for Tuesday, July 25, 2017.   http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= AFC97882-F8C3-46E5-846B- FBEA2F983C64&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58     FCW Daily for Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.  https://fcw.com/newsletters/ fcwdaily/2017/07/jul26.aspx? mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiWkRZeU5XWTVaalUyTWpSai IsInQiOiJESnR5MFhDcEZKVEVtbGhY dGdjU1oyeXorRUpGZnV5T3ZDcEh2Q0 FkTEpPK0lJM0I0YVpYblwvdzFpWk9M K3Z2RHQzR29VMW9hZVhlV3J2QXJtSE 5kNko3c1FmcG13U2JiZ29LcGUyNlwv VzhkOE5RS292K0FSWUtvcVBGY0dPd1 AyIn0=     FCW Daily for Tuesday, July 25, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.  https://fcw.com/newsletters/ fcwdaily/2017/07/jul25.aspx? mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiT1RRM09XTmxNV00yT1RNMC IsInQiOiJ0RlpsYUNRV2NJbFdEdVhV TFVzdE5ZdTZOQ1wvZHlZZWhtQXBFT1 J4Q2oxY0JyTlJDWVFEZ2I5WFRMcFdi YjZhV2pRS2w4Znd0cDg1VkloTllkYk dWa3NrNlBFSTkyR0M1blFYVWJGaFFa aE1wOFVhNFJQaXJBcTd4UTBRaXFNY2 0ifQ==     Washington Technology Daily for Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.   https://washingtontechnology. com/newsletters/wtdaily/2017/ 07/jul26.aspx?mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiT0dObFpqTTRZemxpWkdaaC IsInQiOiJObXpVdzBMc1A3K1ZrOXlV S3BPcXo2c0IxVGRqVE5iU0RcL28yTj VKejlXaks3Y1REREdVWEYxalM2QlZa UXRXWWxwbm5jYjRGa3JmandhaFBucW FRejBYc254QUErcUtEM0t0Tlg5M3lB WUtFSU9yTTlqUG41NlhIbnJrZlZ5ek cifQ==     Washington Technology Daily for Tuesday, July 25, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.   https://washingtontechnology. com/newsletters/wtdaily/2017/ 07/jul25.aspx?mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiWkRRNE1ERXlaRGRoTjJZdy IsInQiOiJpcU5TVlV5Y1wvZ21Cc3E0 SU1qU0VPMVJTbVA3Y0xWR3pnNnA4Vn BGaHZQVGUyd0N2dlBQNnEyNjJxNngr KzBMRklrXC9PV2F4NU0wYlBieHNcL2 FYR3d0bnorVnlkQWNaSkVpTTFtb3NO ak1uYjBNb0VuVDlCVVl2a3p2dXJQNH RJbiJ9       Your 6:00 am GovConWire - Top News from Executive Mosaic.   http://us4.campaign-archive1. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 3484c97ba7         Your 12:00 pm Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.   http://us4.campaign-archive1. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 350e84d83c       Your 5:00 pm GovCon Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.   http://us4.campaign-archive1. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 9471395b83       A Variety of Veterans News from Variety of Sources     Shulkin to VFW: We want Veterans to get the right care at the right place :   On Monday, July 24, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin addressed an audience of VFW and Auxiliary members at the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) 118th National Convention in New Orleans.  In his remarks, Shulkin spoke on the five key priorities he has identified to transform VA. The first of those five priorities is to give Veterans greater choice.  “When I talk about greater choice, right now we have a system that I would call a rules-based system,” Shulkin said, highlighting how administrative rules, such as how far a Veteran lives from a VA, dictates whether that person can get care in their local community. “I believe we need a system that’s not based on rules, but is based on your clinical needs.”   Stars and Stripes   Pentagon: Chinese fighters intercepted US Navy spy plane .   Two Chinese fighter jets performed a dangerous intercept of an American spy plane Sunday over the East China Sea, forcing the Navy EP-3 reconnaissance jet to maneuver to avoid a mid-air collision, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday.   New York Times     North Korea could cross ICBM threshold next year, U.S. officials warn in new assessment .    North Korea will be able to field a reliable, nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile as early as next year, U.S. officials have concluded in a confidential assessment that dramatically shrinks the timeline for when Pyongyang could strike North American cities with atomic weapons.   Military Times   Official: US Navy ship fires warning shots near Iranian ship .    A U.S. Navy ship fired on a fast approaching Iranian ship Tuesday in the latest U.S. skirmish with Iranian vessels in the northern Persian Gulf.   Defense News   Navarro: Trump ordered US defense-industrial base study to help 'rebuild' military .  The executive order President Trump signed Friday ordering a governmentwide review of America’s defense industry aims to help fulfill Trump’s promise to “rebuild” the military, a top U.S. trade official says.   Defense News    McCain back in DC, but DoD policy bill still stuck behind health care .    Sen. John McCain made dramatic return to the Senate Tuesday to cast a vote to start debate on the GOP’s Obamacare overhaul and said he hoped to shepherd the 2018 defense policy bill through the Senate soon.   DefenseOne    Annual Defense Bill Aims to Rein in Pentagon Outsourcing .    Supporters say measure would protect federal employees from seeing their jobs contracted out.   Military Times   Mattis: Get unnecessary training off warfighters’ backs .   Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered a review of all the administrative and training requirements that prevent trigger pullers and pilots alike from focusing on warfighting.   Army Times   Jordan's military releases footage of 3 U.S. Green Berets killed last November .    Jordan’s military released the security camera footage of the Nov. 4 shooting that killed three U.S. Army service members outside the al-Jafr base in southern Jordan.   Marine Corps Times   Marine’s 4-year-old son melts hearts across the country .   Marine Sgt. Joshua Newville and Senior Airman Emily Leehan exchanged wedding vows in front of their closest friends and family over the weekend, but it was Leehan’s vows to Newville’s 4-year-old son Gage that captured hearts across the country.   Defense News   US Navy releases video of encounter with Iranian patrol boat .   The U.S. Navy has released video Tuesday of a close encounter between an Iranian and U.S. Navy patrol boats, which prompted the patrol craft Thunderbolt to fire warning shots.   Stars and Stripes   Changes to Air Force PME program prove popular with airmen .   Recent changes to the Air Force’s professional military education program for enlisted airmen were met with enthusiastic praise in work centers, dining facilities, online communities, and pretty much anywhere airmen talk.   Associated Press    Air Force study: Firefighting chemicals got into groundwater .   An Air Force study released Tuesday confirmed that toxic chemicals in firefighting foam used at Colorado’s Peterson Air Force Base leached into surrounding groundwater.   Military Times   Bringing back the draft .   Restarting the military draft after more than four decades of an ­all-volunteer force would be complicated. But it could be done.   Military Times:   House Veterans Affairs Chairman Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer .  The chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee announced Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, but does not expect it to interfere with his legislative schedule. In a statement, staffers said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., received the news following a recent routine physical and will undergo treatment in Tennessee during the August work period.   Military Times:   Trump promises huge increase in private sector care for Veterans .   President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening promised to triple the number of veterans “seeing the doctor of their choice” in coming months as part of an ongoing, ambitious reform plan at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The comments, which came at a veterans rally in Ohio, are likely to again stoke concerns among administration critics of large-scale privatization of VA responsibilities.   The Vindicator:   Trump rubs shoulders, lauds Veterans during Struthers stop .   President Donald Trump stopped by Struthers to rub shoulders with a small group of veterans before his big rally at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown. He spoke to an audience of about 150 at Struthers AMVETS Post 44, 305 Elm St., arriving at 6:26 p.m. and accompanied by first lady Melania Trump.   WKBN (CBS-27, Video):  Trump spoke to Veterans AMVES Post 44 .   Prior to his rally at Covelli Centre Tuesday night, President Donald Trump spoke at AMVETS Post 44 in Struthers. He said he is committed to helping veterans and — while not getting into specifics — hinted that a new VA healthcare facility could be coming to the area. “In my administration, we will always protect those who protect us,” he said.   The Pavlovic Today (Video):   Remarks By President Trump Saluting American Heroes .   Read the full remarks by President Trump saluting American Veterans […] Now, I went all over Ohio, but I went all over almost every state, and the veterans were a very, very big topic for me.  You know that.  And I think what we’re doing, it’s never been done before.  We just had a bill — the VA Accountability bill.  They’ve been trying to get it for many, many decades.    The New York Times:    Future Unclear for Veterans Choice Program After House Bull Falters .   Congressional lawmakers struggled on Tuesday to reach an agreement to prop up a popular multibillion-dollar health care program that allows veterans to see a private doctor at government expense. This was supposed to be a relatively easy task, meant to buy lawmakers time as they debated the future of the program.   Military.com:   Struggle in Congress to Revive VA Choice Program Extension .   The House and Senate scrambled Tuesday to come up with a bill that could pass bipartisan muster on extending the Veterans Choice Program on private health care before it goes broke next month.   The Washington Times:   House GOP leaders go back to drawing board on VA ‘choice’ measure .   House Republican leaders were working Tuesday on a plan B to fund the popular “Veterans Choice” health care plan after the full House rejected a bill Monday night. House Veterans Affairs’ Committee Chairman David P. Roe, Tennessee Republican, is talking with senators and Democratic lawmakers “about the path forward,” said committee spokeswoman Tiffany Haverly.   Healthcare IT News:   House passes VA medical scribes bull to reduce wait times, improve care .   The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Monday that would provide medical scribes to 10 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers for the next two years. The pilot program, proposed by Reps. Phil Roe, MD, R-Tennessee, and Greg Walden, R-Oregon, is designed to help unburden VA doctors to increase the number of patients seen.   The Washington Post:    New GI Bill unanimously passes House, heads to Senate .   The House voted unanimously late Monday to approve a new GI Bill that would expand access to higher education for veterans, those wounded on the battlefield and the surviving family members of troops killed in combat. The new bill, called the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, received broad bipartisan support and was passed 405 to 0, with 28 House members not voting.   Stars and Stripes:   Let GI Bill meet 21st-century academic needs .   App developer, robotics technician, digital animator and advanced manufacturer — what do all of these careers have in common? They didn’t exist 73 years ago when the GI Bill was signed into law. When our fighting forces shipped out to the Pacific and to the battlefields of Europe, near a fourth of Americans were farmers. Today, that number is around 0.01 percent.   Rose Unplugged (Audio):   Rose speaks with Secretary David Shulkin .   In this eight-minute interview, Secretary David Shulkin speaks with Rose Tennett about the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, modernizing IT, President Trump’s commitment to improving VA, the unanimous House vote to expand the GI Bill, and increasing Choice.   The Boston Globe:   VA Secretary expands probe of embattled Manchester, NY hospital .   The top Veterans Affairs official on Tuesday expanded the agency’s investigation of the Manchester VA Medical Center, ordering the VA’s inspector general to launch its own “separate, wholly independent review” of conditions at New Hampshire’s only hospital for veterans.   NH1 News (TV-1):   Manchester VA Medical Center to host town hall following poor care allegations .   The Manchester Veterans Affairs Medical Center is holding a veteran town hall and listening session following allegations of poor conditions and patient care. The session will be held at Manchester Community College on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to hear concerns from veterans and interested stakeholders and to provide an update on progress at the medical center.   The Mike Gallagher Show (SRN, Audio):   VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin @SecShulkin and Mike discuss how to stop Veteran suicides .   In this seven-minute interview, Secretary David Shulkin speaks with Mike Gallagher about veteran suicide and the importance of not privatizing VA.   Military Times:   PTSD disability claims by Vets tripled in the last decade .   More than one in five veterans receiving federal disability payouts suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, a figure that has spiked in the last decade. Veterans Affairs officials told lawmakers Tuesday that the number of disability cases related to PTSD has nearly tripled in that time, from around 345,000 cases in fiscal 2008 to more than 940,000 cases today.   The Huffington Post:   Shortchanging Gulf Vets .   The federal government has been using the delayed onset of undiagnosed illnesses in Gulf War veterans to cast doubt on some battlefield cause and effect justifications for benefit claims. It is reminiscent of the government in the 1990s’ trying to cut costs by initially rejecting Vietnam veterans’ illness claims. Those vets sought compensation for sicknesses alleged to have resulted from exposure years earlier to the toxic battlefield defoliant, Agent Orange.   KCEN (NBC-9, Video):   Waco VA responds to Gulf War illness claims .   According to a recent mystatesman.com  article, the Waco VA has denied 92 percent of claims related to Gulf War illness. Channel 6 investigated the incident Monday. The VA estimates 44 percent of veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War in 1990-91 have medical issues. In order to qualify for compensation, the veterans must have a diagnosable condition or an undiagnosed illness such as abnormal weight loss, fatigue, psychological problems, etc.   NPR (All Things Considered, Audio):   Study: CE Found In Nearly All Donated NFL Player Brains .   As the country starts to get back into its most popular professional team sport, there is a reminder of how dangerous football can be. An updated study published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association on football players and the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy reveals a striking result among NFL players.   The Washington Post (Video):   The latest brain study examined 111 former NFL players, only one didn’t have CTE .   Researchers studying the link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy found that 99 percent of the brains donated by families of former NFL players showed signs of the neurodegenerative disease, according to a new study published Tuesday.   The American Prospect:    Trump’s Budget Would Eliminate Agency Tasked with Ending Homelessness .   Included in President Donald Trump’s proposed $6 billion cut to the Department of Housing and Urban Development is the elimination of a small but vital program that has been a crucial force in driving down the U.S. homeless population. The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has a scheduled sunset date of October 2017 and, for the first time since the Clinton administration, it may not be reauthorized.   Stars and Stripes   Medal of Honor Theater opens at Marine Museum .   The National Museum of the Marine Corps celebrated the newly-opened Medal of Honor Theater Sunday with showings of “We, The Marines,” narrated by Academy Award-winning actor and Marine Gene Hackman. Washington Post     Cooperation with Russia becomes central to Trump strategy in Syria .    Cooperation with Russia is becoming a central part of the Trump administration’s counter-Islamic State strategy in Syria, with U.S. military planners counting on Moscow to try to prevent Syrian government forces and their allies on the ground from interfering in coalition-backed operations against the militants.   South China Morning Post    China will protect border with India ‘at all costs’ .   China on Monday issued its ­strongest warning yet to India over their month-long border ­dispute, saying Beijing would ­protect its sovereignty “at all costs”.   McClatchy   Trump's immigration crackdown is stressing out deployed US troops .   President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigrants is having the dangerous, unanticipated effect of putting additional stress on U.S. troops who have relied on a little-known program to protect their undocumented family members from deportation while the military personnel are deployed to war zones.     Politico    Dunford: Military option for North Korea not 'unimaginable' .   Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, suggested Saturday that Americans must be prepared for the possibility of a military confrontation with North Korea, whose nuclear program he deemed an urgent threat.     Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty   Top U.S. General: Russia Just One Of Many Security Threats Facing Country .   The top U.S. military officer has told a security conference that Russia is the “most-capable state actor” that the United States faces, but it is just one of many security challenges in today’s environment.   Defense News   These 12 defense experts hope to guide the Pentagon forward .   Congress has formed a new advisory committee of top defense thinkers, in order to provide a pathway forward for the Department of Defense.   USA Today    Defense Secretary Mattis rips Pentagon for wasting money on Afghan army uniforms .  Defense Secretary Jim Mattis blasted the Pentagon bureaucracy for "cavalier" spending in light of a recent report that showed as much as $28 million had been wasted in buying uniforms for the Afghan army, according to a memo obtained by USA TODAY.   Military Times   Mattis: $28 million wasted on Afghan uniforms 'must not be seen as inconsequential' .  Defense Secretary Jim Mattis scolded top defense officials for a “complacent” mode of thinking that allowed $28 million to be wasted on Afghan army uniforms that were inappropriate for fighting in Afghanistan.   Defense News    US Army Europe commander defends need for airborne forces .   Minutes before hundreds of paratroopers landed in a drop zone at Bezmer Air Base in Bulgaria as part of a U.S. annual exercise called Swift Response, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the outgoing U.S. Army Europe commander, defended the need for airborne forces.   Marine Corps Times    Marines’ possible uniform change: Cloth chevrons .   The Marine Corps is testing rank insignia chevrons made out of cloth instead of metal for enlisted Marines, said the Corps’ top enlisted leader.   Associated Press   Pentagon identifies remains of NYC Marine killed in WWII .   Military officials say they’ve identified the remains of a U.S. Marine from New York City who was killed in a Pacific island battle during World War II.   Navy Times     Navy E-9 Board Reconvenes — same quotas, new board, new rules .   Navy officials have reconvened the fiscal year 2018 E-9 selection board in Millington, Tennessee, with the same slate of eligible sailors and quotas, but the rules have changed.   Air Force Times    Afghan JTACs in high demand .    Afghan Tactical Air Coordinators — or ATACs — are proving to be increasingly vital as Taliban forces engage in another brutal fighting season across Afghanistan.   Bloomberg:   Trump’s Quirt Progress on Veterans Affairs, He doesn’t tweet about it much, but reform is moving along .   For all the tweeting he does about repealing Obamacare, defeating Islamic State and building a wall along the Mexican border, President Donald Trump has precious little progress to show. By contrast, he has probably achieved the most in an area he mentions rarely: reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs.     The Detroit News (AP):   VFW slams House plan to fix VA budget .   The Republican-led House is moving to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall in its Choice program of private-sector care, a plan drawing stiff protests from veterans’ groups. Lawmakers are expected to vote Monday to provide a six-month funding fix to Choice, which offers veterans federally paid medical care outside the VA and is a priority of President Donald Trump.     ABC News (AP):   House rejects bill to fix VA’s budget gap after Vets protest .   The House rejected Monday a plan to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall in its Choice program of private-sector care following opposition from veterans' groups. The vote was 219-186 on a bill to provide a six-month funding fix, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass.     FOX Business:  Trump in cross hairs as Veterans’ group slams VA Choice funding plan .   An emergency funding measure to fill a budget shortfall at the Department of Veterans Affairs – proposed by lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives last week – is being deemed a violation of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises by one veterans' group.     Military Times   Proposed VA Choice funding fix fails in House vote .   House Republicans suffered a surprising setback during a full chamber vote on veterans funding Monday which put in doubt the future of the controversial Veterans Affairs Choice Program, with just days left to find another solution.   Stars and Stripes:   House rejects funding bill for nearly bankrupt VA Choice program .   House lawmakers rejected legislation Monday that would provide $2 billion in emergency funding for the Veterans Choice Program by taking money from other VA programs, after hearing outcry from veterans groups that viewed it as prioritizing private-sector health care while neglecting VA services. Lawmakers voted along party lines, 219 in favor of the bill and 186 against it.     The Wall Street Journal:   House Democrats Help Defeat VA Funding Measure .   House Democrats successfully led an effort Monday night to strike down a controversial funding proposal for the Department of Veterans Affairs after major veterans advocacy groups lobbied to defeat the measure, the latest battle in the debate about privatization’s role in the department.     Military Times:   Despite promises, VA Secretary can’t shake privatization concerns .   Nearly half a year into his job, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is still trying to convince critics that his efforts to improve the department won’t lead to privatizing care and support programs for veterans. In an editorial in USA Today Monday morning, Shulkin — the only holdover of former President Barack Obama’s administration to President Donald Trump’s Cabinet — called lingering fears of VA privatization “unfounded”…     USA Today:   Veterans Affairs Secretary: VA Health Care Will Not Be Privatized On Our Watch .   As a physician, my professional assessment is that the Department of Veterans Affairs has made significant progress over the past six months — but it still requires intensive care. In order to restore the VA’s health, we must strengthen its ability to provide timely and high quality medical care while improving experiences and outcomes for veterans.      Military Times    Plan to overhaul GI Bill moves through House, on to Senate .    Major reforms to veterans’ education benefits are one step closer to becoming law after the House of Representatives unanimously voted in favor of the legislation Monday.   Military.com:   House Passes new ‘Forever’ GI Bill .   Without a single vote in opposition, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Monday night to expand the post-9/11 GI Bill and eliminate the 15-year time limit on the use of education benefits for new recruits. The vote was 405-0 in a rare display of bipartisanship in Congress on behalf of veterans seeking higher education after active duty service     Stars and Stripes:   House passes large GI Bill expansion 9 days after it was introduced .   House lawmakers on Monday unanimously passed a host of changes to veterans’ education benefits that aim to boost aid, expand who’s eligible for benefits and eliminate the expiration date for veterans to use them. The 405-0 vote came just nine days after Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., and a bipartisan group of cosponsors introduced the bill.     The Hill:   House passes bill to expand Veterans’ GI benefits .   The House overwhelmingly passed legislation on Monday to give veterans more flexibility in using their GI benefits to pay for school tuition. Lawmakers passed the bill with a 405-0 vote that will now await Senate action before reaching President Trump’s desk. The bill removes the current restriction that veterans use their GI benefits within a 15-year timeframe.     WISH (CBS-8):   GI Bill reform to help Veterans after ITT Tech shutdown .   A bipartisan proposal to help veterans impacted by school closures unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday as part of a landmark GI Bill reform package. U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, a Republican from Indiana, and U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, a Democrat from California, spearheaded the proposal.     Healthline:   Did Agent Orange Cause John McCain’s Cancer ?   When the news broke last week that Sen. John McCain has glioblastoma multiforme, a deadly brain cancer, the nation quickly rallied around the 80-year-old politician and Vietnam War veteran. Joy Patterson was deeply saddened by the news. Her husband, Kenneth Patterson, also served in Vietnam and was also diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM).     The Daily Caller:   VA Secretary: My Only Clinical Priority Is Decreasing Vet Suicides .   Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said in an address Monday morning that his only clinical priority at the moment is making sure the veteran suicide rate drops. “The last priority and really my only clinical priority that I talk about right now is suicide and veteran suicide,” Shulkin said Monday at the 118th Veterans of Foreign Wars.     Task & Purpose:    Is A New Military Oath Really The Best We Can Do To Fight Veteran Suicide ?   When Dr. David Shulkin was appointed secretary of veterans affairs in February, President Donald Trump charged him with the ambitious mission of reducing the veteran suicide rate to zero.     Fast Company:   This App Connects Veterans In Crisis With Other Veterans Who Are Willing To Talk .   That conversation sparked the idea for Objective Zero, a foundation and mobile application launching later this summer that will connect veterans experiencing mental distress with other veterans who can talk them through it. Every day, around 20 veterans and one active service member take their own lives.     Task and Purpose    Dunkirk: Everything You Need To Know Before You See The Movie .   Christopher Nolan’s film  Dunkirk  inspired new attention to the famous evacuation by sea, in 1940, of four hundred thousand British troops under harrowing air attack. Had that evacuation failed, the United Kingdom would have been deprived of a land army to oppose Nazi Germany. But  before  Dunkirk, British and French troops fought desperate last stands in the channel ports of Calais and Boulogne that bought vital time for the evacuation in the Belgian Port. The situation grew so desperate at Boulogne that Allied destroyers were forced to blast their way into and back out of the harbor, using naval guns to duel with tanks, field guns and even snipers while evacuating panicky mobs of British soldiers.       Upcoming Veteran Events   American Legion Post 328, Southfield, Michigan Listing of Current Events in and around the Metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, for the period July 20 - August 2, 2017.  http://www.legionpost328.org/ events.html  Sent in by our fellow Veteran Tim Wirkus. Thanks Tim!   Federal Business Council, Inc. (FBC) List of remaining Industry Outreach Events for CY 2017. https://www.fbcinc.com/search. aspx   Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation - List of Job Fairs.  Updated every quarter.  Sent in by our fellow Veteran,  Jorge Cruz, Maryland, DLLR, U.S. Army (Ret).  http://www.dllr. maryland.gov/employment/ jobfairs.shtml   JobZone's August 2017 Job Fair events.  August 2- Herndon VA ... August 15 - Patuxent River MD ... August 17 Joint Base Andrews AFB MD.  Go here for details and to sign up!   https://www. jobzoneonline.com/default.aspx     Mount Vernon Celebrates Purple Heart Day - Monday, August 7, 2017.  You are cordially invited to celebrate National Purple Heart Day at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. It is our honor to have you join us as we commemorate the oldest military decoration in the United States at the beloved home of its founder. Here is information you might find helpful in planning your visit.  http://us2.campaign- archive1.com/?u= 2313d2141f19dbc004908589e&id= 04795fbcf8&e =   Veterans Entrepreneurship Task Force – VET Force Meeting.  August 8, 2017, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.   Being held at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) facilities.  MUST be registered by August 1, 2017, if you wish to attend!   http://campaign.r20. constantcontact.com/render?m= 1101945301720&ca=5ff075b3- 0f4c-4cd1-9446-5bbde89ef58d     2017 College Acceleration Summit -  A virtual summit. August 8, 2017.  No cost .  Take the first step to accelerate your professional growth by registering for the 2017 College Acceleration Summit, a free virtual conference on August 8. This conference will help adults access the knowledge and skills they need for success in the working world. It will feature over 20 world-class education experts, including Military Warriors Support Foundation CEO Leroy Sisco, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives President Perry Tarrant, healthcare education leaders and many more, who will lead sessions that share insights, strategies, and tactics to give you a clear plan to advance your careers. For attending, you will be eligible to win one of three $500 scholarships. The event is completely free to the general public. Register now at  www. collegeaccelerationsummit.com     Please pass it along.    GovConectx Federal Government Small Business  Procurement Event - August 10, 2017.   Falls Church, VA.  Details  here…   14th Annual Elite SDVOB National Conference, August 16 – 18, 2017, Orlando, FL.  Convention website here:  http://www. sdvobconference.com/    Go here for Hotel Information and Reservations:  https:// disneyworld.disney.go.com/ resorts/coronado-springs- resort/   Marine Week – Detroit, MI – September 6 – 10, 2017.  Marine Week, hosted by the United States Marine Corps in one city per year, is a celebration of Community, Country and Corps – providing the American public the experience of directly connecting with hundreds of Marines.  From September 6 –10, 2017, Marine Week Detroit will feature hands-on static displays, live demonstrations, time-honored Marine Corps traditions, musical performances and other events to showcase the history, military capabilities and community involvement of the Corps. For details:  http://usmarineweek. com/   National HUBZone Conference, October 12 – 13, 2017.  Westfields Marriott Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia.  For you Veteran Small Business Owners that are also HUBZone Companies.  http://www. hubzonecouncil.org/clubportal/ ClubStatic.cfm?clubID=528& pubmenuoptID=29484     Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Fall Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” October 13th-16th, 2017, City of Industry, California. For more information: http://www. womenveteransalliance.org/ events/unconference/   St. Joseph’s University Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) – COHORT III –   October 14 - 22, 2017, Saint Joseph’s University Campus in Philadelphia, PA.   No Cost to qualified Veterans.  The Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program is designed specifically to provide the tools, education and mentorship necessary to allow all qualified veterans the opportunity to start their own businesses.  We offer the latest training in business and entrepreneurship, utilizing the breadth of experience available through the renowned Haub School of Business, experienced faculty, and industry practitioners.  Click on following link for Video: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=WpWB347egMo&feature= youtu.be&utm_source=Ralph+ Galati+Linked-In+Contacts+-+ VEJ+Audience&utm_campaign= dfae0ac3ac-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_ 2017_04_26&utm_medium=email& utm_term=0_2b5b0a4e16- dfae0ac3ac-382008989    To enroll, go here:  http://sites.sju.edu/ veteransservices/ entrepreneurship-programs/sju- veterans-entrepreneurial- jumpstart-vej/    
Veterans News & Events | July 11, 2017 | Hire Our Heroes   (Please Note: The Veterans News compiled and transmitted by Wayne M. Gatewood, Jr., USMC (Ret), does not endorse the views and/or facts presented, or any commercial products that may be advertised or available on external links. The presence of a link to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of that site, or the views or privacy policies contained therein). From our friend Wayne Simpson:  Interesting Numbers – An Observation Regarding VA’s spending with SDVOSBs Post-Kingdomeware U.S. Supreme Court Ruling.   Wayne:  Thought you might find this interesting, and perhaps your followers will too.  Interestingly, you would think with Kingdomware in place for the entirety of FY 2017, the number of transactions with SDVOBs would be up dramatically—quite the opposite, they are down almost 56%, although spending is up over $500M,  read here...   and   see numbers here...   Med/Surg Prime Vendor can be VA’s way around Kingdomware.  Also, VA’s position on the Rule of Two does not apply to Micro-purchases.  That’s going to be a killer for a lot of SDVOSBs/VOSBs, given many are prime for just those types of transactions and VA spends better than $4 Billion annually on purchase cards.   Best…Wayne A. Simpson, CSCM, Principal, FedBizAssist, L.L.C.  Note:  I sent this information to the VA OSDBU, Tom Leney, but no response as of today. VA OIG - Healthcare Inspection—Clinical Activities, Staffing, and Administrative Practices, Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System, Muskogee, Oklahoma   https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/ VAOIG-16-02676-297.pdf Chelsea Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of VA Benefits.   https://www.justice.gov/usao- me/pr/chelsea-man-pleads- guilty-theft-va-benefits VA OIG - Former VA Nurse Re-Sentenced for Stealing and Tampering with Patient Medications .   https://www.justice.gov/usao- ndny/pr/former-va-nurse-re- sentenced-stealing-and- tampering-patient-medications Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Monday, July 10, 2017.   http://link.defensenews.com/ view/ 5873e065a22762ca768b456c5z570. tol/3f6aefaf Veterans Affairs Media Summary and News Clips for Monday, July 10, 2017.   Read here... Non-Commissioned Officers Association - NCOAdvocacy Newsletter for July 9, 2017 https://www.votervoice.net/ iframes/NCOA/newsletters/26431 Reserve Officers Association (ROA) SmartBrief for Monday, July 10, 2017.   http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= FB494336-23A7-45E6-A049- F123C34EA668&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58 Defense and Ex-Im Update for Monday, July 10, 2017. Provided by Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services.   Read here... POLITICO Morning Defense for Monday, July 10, 2017.  A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.   http://www.politico.com/ tipsheets/morning-defense/ 2017/07/10/iraqi-prime- minister-celebrates-victory- over-isis-in-mosul-221239 DOD Contracts Awarded for Monday, July 10, 2017.   http://us4.campaign-archive2. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= b32155cae1  SmartBrief on Leadership for Monday, July 10, 2017.    http://www2.smartbrief.com/ servlet/encodeServlet?issueid= 6EBB87ED-1BDF-4722-BEDE- B745B897D644&sid=97fc7e62- fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58 FCW Daily for Monday, July 10, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.  https://fcw.com/newsletters/ fcwdaily/2017/07/jul10.aspx? mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiTkRBeE9HTXpabU0yT0RrMi IsInQiOiJmalYxXC9cLzY3WGh5VTBh TVJURCtJMDFScnUxSXRCTjdMbThDZm 5NU202UmNqZ0Uzd2hjUHlNZENVYU5Z SVJyNGZ4NmVQRTc3Nnp5ZTZnemVDWT hpeWplRHJrOXBtWk1Md3VuUkJDK2xH VU9HTUdaK2d1QzhhTkpCU2dENGJJNT VqIn0= Washington Technology Daily for Monday, July 10, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.    https:// washingtontechnology.com/ newsletters/wtdaily/2017/07/ jul10.aspx?mkt_tok= eyJpIjoiTmpNeU4yUmpNMkk0TVdaaS IsInQiOiJGejBBaTJldk9iXC9rNkJq aldEQXRkRW00WjhuYUlnRXU5RUlYQ1 N4MWlFQXJQREhPOFdcL0JFM1BcLzNm WXNZNGFWOEdHazFqdUJwMEVEcDdTdl drOGJUWjVHVm5lb1l0d2JRRVRzZGpW Q29CcHc5WDVLbWYwalZ6MHc4Wmg4el wvRVkifQ== Your 6:00 am GovConWire - Top News from Executive Mosaic.   http://us4.campaign-archive2. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 2fcae83445 Your 12:00 pm Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.    http://us4.campaign- archive1.com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= 6c743108c5 Your 5:00 pm GovCon Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines.   http://us4.campaign-archive2. com/?e=859b48c2d3&u= 9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id= b32155cae1   A Variety of Veterans News from a Variety of Sources   VA and Community Partners Collaborating to Address Veteran Deaths By Suicide :    Suicide prevention is the primary clinical priority  of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Dr. David Shulkin, secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Dr. Poonam Alaigh, acting under secretary for Health, know VA “can’t do it alone” and emphasize the importance of partnerships with community nongovernmental organizations to meet the complex and comprehensive needs of Veterans.  Dr. Alaigh highlighted successful partnerships between VHA medical centers and their local communities to showcase best practices for “Collaborating with Community Partners to Prevent Suicide Amongst Veterans 50 Years and Older,” the theme for the 2017 Community Partnership Challenge. Partnering with the community to address this national crisis makes sense for many reasons including the fact that more than two-thirds of Veterans dying by suicide seek care outside the VA system.     New York Times   Iraqi Prime Minister Arrives in Mosul to Declare Victory Over ISIS .   Dressed in a military uniform, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived here in Mosul on Sunday to congratulate Iraq’s armed forces on their victory over the Islamic State and mark the formal end of a bloody campaign that lasted nearly nine months, left much of Iraq’s second-largest city in ruins, killed thousands of people and displaced nearly a million more. Agence France-Presse    North Korea warns of nuclear 'tipping point' over US-South Korea bomber drill .  North Korea on Sunday (July 9) lashed out at a live-fire drill the United States and South Korea staged in a show of force against Pyongyang, accusing Washington of pushing the peninsula to the "tipping point" of nuclear war. Defense News    Poland signs memo with US outlining road map to buy Patriot, but no done deal yet .   Poland announced a two-phased plan to buy a missile defense system from the U.S. in a memorandum of intent that makes political headway but is no closer to minting an actual deal than it was earlier this year when the country said it would buy Patriot missile defense systems by the year’s end.   Military Times   Lawmakers want to extend bigger buyouts for defense civilian workers .   House lawmakers want to extend bigger payouts for Defense Department civilian employees who leave their jobs early.   Defense News   House Armed Services panel unveils $696.5 billion defense authorization bill .   The House Armed Services Committee unveiled its $696.5 billion defense policy bill on Monday, which reflects an emerging deal among House Republican leaders but falls short what pro-defense lawmakers sought. Washington Examiner    Mark Warner warns Jim Mattis not to kick out noncitizen recruits .   The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee warned Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that any attempt to cancel enlistment contracts with thousands of noncitizen military recruits will be met with "strong, swift action" on Capitol Hill. Military.com    Army Will Not Hold More MHS Tests Between Glock and Sig Sauer .   The U.S. Army has no plans to reopen its Modular Handgun System competition, at the request of Glock Inc., to conduct more testing between the winning Sig Sauer P320 and the Glock 19, according to an Army spokesman.   Army Times   Take three years off: Army expands Career Intermission Pilot Program .   The Army is expanding opportunities for soldiers to participate in its Career Intermission Pilot Program, according to a new directive from the secretary of the Army. Navy Times   Congressman hopes to rename Department of the Navy, incorporate US Marine Corps .   A North Carolina congressman is continuing in his quest to rename the Department of the Navy, reports the Jacksonville Daily News. Marine Corps Times   Watch President Trump retrieve a Marine's cover .   President Donald Trump retrieved a Marine's cover that had blown off while he boarded Marine One at Joint Base Andrews on Saturday.    Associated Press   Diego Hernandez, once Navy's highest-ranking Hispanic officer, dies .   Family members say retired Vice Adm. Diego "Duke" Hernandez, once the highest-ranking Hispanic officer in the U.S. Navy, has died. He was 83. Navy Times   Lawmakers push back against Navy peacoat changes .   House lawmakers are pushing back against a Navy plan to make the iconic peacoat an optional piece of attire in a sailor’s seabag. Air Force Times   Air Force rolls out extended Squadron Officer School .   The Air Force is expanding its Squadron Officer School from five weeks to six and a half weeks as part of Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein's effort to revitalize squadrons and better develop joint leaders. NBC News   Meet Esther Blake, the First Woman to Join the Air Force .   After her eldest son was shot down while flying a B-17 and reported missing during World War II, Esther Blake became a woman on a mission — to enlist in the military herself and help end the war. She joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1944 and, 69 years ago today, on July 8, 1948, the 51-year-old became the first woman to enlist in the Air Force. Military Times    Home-front help: 14 tips for dealing with deployment, from spouses who've been there .    At times while her husband was deployed, Cindy Brewer was so busy that when he called, she would just set up the laptop in the middle of the room for a video chat, and he would simply watch and listen to all the activity. Military Times:   Representative wants departing troops to take an oath to help fellow Veterans .   Afghanistan war veteran Rep. Brian Mast wants all service members leaving the ranks to take an oath to continue taking care of themselves and their fellow troops, as a way to stem suicides among veterans.    The Oregonian:   Iraq Veteran who grew up in Portland arrested by ICE .   An Iraq war veteran who grew up in Portland is being held by federal immigration agents in a Tacoma detention center and could be deported to South Korea. Chong Hwan Kim, 41, has lived in Portland since his family immigrated with documentation when he was 5, his friends said.   Military Times   Veteran unemployment rises again in June .    The first month of summer may have brought an extra 200,000 jobs for Americans, but veteran employment took a slight hit.    Stars and Stripes:   Lawmakers to take on veterans issues after weeklong recess .   As they return this week from a July Fourth break, lawmakers are set to discuss Department of Veterans Affairs health care, its 2018 budget, how veterans are affected by the opioid crisis and how the VA handles claims for Gulf War Illness – all while facing a short timeframe to do something about quickly diminishing funds in the VA Choice program.   The Washington Post:   Federal employee civil service protections outdated? The experts speak .   The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act is a game-changer for the federal workforce and a reason to worry about the future of due process for federal employees. At the legislation’s recent White House signing ceremony, President Trump put the government’s workforce in general on notice when he said “outdated laws kept the government from holding those who failed our veterans accountable.”   National Monitor:   Can the Trump Administration Deliver on its Promises to War Veterans ?   Will America’s beleaguered war veterans finally get the care and respect they deserve? In a promising sign, President Trump has made overhauling the Veteran’s Administration (VA) – the nation’s second largest government bureaucracy – a top White House priority.   CBS News:   Hundreds of VA officials fired since Trump’s inauguration .   The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that more than 500 officials have been fired for misconduct since President Trump took office earlier this year, according to data posted online. In an effort for more transparency and accountability within the VA, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin announced that a public list of employee "accountability actions" will be posted online and updated weekly.   Military Times:   VA to make public all employee firings .   Veterans Affairs officials on Friday announced plans to publicly list firings and demotions for any department employee as part of their pledge to bring more accountability to the bureaucracy. In a statement, VA Secretary David Shulkin said the move shows that his department is focused on both improving veterans’ care and providing greater transparency into government operations.   ABC News (AP):   VA makes public its disciplinary action against employees .   The Department of Veterans Affairs is posting a weekly list of disciplinary actions taken against its employees, part of an overhaul effort pushed by President Donald Trump. VA Secretary David Shulkin said Friday the effort is aimed at improving accountability at the struggling department after Trump signed a bill last month to make it easier to fire, suspend or demote department employees.   Stars and Stripes:   VA employee disciplinary actions are now public information .   The Department of Veterans Affairs made public Friday a list of employee terminations, demotions and suspensions that it will update weekly, which agency officials said is an attempt at transparency following action by Congress to give the VA secretary unprecedented disciplinary power.   Government Executive:   VA Becomes the First Federal Agency to Publicly Post All Major Disciplinary Actions .   The Veterans Affairs Department has begun publicly posting all major disciplinary actions taken against its employees, saying the action will send a message about the new culture the Trump administration is imposing at the agency.   WPLG (ABC-10, Video):   Dr. David Shulkin aims to improve healthcare for military Veterans .   With no end in sight to the global war on terrorism, U.S. combat veterans continue to return to South Florida with traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and other disabilities. The veterans have been coming home to an opioid crisis and a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with scandal-plagued facilities and sweeping mismanagement.   Richmond Times-Dispatch:   VCU and McGuire VA hospital are powerful partners for Veterans – and the rest of us .   In recent years, the Department of Veterans Affairs has come under intense scrutiny and heavy criticism for a variety of reasons. My experience with the VA, however, has been nothing but positive. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 13 years ago. My service in the Army during the Vietnam War qualified me for drug trials at the comprehensive Parkinson’s disease center at the McGuire VA hospital in Richmond.   San Antonio Express-News:   Troops survive battlefields only to be forsaken at home / Military boots Vets with service-related mental illnesses for misconduct .   Dustin Greco returned from Iraq feeling bored and mystified. Life without war lacked urgency or meaning, and with his mind aflame after a year in the combat zone, he turned to pot and beer to subdue his thoughts. He failed a drug test a few months later. Within weeks, at age 20, he found himself out of the Army and deprived of the career he had wanted since boyhood.   Star Tribune:   Minnesota’s medical marijuana clinics opening doors to PTSD patients, State will enroll them, VA urges caution .   Marine Corps veteran Ed Erdos tried medical marijuana to ease his pain, and found that it also eased his mind. He enrolled with the Health Department’s Office of Medical Cannabis last year in search of relief from the pain and muscle spasms caused by injuries he suffered in a helicopter crash. But along with pain relief came relief from the anxiety, intrusive thoughts and fear that haunted him for years as a result of service-related post-traumatic stress disorder.   The Exponent Telegram:   VA programs help Vets suffering from PTSD .   Long after wars have ceased and peace treaties have been signed, the effects on the combatants can linger. Health-care professionals at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center know this all too well.   Philadelphia Inquirer:   VA stepping up efforts to prevent Veteran suicide .   The most recent Department of Veterans Affairs statistics show that 20 veterans a day die by suicide. While this is an improvement over the 22 per day reflected in a 2012 report, we at the VA know that much more needs to be done. Getting to zero is our goal, and ending veteran suicide is one of five designated priorities of the VA.   The Fresno Bee:   A second chance for Veterans who bring the war home with them .   It is a Friday afternoon and I am standing next to a young man in a Fresno County Superior Courtroom, listening as he reads a letter to the judge that he has written. He is expressing his gratitude for being allowed to enter a program that is helping him turn his life around.   The Wall Street Journal:   ‘People Are Dying Here’: Federal Hospitals Fail Tribes .   The IHS, a unit of the Department of Health and Human Services, operates a network of hospitals and clinics, much like the Veterans Health Administration. Under U.S. treaties that date back generations, the service is legally responsible for providing medical care to about 2.2 million tribal members.   The Washington Post (Video):   Why Ted Cruz faced off with a ‘dirty’ liberal and other health-care opponents this week .   During a week most Republican senators spent in the political equivalent of the witness protection program, Sen. Ted Cruz willingly stood trial before his constituents all across this sprawling state over his push to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act. He debated a self-described “dirty liberal progressive.” He met a psychologist who told him that he and his colleagues were “scaring the living daylights” out of her.   Houston Chronicle:    In Houston, Ted Cruz gets temporary reprieve from health care debate .   After a week of traveling the state, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz finally got what he was looking for. For nearly an hour Saturday, the Republican from Houston hosted a town hall meeting about veterans issues with hardly any interruptions from protesters who overtook similar events in Austin and, to a lesser extent, Dallas earlier this week.         Upcoming Veteran Events Hire Our Heroes Virtual Career Fair on National Hire A Veteran Day - July 25th.  http://www.targetedjobfairs.com/july-25-2017-hire-our-heroes-virtual-career-fair/#tab-id-2 American Legion Post 328, Southfield, Michigan Listing of Current Events in and around the Metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, for the period July 6 - 20, 2017.  http://www.legionpost328.org/ events.html   Sent in by our fellow Veteran Tim Wirkus.  Thanks Tim!   Federal Business Council, Inc. (FBC) List of remaining Industry Outreach Events for CY 2017. https://www.fbcinc.com/search. aspx   Schedule of Training Events for Virginia Department of Veterans Services, Virginia Values Veterans V3 Program for the period July 7 - 25, 2017.   http://campaign.r20. constantcontact.com/render?m= 1114049469943&ca=bdce1e6e- 8978-4c59-a048-5c805f29ecf0   Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation - List of Job Fairs.  Updated every quarter.  Sent in by our fellow Veteran,  Jorge Cruz, Maryland, DLLR, U.S. Army (Ret). http://www.dllr.maryland.gov/ employment/jobfairs.shtml   Hill Vets Social – Thursday, 5:45 PM, July 13, 2017.  Washington, DC. Click on following Link for details:    http://hillvets.cmail19.com/t/ ViewEmail/j/7553A08A1C67F56A/ 5541539B27AB23C24BD7C9066BE416 1D       Register Now!  VA OSDBU Webinar Training Courses 2.0.  Starts May 23, 2017 and runs through July 13, 2017.   Go here for details and to register:   https://content.govdelivery. com/accounts/USVAOSDBU/ bulletins/19a2a33     Non Commissioned Officers Association Annual Conference – July 11 -14, 2017. The Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, NV.   Go here for more information and to register for this event:  https://www.ncoaconference. org/     Mount Vernon Celebrates Purple Heart Day - Monday, August 7, 2017.  You are cordially invited to celebrate National Purple Heart Day at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. It is our honor to have you join us as we commemorate the oldest military decoration in the United States at the beloved home of its founder. Here is information you might find helpful in planning your visit.  http://us2.campaign-archive1. com/?u= 2313d2141f19dbc004908589e&id= 04795fbcf8&e =    14th Annual Elite SDVOB National Conference, August 16 – 18, 2017, Orlando, FL.  Convention website here:  http://www.sdvobconference. com/    Go here for Hotel Information and Reservations: https://disneyworld.disney.go. com/resorts/coronado-springs- resort/   National HUBZone Conference, October 12 – 13, 2017.  Westfields Marriott Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia.  For you Veteran Small Business Owners that are also HUBZone Companies.  http://www.hubzonecouncil.org/ clubportal/ClubStatic.cfm? clubID=528&pubmenuoptID=29484     Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Fall Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” October 13th-16th, 2017, City of Industry, California. For more information: http://www. womenveteransalliance.org/ events/unconference/   St. Joseph’s University Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) – COHORT III –   October 14 - 22, 2017, Saint Joseph’s University Campus in Philadelphia, PA.   No Cost to qualified Veterans.  The Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program is designed specifically to provide the tools, education and mentorship necessary to allow all qualified veterans the opportunity to start their own businesses.  We offer the latest training in business and entrepreneurship, utilizing the breadth of experience available through the renowned Haub School of Business, experienced faculty, and industry practitioners.  Click on following link for Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=WpWB347egMo&feature=youtu. be&utm_source=Ralph+Galati+ Linked-In+Contacts+-+VEJ+ Audience&utm_campaign= dfae0ac3ac-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_ 2017_04_26&utm_medium=email& utm_term=0_2b5b0a4e16- dfae0ac3ac-382008989    To enroll, go here:  http://sites.sju.edu/ veteransservices/ entrepreneurship-programs/sju- veterans-entrepreneurial- jumpstart-vej/