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Veterans News & Events | August 8, 2017

Veterans News & Events | August 8, 2017

Veterans News & Events | August 8, 2017 

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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, Illinoishttps://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 – NCOAdvocacy 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. 





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=eyJpIjoiTlRNeVpXTmlPV1U1WlRBeiIsInQiOiJpK1VwV0swR1lLU3NzUGJIc09vNE9YeVQrZVA2YWRqeE10R1lsRjY1dFZMS29SNUhHdVloTWtTNVpaVGFRbVg3VUVcL3JZbXZlYWJJbFwvdmtTazFHcnV3N2pVYkV6V3RhOWVcL2RLM3NSUEVocjB0K1JRU2VkXC9JWUZLOW1RWHBxbUYifQ==



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.
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 AMArmy-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:
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/