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  1. Weekend Veterans Events.
  2. Conway wreath laying pays tribute to American veterans .
  3. Coatesville VA recognizes veterans’ service.
  4. A Good News Trifecta From VA.
  5. VA Secretary Touts Agency Gains in 2013 
  6. VA reports more progress on disability claims.
  7. One Million Veterans Have Benefitted From The G.I. Bill . 
  8. VA: One Million Vets Received Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  9. VA secretary: Vet homelessness improving, but elimination might be impossible.
  10. Togus outperforms others on disability claims.
  11. Sexual Trauma Victims Lose Out on PTSD Benefits: Report.
  12. Vets suffering from PTSD fear loss of counselor.
  13. CCU Center for military & veteran studies partners with Women’s …
  14. Groundbreaking set for SE Minn. veterans cemetery.
  15. Senate committee OKs bill requiring VA to disclose Legionnaires’, other outbreaks.
  16. State Wants Access To VA’s Prescription Drug Records
  17. Augusta VA wait time ahead of national average.
  18. Court geared for veterans begins today.
  19. New UCLA Center to Work with U.S. Military on Challenges of …
  20. Local A&M campus supports veterans’ needs.
  21. Westport veteran inducted into state Veterans Hall of Fame.

In History:

  1. Weekend Veterans Events.  WUSF News  A map of Veterans Day observances throughout the United States is provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs: Celebrate our Veterans this Veterans Day.
  2. Conway wreath laying pays tribute to American veterans .  yhorrynews  A veteran salutes the veterans monument near the old Horry County … you to all of the country’s veterans and to honor three local heroes who made the news this year. … The Disabled American Veterans and the Horry County Veterans Affairs …
  3. Coatesville VA recognizes veterans’ service.  Hyperlink to Article Daily Local News: For most of the country, parades, flag raisings and memorial services are a staple on Veterans Day, with the official observance this year coming on Monday.
  4. A Good News Trifecta From VA.  Hyperlink to Story NextGov:  The Veterans Affairs Department had a bunch of good news to report as we headed into Veterans Day, including the one millionth recipient of the post-9/11 GI Bill: Steven Ferraro of Edison, N.J., was honored in a ceremony with Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden
  5. VA Secretary Touts Agency Gains in 2013 Hyperlink to Story Military.com:  After weathering a storm of criticism last spring from veteran service organizations and an associated tsunami of bad press over the number of backlogged veteran disability claims — peaking at more than 611,000 in March — the Department of Veterans Affairs is now claiming partial victory.
  6. VA reports more progress on disability claims.  Hyperlink to Story Federal Employees News Digest:  The Department of Veterans Affairs said it has cut its backlog of disability compensation claims by one-third since March. VA said the backlog now stands at 400,835, down from a peak of 611,000 in March.
  7. One Million Veterans Have Benefitted From The G.I. Bill .  Hyperlink to Story The Huffington Post (AP):  A milestone for the new GI bill. The Veterans Affairs Department has announced the 1 millionth receipient of benefits under the post-9/11 GI Bill.
  8. VA: One Million Vets Received Post-9/11 GI Bill.  Hyperlink to Story  Military.com:  Five years after lawmakers expanded the GI Bill, the Department of Veterans Affairs has identified the one millionth veteran to use the educational benefit to attend school after military service.
  9. VA secretary: Vet homelessness improving, but elimination might be impossible.  Hyperlink to Story Stars and Stripes:  Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is sticking by his deadline to end veterans homelessness in two years.
  10. Togus outperforms others on disability claims.  Morning Sentinel Nationwide, the Department of Veterans Affairs has reported progress recently. … initiative backed by The American Legion, which said in a July news release …
  11. 11.Sexual Trauma Victims Lose Out on PTSD Benefits: Report.  Hyperlink to Story  Newsweek:  Witness a few too many IED blasts in Afghanistan and the Department of Veterans Affairs has you covered; fall victim to unwanted sexual advances, though, and you may be on your own.
  12. Vets suffering from PTSD fear loss of counselor.  Monroe News Star  … Louisiana Secretary of Veterans Affairs Rodney Alexander said Friday he will help a … “At 18 years old, they programmed us to hate, not to trust, and to kill,” Vietnam veteran Ronald Sanford said.
  13. CCU Center for military & veteran studies partners with Women’s … WBTW – Myrtle Beach and Florence SC  … Foundation in Arlington, Va., and is endorsed by the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veteran Affairs. … The collection and preservation of oral history from American veterans is a central mission of CCU’s Center for …
  14. Groundbreaking set for SE Minn. veterans cemetery.  KEYC  Groundbreaking set for SE Minn. … The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs got a $10 million construction … commissioner, Larry Shellito, will be at the groundbreaking along with U.S. Rep.
  15. Senate committee OKs bill requiring VA to disclose Legionnaires’, other outbreaks.  Hyperlink to Story   Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs has reached bipartisan agreement on proposed legislation to toughen disease reporting standards at veterans hospitals nationwide in response to a fatal Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Pittsburgh.
  16. State Wants Access To VA’s Prescription Drug Records.  Hyperlink to Story WCMH-TV:   Ohio Board of Pharmacy officials are troubled by the failure of the Veterans Health Administration to fully participate in the state’s secure online prescription drug monitoring program. Jesse Wimberly, a spokesman for the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, told NBC4, “We want them to know that we are upset.”
  17. Augusta VA wait time ahead of national average.  Hyperlink to Article Augusta Chronicle: First time mental health patients at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta are able to get counseling after their initial visit faster on average than at other facilities nationwide, an official with the provider said Friday.
  18. Court geared for veterans begins today.  Mohave Valley News  … The veterans will also meet frequently with a representative from the U.S. Department … There are also 1.44 million veterans who are eligible for health care through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  19. New UCLA Center to Work with U.S. Military on Challenges of … NEWS.GNOM.ES When it comes to supporting U.S. military personnel grievously wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ronald A. Katz has a lot to show. … Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles … 
  20. Local A&M campus supports veterans’ needs.  Killeen Daily Herald  The event was sponsored by the campus’ Veterans Affairs Center and VetSuccess group. “It’s designed for us to show appreciation for vets in the area,” said …
  21. Westport veteran inducted into state Veterans Hall of Fame.  Westport-News Westport veteran William F. Vornkahl 3rd accepts a citation from Lt. Gov. … The Hall of Fame, established by the state Department of Veterans Affairs, recognizes veterans … Council and chairman of the town’s Veterans Day parade, according to a news release issued by the office of state Sen. …

 

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