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 Vietnam Veterans Memorial marks 35 years, keeping promise to ‘never forget’:

In 1979, Jan C.Scruggs, a Vietnam veteran, conceived the idea of building the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., as a tribute to all who served during one of the longest wars in American history. He felt a memorial would … Continue reading

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 The Veterans ID Card Act: (HR 91)

This bill will allow all of America’s veterans to have a permanent ID card that proves their military service. It now goes to the president’s desk for his signature. This sounds like one of those things that should exist already. … Continue reading

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 VA launches physician ambassador program:

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has launched the Physician Ambassadoe Progeam in an effort to recruit volunteer medical providers, at the more than 1,700 VA health-care facilities across the nation. The physician and clinician “ambassadors” are … Continue reading

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 White House/VA hotline now operational:

According to a June 1 Military Times article by Leo Shane III, the President’s long-promised hotline for veteran complaints was officially launched on June 1. The phone line—live now at 855-948-2311—is designed to “collect, process, and respond to the complaints … Continue reading

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Governor Mary Fallin announces Outreach for Veterans Pilot Program:

Like many of you, I have heard of the Governor’s veterans pilot program but I have heard very little as to what it entails. Governor Mary Fallin announced efforts to inform Oklahoma veterans about the Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program, a … Continue reading

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Proposal in Congress would require service members to pay into GI Bill for benefits

Congress is in the early stages of considering a mandate for service members to pay into the GI Bill – The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs gave veterans groups a draft last week of legislation that would deduct $100 from … Continue reading

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VA suicide prevention:

While drug and alcohol problems are associated with a higher risk of suicide among veterans, the increased danger is particularly high with opioid abuse, a U.S. study suggests. Overall, male veterans with drug or alcohol problems are more than twice … Continue reading

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VA mental health care – Senators ask for more OTH details:

Eight Democrats in the Senate are seeking more details from the Department of Veterans Affairs about an announcement last week that the VA would provide urgent mental health care to veterans with other-than-honorable discharges. In a letter to VA Secretary … Continue reading

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USFSPA & divorce – dividing retired pay:

A case involving the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA), a controversial 1982 law, is being heard before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The case will determine the extent of a state court’s legal authority to … Continue reading

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) recently released findings of a new study called Prospective Post-Traumatic Stress disorder Symptom Trajectories in Active Duty and Separated Military Personnel, which examines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder … Continue reading

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