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  • VA to start offering mental health care to 'bad paper' veterans

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON -- Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said his department will start offering mental health services for veterans with other-than-honorable dismissals as soon as possible, saying the issue is too important to wait for congressional intervention. 

    “We have some authorities to do that,” he told members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Tuesday night. “So many veterans are just disconnected from our system. The 20 a day committing suicide are not getting the care they need. 

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  • Despite decreasing veteran unemployment rate, underemployment remains a problem

    Natalie Gross | Military Times

    When Lance Calloway got out of the Marine Corps in 2015, he planned to enroll in graduate school and find a job that would combine the business management skills he’d learned in college with his four years of experience in an artillery unit.

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  • Howard and Sheri Schultz Launch Veteran Support Network in Washington State

    Leo Rokoske | AmeriForce Media

    The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University today announced the launch of WAServes, an innovative network that makes it easier for service members, veterans and their family members to find and access services they need. Supported by the Schultz Family Foundation, which was co-founded by Sheri Schultz and her husband Howard Schultz, the program will serve King, Snohomish, Island, Kitsap, Pierce, Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties.

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  • Veterans groups warn against unlimited choice for health care

    Nikki Wentling | Stars and Stripes

    WASHINGTON — Speaking to House and Senate veterans’ affairs committees, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars on Wednesday warned against the Department of Veterans Affairs excessively outsourcing medical treatment to the private sector.

    Charles Schmidt, national commander of the American Legion, spoke out against “all-out privatization or any dissolution of the VA system.” VFW National Commander Brian Duffy echoed that message later, saying veterans want to “fix – not dismantle – the VA health care system.”

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  • VA Secretary David Shulkin: Our plan to deliver greater accountability to America's veterans

    David Shulkin | Fox News Opinion

    On February 28, 2017 President Trump, while addressing a Joint Session of Congress, once again identified accountability in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a top priority. The President is right, veterans deserve much better.

    There have been well publicized incidents of VA employees who have failed in our mission and have done harm to those I and all VA employees have been entrusted to serve.

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  • VA Secretary Shulkin: Expect boost to veterans spending

    Hope Yen | The Washington Post

    WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Tuesday he expects a spending boost in President Donald Trump’s budget for veterans programs, escaping big-time proposed cuts slated for other domestic programs.

    Speaking at an American Legion conference, Shulkin also indicated to reporters that he would seek “hundreds” more exemptions to a federal hiring freeze for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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  • What's in the VA secretary's 10-point plan to reform his department?

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — In appearances before veterans groups this week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin is outlining his 10-point plan for reforming department operations and offerings, with a heavy emphasis on VA medical improvements.

    The plan is separate from the 10-point VA plan President Trump unveiled on the campaign trail last summer, but includes some of the same themes of accountability and a more customer-service focus for department employees. 

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  • How can the White House better focus on veterans needs?

    Miguel Howe | AmeriForce

    More than 21 million of our fellow citizens now carry the title of “veteran.” Since 2001, almost 3 million of those veterans have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, and more than a million have deployed more than once.

    Most of them will transition smoothly into civilian life. Yet too many veterans and military families face challenges finding meaningful employment, earning a college degree, securing housing, and receiving treatment for physical and mental health problems.

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  • NAVSO 2-Year Anniversary Part 1: The Good, The Not-So-Good and More

    Chris Ford, CEO | NAVSO

    What a remarkable journey.
    In just two years, our agile team learned so much through our work with nonprofit organizations, government leaders, funders, employers and researchers. It’s been a humbling but exciting journey as we continue to pursue transformation in the veteran services marketplace. Thank you to everyone who joined us on our mission to best serve those who serve veterans and military families.
     
    The Good
    Our nation is fortunate to have millions of people working to support veterans and military families. Through thousands of nonprofit organizations, government agencies, philanthropic foundations, businesses and research institutions, millions of Americans make it their mission to serve this remarkable community, fund their support, study their needs or employ them. While some complain about so-called market saturation, imagine if we only had 300 nonprofit organizations focused on the needs of military families and veterans instead of thousands? Where would they go when they really needed help?

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  • NAVSO 2-Year Anniversary Part 2: What's Next?

    Chris Ford, CEO | NAVSO

    With all this knowledge in hand from our early work, what’s next?
    At NAVSO, we’re squarely focused on improving the lives of veterans and military families by transforming the veteran services marketplace. For our nonprofit members, we’re continually improving our existing tools and adding new resources to help them work more effectively and efficiently in meeting their client’s needs and in running their organizations well. Similarly, we’re working with existing and prospective funders who want to get more out of their grantmaking. We find many of these organizations actively seek additional insights outside the grantmaking cycle and we’re honored to serve as that sounding board for many of them. In one specific example, we’re sitting on a gold mine of information relating to veteran employment and we’ll be working with businesses (and nonprofits) to improve veteran employment outcomes across the country.

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