October 31, 2014
Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran | The Washington Post
The platoon mustered at zero-eight-hundred on a balmy Saturday, its members in shorts and standard-issue shirts, ready to be put to work. As they assembled next to the front gate, awaiting orders, a few rocked on the balls of their feet as if preparing for a morning march. Others puffed on menthol cigarettes or rubbed the sleep out of their eyes.
October 27, 2014
Andrew Goldstein | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Lynn Strezeski was equipped with an arsenal of experience after she left the military.
Already holding a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and spending her time in the Army as an intelligence analyst, she thought it would be easy for her to find a job. Only, no employer seemed to know what to make of her.
“My Army experience was more of a hindrance than a help,” Ms. Strezeski said.
October 23, 2014
(Washington, DC) October 23, 2014 - At a symposium held at the True Reformer Building in Washington, DC, CommonHealth ACTION, a national public health organization, released findings from a year-long national study of barriers that U.S. military veterans face when they access programs, services, and supports directly and indirectly related to their mental health. The symposium brought together stakeholders from veteran-serving organizations, philanthropy, leaders of community-based organizations, veterans, and concerned community members.
September 30, 2014
Patrick Healy | NBC Los Angeles
One in five veterans in Los Angeles was homeless for a part of last year, according to a newly-published survey that breaks new ground in detailing the challenges of transitioning from military duty to civilian life.
September 15, 2014
Bob Brewin | Nextgov
The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to outsource issuance and administration of the “Veteran's Choice Card,” a key provision of legislation signed last month by President Barack Obama that allows veterans to seek health care from private providers outside the Veterans Health Administration network of 950-plus hospitals and clinics.
September 10, 2014
MakerSquare | PRNewswire
The White House has invited business leaders to a meeting in Washington to explore ideas to improve employment opportunities for military veterans. The Obama administration wants veterans and their families to be able to access innovative, accelerated learning programs that teach IT skills for growth industries and in-demand occupations. Government agencies involved in the discussions will include The Department of Veterans Affairs, Joining Forces, The Office of Science and Technology, and The Office of the Vice President.
September 9, 2014
This fall, the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to release new mobile health applications aimed at helping veterans access and manage their health records, FierceMobileHealthcare reports (Mottl,FierceMobileHealthcare, 9/4).
September 8, 2014
To provide military veterans and active-duty service members with data on which top-ranked schools offer benefits that can help them pursue a college education, U.S. News has produced the Best Colleges for Veterans rankings for a second year.
September 8, 2014
BEN KESLING | The Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON—The new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday he is working to streamline the VA's sprawling bureaucracy, simplify the process for veterans to receive care and hire thousands of new doctors and nurses.
Robert McDonald , who was confirmed by the Senate in July as VA secretary, said he wants to foster a culture where whistleblowers feel safe to speak out and employees who contributed to delays in care are disciplined.
April 2, 2014
Michèle A. Flournoy | The Washington Post
The Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a nationwide poll of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, revealing the profound and enduring effects of these conflicts on the 2.6 million who have served. Explore what we found.
George Washington once declared that “the willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”