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Let's Work Toward a Home for Every Veteran

Chris Gardner | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
Chris Gardner

Veterans who are homeless may not have a home, but that doesn't mean they don't have diverse skills that could be put to use to meet the needs of an expanding job market. Now is the time for the nation's employers to take a fresh look at hiring homeless veterans for job openings.

We Still Don't Have an Answer to Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans

Steve Peck | Posted 09.24.2015 | Los Angeles
Steve Peck

The void that suicidal veterans stare into is engulfing them, and it is our job to infiltrate that void, and populate it with loving, compassionate fellow vets who care deeply about each veterans' survival. We have got to find the answer.

Insulting America's Sacred Idols: Helping Veterans Recover From Moral Injury

Matthew Hoh | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

If we are serious as a nation in our platitudes and compassion for veterans, then we must adhere to our nationally self-professed and loudly proclaimed values of justice, honor and courage and speak honestly with our veterans.

Addressing Veteran Suicide Head-on: Q&A With Oscar Winner Ellen Goosenberg Kent

Joshua Kors | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Joshua Kors

One number: 22. That's all it took to transform Ellen Goosenberg Kent from a filmmaker to a woman on a mission. "When I heard that 22 veterans are killing themselves every day, I thought: This is outrageous. That's almost one every hour. I had to do something," she said.

New VA Program Helps Employ Vets By Taking Care Of Simple Logistics

AP | LISA CORNWELL | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact

CINCINNATI (AP) — David Bowles is excitedly making plans to move from a homeless shelter to an apartment of his own in a few weeks, thanks to a new ...

'The Other Side of Memorial Day,' or Dying in Paradise

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Nearly everyone honors our war dead. More ignored are the military dead who died following the wars. Far too often, family and loved ones were abandoned to cope with wounded who would never really recover. Perhaps it is time to discuss when politicians ignore veterans when no one is watching.

Igor Bobic

John Boehner Blasts Obama Over Pace Of Reform At Department Of Veterans Affairs | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday called on the Obama administration to formulate a "long-term plan" that would address t...

Veterans Affairs Fails To Fix Waiting Times

AP | DAVID B. CARUSO | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The chronic delays plaguing the Veterans Affairs health system are concentrated in a fraction of its hospitals and clinics...

Trooper Shines Much-Needed Spotlight on Iraq Vets and Uranium Poisoning

Joshua Kors | Posted 04.20.2015 | Entertainment
Joshua Kors

Movies, said film critic Roger Ebert, are like an "empathy machine." Their mission: to help us understand a bit more about others' hopes, their fears, their dreams. Movies allow us to walk in others' shoes. They help us "identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us."

In Wake Of Troubling VA Report, Group Promises Nearly 2,000 Homes For Homeless Vets

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact

After a recent eye-opening report found that the Department of Veterans Affairs let down thousands of homeless veterans last year, the VA remained und...

VA Fires Phoenix Hospital Director

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the troubled Phoenix veterans' hospital was fired Monday as the Veterans Affairs Department continued its crackdown on...

Chicago Is the 99th-worst City for Veterans, Says Study

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.11.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Chicago is not doing its part to support military veterans, says a new study. Out of 100 cities examined, Chicago ranked as number 99 in terms of how well the city offers economic, education, health and housing opportunities.

Not All Veterans Are Heroes

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

Am I describing the entire enlisted force, past and present? Not at all. But that's the point. We are not all the same. Taking the veteran moniker doesn't change that. What I'm getting to is this: Stop "other"-ing us.

This Veterans Day, Let's Focus on Homeless Female Vets

Deborah De Santis | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

Experts believe the number of homeless female veterans is going up because federal veteran assistance programs do not do enough to accommodate women and children, and also there is a lack of affordable housing and child care in our country.

VA Announces Reorganization, Vows Focus On Customer Service

AP | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veter...

Gotcha, Government!

Terry Newell | Posted 12.26.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

Why couldn't the CDC save lives instead of putting them at risk? Why couldn't the VA help patients instead of delaying their care? Then maybe we would have a little more trust in the feds.

New VA Funds Will Help 70,000 Homeless Veterans And Their Families

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Tuesday that $207 million will be allocated in grants to help fight veteran homelessness across Amer...

Report Finds Serious Shortcomings In How The VA Cares For Female Veterans

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who served in the military, even ...

Culture of Service: Temptation to Arrogance

Milton Ezrati | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Milton Ezrati

Disciplining bureaucratic arrogance may look like small ball next to trophy legislation, but it might actually pay bigger dividends by sweetening the nation's currently sour political milieu and so permitting more effective, active government.

Veterans Affairs Chief Promises To Make It Easier For Veterans To Get The Services They Need

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department with its 14 different password-protected websites is too complicated for most veterans to navigate...

Treating PTSD: Maybe It's Time for Another Look at Our Options

Shad Meshad | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Shad Meshad

Internationally recognized traumatologist Dr. Charles Figley thinks we should reevaluate medical marijuana for use in treating trauma like PTSD, especially in the face of veterans being overprescribed pharmaceuticals and psychotropic drugs, often very powerful ones, and sometimes several at a time.

Congressional Vacations For All!

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This is a rare week indeed in Washington, since it is one of those weeks when Congress actually attempts to get something done. There's a reason for this, of course, and it is the usual one: they're about to take another jaw-droppingly extensive vacation.

Sanders Offers A Lower-Cost Solution To Improve VA Health Care Services

AP | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing pr...

Same Song....

John Toussaint, MD | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
John Toussaint, MD

In a strange way, the VA and military health system problems might actually help American medicine leaders figure out the way forward.

David Wood

How Community Nonprofits Are Revolutionizing Services For Veterans | David Wood | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

The custom-designed Gordon Mansfield housing complex at Soldier On, a nonprofit veteran center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The complex has 39 studio...