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Latest report shows increase in reports of sexual assault in the military

Latest report shows increase in reports of sexual assault in the military

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released yesterday the latest survey of sexual assaults among our armed forces. He believes that the Defense Department’s efforts to prevent such attacks in the military are having an impact, but there’s much more work to be done. “We believe that our efforts [...]

VA Secretary announces major reorganization #itsabouttime

VA Secretary announces major reorganization  #itsabouttime

On November 10, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald sent a message to all VA employees that he plans to reorganize the VA. The message followed his In an interview with CBS' “60 Minutes” on Sunday in which McDonald said as many as 1,000 VA employees workers may be [...]

Go in Peace, helping veterans deal with PTSD

Go in Peace, helping veterans deal with PTSD

According to a 2013 Veterans Administration report, 1 in 4 Americans who dies is a veteran. Twenty-two veterans commit suicide daily. Many of those deaths are linked to PTSD. Though there are no statistics on how many veterans locally have committed suicide, law enforcement has told me it's more [...]

‘Invisible War’ wins two Emmys

‘Invisible War’ wins two Emmys

Tuesday night, the film "The Invisible War" won two Emmys -- one for Investigative Journalism and another for Best Documentary -- at the 35th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards in New York City. We covered in April 2013 the issue of sexual assault in the military and this award-winning [...]

State Capital Buzz: School Vouchers, Veterans dealing with PTSD

State Capital Buzz: School Vouchers, Veterans dealing with PTSD

LAWSUIT SEEKS TO END SCHOOL VOUCHERS PROGRAM A coalition of groups and individual plaintiffs filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of a de facto school-vouchers program that serves tens of thousands of children. The Florida Education Association, the Florida School Boards [...]

NYT: New study Vietnam War veterans with PTSD show little improvement

NYT: New study Vietnam War veterans with PTSD show little improvement

The New York Times reports that a new study, financed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, show that most Vietnam War veterans who had persistent post-traumatic stress a decade or more after serving have shown surprisingly little improvement since then, and a large percentage have died. A [...]

Miller speaks out for VA reform

Miller speaks out for VA reform

Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs: “The Department of Veterans Affairs is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis caused by corruption, mismanagement and a lack of accountability across the board. VA is in need of reform, and I applaud my colleagues in the [...]

Scott Signs Law To Place Pow-Mia Chair In Capitol

Scott Signs Law To Place Pow-Mia Chair In Capitol

An empty chair, set up to honor people who have been prisoners of war or remain missing in action, will be the latest feature of the Capitol complex, under a bill (HB 731) signed Friday by Gov. Rick Scott. "The POW-MIA Chair of Honor Memorial will be a reminder to all Floridians of those [...]

Studer Group leader Dan Collard address House committee

Studer Group leader Dan Collard address House committee

Studer Group Senior Leader Dan Collard testified yesterday before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs about the importance of reducing variance and creating a culture of consistency, alignment, and standardization. Collard testified that in Studer Group's experience with more than 900 [...]

Former Blue Angels commanding officer reprimanded

Former Blue Angels commanding officer reprimanded

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs has issued an press release on the outcome of the Navy's investigation of a former commanding officer of the Blue Angels. At an Admiral's Mast proceeding on June 2, Capt. Gregory McWherter was found guilty of violating Uniform Code Military Justice articles 92 [...]

Inspector General confirms delays in medical care at VA facility

Inspector General confirms delays in medical care at VA facility

The Office of Inspector General has issued an interim report of the ongoing review at the Phoenix Health Care System (HCS). While the review is still underway, OIG has substantiated that significant delays in access to care negatively impacted the quality care at this medical facility. The [...]

INYR: Tailhook whistleblower on Military Justice Improvement Act

INYR: Tailhook whistleblower on Military Justice Improvement Act

On Thursday, Feb 6, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) held a press conference to discuss her bipartisan Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA). The legislation would remove the decision to prosecute rape and sexual assault cases from a conflicted and often-biased chain of command, and put it [...]

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