Will there be discipline for VA whistleblowers’ bosses?; $13.5 million made available to homeless vets; new suicide bill would cost $22 million; top cop shops named for vets; conference focuses on intimacy issues after combat
The Washington Post‘s Joe Davidson asks if there will be any discipline for Department of Veterans Affairs officials who fired whistleblowers after catching the irony that VA’s Office of Special Counsel recently named three whistleblowers as employees of the year. “It was an upbeat event that praised protectors of the government’s mission, with little mention of the bad actors who tried to sabotage the doctors who did their duty,” Davidson writes.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to spend $13.5 million across the nation on housing vouchers for homeless vets, reports The Baltimore Sun‘s Ian Duncan. VA estimates there were 50,000 homeless vets at the beginning of 2014, and President Obama promised to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2014. Duncan reports vet homelessness had gone down by 33 percent by the beginning of 2014.
The Congressional Budget Office issued a cost estimate for the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, saying it will cost about $22 million from 2015 to 2019 to pay education expenses for psychiatrists, build a website outlining programs, create a community outreach pilot and collaborate on efforts to prevent suicide, among other programs. About 22 veterans kill themselves every day.
Military Times‘ George Altman homed in on veterans‘ tendency to aim for law enforcement or security after leaving the military, and presents a primer on the best law enforcement agencies in the country for vets. The list is based on what those departments do specifically for vets, such as military-related community events, as well as recruiting efforts and culture.
A conference this week will focus on the intimacy issues some troops face when they return home from combat, reports Military Times‘ Patricia Kime. Injuries can be both physical and emotional, and the Bob Woodruff Foundation is sponsoring a two-day event covering everything from fertility treatments to regenerative medicine.
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