New VA Performance Review Board appointed; Army vet gets punked by First Lady; Photo gallery features items left at Vietnam Memorial; vet homelessness down 33%; Native Americans prefer traditional therapies for PTSD
A notice went out on the Federal Register listing the members of the Department of Veterans Affairs Performance Review Board. Recently, the members have come under fire for approving bonuses to senior VA officials even as scandals erupted across the country relating to manipulated documents to make wait times for doctors’ appointments appear shorter, as well as for allegations of poor care. The new members are Gina Farrisee, chair, who testified before Congress this year that not one of 500 senior executives had been rated as less than “successful” in the past four years; A. Jacy Thurmond, Jr.; Danny Pummill; Patricia C. Vandenberg; Ron Walters; Arthur Gonzalez; Elisa Basnight; and Georgia Coffey. Pummill is the only member who returns from last year’s board.
Vet homelessness is down by 33 percent since 2009, but it’s hard going, reports Stars & Stripes Jennifer Hlad. That’s because every veteran has different needs—just as they do with education, employment, health and even politics.
Indian Country‘s Richard Walker reports that when Native Americans were asked what therapies were most effective for post-traumatic stress disorder, they responded that traditional therapies worked better than therapies offered by VA. Instead, they prefer sweat lodge ceremonies, purification lodge ceremonies, spiritual ceremonies involving sacred songs, and for those in horse cultures, equine therapy. Researchers hope their work will help make those therapies more available to veterans.
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