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A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron refuels a U.S. Air Force RC-135W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft from the 82nd Intelligence Squadron Dec. 24,  near Okinawa, Japan. The 909th ARS is an essential component to the mid-air refueling of a multitude of aircraft ranging from fighter jets to cargo planes from different services and nations in the region. The 909th ARS and 82nd IS are stationed at Kadena Air Base, Japan. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron refuels a U.S. Air Force RC-135W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft from the 82nd Intelligence Squadron Dec. 24, near Okinawa, Japan. The 909th ARS is an essential component to the mid-air refueling of a multitude of aircraft ranging from fighter jets to cargo planes from different services and nations in the region. The 909th ARS and 82nd IS are stationed at Kadena Air Base, Japan. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman)

El Paso vets say wait times too long; El Paso steps up security; VA sends mobile clinic to El Paso; Wisconsin VA opiate prescriptions up by five times; Biden addresses student vets today; judge orders construction stopped on LA amphitheater; New Orleans ends vet homelessness; police seize Michigan VA county official’s computer; Senate says it will move fast on Clay Hunt; Congress promise oversight of VA

Vets at the El Paso Veterans Affairs clinic told VA Secretary Bob McDonald the wait times for appointments and benefits are too long, reports KFOX14‘s Crystal Price. McDonald agreed, though he said wait times are down. The clinic is home to Tuesday’s shooting where a VA psychologist was killed.

In the meantime, officials say they’re stepping up security at the El Paso clinic, reports the El Paso TimesAaron Martinez.

VA reports it has sent a mobile clinic to El Paso to help patients and staff deal with the aftermath of the shooting.

Veterans say they have nicknamed a Wisconsin VA clinic “Candyland” because painkillers fly so freely, reports The Center for Investigative Reporting‘s Aaron Glantz. Opiate prescriptions more than quintupled there in an eight-year period.

Vice President Joe Biden and McDonald will address the Student Veterans of America at their seventh convention today in San Antonio, reports the Star-Telegram.

A federal judge has ordered VA to stop construction on an “alternative therapy” amphitheater run by a non-profit on VA property, reports the Los Angeles TimesGale Holland. Veterans have argued the property, which contains UCLA’s baseball stadium and  a hotel laundry, should be used to house homeless vets.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced New Orleans had ended homelessness in its veteran population, reports the Times-Picayune‘s Richard A. Webster.

Police have seized a computer and other documents belonging to a Michigan veterans’ assistant who allegedly asked veterans for money and restaurant gift certificates after helping them gain benefits, reports the Battle Creek Enquirer‘s Trace Christenson.

Senate leaders say they plan to move quickly on the Clay Hunt veterans suicide prevention bill, reports The Hill‘s Martin Matishak.

The new Congress promises continued oversight of Veterans Affairs, reports Military TimesLeo Shane.

Bergmann & Moore, LLC, is a national law firm dedicated to serving the needs of veterans in compensation claims before and against the Department of Veterans Affairs. The firm’s partners are former VA attorneys who are very familiar with the VA system. Bergmann & Moore handles all kinds of cases, but has a concentration in claims involving PTSD, military sexual trauma and complex medical issues, such as brain cancer or degenerative issues, veterans exposed to Agent Orange often face. For more information, to submit news or to sign up for an email version of this blog, contact Kelly Kennedy at kkennedy@vetlawyers.com

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