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Morning Muster: 2/18/2015 VA closing old facilities?; ‘moral reckoning’ to counter PTSD; DoD spends $84 mill on Viagra

VA to close aging facilities?; vets must face ‘moral reckoning’ to counter PTSD; vets in Congress add perspective when facing new conflicts; Pentagon spent $84 million on ER meds last year; new film features female vets who farm; Choice Card program a bust?

Veterans Affairs hopes to close aging health care facilities they no longer need, reports Military TimesLeo Shane. VA reports 336 buildings are under-used.

Veterans must face a “moral reckoning” in dealing with the aftermath of war—or a way to look at what happened, who was at fault and “how much guilt should be borne”—writes The New York Times’ David Brooks  in a column about David Morris’ “The Evil Hours.”

Combat veterans serving in Congress offer up an important perspective as the nation makes decisions about military campaigns, reports The New York Times’ Ashley Parker and Jeremy W. Peters.

The Pentagon spent $84 million on Viagra and other erectile dysfunction medications last year, reports Military Times‘ Patricia Kime. While this could speak to injuries of war, such as traumatic brain injury, more than half the prescriptions were listed as psychiatric in nature, Kime reports. PTSD can play a part.

A new documentary focuses on three female veterans who use farming to reintegrate into civilian life, reports The Red & Black’s Madison Olds.

The Choice Card program has been a “bust,” according to The Fiscal Times’ reporters Eric Pianin and Maureen Mackey, as only 27,000 people have used it so far. And as VA Secretary Bob McDonald says he has fired 900 people in the six months after the wait-time scandal, his predecessor fired 4,300 people in two years.

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, Gulf War illness 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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