Senate expected to pass Clay Hunt bill today; new report shows how many vets employed by feds; new report out about DoD mental health staffing; VA OIG’s monthly highlight report out; Burn Pit lawsuits could help vets; Denver VA admits to improper waitlist; paper traces history of Desert Storm War Memorial; American Legion argues for informal claims; LA says it will end vets’ homelessness; First Lady defends ‘Sniper’; should vets with PTSD be exempted from death penalty?; VA studies mental health service dogs; ‘Candyland’ official investigated; combat journalist looks at The Evil Hours; Can Google fix VA?
VA has released a new report that shows how many vets are employed by the federal government. Looks like it’s 30 percent in Fiscal Year 2012—a 4 percent bump from Fiscal Year 2008.
If you missed it, a GAO report about Defense Department mental health staffing needs came out Friday.
VA’s OIG has released its monthly highlights report: Ohio docs did not properly assess patients before prescribing opioids; homeless vets can’t reach VA’s call center; VA didn’t follow up on unresolved consults.
The American Legion argues at Military.com that Veterans Affairs must keep its informal claims process, arguing that, rather than helping vets, “VA is sacrificing veterans’ choices and options in the interest of making the claims system easier for VA to work with.”
After settling a lawsuit with veterans who said a VA campus in Los Angeles should be used for veterans—not baseball stadiums—LA announced it would end vets’ homelessness by the end of the year, reports the Los Angeles Times’ @latimes Gale Holland @geholland.
The Oregonian’s Mike Francis reviews The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, by David J. Morris. Mike says it’s a good cultural and historical look, as well as a book that “spurs personal action,” therefore, I will read it.
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