Veteran-Important Reads

Below are the articles that are important for each and every veteran. These articles may not be state-specific, or if they are, they will be located under that State’s listing as well. The articles will be show from most recent to older as you scroll downward. Please feel free to pass this along to any and all veterans that you may know who are in need of more information (which should be ALL veterans).


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SOURCE: Disabled Veterans.org
SUBJECT:  ” Shulkin confirmed as White House excludes National VSOs from meeting  ”
DATE: 8 Feb 2017
LINK: [       http://www.disabledveterans.org/2017/02/08/president-excludes-national-vsos-shulkin-confirmation/?inf_contact_key=0901a314c409897e7e6c31b0e9c4a2b1f63bcdf61b9354dc8b3ee9c127da69cf         ]


SOURCE:   Fox News Insider
SUBJECT:  ”  Veteran dying from cancer asks for letters in final days ”
DATE: 7 Feb 2017
LINK: [          http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/02/07/veteran-hospital-asks-letters-final-days      ]


SOURCE:  WJLA.com
SUBJECT:  ” Veteran says OKC VA provided ‘kitty litter’ substance and plastic bags for ICU toilets  ”
DATE: 7 Feb 2017
LINK: [        http://wjla.com/news/nation-world/veteran-says-okc-va-provided-kitty-litter-substance-and-plastic-bags-for-icu-toilets        ]


SOURCE: Disabled Veterans.org
SUBJECT:  ”  Tax avoider Medtronic wins Telehealth contract from Veterans Affairs ”
DATE: 7 Feb 2017
LINK: [       http://www.disabledveterans.org/2017/02/07/tax-avoider-medtronic-wins-telehealth-contract-veterans-affairs/?inf_contact_key=28cb19d793f8365b1fddbae8ed0983e6dae48b056e60ebfcd36b845d0756d57f         ]


SOURCE: Military Times
SUBJECT:  ” Trump held his first VA listening session without veterans advocates  ”
DATE: 7 Feb 2017
LINK: [            http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/trump-va-listening-session-no-advocates?utm_content=buffer4058d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer    ]


SOURCE: Fox News Insider
SUBJECT:  ”  ‘Hiring Vets is who we are’: Black Rifle Coffee Company hits back at Starbucks ”
DATE: Fox News Insider
LINK: [          http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/02/07/black-rifle-coffee-company-plans-hire-10000-veterans      ]


SOURCE:   Army Times.com
SUBJECT:  ” Clinical trial using marijuana to treat PTSD in veterans gets underway  ”
DATE: 7 Feb 2017
LINK: [        https://www.armytimes.com/articles/clinical-trial-using-marijuana-to-treat-ptsd-in-veterans-gets-underway        ]


SOURCE:   M Live
SUBJECT:  ” Cutting 200 beds at GR veterans home will benefit residents, state says  ”
DATE: 5 Feb 2017
LINK: [    http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/02/state_goal_to_improve_veterans.html            ]


SOURCE: Bangor Daily Mail
SUBJECT:  ”  After 40 years of nightmares, a dog has helped a Maine veteran find peace ”
DATE: 8 Feb 2017
LINK: [         http://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/07/news/portland/how-dogs-are-helping-maine-veterans-recover-from-the-horrors-of-war/       ]


SOURCE: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
SUBJECT:  ”  Compensation 101: What exactly is VA compensation? ”
DATE: 1 Feb 2017
LINK: [      http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/34844/34844/          ]


SOURCE: Politico
SUBJECT:  ”  Veterans Affairs nominee rules out VA privatization ”
DATE: 1 Feb 2017
LINK:[          http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/shulkin-rules-out-va-privatization-234516      ]


SOURCE: National Association for gun rights
SUBJECT:  ” Vietnam Vet kills suspect, ends serial robbery spree  ”
DATE: 6 Feb 2017
LINK: [      https://www.nationalgunrights.org/press/gun-rights-news/item/1301-vietnam-veteran-kills-suspect          ]


SOURCE: Disabled Veterans.org
SUBJECT:  ”  VA spent billions without denting doctor hiring problem. ”
DATE: 1 Feb 2017
LINK: [       http://www.disabledveterans.org/2017/02/01/va-spent-billions-without-denting-doctor-hiring-problem/         ]


SOURCE: The Washington Post
SUBJECT:  ”  VA ‘will not be privatized under my watch,’ Cabinet nominee says in clash with Trump team ”
DATE: 1 Feb 2017
LINK: [         https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/01/va-will-not-be-privatized-under-my-watch-cabinet-nominee-says-in-clash-with-trump-team/?tid=sm_Fb&utm_term=.21f0edfe9cb7       ]


SOURCE: Billings Gazette
SUBJECT:  ”  VA buys land for Wyoming’s first veterans national cemetery ”
DATE: 30 Jan 2017
LINK: [     http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/va-buys-land-for-wyoming-s-first-veterans-national-cemetery/article_6f74f910-1205-5db1-896b-b5cab3f95a5e.html           ]


SOURCE: KSLA News 12
SUBJECT:  ” VA confirms Overton Brooks medical director reassigned amid allegations of wrongdoing  ”
DATE: 3 Feb 2017
LINK: [    http://www.ksla.com/story/34413464/va-confirms-overton-brooks-medical-director-reassigned-amid-allegations-of-wrongdoing#.WJU5K050vkw.facebook            ]


SOURCE: The Tennessean
SUBJECT:  ” Tennessee veterans deserve better facilities  ”
DATE: 31 Jan 2017
LINK: [          http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2017/01/31/tennessee-veterans-deserve-better-facilities/96538136/      ]


SOURCE: USA Today
SUBJECT:  ” Troubled VA center’s director gets new post while under investigation  ”
DATE: 3 Feb 2017
LINK: [           http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/03/veterans-affairs-medical-center-director-investigation-transfer/97422616/     ]


SOURCE: Military Times
SUBJECT:  ” Trump pick David Shulkin vows to reform-not privatize-VA services  ”
DATE: 1 Feb 2017
LINK: [     http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/david-shulkin-confirmation-hearing-senate           ]


SOURCE: Disabled Veterans.org
SUBJECT:  ”  Shulkin VHA Leadership did not curb whistleblower retaliation ”
DATE: 29 Jan 2017
LINK: [           http://www.disabledveterans.org/2017/01/29/shulkin-vha-leadership-not-curb-whistleblower-retaliation/?inf_contact_key=3de8cfe3767dbc643909bf6a9e07bb9abdcdc32fdf19ae57e66b6774cdd4b9d0     ]


SOURCE: Fox News Politics
SUBJECT:  ” Special ops veteran risks life to recover pets from bases in war zone  ”
DATE: 23 Jan 2017
LINK: [      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/23/special-ops-veteran-risks-life-to-recover-pets-from-bases-in-war-zone.html          ]


SOURCE: Disabled Veteran.org
SUBJECT:  ”  Outsourced? VA does not even ‘own’ its own infrastructure ”
DATE: 6 Feb 2017
LINK: [      http://www.disabledveterans.org/2017/02/06/outsourced-va-does-not-even-own-its-own-infrastructure/?inf_contact_key=cde92263bf01dfbac2326e70e9ecc2a169c483a7822c2eadeb82d7c9cd6a6164          ]


SOURCE: Washington Examiner
SUBJECT:  ” Now is the time to hold VA employees accountable for their failures  ”
DATE: 1 Feb 2017
LINK:[      http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/article/2613640          ]


SOURCE: WZZM 13
SUBJECT:  ”  Muskegon County woman charged with abusing veteran at the home for veterans ”
DATE: 1 Feb 2017
LINK: [       http://www.wzzm13.com/news/investigations/13-on-your-side/watchdog/muskegon-county-woman-arrested-for-abuse-at-grand-rapids-home-for-veterans/395229315         ]


SOURCE: Fairfax County Times
SUBJECT:  ” Legal help for veterans: taking the case for those who have taken up arms  ”
DATE: 3 Feb 2017
LINK: [       http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/articles/legal-help-for-veterans-taking-the-case-for-those-who/article_e281f8b6-ea50-11e6-8d49-670225b0b7a3.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share         ]


SOURCE: Boston CBS
SUBJECT:  ” Lynn becomes first Mass. City to end veteran homelessness  ”
DATE: 30 Mar 2016
LINK: [       http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/03/30/lynn-receives-attention-housing-homeless-veterans/         ]


SOURCE: Military Times
SUBJECT:  ” Key Republican suggest VA budget may be big enough already  ”
DATE: 31 Jan 2017
LINK: [          http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/roe-va-budget-session-start?utm_content=buffer6f127&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer      ]


SOURCE: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
SUBJECT:  ” Good News: VA lowers most medication copayments  ”
DATE: ND
LINK: [       https://www.myhealth.va.gov/ss20170126-good-news-va-medication-copayments         ]


SOURCE: Curry Pilot
SUBJECT:  ” Female veterans face barriers to health care  ”
DATE: 27 Jan 2017
LINK: [         http://www.currypilot.com/news/5021168-151/female-veterans-face-barriers-to-health-care       ]


SOURCE: Funker530
SUBJECT:  ”  Facebook page Extortion leads to GoFundMe Success ”
DATE: 1 Feb 2017
LINK: [         https://www.funker530.com/facebook-page-extortion/       ]


SOURCE: We Are The Mighty
SUBJECT:  ” Clint Eastwood once helped fund a Vietnam POW rescue mission  ”
DATE: 26 Jan 2017
LINK: [     http://www.wearethemighty.com/articles/clint-eastwood-once-helped-fund-a-vietnam-pow-rescue-mission           ][ http://www.wearethemighty.com/articles/clint-eastwood-once-helped-fund-a-vietnam-pow-rescue-mission ]


SOURCE: The Atlantic
SUBJECT:  ” Americans at Work: Returning Veterans  ”
DATE: 4 Feb 2017
LINK: [         https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/02/americans-at-work-returning-veterans/515706/       ]


SOURCE: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
SUBJECT:  ”   Army Veteran spends his days comforting the dying ”
DATE: 31 Jan 2017
LINK: [       http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/34803/army-veteran-spends-days-comforting-dying/         ]


SOURCE: Disabled Veterans.org
SUBJECT:  ”  Big Bucks: Former VA Secretary lands deal with Veterans Affairs ”
DATE: 31 Jan 2017
LINK: [         http://www.disabledveterans.org/2017/01/31/big-bucks-former-va-secretary-lands-deal-veterans-affairs/?inf_contact_key=7e26a3ea38a3ac9eef9f85cecffe9b1e98fc1f6a5508e2cb062902cd61997c5f       ]


SOURCE: The Bulletin: Tara Bannow
SUBJECT:  ”  Veterans hope new director improves counseling center ”
DATE: 29 Jan 2017
LINK: [        http://www.bendbulletin.com/health/5011057-151/veterans-hope-new-director-improves-counseling-center        ]


SOURCE: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
SUBJECT:  ” Veterans with traumatic brain injuries and the realities when returning home  ”
DATE: 27 Jan 2017
LINK: [         http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/34714/veterans-with-traumatic-brain-injuries-and-the-realities-when-returning-home/       ]


SOURCE: Disabled Veterans.org: Benjamin Krause
SUBJECT:  ” Veterans Affairs gets partial hiring freeze exemption after outcry  ”
DATE: 27 Jan 2017
LINK: [         http://www.disabledveterans.org/2017/01/27/update-trump-allows-exemption-va-hiring-outcry/       ]


SOURCE: Military.com: Nikki Wentling
SUBJECT:  ” VA Leader exempts many jobs from Federal hiring freeze  ”
DATE: 28 Jan 2017
LINK: [       http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/01/28/va-leader-exempts-many-jjobs-federal-hiring-freeze.html         ]


SOURCE: KDh news: David A. Bryant
SUBJECT:  ”  Vets court: Caring for veterans in greatest time of need ”
DATE: 28 Jan 2017
LINK: [         http://m.kdhnews.com/military/vets-court-caring-for-veterans-in-greatest-time-of-need/article_8e604052-e5d3-11e6-afdd-5bae53d3bc8a.html?mode=jqm       ]


SOURCE: The New York Times: Eric Schmitt
SUBJECT:  ” U.S. Commando killed in Yemen in Trump’s first counterterror operation  ”
DATE: 29 Jan 2017
LINK: [           https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/29/world/middleeast/american-commando-killed-in-yemen-in-trumps-first-counterterror-operation.html?_r=0     ]


SOURCE: Tech Crunch: Megan Rose Dickey
SUBJECT:  ” Amazon is creating an apprenticeship program to train veterans for tech jobs  ”
DATE: 19 Jan 2017
LINK: [        http://www.disabledveterans.org/2017/01/27/update-trump-allows-exemption-va-hiring-outcry/        ]


SOURCE: ABC News: Liz Alesse
SUBJECT:  ”  Army Veteran, Double-Amputee Finds New Battlefield in DC ”
DATE: 27 Jan 2017
LINK: [       http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/army-veteran-double-amputee-finds-battlefield-dc/story?id=45093567         ]


SOURCE: KQED: Dorian Merina
SUBJECT:  “New use for old shipping containers: Housing for homeless veterans   ”
DATE: 29 Jan 2017
LINK:[       https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/01/29/new-use-for-old-shipping-containers-housing-for-homeless-veterans/         ]


SOURCE: Veteran Lawyer
SUBJECT:  ” Thailand Veterans were exposed to the same herbicides as Vietnam Veterans  ”
DATE: ND
LINK: [    http://veteranlawyer.com/            ]


SOURCE: The Washington Free Beacon
SUBJECT:  ” Sanders lectures Navy SEAL Veteran: VA Isn’t Bad  ”
DATE: 17 Jan 2017
LINK: [        http://freebeacon.com/issues/sanders-lectures-navy-seal-veteran-va-isnt-bad/        ]


SOURCE: Concerned Veterans for America
SUBJECT:  “Rubio RE-introduces bill to make it easier to fire bad VA employees   ”
DATE: 18 Jan 2017
LINK: [     https://cv4a.org/press-release/cva-thanks-sen-rubio-va-accountability/           ]


SOURCE: People.com
SUBJECT:  ” Parrots for Patriots helps Veterans find healing and hope through abandoned birds looking for love  ”
DATE: 17 Jan 2017
LINK: [         http://people.com/pets/parrots-for-patriots-helps-veterans-find-healing-and-hope-through-abandoned-birds-looking-for-loving-friends/       ]


SOURCE: Military.com
SUBJECT:  ”  PTSD and Marriage: 5 things spouses need to know ”
DATE: ND
LINK: [   http://www.military.com/spouse/relationships/military-marriage/ptsd-and-marriage-4-things-spouses-need-to-know.html            ]


SOURCE: Military Times.com
SUBJECT:  ”  Marine Killed, another injured in training accident ”
DATE: 15 Jan 2017
LINK: [     http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/01/15/marine-killed-another-injured-training-accident.html?ESRC=todayinmil.sm           ]


SOURCE: AmeriForce
SUBJECT:  ” Female veterans battle with PTSD  ”
DATE: 15 Jan 2017
LINK:[        http://ameriforce.net/female-veterans-battle-ptsd/        ]


SOURCE: Conservative Review
SUBJECT:  ” Levin to Bernie: Ask America’s vets how their ‘right’ to soviet-style health care is working out  ”
DATE: 18 Jan 2017
LINK: [    https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2017/01/levin-to-bernie-ask-americas-vets-how-their-right-to-soviet-style-health-care-is-working-out?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=011917LevinSmackdownBernie&utm_campaign=crfb            ]


SOURCE: National Review
SUBJECT:  ” Disgrace: Obama commutes Bradley Manning’s sentence  ”
DATE: 17 Jan 2017
LINK: [     http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/443934/disgrace-obama-commutes-bradley-mannings-sentence?utm_source=nr&utm_campaign=manning&utm_medium=facebook&utm_content=french           ]


SOURCE: Military Times.com
SUBJECT:  ”  VA by the numbers: has the department made progress? ”
DATE: 16 Jan 2017
LINK: [        http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/va-numbers-obama-trump-new-administration        ]


SOURCE: Concerned Veterans for America
SUBJECT:  ” VA remains on ‘High Risk’ watch list  ”
DATE: 18 Jan 2017
LINK: [     https://cv4a.org/va-remains-high-risk-watch-list/           ]


SOURCE: Military Times.com
SUBJECT:  ” VVA to Obama:: Why pardon felons and not suffering vets?  ”
DATE: 18 Jan 2017
LINK: [      http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/vva-obama-pardons-ptsd-manning?utm_content=buffer522df&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer         ]


SOURCE: JDNews.com
SUBJECT:  ” VA Burial benefits change allows for planning ahead  ”
DATE: 9 Jan 2017
LINK: [     http://www.jdnews.com/news/20170109/va-burial-benefits-change-allows-for-planning-ahead           ]


SOURCE: Forbes.com
SUBJECT:  ”  VA ignores CRNA evidence as Veterans wait for timely anesthesia care ”
DATE: 12 Jan 2017
LINK: [        http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2017/01/12/va-ignores-crna-evidence-as-veterans-wait-for-timely-anesthesia-care/#786f95957d39        ]


SOURCE: Military Times.com
SUBJECT:  ”  Trump picks top vets health official as the next VA secretary ”
DATE: 11 Jan 2017
LINK: [        http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/trump-va-sec-shulkin        ]


SOURCE: STLToday.com
SUBJECT:  ”  Two more accused of role in $270,000-plus theft from John Cochran VA in St. Louis ”
DATE: 12 Jan 2017
LINK: [     http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/two-more-accused-of-role-in–plus-theft-from/article_cc00cd60-11a5-595e-85b8-2d3ae675ef7a.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share           ]


SOURCE: The Hill
SUBJECT:  ”  The grisly work of VA secretaries ”
DATE: 13 Jan 2017
LINK: [       http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/314254-the-grisly-work-of-va-secretaries#.WHltFw9nozY.facebook         ]


SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal
SUBJECT:  ” The man who restores Veterans’ lost dignity  ”
DATE: 13 Jan 2017
LINK: [      http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-man-who-redeems-lost-veterans-1484320709          ]

SOURCE: Disabled Veterans.org: Benjamin Krause
SUBJECT:  ”  New VA Secretary Shulkin first with no military experience ”
DATE: 12 Jan 2017
LINK: [         http://www.disabledveterans.org/2017/01/12/new-va-secretary-shulkin-first-with-no-military-experience-maybe-okay/?inf_contact_key=fcc09ebd4eab5d6f38623c86abeb29bb8c440ece1dc32286e5690b0a43042e43       ]


SOURCE: Disabled Veterans.org: Benjamin Krause
SUBJECT:  ”  Survey: Will the next bonus Army protest be at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago? ”
DATE: 13 Jan 2017
LINK: [         http://www.disabledveterans.org/2017/01/13/survey-will-next-bonus-army-protest-trumps-mar-a-lago/?inf_contact_key=1cea6cf3527a9be0fe47e5f56abf1cdb46d416961a893da475f20d30e735dabd       ]


SOURCE: Dayton Daily News: Mark Gokavi
SUBJECT:  ” Homeless veteran beaten into coma in jail, lawsuit alleges  ”
DATE: 10 Jan 2017
LINK: [        http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/crime–law/homeless-veteran-beaten-into-coma-jail-lawsuit-alleges/LZOefQso8QhoBriGdgMIXO/       ]


SOURCE: Factcheck.org: D’Angelo Gare
SUBJECT:  ” Fired over VA wait times  ”
DATE: 6 Jan 2017
LINK: [        http://www.factcheck.org/2016/10/fired-over-va-wait-times/        ]


SOURCE: McClatchy DC: Rob Hotakainen
SUBJECT:  ”  Death of Washington state veteran prompts call for VA investigation ”
DATE: 9 Jan 2017
LINK: [      http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article125490599.html          ]


SOURCE: Northwest Herald
SUBJECT:  ” Another View: Cleaning up VA should be a top priority  ”
DATE: 9 Jan 2017
LINK: [        http://www.nwherald.com/2017/01/06/another-view-cleaning-up-va-should-be-a-top-priority/at9dotw/        ]


SOURCE: Military Times: Jennifer MdCermott
SUBJECT:  ”  As Obama leaves office, goal on homeless veterans goes unmet ”
DATE: 5 Jan 2017
LINK: [     http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/as-obama-leaves-office-goal-on-homeless-veterans-goes-unmet?utm_content=buffercba3f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer           ]


SOURCE: Washington Examiner: Gabby Morrongiello
SUBJECT:  ” VA Secretary paints rosy picture of agency in final report  ”
DATE: 5 Jan 2017
LINK: [       http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/va-secretary-paints-rosy-picture-of-agency-in-final-report/article/2610977         ]


SOURCE: Disabled Veterans.org: Benjamin Krause
SUBJECT:  ” Veterans Affairs PTSD, Suicide Cover-Up ‘morally indefensible’  ”
DATE: 4 Jan 2017
LINK: [      http://www.disabledveterans.org/2017/01/04/veterans-affairs-ptsd-suicide-cover-morally-indefensible/?inf_contact_key=71796c54829a240946ed9a59e59358a98f4cc735a60471d8c98ad11c75624df1         ]