Veterans and Military

Veterans & Healthcare
8:56 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Medical Care for Veterans a Contentious Topic This Week

As the embattled head of the Veterans Affairs department testified in the Senate this week, lawmakers also explored reforming how veterans receive care. 

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Veterans Groups Call for Resignation
3:09 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Lawmakers Eye Developments at Veterans Affairs

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This week embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is scheduled to face a Senate panel after veterans groups and some lawmakers have called for his resignation.

 

There’s bipartisan agreement that the V-A is failing hundreds of thousands of veterans who have waited months to get care. Some Republican lawmakers and two prominent veterans groups have called for the resignation of Shinseki amid reports that dozens of veterans died while awaiting care at a Phoenix V-A hospital.

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Veteran Studies at Virginia Tech
7:47 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Proposed Academic Program Would Study Veterans

For almost as long as there has been war, writers, poets and playwrights have offered their perspectives on the experience. From Sophocles to Shakespeare -to the present day, war and its aftermath continue to be explored in books, movies and poetry.  But despite all that’s been written and said and thought about war, there is not a single academic department in the U.S. devoted to “veterans studies.”  Some scholars at Virginia Tech are looking to change that. 

 

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Transition Programs
1:59 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Educational Opportunities for Veterans

Many Virginians go into the military hoping to retain skills that will provide career opportunities once they leave the armed forces. Homeless and jobless rates continue to rise because Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are finding it difficult to get certification or college credits for their training to qualify for civilian jobs.   But at least one group studying the issue is developing short-term solutions to this problem. 

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New Challenges for the V-A
3:47 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

What Veterans Want

Veterans groups have a long list of issues for Congress to address but they say mental health remains their top priority.  Virginia lawmakers say their state government also needs to step up to the plate.

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