Here’s a look at some key facts and figures on where the department stands today, based on current officials’ own statistics and assessments of operations since current VA Secretary Bob McDonald took office in August 2014.
The fact that Trump chose from the current VA leadership shows that the President-elect is “better informed now” about the immense challenges facing the department and how to go about providing supplemental private care to ensure veterans have access to the care they need, Augustine said.
An examination of more than 55 million nationwide veteran records from 1979 to 2014 provided the Department of Veterans Affairs with the most extensive data to date on veteran suicide in the United States. The report states that across the board—regardless of age, era or gender—an average of 20 veterans die by suicide each day. Only six are users of VA services.
Actress/Comedian Amy Schumer highlights the difficulties service members encounter when reporting military sexual trauma. The type of behavior illustrated by the video can create a more difficult path to service connection as well. MST can have lasting traumatic effects for service members and documentation is key to service connection.
Many of our young military members who are thinking about exiting the service don't know about DAV or their VA benefits and how to best access them. Share this article with them and let them know organizations like DAV are there to help them in their transition.
Thirteen practices were picked as gold status winners in Veterans Health Administration's Diffusion of Excellence Initiative. As gold status fellows, the employees who pioneered these practices will spend the next six months guiding another facility (or more than one) in adapting and implementing their practices.
DAV is proud to support the recognition of women veterans and their contribution to the war fighting effort. Ed Saunders of DAV Chapter 10 in Montana searched for five years to find the names of all 23 veterans and memorialize them in Yellowstone County. Great work Ed!
DAV’s employment program connects transitioning active duty, guard and reserve members, veterans and their spouses with qualified employers. It is our honor to continue providing access to meaningful job opportunities in 2017!
We believe ‘choice’ should be part of the solution to fixing veterans health care, but as we move closer to the selection of a new VA Secretary we need to be sure ‘choice’ fits into the big picture and ensures the best health outcomes for veterans, particularly those who choose and rely on VA.
"Veteran Earl Granville carries a cinder block as a metaphorical statement of the mental hardships we face as a society. In this ENDPAIN spotlight, he shares a story of friends, family and limbs lost to warfare." via ENDPAIN
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