Posted: May 19, 2017

Posted: May 19, 2017

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
VETERANS NEWS 
  "The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their Nation." - George Washington
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Happy Thursday folks.  Had a late start on Wednesday's News so here it is at O'Dark-30, Thursday morning.  Please excuse any typos and such.   Month of May is moving along and so too is Year 2017!  Hope you and yours are doing well and are in the best of health.  Very best.....Wayne

Quotes for Today

Progress always involves risk; you can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.                                                                                            -   Frederick Wilcox

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.   George Bernard Shaw                                                                                       

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by failing to attempt.                                                                                                 -  Shakespeare

"Come to the edge," he said. They said, "We are afraid."  "Come to the edge," he said. They came. He pushed them....... And they flew.   -   Guillaume Apollinaire


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News For Today - Scroll Down (Please Note: The Veterans News compiled and transmitted by Wayne M. Gatewood, Jr., USMC (Ret), does not endorse the views and/or facts presented, or any commercial products that may be advertised or available on external links. The presence of a link to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of that site, or the views or privacy policies contained therein).

Veterans Affairs Media Summary and News Clips for May 17, 2017.  Read here…

VA OIG - Healthcare Inspection —Alleged Program Mismanagement and Other Concerns at the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics, White City, Oregon. https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-16-01653-226.pdf

VA OIG - Healthcare Inspection – Quality of Care Concerns of a Surgical Patient, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, Little Rock, Arkansas. https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-15-04516-229.pdf

VA OIG - Healthcare Inspection – Alleged Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service Quality of Care Issues, Wilmington, VA Medical Center, Wilmington, Delaware. https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-14-04524-224.pdf

VA Announces Contract Award for Program for a Faster Care Mobile App for Veterans to Schedule Medical Appointments. https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2906

VA OIG - Former Massachusetts Police Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Funds From Disabled Veterans and Running Fraudulent Tax Preparation Businesshttps://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-massachusetts-police-sergeant-pleads-guilty-embezzling-funds-disabled-veterans-and

Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Wednesday, May 17, 2017.  http://link.defensenews.com/view/5873e065a22762ca768b456c5qgj7.1m3p/e7a7cfab

Defense News - Early Bird Brief for Tuesday, May 16, 2017.http://link.defensenews.com/view/5873e065a22762ca768b456c5q9vo.1med/3f727e26

Reserve Officers Association (ROA) SmartBrief for Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
http://www2.smartbrief.com/servlet/encodeServlet?issueid=25659B98-CDA5-44D0-AEA4-E65D8D1EB0AC&sid=97fc7e62-fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58

POLITICO Morning Defense for Wednesday, May 17, 2017. A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.  http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-defense/2017/05/trump-reported-to-have-asked-comey-to-end-flynn-probe-220353

POLITICO Morning Defense for Tuesday, May 16, 2017. A Daily Briefing from Inside Washington’s National Security Apparatus.  http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-defense/2017/05/trump-reported-to-have-revealed-classified-information-to-top-russian-officials-220336

VA Issues Proposed Rule to Revise, Update, and Streamline Its Acquisition Regulation.  On May 17, 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to revise and streamline the VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR).  Public comments are invited and must be submitted no later than July 17, 2017, to be considered in formulating the Final Rule. Codified acquisition regulations may only be amended and revised through formal rulemaking under the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act.  To read more about the Proposed Rule and a VAAR Section-by-Section synopsis of the proposed changes and how to submit comments: http://fedbizassist.com/proposed-rule/va-issues-proposed-rule-to-revise-update-and-streamline-its-acquisition-regulation/   Sent in by our good friend Wayne Simpson, Principal, FedBizAssist, L.L.C.  Thanks Wayne!

DOD Contracts Awarded for Wednesday, May 17, 2017. https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1185557/source/GovDelivery/

VFW Communications - Supreme Court Sets Precedent for Military Divorce Settlements. Read here

DOD Contracts Awarded for Tuesday, May 16, 2017. https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1184500/source/GovDelivery/

SmartBrief on Leadership for Wednesday, May 17, 2017.  http://www2.smartbrief.com/servlet/encodeServlet?issueid=CA187683-6688-4A87-8B36-A316D600D0B8&sid=97fc7e62-fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58

SmartBrief on Leadership for Tuesday, May 16, 2017.  http://www2.smartbrief.com/servlet/encodeServlet?issueid=D0E51F6F-5F14-43E0-AC51-DFA8D161EF62&sid=97fc7e62-fef0-4d78-aeb8-a2a54d351b58

Defense and Ex-Im Update for Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Provided by Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services.  Read here...

FCW Daily for Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group. https://fcw.com/newsletters/fcwdaily/2017/05/may17.aspx

FCW Daily for Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group. 
https://fcw.com/newsletters/fcwdaily/2017/05/may16.aspx

Washington Technology Daily for Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – Compliments of 1105 Government Information Group.  https://washingtontechnology.com/newsletters/wtdaily/2017/05/may16.aspx?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTjJWaVl6VmtPR0UzWVRGbSIsInQiOiI0Rk83S0J1eGhNazBZNDNaM3VEdEdabDB2U2JHcHY1SVYxSn
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Your 6:00 am GovConWire - Top News from Executive Mosaic. http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?e=859b48c2d3&u=9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id=6f0446c51c

Your 12:00 pm Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines. http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?e=859b48c2d3&u=9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id=353fb4a5be

Your 5:00 pm Daily ExecutiveBiz Headlines. http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?e=859b48c2d3&u=9447c61bfb9058cb4553aedbf&id=0d4fc1f8ca

A Variety of Veterans News from a Variety of Sources

Military Times:  VA warns that scammers are trying to take advantage of Choice Program users.  There's a phone line that has been set up to scam veterans who happen to misdial the Veterans Choice Program phone number. The only difference between the phone numbers rests in the area code, warns the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Choice Program phone number is 1-866-606-8198. The scammer's number replaces 866 with 800.  
Stars and Stripes  Talk with Russians 'wholly appropriate,' Trump adviser says The White House on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate," as officials tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and concerns from international allies.  
New York Times   Israel Said to Be Source of Secret Intelligence Trump Gave to Russians .   The classified intelligence that President Trump disclosed in a meeting last week with Russian officials at the White House was provided by Israel, according to a current and a former American official familiar with how the United States obtained the information. The revelation adds a potential diplomatic complication to the episode.
The Hill   CIA director will brief House Intel Committee Tuesday.  CIA Director Mike Pompeo is expected to brief House Intelligence Committee members on Tuesday night, in the wake of reports that President Trump disclosed highly classified information to top Russian officials.
Associated Press  Trump, Turkish leader hail ties despite US arming of Kurds.  The presidents of the United States and Turkey vowed Tuesday to repair a relationship battered by years of disputes over Syria's civil war and its various fighting groups, even as they broached a new disagreement over U.S. plans to arm Kurdish fighters.
US News & World Report    'Areas of Active Hostilities': Trump's Troubling Increases to Obama's Wars.   The Defense Department is quietly scrambling to define a little-known term coined by the Obama administration that conveys vast authority over how and where it can fight wars, fearing that existing ambiguities could make military commanders less accountable and more liable under the administration of President Donald Trump.
USA Today  Most troop booted from the military for misconduct had mental issues.  More than three of every five troops dismissed from service for misconduct from 2011-2015 had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, drinking or other adjustment-related issues, according to a Government Accountability Office report issued Tuesday.  Of the 57,141 troops with such diagnoses in the two year prior to their …  
Stars and Stripes:   Pentagon issued ‘bad paper’ discharges to tens of thousands of troops with mental health conditions.  More than 13,000 servicemembers separated from the military for misconduct in recent years suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or another disorder and were prevented from receiving treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs because of their discharge status.  
Task & Purpose:  1 In 5 Troops Discharged For Misconduct Between 2011 and 2015 Had PTSD or TBI, Report Finds.  Post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury can impact the behavior of service members, and may lead to separations for misconduct, according to the findings of a Government Accountability Office study published today. In a four-year period, three out of five service members dismissed from the military for misconduct were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, drinking, or other adjustment-related issues two years prior to their separation.  
The Hill  GAO: Thousands discharged for military misconduct had mental health diagnosis. The top government watchdog said Tuesday that nearly a quarter of U.S. troops discharged for misconduct were given other-than-honorable discharges despite previously being diagnosed with a mental health condition.  
VVA   VVA Calls on Trump to Save PTSD Veterans with Bad Paper.  “The report issued today by the Government Accountability Office is immensely disturbing,” said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America. That’s why we are, once again, calling on President Trump to exercise…  
Defense News    'Performance enhancing drugs' considered for Special Operations soldiers.  Special Operations Command wants to create super-soldiers through pushing the limits of human performance, and its looking to nutritional supplements and even performance enhancing drugs as options.
Army Times  Army officials say military children in Europe should get measles vaccine sooner.  U.S. military children in Europe should now get the measles vaccine when they are six months old — instead of the usual 12 months — because of the measles outbreak in several European countries, Army officials say.
Marine Corps Times  New Marine artillery unit arrives in Syria ahead of Raqqa offensive A new Marine Corps artillery unit is supporting friendly forces in Syria that are isolating Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital, said Army Maj. Josh T. Jacques, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command.  
Navy Times   Posting nudes online without consent will now get you kicked out of the Navy.  The Navy has implemented a zero-tolerance policy for sharing nude photos of coworkers online without consent — a no-nonsense stance reminiscent of its strict policy on drug use.
Air Force Times  Heather Wilson sworn in as 24th Air Force secretary.  Heather Wilson, a former representative from New Mexico and Air Force Academy graduate, was sworn in Tuesday as the 24th secretary of the Air Force.
Military Times   Research shows insomnia and sleep apnea rates are on the rise in the military After an extensive review of the Defense Medical Epidemiological Database, an online system containing inpatient and outpatient records for active-duty military personnel, researchers found both insomnia and sleep apnea are on the rise based on data from 2005 to 2014, according to the Journal of Sleep Research.  
Stars and Stripes  VA and Navy partner to open prosthetics lab in Southern California The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will open a new prosthetics lab in Oceanside to serve the estimated 7,000 veterans and military patients who need amputee or prosthetics care in North County.  
The Washington Post (Fact Checker):   Trump’s claim Veterans received ’42 percent more’ approvals to get non- VA health care.  “Already this year, using the Choice Program, veterans have received 42 percent more approvals to see the doctor of their choosing. But that’s just the very beginning of what we have planned. So much more is coming.” — Trump, remarks signing executive order on improving accountability and whistleblower protection, April 27 - This 42 percent statistic jumped out at The Fact Checker, as it seemed to be a significant jump in the number of veterans getting authorized…  
Task & Purpose:  It’s Time to Expand VA Support to All Military Caregivers.  To our country’s credit, we now recognize the service and sacrifice of caregivers who bear the burden of helping severely wounded veterans find some semblance of quality of life. The passage of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 allowed the Department of Veterans Affairs to extend services to caregivers of veterans who served during the post-9/11 era.  
WTIC (FOX-61, Video):  Finding treatment for PTSD helps one Veteran heal.  Allan Gackstetter is a proud veteran who served five years oversees in the 1960's, part of that time in Vietnam. He had a distinguished military career, and served in the color guard for President Dwight D. Eisenhower's funeral. "I ate, slept and drank military," said Gackstetter, who now lives in New Haven. Gackstetter said that the things he saw overseas became burned into his memory, although he didn't realize it at the time.  
The National Law Review:  VA Study to Follow Mild TBI Patients for Decades.   According to the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC), nearly 20 percent of the 2.5 million service members and veterans who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan sustained at least one mild traumatic brain injury (mild TBI). A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense study aims to track mild TBI (mTBI) over a decades-long period.  
WFED (AM-1500):   Federal employee groups say Senate VA bill does little to tackle entrenched accountability problems.  Frustration over accountability procedures at the Veterans Affairs Department has been brewing in Congress since 2014, when lawmakers heard about wait time scandals at the agency and demanded visible action from VA. But after three years and multiple attempts at changing current accountability legislation that VA later said wasn’t meeting its needs, frustration with Congress and department seems to be at the boiling point.  
WWLP (NBC-22, Video):  VA inventory reveals thousands of dollars in missing items, the VA is working to correct past inefficiency in inventory and equipment tracking.  The Veterans Health Administration serves more eight million veterans each year. The VA's health care system is one of the largest in the country with 1,233 health care facilities and 168 VA medical centers nationwide. One of those medical centers is in Leeds, part of the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System.  
Military.com:  More People Using Transferred GI Bill Eligible For In-State Tuition.  You may be aware that some veterans along with their spouses and children are eligible for in-state tuition at public schools when they are using the GI Bill. A new law going into effect July 1, 2017 expands that eligibility to children and spouses of active duty members.  
Spokesman-Review:  Idaho approves second state Veterans cemetery, set for eastern Idaho.  Plans for a second Idaho state veterans cemetery in eastern Idaho won approval from the state Land Board on Tuesday, nearly a decade after plans for a North Idaho state veterans cemetery were dropped. That earlier plan was foiled when the feds chose a site for a new veterans cemetery in Spokane County, across the state line from Idaho’s planned Kootenai County location.  
Forbes:   I AM A Vet Who Thinks The VA Should Get Less Money.  For years, I’ve grown accustomed to poor customer service, sub-par medical assistance and a general disrespect at the VA. Money has been funneled into this same system with the same results. It follows that the biggest problem is money being thrown at the problem, and this twisted logic, masked as a solution, is threatening -- even ending -- veterans’ lives and endangering their well-being.  
GCN:  VA seeks indoor navigation app.  The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for an app that can provide veterans, visitors and staff with turn-by-turn navigation, both indoors and out, at its medical facilities. The goal of the MyVA Way app is to offer 24/7 navigational assistance to the different floors, buildings and outpatient clinics associated with VA Medical Centers.  
Task and Purpose9 Lessons From The World’s First Conference For Veteran Entrepreneurs. Veteran entrepreneurship is again a hot topic. America needs job creators now more than ever, and veterans are a great pool to draw from. We are resourceful, driven, work well in teams, and can get stuff done. The perfect archetype for an entrepreneur.  The numbers tell a different story, though. Veterans aren’t …  
Stars and Stripes  American POW in World War II identified from grave in surprising spot in Poland The remains of Army 1st Lt. Ewart Theodore Sconiers, the last unrecovered American POW from the Germans' infamous Stalag Luft III in WWII, have been returned to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.  
Boston Globe:  Former Whitman police sergeant pleads guilty to embezzling from disabled Veterans.  A former Whitman police sergeant pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling money from disabled veterans while preparing false income tax returns, according to a release by the U.S. attorney’s office. Glenn P. Pearson, 60, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, misappropriation by a federal fiduciary, preparation of fraudulent tax returns and obstruction of the Internal Revenue Service, the release stated.
The Patient Safety Huddle Podcast: The VA National Center for Patient Safety recently launched "The Patient Safety Huddle Podcast" as a venue to discuss patient safety concepts, initiatives, programs, projects, and topics with patient safety professionals throughout VA and the larger patient safety community. Check out https://www.patientsafety.va.gov/podcasts.asp 
Washington Post    Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador.   President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.
Politico   White House pushes back against report Trump shared classified info with Russians.   The White House went into fresh damage control mode on Monday, pushing back against a Washington Post report that Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, the latest scandal to engulf the embattled White House.
Voice of America  Trump Signals Shift in Middle East Strategy With Symbolic First Stop in Saudi Arabia.   U.S. President Donald Trump is about to embark on his first foreign trip, a nine day journey that takes him to the seats of the world’s three great Abrahamic (monotheistic) religions and signals a 180-degree shift from his predecessor’s approach toward the Middle East.
Washington Post   Syria using crematorium to hide executions, State Department says The Syrian government has constructed and is using a crematorium inside its notorious Sednaya military prison outside Damascus to clandestinely dispose of thousands of prisoners it continues to execute inside the facility, according to the State Department.  
Stars and Stripes  US accuses Syria of mass executions and burning bodies The Syrian government has constructed and is using a crematorium inside its notorious Sednaya military prison outside Damascus to clandestinely dispose of thousands of prisoners it continues to execute inside the facility, according to the State Department.  
Army Times   Chelsea Manning to return to active duty after prison release.  Pvt. Chelsea Manning is getting out of prison on Wednesday, and because her court-martial conviction is still under appeal, she'll be staying in the Army for the forseeable future.
Reuters   North Korea vows missile tests 'any time, any place', defying U.S. warnings.  North Korea said on Monday it had successfully conducted a mid- to-long-range missile test and would continue such launches "any time, any place", defying UN Security Council resolutions and warnings from the United States.
Army Times  Army uniform updates: Badges OK on either side of ACU, pants for women in dress blues New uniform changes have been authorized for soldiers who have earned multiple identification badges, as well as for women who'd like an alternative to the uniform skirt at social functions.  
Army Times  Army ups retention bonuses across all eligible MOSs.  Less than a week after the Army released its latest selective retention bonuses, the service has sweetened the deal with more money across the board.
Marine Corps Times  Marine to receive Silver Star for saving linguist in Iraq.  Assistant Commandant Gen. Glenn Walters on May 18 will present the Silver Star to a Marine who initially received the Bronze Star for saving his linguist in Iraq.
Marine Corps Times  Portable battlefield brain scanner can detect bleeding in the skull.  Marine Corps Systems Command is bringing a portable scanner to front line Marines, one that can quickly catch brain bleeding and potentially save lives, said the U.S. Marine Corps.
Defense News  CNO urges faster path to a bigger Navy The U.S. Navy needs more ships and needs them fast, said the chief of naval operations (CNO), but beyond that, the service might be on the verge of something which could transform naval warfare.  
Stars and Stripes  USS Ronald Reagan patrol delayed by repair issue.  The USS Ronald Reagan’s departure has been delayed due to an unspecified issue aboard the aircraft carrier, Navy officials said Monday.  
Air Force Times  With budget passed, hunt for a new Compass Call 'off and running'. The Air Force's hunt for a new electronic warfare aircraft is "off and running" now that a budget has been approved for the rest of fiscal 2017, Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the Air Force's acquisition chief, said Monday.  
Defense News  Hawkish lawmakers frustrated by budget caps press for repeal US President Donald Trump missed his campaign promise to offer a bill to "eliminate the defense sequester” within the first 100 days of his administration, but hawkish Republican lawmakers are pressing ahead.  
Military Times  Best for Vets: Employers 2017 Benny Kinsey retired from the Army in 2010 thinking his experience as a command sergeant major with two bachelor’s degrees and an MBA would make it easy to land a job in the civilian workforce.  
The Hill:  Trump’s promised Veterans hotline not set up nearly 4 months later.  The Trump administration has not yet set up a promised White House hotline for veterans’ complaints nearly four months after President Trump took office, the Military Times reported. Trump promised that the private hotline would be “devoted to answering veterans’ complaints of wrongdoing at the [Department of Veterans Affairs] and ensure no complaints fall through the cracks.”  
WFED (AM-1500, Audio):  Agencies escape sequestration cuts in FY 2017.  Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin announced the establishment of the VA Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. He named Peter O’Rourke, a veteran and former consultant, as senior adviser and executive director of the office. Shulkin created the office in response to an Executive Order from President Donald Trump.  
ExecutiveGov:  Peter O’Rourke to Head VA Office for Accountability & Whistleblower Protection.  Peter O’Rourke, senior adviser to the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, has been appointed as a senior adviser and the executive director of the newly established office of accountability and whistleblower protection within the VA. VA said Friday that O’Rourke will bring more than a decade’s worth of leadership experience to aid the department secretary on the use of available authorities to discipline personnel…  
FedSmith:  Bipartisan Support for VA Accountability Bill.  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act is a bipartisan bill. Its intent is to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by allowing the secretary to dismiss employees who are not performing. It is also intended to ensure appropriate due process protections for whistleblowers.  
Sunshine State News:   Marco Rubio’s VA Reform Gains Steam as David Shulkin Backs It.  Last week, Rubio, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., unveiled the “Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act" which would “reform the VA by allowing the secretary to dismiss bad employees, and ensure appropriate due process protections for whistleblowers.” If the legislation was passed, the VA secretary would have more power to remove or demote under-performing and incompetent employees…  
WFED (AM-1500, Audio):   VA recruitment possibilities under potential new legislation.  Congress is never finished with the Veterans Affairs Department. Fresh after extending the Choice Act, the House has passed a bill to overhaul the way VA recruits, trains and retains its staff. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to go more in depth on this potential legislation.  
Houston Chronicle:  Perry joins effort to collect health data from Veterans.  Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry gave blood in Houston on Monday - not as a donor, but as a participant in a federal study that has amassed the largest genomic database in the world. The program, conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is collecting DNA and health data from veterans as part of research that scientists believe could unlock new prevention and treatment strategies for disease.  
KPRC (NBC-2, Video):   Rick Perry volunteers for ‘Million Veteran Program’ aiming to identify PTSD trends.  Identifying who is at risk for these illnesses is the focus of a new program, a push to get one million veterans participating in a health study called the Million Veteran Program (MVP), which aims to identify trends in PTSD, suicide, heart and prostate disease. On Monday, the United States Department of Energy and the VA hospital announced a partnership on the project.  
WUSF (NPR-89.7, Audio):  White House Meeting Clears Way For Two Florida VA Nursing Homes.  Plans for the nursing home were delayed because of a federal design change. When Florida first planned the Port St. Lucie home, it did so using conventional architectural designs. But the federal VA – which provides 65 percent of the construction costs – wanted a newer concept called community living centers. That design costs more and serves eight fewer veterans. Redrawing the plans delayed the project.  
Task & Purpose:  The VA’s Improper Payments Are Getting Worse, Not Better.  The Department of Veterans Affairs cost taxpayers $5.5 billion dollars in improper payments last year, according to a new report by the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General published Monday. An improper payment is any payment that “should not have been made or that was made in an incorrect amount under statutory, contractual, administrative, or other legally applicable requirements,” according to the report.  
Portland Press Herald: Contraction to start on housing project for homeless, the project will provide 21 cabins on the Togus campus of the state Veterans hospital.  A Brunswick-based nonprofit will break ground Friday on a $4.2 million housing project for homeless Maine veterans on the VA Maine Healthcare Systems-Togus campus. Volunteers of America Northern New England said in a statement that the Cabin in the Woods facility will provide “permanent homes” to 21 Maine veterans and their families. Housing will be available to both men and women veterans who are struggling with homelessness, the release said.  
Stars and Stripes  British WWII veteran, 101, breaks skydiving record.  A 101-year-old D-Day veteran has become the oldest person in the world to skydive.  
Record & Herald:  Montclair boy donates 3,000 comics to soldiers, Vets.  Carl Scheckel, 10, a fourth-grader at Hillside School and an avid comic book reader, has given more than 3,000 comic books, including those he's collected and others donated by collectors and dealers, to the Lyons VA Hospital in Basking Ridge and to the troops, through Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Burlington and Ocean counties.
Upcoming Veteran Events
American Legion Post 328, Southfield, Michigan Listing of Current Events in and around the Metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, for the period May 10 - August 18, 2017.   
http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html  Sent in by our fellow Veteran Tim Wirkus. Thanks Tim!
Federal Business Council, Inc. (FBC) List of remaining Industry Outreach Events for CY 2017.
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation - List of Job Fairs. Updated every quarter.  Sent in by our fellow Veteran,  Jorge Cruz, Maryland, DLLR, U.S. Army (Ret). http://www.dllr.maryland.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtml
Schedule of Training Events for Virginia Department of Veterans Services, Virginia Values Veterans V3 Program for the period May 16 - June 7, 2017.  http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1114049469943&ca=bd2a7667-3503-4634-8501-355f8919bfd6
Symposium - ISO 27001:2013 - Information Security Management System May 22, 2016, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 4031 University Drive, Fairfax VA 22030 https://vaptap.ecenterdirect.com/events/2013
Register Now!  VA OSDBU Webinar Training Courses 2.0.  Starts May 23, 2017 and runs through July 13, 2017.  Go here for details and to register:  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVAOSDBU/bulletins/19a2a33
NAVAL DISTRICT WASHINGTON, Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor Inaugural Scocial, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda MD, May 23, 2017.  For details please go here….   For additional information, please contact Mr. Gary Simpson, USMC (Ret), Transition Care Coordinator, United States Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor, Walter Reed national Military Medical Center, Bethesda MD 301-400-0576, Gary.J.Simpson.civ@mail.com
Objective Rally Point (ORP).  Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM, Army-Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.   You are invited to join us for our monthly Veteran networking breakfast on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. ORP is a forum for military Veterans in business and those who support them, or wish to team with them, to meet and connect. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to network with other Veterans committed to success in business.  Although the focus of ORP is on the connections made between and with Veterans, we do have a presentation each month. This month we have MG Richard Sherlock (USA Ret.) as our guest speaker.  MG Sherlock will discuss applying leadership lessons learned in the military to civilian life.  It isn't enough that military service has given Veterans leadership ability if those skills cannot be translated into the civilian market.  MG Sherlock will also discuss his experience transitioning to leading two large non-profits and provide insight into what to look for when supporting a Veteran focused non-profit.  Cost is $35.00.   For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/objective-rally-point-may-2017-tickets-34359887348
Veterans History Project Panel Discussion: VHP and National Institute of Corrections Explore - The Effects of PTSD on Crime and Recidivism.  At Noon on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, a panel will speak on the effects of PTSD on veterans and how the Veterans Treatment Courts (VTC) support those who have run afoul of the law by proving appropriate treatment. The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress will host a panel discussion on the effects of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the veteran community. For details and to register, go here…..
GOVCONECTX Doing Business with DoD  Spring Showcase - Thursday May 25, 2017, 6633 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church VA, 22042 at the Best Western.  There is a Cost. This particular event is Military intensive. Meet with key representatives from the United States Army, Navy, Air Force and DOD. Keynote Speaker: VADM Lou Crenshaw USN (Ret.), Crenshaw Consulting Associates. For Veterans, use the Coupon Code "Vet" and take $100.00 off the cost. For additional details and to sign up, go here....
United States Army Contracting Summit 2017 – June 1-2, 2017, Killeen, TX. http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eddez7difc8cb161&llr=ioq5luqab
National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) VETS-17, June 12 - 14, 2017, Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk VA.  A great Business Development Conference created by Veterans for Veterans. Early Bird registration is now through March 31st.  Pay now, save now!  The Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, Virginia always sells out quickly.  NSSBC does not have other hotels contracted, so if you want the convenience of staying at the Riverside Marriott, please consider booking ASAP.  Go here for more scoop and to register: http://www.veterantrainingsymposium.com/   Hope to see you folks there!
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs - Building Collaborative Communities in Maryland. Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 8:00 to 4:00.  Anne Arundel Community College, Pascal Center for the Performing Arts.  A conference for those who serve service members, veterans, and their families. For additional information and to register: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1108302653966&ca=7eefaa70-7032-4057-8e3c-0c7eaf0abafc
National Center for Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) is now enrolling for the VIP GROW Program, June 20-22, 2017.   Folks, this amazing program is offered at no cost to Veterans. Sign up now while seats are still available.  Please know that this is simply a one of a kind Program that has had a positive impact on the Veterans that have taken the course and successfully completed it.  VIP GROW is a 3-day, 27-hour comprehensive certification program designed for Veteran owned small businesses to increase their ability to win government contracts. Facilitated by subject matter experts, participants receive hands-on market-based instruction that helps establish best business practices for Federal government contracting.   Since the program launched in 2009, 678 Veteran-Owned Small Businesses have graduated from VIP GROW. Click here for a recap of the December 2016 VIP GROW Session!  For more information and to enroll, go here:  http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Spread-the-Word-to-Veteran-Owned-Small-Businesses---Apply-to-VIP-GROW-Class---June-20-22--2017.html?soid=1101128334983&aid=2V61VIVWPBc  
2017 Virginia Women Veterans Summit, June 22 - 23, 2017, Chesapeake, VA. This event brings together Veterans, employers, community leaders and government agencies from federal, state, and local levels to raise awareness about the services and benefits offered specifically for women veterans through expert presenters, panel discussion and exhibits.  The conference will feature speakers such as Dorothy McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia (Invited) and Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016, U.S. Army Reserve Captain and more!   The Virginia Department of Veterans Services encourages women veterans who have, currently are, or will be transitioning into civilian life to register for this event. If you do not meet this qualification, kindly respect those who do by not registering for this event. Registration for this event is required. For details and to sign up, go here…
Non Commissioned Officers Association Annual Conference – July 11 -14, 2017. The Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, NV.  Go here for more information and to register for this event: https://www.ncoaconference.org/
Mount Vernon Celebrates Purple Heart Day - Monday, August 7, 2017. You are cordially invited to celebrate National Purple Heart Day at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. It is our honor to have you join us as we commemorate the oldest military decoration in the United States at the beloved home of its founder. Here is information you might find helpful in planning your visit. http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2313d2141f19dbc004908589e&id=04795fbcf8&e=
14th Annual Elite SDVOB National Conference, August 16 – 18, 2017, Orlando, FL.  Convention website here: http://www.sdvobconference.com/   Go here for Hotel Information and Reservations:
Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Fall Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” October 13th-16th, 2017, City of Industry, California. For more information:
http://www.womenveteransalliance.org/events/unconference/
St. Joseph’s University Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) – COHORT III – October 14 - 22, 2017, Saint Joseph’s University Campus in Philadelphia, PA. No Cost to qualified Veterans. The Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program is designed specifically to provide the tools, education and mentorship necessary to allow all qualified veterans the opportunity to start their own businesses.  We offer the latest training in business and entrepreneurship, utilizing the breadth of experience available through the renowned Haub School of Business, experienced faculty, and industry practitioners.  Click on following link for Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpWB347egMo&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Ralph+Galati+Linked-In+Contacts+-+VEJ+Audience&utm_campaign=dfae0ac3ac-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2b5b0a4e16-dfae0ac3ac-382008989   To enroll, go here: http://sites.sju.edu/veteransservices/entrepreneurship-programs/sju-veterans-entrepreneurial-jumpstart-vej/    Sent in by Ralph Galati, Director, Veterans Services, St. Joseph’s University.  Thanks Ralph!
 Prayers and blessings for you and your loved ones and for our brave and selfless Troops and their loved ones everywhere.   
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