Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is going to pick up the round-trip airfare for what could be 20 or more member veterans who are accepted into an immersion course in business this fall in Illinois.
The Fullbridge Program is a 5-week intensive course in business basics that IAVA officials believe can be invaluable to returning veterans, said Jeff Park, the group's strategic partnerships associate, who took the program himself in January 2013.
Anytime someone takes their own life, a circle of heartbroken family and friends are left struggling with a question of haunting simplicity: Why?
Now, in the wake of the news that comedian Robin Williams committed suicide at age 63, an entire world linked by social media has been left trying to process why a successful and widely admired man could become so overwhelmed by despair that he felt compelled to commit suicide.
Delon Beckett is losing it. He's drunk, stumbling around his living room wrestling with his 3-year-old daughter, Jayla. She kicks him in the groin, and he mumbles "stop."
He can barely stand up and walk but he drags himself to the stairs, pushing her away and faltering. His wife, Emme, is not far behind, putting herself between Delon and two kids, picking up the things he knocks over. Her husband survived the war in Iraq. Now, at home, he wants very much to die.
NANTUCKET — For the first time in a decade, eligible military veterans on Nantucket soon might receive a broad range of medical care on the island rather than embarking on daylong odysseys to VA facilities in Hyannis and Providence.
Following an urgent appeal from top state officials, the US Department of Veterans Affairs has begun work on contracting with Nantucket Cottage Hospital for services that could include primary care, specialty visits, and emergency treatment, VA officials said.
FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday by President Obama.
Other changes will take longer under the $16.3 billion law, which is the government’s most sweeping response to the problems that have rocked the Veterans Affairs Department and led to the ouster of Eric Shinseki as VA secretary.
President Obama signed into law a major overhaul of the nation’s veterans’ health care system Thursday, officially shouldering the burden of fixing the troubled department after months of sparring with Congress and complaints that his administration had been too slow to act.
Mr. Obama, who signed the bill at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, said the $16 billion in the law to boost benefits and fund measures to speed up appointments at Veterans Administration health clinics is just a first down payment on reform, vowing to continue the fight for better care.
Paul Rieckhoff, founder and executive director of the IAVA, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, talks with Steve Kornacki about the concerns of American service members and veterans as they watch the response to the ISIS terror campaign in Iraq.
President Barack Obama promised to “do right” by veterans Thursday, as he signed a $16.3 billion bill designed to address some of the most pressing problems facing the Veterans Administration health care system.
“We have a sacred obligation to serve you as you served us, an obligation that doesn’t end with your tour of duty,” Obama said in remarks at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) — Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday by President Barack Obama.
Other changes will take longer under the $16.3 billion law, which is the government's most sweeping response to the problems that have rocked the Veterans Affairs Department and led to the ouster of Eric Shinseki as VA secretary.
VA medical facilities are improperly billing private insurers for treatment of service-related injuries and disabilities, according to veterans groups and a spot check of veterans’ medical records by NBC News.
Linda Byard, a 20-year Army veteran who was certified as 100 percent disabled because of injuries that occurred during her service, says she experiences misdirected bills nearly every time she has an appointment at a VA medical facility. “I have questioned this until I'm blue in the face,” she said.