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The Shadow Rulers of the VA

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Shadow Rulers

 

How Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter and two other Mar-a-Lago cronies are secretly shaping the Trump administration’s Veterans policies.

Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. “Received,” O’Rourke replied. “I will begin a project plan and develop a timeline for action.”

Put down that chow hall slop — celebrity’s burger chain is bringing flavor on base

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Chow Hall Slop

 

Marky Mark and the burger bunch will be adding to the family’s chain of fast-casual restaurants by opening the company’s first location on a military installation, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service announced.

New VA secretary promises Veterans better customer service and more medical options

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WASHINGTON — In his first public speech since taking over the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie on Wednesday reiterated his promises to push that bureaucracy towards more customer-friendly practices and more flexible access for beneficiaries.

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Accepting $2.5 Million in Bribes and Kickbacks

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Justice 005

 

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Bhaskar Patel, 67, of Windermere, Florida, appeared today in federal district court in Rutland to answer to charges that, while employed by Schneider Electric Building Americas, he unlawfully solicited and accepted $2,536,119.19 in bribes and kickbacks associated with federal energy savings performance contracts (“ESPCs”) issued to Schneider Electric by various federal agencies. The Information filed in the case covers the time-period between June 6, 2011 and April 19, 2016. Chief District Court Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford accepted Patel’s guilty plea to both of the counts charged in the Information and released Patel on conditions. Judge Crawford ordered Patel to be back in U.S. District Court on December 7, 2018 for sentencing.

From Dow’s ‘Dioxin Lawyer’ to Trump’s Choice to Run Superfund

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Dioxin Lawyer

 

The lawyer nominated to run the Superfund toxic cleanup program is steeped in the complexities of restoring polluted rivers and chemical dumps. He spent more than a decade on one of the nation’s most extensive cleanups, one involving Dow Chemical’s sprawling headquarters in Midland, Mich.

New Research Says Cannabis Is Extremely Effective Against Depression And PTSD

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Canabis 008

 

Marijuana and the United States government have had a rocky relationship for the last 70 or so years, but now, it's becoming clear that cannabis can actually help the very people the government has damaged through endless warfare.

Veterans exposed to battlefield burn pits press VA for care and compensation

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Battlefield Burn Pits

 

As an Air Force lab technician at Camp Tallil in southern Iraq, Wesley Archuleta had the task of burning medical waste — body parts, surgical remains and blood bags that would “go off like grenades” in the flames.

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