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Plan could add multiple sweeping Veterans reform measures to must-pass omnibus budget bill

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Sweeping Vet Reform

 

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are hoping to attach a year’s worth of Veterans Affairs reform measures to the omnibus federal budget bill due early this week, in the hopes of adding another round of wins on Veterans policies to the must-pass spending legislation.

Investigation launched into how Shulkin staffer got top VA hospital job

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At least one investigation has been launched into how a senior adviser to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin hired on a temporary basis ended up with a coveted job leading a Washington, DC, Veterans hospital, CNN has learned.

Disabled Veterans Waited Up to Seven Months for VA to Fix Their Wheelchairs

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Fix Wheelchairs

 

Audit: Vet confined to bed because of government mismanagement

Disabled veterans had to wait more than two months for the government to fix their wheelchairs, leading to some veterans confined to beds because of mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a new audit.

Helping homeless and marginally housed Veterans through photography

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A research team led by Dr. Keri L. Rodriguez with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System examined the use of photography to help homeless or marginally housed Veterans express their feelings about their health. Most study participants said they felt positive about their experiences taking photographs.

Trauma-sensitive yoga for female Veterans with PTSD who experienced military sexual trauma

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A research team at the Atlanta VA Medical Center aims to find out if yoga can help with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in women Veterans. Dr. Ursula Kelly has started a clinical trial to study the benefits of yoga for Veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma and who also have PTSD.

Impact of sexual assault and combat trauma on fertility in Veterans

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Investigators at the Iowa City VA Health Care System in Iowa, are investigating the relationship between sexual assault, combat-related trauma, and infertility in male and female Veterans. Her team will interview by telephone a nationwide group of reproductive-aged Veterans. They will then use statistical models to analyze the association between sexual assault, combat-related trauma, and infertility.

Improving outcomes among inpatients with alcohol use disorders

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Alcohol Disorders

 

Dr. Christine Timko is a research scientist at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She will study the effectiveness of a new treatment to help Veterans with alcohol use disorders who transition from the hospital to an outpatient setting. The intervention, called Drinking Options: Motivate, Shared Decisions, Telemonitor (DO-MoST), makes use of motivational interviewing and a decision aid to help Veterans with AUDs plan their care following discharge. Researchers say they will telephone Veterans after they leave the hospital to help them stay motivated and feel supported in their efforts to reduce or stop drinking.

How intimate partner violence affects women Veterans

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Partner Violence

 

Dr. Katherine Iverson is a clinical psychologist and researcher in the Women's Health Division of the National Center for PTSD. She is also a researcher at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR); both centers are located at the VA Boston Healthcare System. In addition, she is an associate professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on women's health and trauma—in particular, interpersonal violence and intimate partner violence. In 2014 she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for her research into the effects of violence on women's health and associated health care needs.

6 eye-popping findings from an investigation of the Washington, D.C., VA medical center

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WASHINGTON — An investigation of the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Washington, D.C., found numerous instances of supply and financial mismanagement at the facility that the VA inspector general concluded put patients at risk and squandered taxpayer dollars. Here are six eye-popping findings:

Meet the 18 military Veterans competing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

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Paralympic Winter Games

 

The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games begin March 9 in PyeongChang, South Korea. There are 18 Veterans among the 74 athletes representing Team USA at the Games, including eight Marines, seven Army Veterans, two Navy and one Air Force Veteran. VA supports many of them through the Veterans Monthly Assistance Allowance, which provides a monthly stipend for disabled Veterans training in Paralympic sports. Many of these Veterans have participated in VA’s national rehabilitation events managed by the Office of National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events.

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