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VA Medical Marijuana Update

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House Won't Allow Floor Debate

House Republican leaders on 25 JUL ended marijuana supporters hopes for a floor debate on allowing Veterans to talk about using cannabis to treat a variety of ailments with their Veterans Affairs doctors. The bipartisan proposal, submitted as an amendment to a broader appropriations bill set for a full chamber vote later this week, was rejected by the House Rules Committee. In a statement, sponsor Rep. Earl Blumenauer, (D-OR) criticized the decision. “All we want is equal treatment for our wounded warriors,” he said. “This provision overwhelmingly passed on the House floor last year and bipartisan support has only grown. It’s outrageous that the Rules Committee won’t even allow a vote for our Veterans. “They deserve better. They deserve compassion.”

VA to Revise State Veteran Home Construction Regulations

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Today, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA plans to propose changes to regulations for its State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program to make it easier to for States to receive VA funding to construct Veterans homes in rural areas.

Helping Hands for Healthy Hearts for PA Veterans

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Cardiac catheterization is a procedure that examines how well the heart is working. A thin, hollow tube called a catheter is inserted into a large blood vessel leading to the heart. The results of the procedure tell doctors if patients have diseases of the heart muscle, valves or coronary arteries.

Taylor Co. Vietnam Veteran receives help from the White House

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ABILENE, TX - On February, 22, 2017, Bennie Dooley, a Vietnam Veteran from Taylor County was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Dooley went to the Veterans Service Office to apply for service connection. After his representative Bryan Massey was thrown through obstacles and loops, they finally turned to President Trump’s hotline for Veterans. It was this service that acted and granted Dooley with justice.

What America Owes Its Veterans

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A Better System of Care and Support

Each year, the U.S. military recruits some 175,000 young Americans. At the heart of its pitch is a sacred promise to take care of those who serve—what President Abraham Lincoln described in his second inaugural address as the national duty “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.” Today, this promise is enshrined in the ethics of each service: members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard pledge to never leave a fallen comrade behind. After their service, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) works to fulfill this same promise on behalf of a grateful nation, enabled by a budget larger than those of the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the entire U.S. intelligence community combined.

Jesse Bird warned Veterans' Affairs he could become suicide statistic days before his death

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Combat Veteran Jesse Bird pleaded with the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) to urgently help him, warning he was suicidal just days before his death, according to official records.

But the Department did not budge and in June, after losing his 18-month battle for compensation for war-related injuries, Jesse took his own life.

Execute Your Post-Military Career Search and Transition

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Career Search

 

Planning where you want  to be, what you want to do, and determining who to talk to so you can create your career goals is essential.  Too often, military veterans believe a career transition plan is applying for jobs.  Job applications are the final step, not the first.

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