Two weeks left to register for the B. Braun and MVPVETS Veteran and Transitioning Military Re-careering Event in Allentown, Pennsylvania

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     Great news about an opportunity for Pennsylvania area veterans and transitioning military to participate in a free daylong workshop with B. Braun.  The company is eager to hire veterans, and this is a tremendous opportunity to learn more about the company, the job opportunities available, and to work on job seeking skills such as social media branding, resume refinement, and interview preparation.  If you are in the Allentown area, check it out!

BETHLEHEM, Pa., Jan. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, B. Braun Medical Inc. (B.Braun) will partner with the MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program (www.mvpvets.org) to conduct a re-careering event for transitioning military and veterans, which will be hosted at B.Braun’s Allentown, PA manufacturing facility.

Military personnel in transition from the service and honorably discharged veterans are invited to apply for the opportunity to participate in this free one-day seminar that brings veterans together with mentors from the medical technology industry. During the event veterans will participate in active sessions that include resume review and refinement, job interview training and rehearsals, creating a professional resume to electronically apply online through a company’s career website, and networking. B.Braun will also consider participants for internship opportunities.

Details:

Address: 901 Macron Boulevard, Allentown, PA 18109 (main cross streets are Macron Blvd. and N. Irving Sreet)

Registration: 9 – 9:30am. Event will start promptly at 9:30 am and will conclude at 4:00 pm; pre-registration is required

Cost: There is no cost for participating veterans. All materials, breakfast, lunch, and parking are provided free of charge.

Registration: Transitioning military and veterans interested in participating in the program can register at the MVPvets website (http://www.mvpvets.org/mvpvets-event-interest-form). Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 20 participants, and there are only two weeks remaining to register.

About B. Braun:

B. Braun Medical Inc. (B.Braun), a leader in infusion therapy and pain management, develops, manufactures, and markets innovative medical products and services to the healthcare industry. The Company is committed to eliminating preventable treatment errors and enhancing patient, clinician and environmental safety. Guided by its “Sharing Expertise®” philosophy, B.Braun continuously exchanges knowledge with customers, partners and clinicians to address the critical issues of improving care and lowering costs.

The B.Braun Group of Companies in the U.S. includes B.Braun, B.Braun Interventional Systems, Aesculap® and CAPS®. B.Braun’s U.S. headquarters is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The B.Braun Group of Companies employs more than 50,000 employees in more than 60 countries throughout the world. To learn more about B.Braun visit http://www.BBraunUSA.com.

About MVPvets:

MVPvets is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to bring 5,000 veterans and transitioning military into the Life Sciences by 2018. MVP brings training and mentorship together with an integrated collaborative online portal and eLearning in a concerted effort to help veterans re-career into meaningful careers in the MedTech and BioTech industries.

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MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program (MVP) and Cyberonics Announce Veteran and Transitioning Military Re-careering Workshop

 

MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program: Recareering transitioning military and veterans into compelling careers in the life sciences. (PRNewsFoto/MedTech BioTech Veterans Program)    

 

Continuing the successful series of nationwide recareering workshops, the MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program (www.mvpvets.org) is announcing the seventh Veteran and Transitioning Military Recareering event for 2014.  The program, which is free for veterans and those transitioning from the military, helps veterans find careers in life sciences companies, is partnering with Cyberonics in Houston to host 10 veterans in a daylong seminar which will provide insights into the Medical Device industry, partnering with mentors, a job skills workshop, and interaction with hiring managers and Human Resources professionals from the the company.  The company and the industry have many positions in areas such as supply chain, supervision, management, human resources, and other functional areas that they are eager to fill with veterans and those transitioning from the military.

A press release about the event follows:

HOUSTON, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On November 19, 2014, Houston, TX-based Cyberonics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CYBX; www.cyberonics.com) will partner with the MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program (www.mvpvets.org) to conduct a re-careering event for transitioning military and veterans in south Texas.

Military personnel in transition from service and honorably discharged veterans are invited to apply for the opportunity to participate in this free one-day seminar that will include active one-on-one mentoring, resume building and personal engagement with hiring managers seeking to employ program participants.

The event brings veterans and transitioning military together with mentors from the medical technology industry while they participate in active sessions that include resume review and refinement, job interview training and rehearsals, creating a professional online presence in social media, and networking.  Cyberonics will also consider participants for internship opportunities.

Space is limited, and pre-registration is required to ensure that participants get a seat at the event.

Details:

Date:  November 19, 2014

Time:  8:00 a.m.4:30 p.m.

Location:  Cyberonics Building, 100 Cyberonics Blvd., Houston, TX 77058

Cost:  There is no cost for veterans and transitioning military.  All materials, breakfast, lunch, and parking are provided free of charge.

Registration:  Transitioning military and veterans interested in participating in the program can register at the MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program website (http://www.mvpvets.org/mvpvets-event-interest-form).  Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to 10 participants.

About Cyberonics:

Cyberonics is a medical technology company with core expertise in neuromodulation.  The company developed and markets the Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Therapy System, which is FDA-approved for the treatment of refractory epilepsy and treatment-resistant depression.  The VNS Therapy System uses a surgically implanted medical device that delivers pulsed electrical signals to the vagus nerve.  Cyberonics markets the VNS Therapy System in selected markets worldwide.

About the MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program (MVP):

The MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program is a nonprofit organization with the mission to bring 5,000 veterans and transitioning military into the Life Sciences by 2018.  A fiscally sponsored 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity, MVP brings active training and mentorship together with an integrated collaborative online portal and eLearning from the Life Collaborative in a concerted effort to help those who have served the country in uniform re-career into meaningful and impactful careers in the MedTech, BioTech, Pharmaceutical, BioFuels, and Wireless Medical Technology sectors.

If you are in the Houston area and would like to participate, please do sign up!

 

Tax Credits for Companies that Hire Veterans

Hiring Veterans – a resource for Human Resources Professionals, Hiring Managers, and companies that want to hire and retain talented veterans.  

Part 2:  Tax Credits for Companies that Hire Veterans

This is the second in a string of posts to help demystify the complex world of veteran employment from the perspective of the employer.  In the previous post we detailed the definition of a “Protected Veteran”, which is important for companies that are required to implement an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in order to comply with Office of Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP) regulations.  In this post, we look at incentives that governments as the state and federal level offer to companies for hiring veterans.

The simplest way for the government to incentivize companies to hire veterans is by providing tax credits to employers.  There are a wide variety of tax credits available for companies who employ veterans, and in some cases they can amount to tens of thousands of dollars off of a firm’s tax bill. The list that follows is not all inclusive, but it is a rollup of all of the incentives that I could find.  Some are currently unfunded (meaning that they have been funded in years prior but have not yet been funded for 2014), but just because they are unfunded today doesn’t mean that they will be unfunded tomorrow.  Most of the programs below are funded, and it is up to the employer to meet the administrative requirements to apply for the credits.

So what are the credits and what veterans are qualified for each credit?  Here is a brief description of each incentive along with links to the associated website(s):

In 2011, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) was changed by the VOW to Hire Heroes Act to include qualified veterans as a targeted group.  The credits apply to both for profit and non profit organizations, and amount to thousands of dollars per hire – which means that there is no limit to the number of qualified veterans a company can hire and claim for tax credits.  Although the VOW act was extended from the end of 2012 to the end of 2013, it has not been renewed since and the tax credits are not currently available but may be again in the future.  There are two groups of veterans eligible for credits:

Federal Incentives

  • The Returning Heroes Tax Credit of up to $5,600.  This applies to veterans who have been unemployed or who have received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program assistance (SNAP, aka Food Stamps) during the past year:
    • Short-term Unemployed: A credit of 40% of the first $6,000 of wages (up to $2,400) for employers who hire veterans who have been in receipt of unemployment insurance or compensation for at least 4 weeks.
    • Long-term Unemployed: A credit of 40% of the first $14,000 of wages (up to $5,600) for employers who hire veterans who have been in receipt of unemployment insurance or compensation for longer than 6 months.
  • The Wounded Warriors Tax Credit of up to $9,600.  This applies to unemployed veterans who have a disability related to service in the armed forces:
    • A credit 40% of the first $12,000 of wages (up to $4,800).

The Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008 (which had been extended until the end of 2013 and has not yet been renewed), provides incentives for small business.

The Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000

Although these federal tax credits are currently expired, they may be renewed with future legislation.

In order to apply for the credits, the employer must follow the directions listed on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)  website.

State Incentives

In addition to the Federal Government, eleven states also offer incentives for hiring veterans.  As of July 2014 all of the following state veteran hiring incentives are still available:

Alabama  $1000 for small businesses that hire recently deployed and now discharged unemployed Veterans.

http://revenue.alabama.gov/incometax/2012_forms/12schocinstr.pdf

Alaska  The credit available is $3,000 for the permanent hire of a disabled veteran and $2,000 for the permanent hire of a veteran not disabled. A credit of $1,000 is available for the employment of any veteran in a seasonal position.

http://www.tax.alaska.gov/programs/documentviewer/viewer.aspx?5142f

California  The credit is based on 35% of a new employee’s qualified wages or wages between 150% (or $10 for a Pilot Area) and 350% of minimum wage.  The business must qualify for the New Employment Credit (NEC).

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/online/New_Employment_Credit_Reservation/index.shtml

Delaware  Companies that hire veterans or National Guard members who have served in recent overseas conflicts are eligible for a tax credit is equal to 10% of wages, up to a maximum of $1,500.

http://revenue.delaware.gov/services/Business_Tax/veterans.shtml

Illinois  Illinois employers can earn an income tax credit of up to $5,000 annually for hiring veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation Iraqi Freedom.

http://www2.illinois.gov/veterans/benefits/Pages/employment.aspx

Massachusetts  “For-profit” employers in Massachusetts that plan to hire certain low-income or disabled veterans may be eligible for a $4800 tax credit.

http://www.mass.gov/veterans/employment-and-training/tax-credit.html

New Mexico  The Veteran Employment Tax Credit will provide up to $1,000 to businesses each time they hire a veteran who has recently been discharged from the military.

http://www.dws.state.nm.us/Veterans/VetInformation/VeteranEmploymentTaxCredit

New York  Businesses may earn up to $5,000 for hiring a qualified Veteran, and up to $15,000 for hiring one who is disabled between January 1, 2014 and before January 1, 2016.

http://www.veterans.ny.gov/content/hire-vet-credit

Utah  Utah Veteran Employment Tax Credit provides a tax credit for the first year beginning at $200 per month, not to exceed $2,400 per year and increases the second year to $400 per month, not to exceed $4,800 per year for each veteran hired.

http://incometax.utah.gov/credits/veteran-employment

Vermont  The State of Vermont now provides a tax credit of $2,000 to employers who hire a veteran with recent military service.

http://veterans.vermont.gov/transitions/taxcredit

West Virginia  The West Virginia Military Incentive Act of 1991 (MIP) offers employers up to $5,000 in tax credits (based on a percentage of the first $5,000 in wages paid after one continuous year of employment) on their West Virginia corporate or personal tax liability for hiring any service-connected disabled veteran, economically-disadvantaged Vietnam-era or Korean conflict veterans, or unemployed active members of the National Guard or Reserves.

http://www.wvcommerce.org/business/workforcewv/veterans/mip/default.aspx

Tax credits and incentives change frequently, and are usually directly tied to the state and federal governments’ legislative cycle.  Check your state’s veterans agency and workforce development office for new or updated incentives.

 

Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for 8/25/14

Good news story of the day

Veterans, organizations to Benefit from baseball game  (Bridgeport News)  Connecticut military veterans and several organizations supporting them will be honored at the 4th annual Homerun for Heroes Bridgeport Bluefish Baseball Game on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Military Transition and Jobs News

Army’s top enlisted man speaks about cutting troops  (The Town Talk)  Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler has less than six months left on the job, but he’s still pushing hard on several key soldier issues.

Job fair slated at Turner Center in Fontana  (Daily Bulletin)  The theme of the job fair is “thank a hero, hire a veteran,” but nonveterans are welcome, too.

USAA Taps Analytics to Speed Military Transitions  (Baseline)  Transitioning from the military to civilian life is one of the biggest challenges facing veterans. They need to find a place to live, land a job and deal with other issues involved in this major life change.

Job-hunting veterans get a boost at UMass Lowell  (The Boston Globe)  Jeremy Alaniz was an economics student at Texas A&M University when he watched United Airlines Flight 175 crash into the south tower of the World Trade Center.

Veterans News

Center focuses on supporting veterans  (Daily News)  Veterans Resource Centers of America provides community-based support services for veterans and their families, with a particular focus on homeless and at-risk veterans.

Veterans Affairs plans town hall in Lincoln  (SFGate)  Veterans will have a chance to give feedback the Department of Veterans Affairs services at a town hall in Lincoln on Tuesday.

Women Veterans’ Symposium aims to connect and create awareness  (KTSM)  The Women Veterans’ Symposium is held with the hopes of connecting women veterans with each other and making them aware of the resources they have access to. It is hosted by the Military Veteran Peer Network.

California Army veteran trying to prove he is not actually dead  (Daily News)  An Iraq veteran has been on a 2-year campaign to prove to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that he’s not dead.

Valor Grove apartment complex on Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center grounds targets homeless veterans  (Tuscaloosa News)  An $11 million apartment complex at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center has received 50 vouchers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, allowing the project to specialize in housing for the homeless.

Veterans Affairs selects Columbus as regional site for Veterans Day  (The Columbus Bulletin)  The Veterans Day National Committee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has selected the Town of Columbus as a 2014 Veterans Day Regional Site.

Benefits News

The VA Provides Full Coverage for Veterans With ALS  (VA)  ALS has been getting a lot of attention from the Ice Bucket Challenge, but many veterans do not know the military covers them if they have the disease.

California Army veteran trying to prove he is not actually dead  (Daily News)  An Iraq veteran has been on a 2-year campaign to prove to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that he’s not dead.

VETERANS’ CORNER: VA program adds primary care  (Mineral Wells Index)  The Department of Veterans Affairs announces that primary care has been added to the services available to veterans through VA’s Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) contracts, a key and evolving part of the non-VA medical care program.

Federal law guarantees in-state tuition for student veterans  (Red and Black)  A new federal law guarantees veterans tuition benefits when they enroll in a public university in the United States.

Vashon man seeks his gay partner’s federal VA benefits  (Seattle Times)  The ceremony was meticulously planned, befitting a wedding where one of the grooms is a self-professed Virgo with obsessive-compulsive leanings.

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Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for 8/18/14

Good news story of the day

Army Officer Recycles Military Surplus and Creates Fashionable Bags  (ABC News)  Serving in the military while also being the CEO of a fashion company can be an intimidating but also a rewarding experience. It’s also a perfect match for U.S. Army 1st Lt. Emily Núñez, 24, who saw a need and filled it, helping her fellow veterans along the way.

Military Transition and Jobs News

Voluntary separations accelerate for officers  (Marine Corps Times)  Recent revisions to the Voluntary Separation Pay program for officers will push those declining orders and then requesting VSP out of the service more quickly.

Veterans employment assistance a growing need  (Daily News)  David Jones worked jobs as a busboy and in fast food when he was a teenager.

Almost 8,000 Navy chiefs face ax; sailors could advance  (USA Today)  Almost 8,000 senior enlisted personnel must go before a continuation board later this year to determine whether they can continue to serve or must retire.

Southington helps promote employment opportunities for veterans  (Record Journal)  Veterans are offered an opportunity to sign up for job opportunities in the area through the state American Legion.

Veterans News

Iraq vets on Hill call for stronger response to ISIS  (The Hill)  Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), both Iraq War veterans, on Sunday called for a robust U.S. response to a terrorist advance in Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Veterans look to farming to grow and heal  (USA Today)   Mike Simester had always dreamed of a being a career soldier.

Vets seeking care died in VA limbo  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)  In 2010, the Veterans Administration rolled out a new online application that promised the nation’s veterans a quick, easy way to access one of the chief benefits of military service: enrollment in the VA’s vast network of hospitals and health care facilities.

Congress seeks more information on VA deaths  (The Tampa Tribune)  Still dissatisfied with the Department of Veterans Affairs response to questions about how many veterans suffered death and injury from delays in medical treatment and diagnoses at VA medical facilities around the country, the House Veterans Affairs Committee has widened the scope of its inquiry.

Benefits News

Duty Calls: Volunteers to aid at-risk veterans  (Times Union)  More than several hundred at-risk veterans and their families will receive help Saturday during the Eastern New York State Homeless Veterans Coalition Stand-Down.

For-profit colleges gouging veterans, U.S. Senate report finds  (Tampa Tribune)   On the heels of a student veterans group’s warning, a U.S. Senate report reveals the extent to which for-profit universities benefit from the federal G.I. Bill program.

Local colleges reach out to veterans  (Daytona Beach News Journal)  There is a lounge at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where military veterans, young and old, sit back on couches and prop up their feet.

Veterans’ Next Battle: Legal Rights  (Diverse)  In a year when the Department of Veterans Affairs has repeatedly come under fire for problems ranging from deadly delays in medical appointments to its hefty backlog of benefit claims, the need for legal assistance for veterans has often taken a lower priority.

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Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for 8/12/14

Good news story of the day

Law seeks to expand in-state tuition for all  (Military Times)  A bill signed into law by President Obama on Aug. 7, dedicated primarily to overhauling veterans’ health care, also includes a major victory for education advocates.

Military Transition and Jobs News

The Key to Post-Military Career Success: Prepare Now  (Business News Daily)  Serving in the Armed Forces is one of the most rewarding and honorable paths an American citizen can take.

Veterans’ job fair planned for Aug. 18  (The Beacon)  Members of Delaware’s congressional delegation will hold a job fair for veterans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 18, at the Carlisle Fire Company, Milford.

New Transition Center Helps MacDill Veterans  (Military.com)  Every year about 1,200 to 1,500 service members from MacDill Air Force Base leave the service.

Vets everywhere can log on to virtual job fair  (Military Times)  Hiring Our Heroes wants to take its veterans job fairs beyond major cities to small towns across the country.

Navy personnel chief: No more enlisted retention boards during his tenure  (Navy Times)  The Navy’s top personnel officer said the two enlisted retention boards, which booted 2,946 sailors, fixed overmanning problems, but he also admitted it sowed mistrust in the ranks that persists.

Booted sailors set sights on Supreme Court  (Navy Times)  A group of 300 sailors separated by the 2011 enlisted retention boards is taking its case to the nation’s highest court.

Veterans News

Feds award $600,000 to Catholic Charities in Syracuse to help homeless veterans  (Syracuse.com)  Catholic Charities of Onondaga County will receive $600,878 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families find stable housing, U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei said today.

Iraq Vets in Congress Support Air Strikes, But Are Wary of Another War  (Defense One)  U.S. air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant near the Kurdish capital of Irbil on Friday mark the first combat operations in the country since the Iraq war ended in 2011.

VA will open scheduling books to outside audit  (Military Times)  Veterans Affairs Department officials will open their scheduling books to outside reviewers in an effort to get an independent assessment of how to fix medical center wait time problems, VA Secretary Bob McDonald said Friday.

Benefits News

Free assistance available for veterans government benefits  (The Evening Sun)  The Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars invites veterans of all ages and from all service eras to utilize its Service Officer Network to receive free information and assistance for government benefits including VA healthcare, compensation, pension, education and dependent benefits.

Veterans benefits fair in Tomah Aug. 13  (The Tomah Journal)  The Tomah Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a Veterans Benefits Fair Wednesday, Aug. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 500 E. Veterans St. in the Tomah.

Despite progress in backlog, thousands of Florida’s veterans still wait for benefits  (Miami Herald) While his mortgage, electric bill and child support payments fell months behind, James Pendleton, a 57-year-old U.S. Army veteran from North Lauderdale, waited years for disability compensation benefits.

VA has higher burden of proof for PTSD claims related to sex trauma  (Military Times)  Jamie Livingston joined the Navy in 2000 because she “wanted to be part of something bigger than myself.”

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Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for 8/4/14

Good news story of the day

Veterans conquer disabilities to reach new heights at Grand Teton National Park  (The  Denver Channel)  Veterans often struggle to reintegrate into civilian life. Finding the special bonds, friendships and camaraderie they once experienced in the military can be difficult.

Military Transition and Jobs News

Coast Guard’s early retirement could expand to enlisted ranks  (Army Times)  Officers nearing 15 years in service next year have an opportunity to retire sooner than usual thanks to the latest early retirement program.

550 majors to be separated in reduction in force  (Army Times)  Secretary of the Army John McHugh has approved the results of reduction-in-force boards that will require 550 Regular Army majors to separate or retire from active duty by next spring.

30-year strategy calls for new approach to Air Force careers  (Air Force Times)  The Air Force should create a way for airmen to leave the service, gather real-world experience and then bring that back into the Air Force without being punished for it, according to the service’s 30-year plan unveiled July 30.

Upcoming options for employment seekers  (Albuquerque Journal)  Several job fairs including a business boot camp are upcoming in the Albuquerque metro in the next two months.

Job fair open to veterans, family members  (Statesville Record & Landmark)  A local job fair planned for Aug. 7 is part of a national program – Operation: GoodJobs – that helps veterans and their immediate family members find meaningful work and gain financial stability.

VA to participate in Veteran Expo  (Iron Mountain Daily News)  The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center will be participating in the upcoming Veteran Expo Aug. 8-9, 2014, in the Superior Dome in Marquette.

Army Preparing for Steep Drawdown, Losing Patience With Congress  (National Defense)  The Army is drawing up plans for how it would operate with nearly 100,000 fewer troops. The analysis will identify specific missions and duties the Army would no longer be able to do at that smaller size.

Veterans News

Two top administrators at New Orleans VA retiring and a 3rd is changing jobs  (NOLA.com)  Two top staffers at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans are retiring and a third is moving on to a new position.

Phoenix VA Whistleblower Punished  (NewsMax)  A whistleblower at the Phoenix Veterans Affair Hospital has been punished by being placed in a lower-ranking job, The Washington Post reported.

VA numbers on treatment delays were misleading  (Tampa Bay Times)  A Department of Veterans Affairs “fact sheet” told Congress and the public in April that the agency reviewed 250 million medical consultations, dating back to 1999, and found 76 veterans seriously harmed by treatment delays for gastrointestinal cancers.

VA Committee Chair: What Went Wrong at VA, and What Must Be Done To Fix It  (NBC)  By now, nearly everyone knows the Department of Veterans Affairs is in dire need of reform. Oversight by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and whistleblower revelations have exposed widespread corruption, systemic delays in access to medical care and failures in accountability across the board at our nation’s second largest federal agency.

Benefits News

Letter: Buffalo VA hospital is doing a terrific job  (Buffalo News)  Anyone who has followed the news recently could get the impression that Veterans Affairs is an evil organization not taking care of veterans.

Married Gay Vets’ Next Battle Is Equal VA Benefits  (Military.com)  U.S. Air Force Capt. CJ Wilkinson was about to settle into his dream life.

Mold forces relocation of Haley hospital patients  (Tampa Bay Online)  About a half dozen patients in the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital Spinal Cord Injury Center had to be moved and a hallway sealed off after mold was discovered in an area near the patient care section in May, hospital officials say.

Tricare appeals lengthy but not unfair, report finds  (Military Times)  Appealing a Tricare decision to the highest level within the Defense Health Agency may take nearly a year but that doesn’t necessarily mean those decisions go against beneficiaries in the end, according to a report recently provided to Congress.

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