AFA & AFSA Announce POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony at Air Force Memorial

The Air Force Association and Air Force Sergeants Association, will host a 1 p.m. POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony Friday, Sep 19, 2014, at the Air Force Memorial. Speakers from the host organizations as well as Ms. Ann Mills-Griffiths, Chairman of the Board, National League of POW/MIA Families will speak at the ceremony, which is open […]

Real Warriors Campaign Offers Resources and Support for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide is an important concern facing the military community. In recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Real Warriors Campaign encourages all service members, veterans and their loved ones to learn the warning signs of suicidal ideation and to support loved ones in seeking immediate care. On Sept. 5, the Defense Department released a suicide […]

Phony Navy SEAL of the WEEK: James “Kimo” Akaka and Arthur Neil Obus

Retired Navy SEAL Senior Chief Don Shipley BUSTS James “Kimo” Akaka from Honolulu, Hawaii and Arthur Neil Obus from Montpelier, Ohio. James has gained a celebrity following from his claims of being a Navy SEAL and he was not. Googling any part of his name with “Navy SEAL” brings up numerous links about him being […]

The American Legion Granted Right To Intervene In Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial Lawsuit

Today, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland granted the motion by The American Legion, The American Legion Department of Maryland, and The American Legion Post 131 of Colmar Manor, Md., to intervene in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a time-honored veterans memorial that sits in the heart of historic […]

American Legion National Commander slams lack of accountability at VA in Letter to President Obama

Angered by a recent IG report on the Department of Veterans Affairs and the testimony of senior VA officials, American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm sent a pointed letter to President Obama reminding him that he promised to institute “a critical culture of accountability” within the troubled health care system. Helm said that the […]

Pay Rate Increases for Doctors Good First Step, But More Must Be Done

Increasing the pay rates for VA doctors and dentists should help the Department of Veterans Affairs recruit additional providers to treat our veterans, but the VA still needs to tackle troubling retention and retaliation problems, the head of the largest union representing VA workers said today. “VA Secretary Robert McDonald has taken a good first […]

Private Effort to Address Veterans’ Mental Health Needs Could Aid VA Health Care Reform

A unique partnership to support private efforts to provide mental health services to veterans and their families could provide a model for similar efforts should federal officials decide to expand privately provided health care as part of reform of the VA health system, according to a new RAND Corporation report. The Welcome Back Veterans Initiative, […]

VA Announces Proposed Increase in Pay Ranges for VA Physicians and Dentists to Recruit Best and Brightest to Serve Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will publish a notification in the Federal Register which increases the maximum rates of annual pay for in-coming Veterans Health Administration (VHA) physicians and dentists as part of VA Secretary Robert McDonald’s nation-wide recruitment initiative to hire more clinicians and expand Veterans’ access to care. “At VA, […]