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United Spinal Supports Community Choice Act: Schumer Amendment Provides Medicaid Services for People With Disabilities

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United Spinal Association praised New York Senator Charles Schumer for introducing an amendment to the Senate Finance Committee health care reform bill to enact the Community Choice Act benefiting people with disabilities. The Community Choice Act, if enacted, will give states the option to make home- and community-based services […]

Homeless Veterans Organization Prepares to Honor Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman

NORTHAMPTON, Mass., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Armed Services, has been tapped to receive the Soldier On Award for 2009. The award, which recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the cause of ending veteran homelessness, is presented by Soldier […]

MOAA Speaks Out For Veterans’ And Spouses’ Rights

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) the nation’s largest association for military officers and their families, has urged the House Veterans Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee to approve legislation supporting military spouses, wounded warriors and National Guard members. MOAA President VADM Norb Ryan Jr, USN-Ret, said, “MOAA believes in […]

Video: The U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program Turns Five

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ — Local community groups that want to help severely wounded soldiers have a new way they can get involved. The U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2), which turns five this year, launched a new program that provides information to local groups that want to help. Background AW2 started with a few […]

Participation in the New Post-9/11 GI Bill Continues to Grow

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it has provided certificates of eligibility to nearly 200,000 applicants for the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. Over 61,000 payments totaling over $50 million to schools and students have been issued since the August 1, 2009, implementation of the new program. “Our […]

VA Honors Eye Researchers With Olin Teague Award

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Two researchers for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Palo Alto, Calif., were recognized with the Olin Teague Award for their research in vision issues that led to improved eye and vision injury examination techniques for Veterans. “VA has identified these techniques as ‘best practices’ and now requires eye […]

VA’s Health System Top Employer for AARP

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The health care network operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been named as one of the best employers this year for workers over 50 by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). “Quality care is what drives VA and is our primary mission,” said Secretary of Veterans […]

Doonesbury Creator Garry Trudeau to Accept AND Positive Voice Award Sept. 25 at WREI/AND Conference

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ — The Alliance for National Defense (AND) will present Positive Voice Awards to Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau and longtime military women’s rights advocate Capt. Barbara Brehm at the Eighth Conference on Women in the Military September 25 at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington , VA. […]

Secretary Shinseki Announces Progress on $1.4 Billion in Recovery Act Spending

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced today the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) progress in executing more than $1.4 billion as the Department’s share of spending under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), more commonly known as the economic stimulus program. “In putting America back to work, […]

Historic Groundbreaking Set in Massachusetts

PITTSFIELD, Mass., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Soldier On, a Northampton, Massachusetts-based non-profit organization devoted to ending veteran homelessness, will make history on October 29 when it breaks ground here on a first-of-its-kind limited equity cooperative housing project for formerly homeless veterans. Speakers at the historic groundbreaking event will include Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the […]