The behavior of the Senate on the issue of the Blue Water Navy’s exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam Conflict has been less than noble — nor has it done its job. Over the decades, it has conveniently allowed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to lead it by the nose and to provide an excuse for inaction. Read the rest of this entry »
Forward Observer: Will the Senate Have the Courage to Rise Above the Intransigence of the VA on the Blue Water Navy Issue?August 9, 2018
[Editor’s Note: One of the more thorough, balanced and probative articles about the failure of the our national and local media regarding their reporting and conclusions on the state of VA healthcare in quite a while. Also provides some insights on the thinking of our Congress and Executive; and the vested interests for privatizing the Veterans Health Administration. Published by the Washington Monthly in its July/August issue. Worth reading the complete article.]
Journalists cover the Veterans Administration like it’s a disaster—but study after study shows the exact opposite.
As of 20 July 2018
VFW believes that VA health care is not only as good or better than private carebut also cheaper and tailored for veterans specific needs.
As of 24 August 2016
In This Issue
- Mr. Babb Talks About the Veterans History Project Roundtable
- Veterans Affairs Committee Develops Its Operating Budget
- Looking Forward on the Homelessness Front
- 2013 Scholarship Season Opening
- Re-looking Our Employment Programs
- Health Care Initiative Progressing
- Project Healing Waters Events Set for 2013
- Focus on Colleges Begins
- Report on the War Veterans Council
- DoD/VA News
MR. BABB TALKS ABOUT THE VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT ROUNDTABLE
David Babb, a historian and interviewer for the Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project Roundtable, a member organization, spoke to the Council at its business meeting on 17 January 2013.
His organization was formed in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization two capture the stories of all wartime veterans and also those who served on the home front. It collects documents and preserves their personal experiences and then shares those stories with both the public and the Library of Congress. To date about 200 interviews have been done. Read the rest of this entry »
- The New Director of the Philadelphia VA Regional Office Introduces Himself to the Council
- Community Educational Outreach’s Journey of Discovery Reaches Its End
- Changing Our Stripes in Employment
- Health Care in Our Community is at a Critical Stage in Its Development
- Adam Keys Smart Home Build May or May Not Continue
- A New Program Director Has Been Found for the Visitation Program
- LVMAC is on a Mission to Recruit All the Area’s Universities and Colleges
- Finally, Something Significant Out of State Government
The New Director of the Philadelphia VA Regional Office Introduces Himself to the Council
Robert McKenrick, the relatively new Director of the newly reorganized Philadelphia VA Regional Office of the Veterans Benefits Administration, spoke to the Council at its business meeting on 21 November. He brought along Eileen Kostic, Manager of the Veterans Service Center, and Leroy Saunders, a Military Services Coordinator. Mr. McKenrick is a current war veteran from the Army Reserve.
Recently what was known as the VA Regional Office and Insurance Center (VARIOC) split Read the rest of this entry »
THRIVENT FINANCIAL WANTS TO GET INVOLVED IN ASSISTING VETERANS
Messrs. Rick Baldwin, Community Engagement Coordinator, Tom Knauer and Michael Colson, the regional point of contact, of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans addressed the Council at its 26 September business meeting. Although there is no chapter specific to the Lehigh Valley, there are about 107,287 members in 53 chapters throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Consequently, it might play a huge role to the benefit of veterans in our valley. This is what their talk centered around. Read the rest of this entry »
Forward Observer — ‘Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012’ Enacted!August 28, 2012
NEW VETERANS OMINBUS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW ON 6 AUGUST
Surprisingly, nothing has been mentioned in the local media on the recent passage of H.R. 1627 (now known as Public Law 112-154), Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, despite its importance to the veterans community. It is an omnibus bill affecting many; and it finally brings some, though not total, resolution to the Camp Lejeune water contamination situation which has been previously written about.
Several veterans organizations withheld their support because the Lejeune provision set a dangerous precedent in their opinion. In their minds, the bill unfairly levies requirements on the VA to take care of an essentially Department of Defense (DoD) or TRICARE problem. While we might agree with them from one perspective, the larger issue is the government taking responsibility to care for those in need of it, no matter whence it comes. We are more concerned about the fact that no one currently knows when the VA will implement the Lejeune actions required, since no deadline has been set. Read the rest of this entry »