VAA Dispatch
Apr. 7, 2015

Keeping our pledge to veterans
The Huffington Post
Rep. John K. Delaney, R-Md., writes: Before joining the Armed Forces, every American service member is required to swear an oath to support and defend the United States Constitution, a pledge that our men and women in uniform met with courage, conviction and sacrifice. When active duty ends, we have an obligation to uphold our own pledge, a pledge to ensure that every veteran receives the care and benefits they deserve.More

Veterans battle VA for atomic designation
One of Jeffery Dean's close Army buddies died a few days ago of a cancer that the Belfast man has no problem connecting to their stint cleaning up nuclear waste on a tiny South Pacific atoll. The problem is, that's not how they see it over at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — and that makes Dean see red. More

VA proposal could cut aid for veterans
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
A government attempt to close a loophole in a benefit for low-income wartime veterans could hurt many of those it was designed to help, a benefits consultant said.More

US lawmakers urge quick resolution to Veterans Affairs review
The Associated Press via ABC News
Two Pennsylvania congressmen are expressing concern about delays in a government investigation into widespread mismanagement of disability claims at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' office in Philadelphia, saying the full findings are long overdue.More

Veterans to be offered training in solar industry
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
President Barack Obama unveiled an initiative to train military veterans for careers in the solar-energy industry. Under the Solar Ready Vets Program, the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy will seek to help military veterans learn skills that are needed to work in the industry after they leave the armed forces.More

Veteran walks across country to raise awareness for amputee veterans
A veteran in Wisconsin is making his way California ... on foot. Michael Roberts is hoping to raise awareness for amputee veterans. "I'm a veteran so I've got to do for my brothers, right?" Roberts hopes his "Boots 2 Boots" campaign will remind people about some of the challenges his amputee veteran friends face.More

Opinion: Is VA misleading veterans about 'My HealtheVet' medical records?
Disabled Veterans
Veteran Benjamin Krause writes: The My HealtheVet VA Blue Button is not as good as it could be. You do not get all your medical records despite VA's claims on its website. You get whatever VA thinks you need to know and sometimes none of what you are looking for when it comes to C&P examination notes.More

New York: Veterans hospital in Canandaigua to get $309 million makeover
The Associated Press via North Country Public Radio
The Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Medical Center in New York is slated for a $309 million makeover, starting this fall. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that the renovation project is a result of a years-long national evaluation of VA infrastructure. More