VAA Dispatch
Apr. 22, 2014

Independent 2013 survey shows veterans highly satisfied with VA care
Veterans Today
The American Customer Satisfaction Index, an independent customer service survey, ranks the Department of Veterans Affairs customer satisfaction among Veteran patients among the best in the nation and equal to or better than ratings for private sector hospitals. The 2013 ACSI report assessed satisfaction among veterans who recently have been patients of VA's Veterans Health Administration inpatient and outpatient services. More

Goodwill Veteran Services and Operation: GoodJobs matches veterans, military families with careers
Coming home from war and making the transition back to regular life can be difficult for both soldiers and their families. For veterans and military families enduring the emotional and mental hardships associated with this change, regaining a sense of normalcy can be a challenge. However, for veterans and military families living in the South Puget Sound, Wash., Goodwill's Veteran Services Operation: GoodJobs program has teamed up with local businesses to make the transition into the workplace a little bit easier.More

Understanding the military PA experience
The Clinical Advisor
Chair of the American Academy of Physician Assistants Health Disparities Work Group Jim Anderson writes: "After 14 years as a physician assistant, I'm only now starting to understand the unique origin and needs of PAs that are veterans of military service. I'm not a vet, and although I have worked hard to wrap my brain around the special needs of my military veteran colleagues, I must admit I have not fully grasped this issue. Although the American Academy of Physician Assistants has been built on the backs of military PAs, a big challenge for many of the very PAs who created our profession has been figuring out how to fit back into it after leaving military service"More

Yes on Prop. 41 for veterans housing
The San Diego Union-Tribune
The Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014 would authorize the repurposing of $600 million in bond funds that have been sitting idle in the California Veterans Farm and Home Loan Program. Funds in that program are supposed to help vets buy single-family homes, mobile homes and farms. However, it's little used. Vets need much more help finding affordable housing, such as apartments. More

Military veterans bring value to the classroom
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Associate professor of visual arts at Fordham University Mark Street writes: "I have followed with interest the national conversation about the important role of colleges in easing the transition of military veterans into the classroom. I applaud efforts like the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon program and a newly formed student-run Armed Forces Group at my own university to help veterans integrate into the academic community and graduate. But I hope those discussions, focused on assisting the vets and worthy as they are, don’t eclipse the value these students bring to higher education."More

For serving: Special driver's license for military veterans
Cascade Patch
Previously, any veteran who didn't meet certain eligibility and/or service measures couldn't request a license.More

New veterans aid organization helps homeless veterans find housing
The Tennessee Valley has proven itself to be a community that cares about its veterans. Now a new organization is helping homeless and struggling veterans gain their footing and find housing.More

4 tips for transitioning to a civilian post
By Catherine Iste
Whether you work in defense, military, police or fire, your job description includes duties rarely found in the civilian world. That does not mean you cannot make a smooth transition out of your uniform and into business casual.More

Sgt Maj responds to backlash over pay cut support
Military Times
The sergeant major of the Marine Corps issued a letter to all Marines trying to explain his recent congressional testimony in which he said Marines preferred better equipment over high pay and that lowering pay raises would improve discipline. More

Gulf War illness: Thousands who served still report mysterious symptoms
El Paso Times
Army veterans Michael Patiño and David Garcia, who served in the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, say they still suffer health problems related to their service in the war. Garcia, a retired warrant officer, began to experience unusual ailments during Desert Shield, the advance operation for the war in 1990, and was medically evacuated shortly after his unit's trek through the infamous "highway of death" in Iraq.More

Veterans slam The New York Times piece linking vets to hate groups
Military Times
Veterans advocates are denouncing an opinion piece in The New York Times that draws links between veterans and white supremacist groups in attempting to explain the actions of the suspected gunman in a recent and deadly shooting outside a Kansas Jewish center.More