VAA Dispatch
May. 20, 2014

Obama angry over falsification of Veterans Affairs data
The New York Times
President Barack Obama is "madder than hell" about reports that some medical facilities run by the Department of Veterans Affairs have falsified data to hide substantial delays for veterans to see doctors, and he has demanded that the department's leaders "fix these things," the White House chief of staff said in a recent interview.More

Military Appreciation Month discounts
Service members and families are being honored during Military Appreciation Month with a variety of discounts. Here are some highlighted offerings. Check back frequently as the list is updated.More

How veterans can raise money for their entrepreneurial dreams
Some of the greatest entrepreneurs have been war veterans. Just look at Fred Smith, who created FedEx. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969. Smith thought his experience with logistics was critical for his entrepreneurial success. So with many veterans now looking for opportunities, why not explore a startup? Craig Hanson, a venture partner at Next World Capital, has made success for veterans a priority. He recently launched VetCap, an innovative national program to help veteran entrepreneurs.More

Tactical veteran: STEM is fast track to getting ahead
Military Times
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are crucial for driving innovation, both for our country and for the world. That means STEM workers are in demand, which is good news for veterans, many of whom have gained incredible experience working with some of the most advanced technology our country has to offer. Using your generous Post-9/11 GI Bill, pursuing a STEM job can put you on a path to a career that will be challenging, but very rewarding.More

Salem State University to open 'home' for veterans
The Salem News
Salem State University in Massachusetts is building a new home for a new kind of student. These students did not go directly from high school to college, nor are they returning to school after spending time in the workforce. Many of them have spent the past few years in the Middle East fighting a war against terrorism. These new students are U.S. military veterans.More

DOJ: Student loan entity penalized for cheating veterans
Stars and Stripes
The student lender Sallie Mae, which in recent weeks reorganized into separate corporations, agreed to pay almost $100 million in compensation and penalties for overcharging military members who took out education loans.More

Joint Chiefs divide over cuts in commissary savings
All seven members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified on the need to slow growth in military compensation and apply dollars saved to underfunded readiness accounts for training, equipment and spare parts. But their united front for easing current budget burdens cracked over the notion of slashing savings for commissary shoppers. More

Our voice: A vote for veterans
The Desert Sun
Proposition 41, the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014 on the June 3 ballot, is a smart measure to repurpose $600 million in bond money to construct low-income housing for veterans.More

Entrepreneurs offer alternatives for lean budgets
Recent budget cuts have forced Defense Department and Defense Intelligence Agency officials into a bind when working with small businesses and entrepreneurs.More

White House website helps veterans find jobs
Veterans Employment Center offers job-search tools to help transitioning service members connect with employers.More

ROA endorses suicide prevention legislation
Reserve Officers Association
Ahead of the Senate Armed Services Committee consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, ROA endorsed U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly's bipartisan Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014. Donnelly serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is set to work on the NDAA May 20. Donnelly introduced the bill with U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and together they will push for its passage as part of this year's NDAA. More

Senators point to 50 studies on VA problems; Shinseki urges more patience
Stars and Stripes
Senators grilled embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, saying about 50 federal reports in recent years warned of problems long before a scheduling scandal involving veteran deaths exploded in April.More