VAA Dispatch
Sep. 9, 2014

US Army suspends Western states medical chief
The U.S. Army has suspended a recently-appointed medical chief of military hospitals in 20 Western states, citing an investigation into the "command climate of the organization," a spokeswoman for Joint Base Lewis-McChord said recently.More

New rules may allow benefits long denied to Vietnam-era veterans
The New York Times (tiered subscription model)
Thousands of Vietnam-era veterans barred from receiving benefits because of less-than-honorable discharges may be eligible for upgrades under a new set of guidelines recently released by the Defense Department. The new rules offer the first guidance to military discharge review boards on how to address post-traumatic stress disorder.More

VA: Mobile is 'value-added' to health programs
The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving ahead with an ambitious effort to provide mobile wireless services to both veterans and the clinical staff who serve them. Under a set of interconnected programs, veterans can use a variety of applications to access their medical records, to request services, such as prescriptions, and to schedule appointments.More

VA director outlines plan for fixing veterans' health care
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscriber model)
The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs broadly outlined his short-term plan for improving the organization and rehabilitating its image, but included few specific details in a recent news conference.More

Workforce tool helps nonprofit find jobs for vets
Among the challenges military families face is finding ways to help wounded veterans and spouses — including retired military spouses — find meaningful and gainful work. Although many veterans and their partners possess valuable expertise and skills, these individuals often encounter difficulties transitioning from the armed forces to the private sector. One organization attempting to address the issue is Military Spouse and Corporate Career Network, a 10-year-old not-for-profit organization that provides employment readiness and job placement solutions. More

Seniors boost number of veterans deemed unemployable
Los Angeles Times
Jack Behunin received welcome news last year from the Department of Veterans Affairs: Due to war-related medical conditions, he was being declared unfit to work, boosting his tax-free monthly disability compensation from $1,850 to $3,000. Not that he had any interest in a job. A World War II veteran in Burbank, California, he is 90 years old.More

Understanding new 'in-state' tuition ceiling on GI Bill
Stars and Stripes
Perhaps the first thing veterans using GI Bill education benefits should understand about new "in-state tuition" protection that Congress approved in August is that it won't take effect for another year, by fall semester 2015. That delay will give state-run colleges and universities time to prepare policies or laws to lower tuition and fees for non-resident veterans to match what in-state students face. The delay also means the population primarily to benefit from the in-state tuition mandate are those planning to leave active duty to use their GI Bill in another year.More

Medical marijuana after traumatic event 'prevents PTSD symptoms'
Yahoo News
Providing trauma patients with medical marijuana shortly after the event could help prevent post-traumatic stress disorder, researchers have said.More