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The VA’s Killer Problem: Painkillers

The VA’s Killer Problem: Painkillers

An early red flag that prescription painkillers were ravaging U.S. veterans came in 2011 when researchers found vets dying of narcotic overdoses at more than twice the national average. That same year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named painkiller abuse a national epidemic, and the White House launched a campaign to reverse a trend that saw prescription abuse become America’s fastest-growing drug problem. Meanwhile at Department of Veterans Affairs, prescriptions for widely used and highly … Read entire article »

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National Women Veterans Association of America Hosts Gala in San Diego

National Women Veterans Association of America and “A” List Celebrities Give A Red Carpet Response to the Resignation of Mayor Bob Filner Labor Day Weekend San Diego, California. Founder and President Tara Jones states, “Originally Bob was supposed to be recognized for all his work over his lifetime as a freedom rider, civil rights activist, supporter of immigration, and Congressional leader – senior ranking member of the Department of Veteran Affairs Committee for over 25 years. But due to recent events surrounding the now resigned mayor of our beautiful city and National Women Veterans Association of America 1st Fundraiser we kicked him out of everything. It is still shocking to all of us. This event was never about the mayor from the beginning. His piece in this event was because of … Read entire article »

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Just Fixed a Link to a Great Interview with Jack Lyon, co-founder of the San Diego Veterans Village

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Lost Drones, Fort Hood Shooting Trial on Military Headline News

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Inaugural Creating Collaborative Communities Summit For our Military, Veterans, and Families — Fremont, CA — Dec. 19

We Welcome your Participation at the Inaugural Creating Collaborative Communities Summit For our Military, Veterans, and Families Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley Hotel 46100 Landing Parkway, Fremont, CA. This gathering provides an opportunity to hear from and network with like- minded individuals, non-profits, non-governmental, and governmental organizations. Throughout the day you will have opportunities to explore and discuss options for enhancing the ability of your group to identify and achieve their goals, to build community to support our service members, veterans, and families. Space is limited to the first 80 participants. Please RSVP by December 11, 2012 by completing the registration form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform? formkey=dE8yc1lmcUNXblBCcTBfQm0zVlhGUnc6MA Confirmed and Invited Presenters Include: MG (R) Peter Gravett Secretary, California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) Moving Forward into 2013 with Enhanced Veteran Services Lindsey Sin Deputy … Read entire article »

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Military Headline News for 23 Oct. 2012

Front & Center: Military Headline News Listen here. A new database now allows people to find roughly 400,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery. The GPS-driven system has an interactive map – and, yes, there’s a free app for that too. Learn more at the website www.arlingtoncemetery.mil   * The United Nations is planning a peacekeeping mission for Syria … if and when the fighting there stops.   A UN spokesman said it’s too early to talk about the size of such a force. * The thawing of Arctic is turning up the heat on American military planners. Where there was once only ice, Russia, Norway, Canada and the United States now joust over the region’s oil and mineral resources.   The Coast Guard is stretched thin providing safety and security.   * An executive order taking shape would direct U.S. spy agencies to share … Read entire article »

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Military Headline News for 17 Oct. 2012

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San Diego Veterans Day Parade Short on Donations

The committee seeking donations for the 26th annual San Diego County Veterans Day Parade has raised less than two-thirds the money it requires to put on the event. Jack Harkins, the chairman for Veterans Week San Diego and the parade itself, said his group needs to raise a minimum of $60,000. So far, he said, $39,000 in donations have come in to Veterans United for San Diego. Harkins said he is prepared to take out a personal loan if adequate funding cannot be secured in the next five days. “We are not canceling the parade,” Harkins stressed. “But to have the parade that San Diego deserves, I have to have more help.” The Veterans Day parade is scheduled for Monday Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., along Pacific Highway in downtown San … Read entire article »

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Women in Marine Combat Units, Reciting the Names of a Million Dead Heroes On The Military Minute

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Warrior & Family Support News

 COMMUNITIES IN ACTION Charlotte veteran gets free house from charity CharlotteObserver.com Ben Dellinger didn’t believe it when a charity official told him via email that he’d soon be getting a free 2,800-square-foot house in northeast Charlotte’s popular Highland Creek community. “Then they sent me the address and I drove over and saw that a house actually existed there… Online project to map Northeast Florida veterans services Florida Times-Union (blog) “My administration works hard every day to build a deeper, more meaningful connection with the more than 240,000 people who make up our military and veterans community. I’m encouraged not only by the Jaguars’ teamwork and support of veterans’ … Also … Veteran establishes support for others returning from war The Bay Citizen (blog) The group participated in panels and academic discussions and offered educational panels for interested students. “We consistently reinforced each other to feel positive about … Read entire article »

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