GAO: Thousands discharged for military misconduct had mental health diagnosis | TheHill

The top government watchdog said Tuesday that nearly a quarter of U.S. troops discharged for misconduct were given other-than-honorable discharges despite previously being diagnosed with a mental health condition. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) in its report faulted branches of the Department of Defense (DOD) for having policies inconsistent with — or poor enforcement of — official Pentagon rules for ... Read More »

9 Lessons From The World’s First Conference For Veteran Entrepreneurs | Task & Purpose

Veteran entrepreneurship is again a hot topic. America needs job creators now more than ever, and veterans are a great pool to draw from. We are resourceful, driven, work well in teams, and can get stuff done. The perfect archetype for an entrepreneur. The numbers tell a different story, though. Veterans aren’t returning home and starting companies, at least not ... Read More »

New study offers hope in targeting focusing, emotional control problems in vets with PTSD | MilitaryTimes 

A new study has identified what happens in the brains of veterans with post-traumatic stress as they have trouble refocusing their attention and regulating their emotions – and offers hope for some effective treatments, according to one of study’s lead authors. “There is some hope, because now that we know a little more about what part of the brain is ... Read More »

Storage Company Reacts to Military Household Good Auction Outrage |

he military family social media space went wild today when a auction company in Chesapeake, Virginia advertised an upcoming auction of 105 containers of over 78,000 lbs of  “Unclaimed Shipments from Overseas” belonging to military members and stored at Bay Area Movers, Inc. The Facebook post advertising the auction has since been deleted. “These Shipments are unclaimed household goods / ... Read More »

Lowe’s expands, changes its military discount program | MilitaryTimes

National home improvement retailer Lowe’s has expanded its everyday military discount program to include all honorably discharged veterans, as of May. The chain also has expanded the 10 percent discount to Lowe’s online shopping, which will include free parcel shipping. It will provide for faster checkout and add the ability to use the discount at self-checkout in stores, said Lowe’s ... Read More »

Special Report: Vet ‘dumbfounded’ after VA drops ball on brain mass | Boston Herald

U.S. Marine combat vet Brian Callahan sat in stunned silence. A doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital had just asked him what the Veterans Administration thought about a brain mass he spotted on Callahan’s MRIs. “I looked at him and I said, ‘Excuse me?’ ” said Callahan, who was seeing the growth for the first time on the neuroendocrinologist’s screen. “He ... Read More »

Monument honoring Vietnam helicopter crews approved for Arlington Cemetery | MilitaryTimes

It’s been three years in the making, but helicopter crews who flew during the Vietnam War will have their own monument at Arlington National Cemetery. The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and Congress came together for the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Monument Act, directing the secretary of the Army to place a 2 1/2-foot by 2 1/2-foot monument at the cemetery in ... Read More »

Latest GI Bill fight could sideline a host of planned reforms | MilitaryTimes

Plans for GI Bill reforms this year are all but dead after a high-profile, emotional fight among veterans advocates in recent days over proposed dramatic changes to the popular benefit. The conflict comes after months of behind-the-scenes work testing the idea of charging future active-duty troops for an improved veterans education benefit, a proposal that proved more controversial when it ... Read More »

Trump signs order creating accountability office at VA | MilitaryTimes

President Donald Trump on Thursday created an office at the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve accountability and protect whistleblowers, calling it a “bold step forward.” Trump, who made improving veterans’ care a prominent issue in his presidential campaign, said the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection will make clear “that we will never, ever tolerate substandard care for our ... Read More »

Paralyzed vet gets first ‘robotic legs’ from San Diego VA | The San Diego Union-Tribune

One minute, Lt. j.g. Brandon Myers was a hard-charging Navy officer gunning it through the Naval Special Warfare obstacle course in Coronado. The next minute, he was falling from a tall vertical cargo net. Landing hard, he hasn’t felt his legs or pelvis since. Now 28-year-old Myers is the first San Diego U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs patient to be ... Read More »