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Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans still wary of VA health care system

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans still wary of VA health care system

Despite the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, a recent article in the Washington Post suggested that “The nation’s leading media outlets may have moved on from covering the many problems that continue to plague the Department of Veterans Affairs.” Perhaps the media has moved on, but U.S. vets are still following the scandal closely, according to a recent Gallup report. The survey, w... »

Edmonds Military Wire: The Forever Bond of War — ‘Brothers Forever’

Edmonds Military Wire: The Forever Bond of War — ‘Brothers Forever’

For those of us who have experienced boot camp, there is an unspoken appreciation for our brothers and sisters who have also graduated from that experience. While boot camp isn’t overly demanding mentally or physically, it does require one to embrace a new way of thinking – which for many isn’t easy. So, a bond is established almost immediately when we come across someone who has shared that exper... »

Edmonds Military Wire: WSU a top-tier leader in serving veterans online

Edmonds Military Wire: WSU a top-tier leader in serving veterans online

Washington State University’s College of Business was named among the top three in the nation for Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report for the second year in a row. When I was made aware of this, I had to do a bit of “investigative reporting.” After all, this is WSU we are talking about, home to the Cougars, the rivals of the UW Huskies – there must be a c... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Acting VA Secretary — VA System ‘unacceptable’

Edmonds Military Wire: Acting VA Secretary — VA System ‘unacceptable’

“No veteran should ever have to wait to receive the care they have earned through their service and sacrifice. As the President said last week, we must work together to fix the unacceptable, systemic problems in accessing VA healthcare. I believe that trust is the foundation for everything we do – VA must be an organization built on transparency and accountability.” According to a June 6, 2014 USA... »

Edmonds Military Wire: VA scandal could reach Puget Sound

Edmonds Military Wire: VA scandal could reach Puget Sound

On Friday, May 30, 2014, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, who is also a retired Army General, offered his resignation as a result of the recent audit results and the Arizona scandal that is alleged to have caused at least 40 patient deaths due to delay in care at the VA. President Obama accepted his resignation. Senator Patty Murray, WA State, who has a long history of being an advocat... »

Edmonds Military Wire: How do you honor Memorial Day?

Edmonds Military Wire: How do you honor Memorial Day?

Most Americans know Memorial Day to be a three-day holiday and the “unofficial” kick-off to summer. Often celebrated by family gatherings, barbecues and a sigh of relief that Monday won’t bring a painful commute, Memorial Day for many of those under the age of 40 is often confused with Veterans Day – but the two holidays are distinctly different. The birth of Memorial Day, depending on which histo... »

Edmonds Military Wire: An unforgettable WWII story of survival

Edmonds Military Wire: An unforgettable WWII story of survival

What I’m about to share – the story of Edgar Harrell – could very well change your perspective on life – and certainly the challenges you face. On July 16, 1945, the USS Indianapolis, CA-35 Portland class heavy cruiser, and flagship for Admiral Raymond Spruance of the Fifth Fleet, had set sail, unescorted, to the island of Tinian, where she was to unload her secret cargo – the atomic bomb th... »

Edmonds Military Wire: When a community rallies, magic happens

Edmonds Military Wire: When a community rallies, magic happens

If you ever saw the movie or TV show “A Team,” Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith would often say, “I love it when a plan comes together” after his team would successfully complete their mission. Most missions seemed practically impossible to pull off, yet, they would pull it together last minute – and walk away victors. Preparing for Operation Fashion Forward, at times, seemed like one of those missio... »

Edmonds Military Wire: May is National Military Appreciation Month

Edmonds Military Wire: May is National Military Appreciation Month

In addition to flowers, May is the month that was designated by Congress, in 1999, as National Military Appreciation Month. The intent of National Military Appreciation Month is to provide the nation an opportunity to publicly show their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by all those who have served and continue to serve. Since 1999, the president has made a proclamation reminding... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Confessions of a military spouse and transitioning servicemember

Edmonds Military Wire: Confessions of a military spouse and transitioning servicemember

“Deployment was hard but working through all the issues that war can leave on a soldier and family is honestly what is the hardest.” On Friday, 25 April I walked into my office as my normal energetic self, ready to take on the day’s issues. I wasn’t quite prepared to take on a suicide. Most of the general public is aware of the increase in veteran and military suicide rates because “dirty laundry”... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Local merchants step forward to support military families

Edmonds Military Wire: Local merchants step forward to support military families

The majority of servicemembers and their families transition from the military into the civilian sector well-adjusted and ready to take on “life after the military.” However, there are growing numbers of servicemembers falling into homelessness and more than 650,000 Veterans who are unemployed and countless more that are underemployed. With upcoming military cuts, the Puget Sound can expect more f... »

Edmonds Military Wire: PTSD suggested as cause for Fort Hood shooting

Edmonds Military Wire: PTSD suggested as cause for Fort Hood shooting

As investigators scramble to determine the “triggering” event behind the April 2, 2014 shooting at Fort Hood that claimed the lives of four individuals and injured 16, some are quick to suggest that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health related issues were the cause. United States Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the youngest recipient of the Medal of Honor, is on record for battl... »

Edmonds Military Wire: New laws provide additional protection to veterans and military families

Edmonds Military Wire: New laws provide additional protection to veterans and military families

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson successfully championed two bills on behalf of military and veteran families that received Governor Inslee’s signature on March 27, 2014. The new laws, which will take effect on June 12, provide economic protection for military personnel and veterans when on active duty as well as legal protection for elderly veterans against pension poachers. The eco... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Comprehensive health care for veterans

Edmonds Military Wire: Comprehensive health care for veterans

With the deadline for having to choose a health care plan looming, veterans can breathe a bit easier with new eligibility options for a comprehensive health care package. Unknown to many, back in 2009 federal regulations were changed to enable the VA to enroll certain Priority Group 8 veterans who were likely denied enrollment in the VA health care system because their income exceeded the VA’s inc... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Washington Legislature passes in-state tuition for veterans

Edmonds Military Wire: Washington Legislature passes in-state tuition for veterans

Last Thursday night, at the 11th hour — literally — the Washington State Legislature passed the veterans’ in-state tuition bill and now joins 28 other states that offer out-of-state veterans in-state tuition rates. Previous to the passage of Senate Bill 5318, a veteran had to live in the state for a year to meet residency requirements for in-state tuition. The difference between ... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans become political bargaining chip, lose to illegal immigrants

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans become political bargaining chip, lose to illegal immigrants

For the second year in a row, in-state tuition for out-of-state veterans has failed to become law, putting Washington state at risk at not being able to attract new talent as well as risking improved revenue for higher education institutions. Twenty six other states have already passed and adopted the measure to provide in-state tuition to out-of-state veterans and despite Senate Bill 5318 passing... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Food stamp use among military families increases

Edmonds Military Wire: Food stamp use among military families increases

CNN recently reported some troubling news – food stamp usage is increasing among our military families. Despite the end of recession in 2009, more military families are redeeming food stamps at commissaries to purchase your basics: milk, cheese, meat and bread. At the close of the last fiscal year, Sept. 30, nearly $104 million worth of food stamps was redeemed at military commissaries. According ... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Washington state fails disaster preparedness

Edmonds Military Wire: Washington state fails disaster preparedness

The elderly and mentally ill are at risk in Washington state should a disaster strike. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP for short) released its State-by-State Report Card that assesses how each state ranks in five critical areas: Access to Emergency Care, Quality & Patient Safety Environment, Medical Liability Environment, Public Health & Injury Prevention and Disaster Pr... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Education critical to country’s strength

Edmonds Military Wire: Education critical to country’s strength

In 2007, the “Nation’s Report Card,” the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), reported that 69 percent of the nation’s eighth graders scored below proficiency level in math, and 70 percent scored below proficiency level in reading. Fortunately, our Edmonds School District doesn’t contribute to those poor statistics. Simply put, we as a community take investing in our youth as an imp... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Veteran homelessness on the rise

Edmonds Military Wire: Veteran homelessness on the rise

Since 2011, the number of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and are either homeless or in some form of federal program aimed at keeping them off the streets has nearly tripled. Despite the hundreds of millions ($300 million to be exact) the federal government devotes to this issue — up from $60 million in 2011 — the numbers continue to climb. Some experts site multiple deploy... »

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