Saturday, May 31, 2014

Statement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Statement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

A few hours ago, the family of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was informed by President Obama that their long wait for his return will soon be over. Sgt. Bergdahl is now under the care of the U.S. military after being handed over by his captors in Afghanistan. We will give him all the support he needs to help him recover from this ordeal, and we are grateful that he will soon be reunited with his family.

Also today, I informed Congress of the decision to transfer five detainees from Guantánamo Bay to Qatar. The United States has coordinated closely with Qatar to ensure that security measures are in place and the national security of the United States will not be compromised. I appreciate the efforts of the Emir of Qatar to put these measures in place, and I want to thank him for his instrumental role in facilitating the return of Sgt. Bergdahl.

Sgt. Bergdahl's return is a powerful reminder of the enduring, sacred commitment our nation makes to all those who serve in uniform. The United States government never forgot Sgt. Bergdahl, nor did we stop working to bring him back. I am grateful to all the military and civilian professionals ­ from DOD and our interagency partners ­ who helped make this moment possible, and to all those Americans who stood vigil with the Bergdahl family.

 

 

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Monday, May 26, 2014

DAV Message for Memorial Day


For folks like you and me, for whom Memorial Day is deeply personal, it's a somber — and often difficult — time, filled with sorrow and remembrance.

But as you try to find just the right way to mark this Memorial Day, let me say to you, from my own heart to yours, Sean:

Thank you for your service, your sacrifice,
and your proud membership in DAV.

There are so many ways you touch the lives of your fellow veterans through DAV — and today I want to give you another chance to make a difference as you send an e-card to a veteran you'd like to honor.

We can't bring back our fallen, but we can make life better for others like us, who served and sacrificed. Sometimes that starts with a simple message of gratitude and care.

That care and concern for your fellow veterans is at the heart of everything you do through DAV, and it's why I send you my thanks this Memorial Day, Sean.

As a DAV member, you help empower all veterans to live lives of meaning and purpose. You restore lost dignity and help those who are hurting to find freedom from pain.

I can't imagine anything more important.

Your loyalty and friendship is a comfort and consolation to me, Sean. I hope you'll share that gift as you send an e-card to a veteran who's in your thoughts today.

Saluting Your Service!

Marc Burgess

J. Marc Burgess
DAV National Adjutant/CEO



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Friday, May 02, 2014

HVAC Hearing Schedule May 5 - 9


WASHINGTON, D.C.— Chairman Jeff Miller (FL-01) today released the hearing schedule for May 5 - 9. The following events are open to the press:

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hearing:  "Defining and Improving Success for Student Veterans"

Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity

(10:00 A.M., 334 Cannon HOB and streaming at veterans.house.gov)

 

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

HVAC to Examine VA Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health Care Treatment, Benefits

HVAC to Examine VA Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health Care Treatment, Benefits

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Thursday, April 24, 2014, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations will hold an oversight field hearing entitled,  "Access to Mental Health Care and Traumatic Brain Injury Services:  Addressing the Challenges and Barriers for Veterans." The hearing will begin at 1:00 PM MST at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Building 4, Conference Rooms A and B, 3601 South Sixth Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85723.

 

Traumatic Brain Injury is widely regarded as a signature wound of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, more than 287,000 service members sustained traumatic brain injuries between 2000 and the third quarter of 2013.  Though all veterans receiving VA medical care are required to undergo screening for TBI, many have faced challenges in getting timely and adequate access to TBI treatments and related benefits. 

 

This hearing will examine the long-term impacts TBI is having on veterans and VA's ability to provide proper disability ratings and timely access to care for those suffering from TBI and mental health conditions.

 

The following event is open to the press:

WHO:       Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations

WHAT:    Field Hearing:  "Access to Mental Health Care and Traumatic Brain Injury Services: Addressing the Challenges and Barriers for Veterans"

WHEN:    1:00 PM MST, Thursday, April 24, 2014

WHERE: Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Building 4, Conference Rooms A and B, 3601 South Sixth Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85723

 

Witness list

 

Panel 1

Mr. Derek Duplisea

Regional Alumni Director, West

Wounded Warrior Project

 

Ms. Ariana Del Negro

Co-Founder

Veterans Leadership Assistance

 

Captain Charles Gatlin, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Veteran

 

Mr. David Anderson

Veteran and American Legion Commander, Post 51

Sacaton, Arizona

 

Mr. Jerry Boales

Veteran and Chairman of Rock Soldiers for Wounded Warriors

 

Mr. John Davison

Father of a Wounded Warrior

 

Mr. Bradley Hazell

Veteran

 

Panel 2

Lisa Kearney, PhD

Senior Consultant, National Mental Health Technical Assistance

Office of Mental Health Operations

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Accompanied by:

 

Dr. Joe Scholten, M.D.

National Director of Special Projects

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Mr. Jonathan H. Gardner, MPA, FACHE

Director, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Mr. Joshua D. Redlin, LCSW

Team Leader

Tucson Vet Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Mr. Rod Sepulveda

Rural Health Program Manager

Northern Arizona VA Health Care System

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Statement for the Record

Ms. Tana Ostrowski, COTA/L, CBIS

Community Bridges

Rehabilitation Institute of Montana

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

VA Exec Can't Explain Why He Collected $54,792 in Bonuses

HVAC to Examine Overruns


HVAC to Examine Long Construction Delays and Huge Cost Overruns at Aurora Veterans Affairs Medical Center

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations, will chair an oversight field hearing titled, "Construction Conundrums: A Review of Continued Delays and Cost Overruns at the Replacement Aurora, Colorado VAMC."  The hearing, which will also be attended by House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, will begin at 9:00 AM Mountain time at the Old Supreme Court Chambers, State Capitol Building, Room 200, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80203.

The purpose of this hearing is to address continued problems with the construction of the replacement Aurora, Colo., VA Medical Center that have resulted in more than a year of delays and cost overruns of more than $470 million, according to the Government Accountability Office.  The hearing will also address how VA's handling of the project has resulted in several lawsuits due to its failure to pay contractors. 

VA's construction mismanagement problems are not limited to the Aurora VAMC. GAO has documented how construction projects in Aurora and other locations, including Las Vegas, New Orleans and Orlando, Fla., have been plagued by years long delays and cost overruns totaling nearly $1.5 billion. Despite these failures, VA has awarded more than $54,000 in bonuses to its construction chief Glenn Haggstrom. At a May 7, 2013, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing, Haggstrom could not explain what he did to earn the bonuses.

Coffman in November 2013 introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 3593, the VA Construction Assistance Act of 2013, which aims to help improve the speed and efficiency of major VA construction projects.  The bill would require a project manager from the Army Corps of Engineers – one of the few government entities with a successful construction track record – to oversee certainmajor VA construction projects. 

The following event is open to the press:

WHO:       Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations

WHAT:    Field Hearing:  "Construction Conundrums:  A Review of Continued Delays and Cost Overruns at the Replacement Aurora, Colorado VAMC"

WHEN:    9:00 AM Mountain Time, Tuesday, April 22

WHERE: Old Supreme Court Chambers, State Capitol Building, Room 200, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80203

 

Witness list

 

Panel 1

Ms. Lorelei St. James

Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues

U.S. Government Accountability Office

 

Mr. Kirk Rosa

State Commander

Department of Colorado
Veterans of Foreign Wars

 

Mr. Ralph Bozella

Chairman, Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission

The American Legion

 

Mr. Dave Davia

Executive Vice President & CEO

Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors

 

Michael Gifford, MPA, IOM

President

Associated General Contractors of Colorado

 

Panel 2

Ms. Stella S. Fiotes

Executive Director

Office of Construction and Facilities Management

Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction

Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Accompanied by:

Mr. Richard L. Bond

Associate Executive Director, Office of Operations

Office of Construction and Facilities Management

Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction

Department of Veterans Affairs

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For more news from the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, please visit:

 

Veterans.House.Gov 

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