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New VA Hospital to Open Soon

Posted May 18, 2012 by By Ron LaBar

The new Veterans Administration Hospital (officially the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System) is nearing completion at its new location, 6900 North Pecos Road, North Las Vegas. The old VA hospital, located at Vegas Drive and Martin Luther King was shut down in July 2003.  The entire program was relocated to sixteen “sites of care” throughout…

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Help for Veterans who own businesses, seek jobs

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WASHINGTON — The National Veterans Small Business Conference, the government’s premier event for Veteran-owned small businesses, is coming to Detroit’s Cobo Center June 26-29, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced today. VA also announced that a “VA for Vets” Hiring Fair will be held…

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VA eliminates copayment for In-Home Video Telehealth Care

Posted May 11, 2012 by By Department of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON — Effective immediately, the Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer charge Veterans a copayment when they receive care in their homes from VA health professionals using video conferencing. “Eliminating the copayment for this service will remove an unnecessary financial burden for Veterans,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “We will continue…

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Nellis Warrior competes in 3rd Annual Warrior Games

Posted May 11, 2012 by By Tech. Sgt. Maresha Haynes

In June 2010, a helicopter carrying seven rescue personnel crashed in Afghanistan. The rescue crew was on its way to save injured service members in the field when the helicopter was struck by enemy fire. Five crew members died from their injuries. But two survived.

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U.S Vets Stand-Down — the results

Posted April 27, 2012 by By Ron LaBar

Last week, USVETS hosted a post-event meeting to review the outcomes of the 9th Annual Veterans Stand Down that was held March 21-22, 2012 at the East Las Vegas Senior Community Center. It was my first visit to the USVETS facilities located at 525 E. Bonanza.

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New VA initiatives to improve benefits delivery to Veterans and their families

Posted April 20, 2012 by By Department of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced on April 16today the national deployment of claims transformation initiatives to 12 regional offices in the remaining months of fiscal year 2012 to improve benefits delivery to Veterans, families and their survivors. “This is an important milestone in our transformation to achieve the goal we established in…

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VA Launches “Project REACH” contest to help homeless find vital services

Posted April 13, 2012 by By Department of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new contest today to help the people who help the homeless.  It challenges the developer community to create easy, mobile access to resources that the homeless need, when they need it and where they can get it. “This contest taps the talent and compassion of the…

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‘Citizen Soldier’ goes to war

Posted March 31, 2012 by By Ron LaBar

I first met Dan Still in one of my former lives as Deputy Director of Building and Safety for the City of Las Vegas.  Dan was a Deputy City Attorney, our “go to” guy in legal matters (disputes with contractors, etc.)  In addition to his City legal duties, Dan was a lieutenant in the Army…

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9th Annual Veteran Stand Down a success

Posted March 31, 2012 by By Ron LaBar

A couple of weeks ago, I sat in on a planning meeting for the Ninth Annual “Veterans Stand Down” hosted by U.S.VETS,  March 21-22  at the East Las Vegas Senior Community Center.  I dropped by the Stand Down to see how it was going. Much credit goes to the 15 sponsors who donated more than…

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Vietnam’s Loss is America’s Gain

Posted March 24, 2012 by Ron LaBar

I met Dr. Anthony Nguyen, an oncologist at the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Nevada, on a routine referral from my urologist. I guessed correctly that Dr. Nguyen was of Vietnamese descent.  I told him I had served in Vietnam in the early seventies, and from there we struck up a lively conversation.  His story of…

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