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The Community Counseling Center, with help from the Maine National Guard, surveyed 532 soldiers, 292 of which are Iraq veterans, about several mental health issues. A quarter of the Iraq veterans report to have significant problems with PTSD, alcohol and depression.
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Portland’s American Legion Post 17 decided to un-invite Veterans for Peace from marching in the Veteran’s Day parade for the first time in fifteen years.
The American Legion set up a program in which people could be memorialized with an American flag and a plaque for $100 - the “Adopt a Flag” program. […]

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The good news is that the missing laptop stolen from a VA employee containing the personal records of millions of veterans was found! And miracle of miracles, nobody accessed all that sensitive data. Whew! And you can tell that for certain because… um… well, come to think of it, you can’t. And that’s […]

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James Nicholson has announced that VA will provide one year of free credit monitoring to vets whose sensitive personal information may have been stolen in that incident where the VA employee walked off with thousands of personnel files on a CD, and then the CD came up missing? See […]

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Why would a Veterans Administration (VA) data analyst be allowed to take home a CD containing the personal data of 26.5 million veterans? And now that the CD’s been stolen, just how many people have to worry about being compromised. Mike Michaud is cosponsoring HR 5455 – the Veterans Identity Protection Act which could, perhaps, […]

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Vet Data Compromised

148,000 Maine veterans are among 26.5 million others whose social security numbers and birth dates were stolen when a VA employee left work with all that data on a computer disc.
From Mike Michaud, “It is a mystifying and gravely serious concern that a VA data analyst would be permitted to just walk out the VA […]

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Up to 500 veterans who received prostate biopsies at Togus hospital have a “small” chance of contracting HIV or hepatitis B or C. Jack Sims, medical director of the Veterans Affairs Medical and Regional Office Center at Togus, said the stainless-steel guide to a biopsy needle may have been inadequately disinfected during a three-year period. […]

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“If you’re addicted to alcohol, and if a faith program is able to get you off alcohol,” President Bush told leaders of religious charities on Thursday, “we ought to say Hallelujah and thanks at the federal level.” Federal funding to religious groups has increased 7 percent in the past year, to $2.15 billion.
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The 2007 budget for Veteran’s Affairs provides $80.6 billion, including $2.8 billion in estimated collections, a portion of which would come from new proposed user fee increases imposed on some veterans. The first user fee proposal would establish an annual enrollment fee of $250, and the second would increase pharmacy co-payments from $8 to $15 […]

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More than 260,000 veterans applied to receive health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in fiscal year 2005 but were turned away because of the Bush Administration’s cost-cutting decision to limit veterans’ access to VA hospitals, clinics and medications. See Michaud.
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H.R. 515 would create a guaranteed stream of funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system based directly on the number of veterans it serves and the medical inflation rate for hospitals. This would help to avoid budget shortfalls and provide resources that are not subject to yearly political wrangling. Mike Michaud has […]

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Death Tax

The thought that death is a “taxable event” hovers somewhere between ick and tacky. But the thought that you could be left a chunk of change by dear old Aunt Marvis and the government would NOT get a piece of that $72 billion dollars annually is upsetting to lawmakers. The effort to repeal […]

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Tie a Yellow Magnet…

The Bush Administration’s revised budget request is still $1.2 billion short of the amount that the Veterans’ Administration has acknowledged they need for veteran’s health care. In the meantime, the United States has yet to spend almost 60 percent of its pledged $21 billion in reconstruction money for Iraq, as Iraqis struggle through […]

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The republican-controlled House voted twice this week to cut veterans benefits. Congressman Michael Michaud, Ranking Member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Health, has called this a disgrace. The GOP Budget resolution requires the House Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Committee to cut benefits or to tax veterans by increasing their fees — by […]

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According to Mike Michaud, the Bush budget is shortchanging the VA health system. Lawmakers have noted that not a penny of Bush’s $82 billion emergency bill for Afghanistan and Iraq is for veterans. See: Maine Today’s Bush budget to slight veterans, some fear
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