Veterans Affairs http://news.stlpublicradio.org en American Legion Targets Gap Between Veterans And VA St. Louis Health Care http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/american-legion-targets-gap-between-veterans-and-va-st-louis-health-care <p>The American Legion is looking for St. Louis-area veterans who need help getting medical services from the VA Health Care System.</p><p>The Legion has sent members from its “System Worth Saving Task Force” in Washington, D.C., to relay concerns directly from St. Louis-area veterans.</p><p>The three-person task force is meeting with the director of the local VA system today to bring up problems raised by veterans at a town hall-style meeting that it hosted Monday night, said Verna Jones, director of the Legion's Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Division in Washington.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:15:52 +0000 Joseph Leahy 38057 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org American Legion Targets Gap Between Veterans And VA St. Louis Health Care Sen. Blunt Proposes Adding Options For Where Veterans Can Seek Care http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sen-blunt-proposes-adding-options-where-veterans-can-seek-care <p>U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., calls it "outrageous" that the the Department of Veterans Affairs hasn't answered questions about quality and timeliness of mental health care in the VA St. Louis Health Care System. The senator met with hospital officials in St. Louis Wednesday, after allegations from the former chief of psychiatry, Dr. Jose Mathews, that mental health doctors weren't seeing enough patients and veterans were waiting a month or more to see a psychiatrist.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 22:41:27 +0000 Jess Jiang 36524 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sen. Blunt Proposes Adding Options For Where Veterans Can Seek Care City Officials, Families Honor Veterans At Memorial Day Service http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/city-officials-families-honor-veterans-memorial-day-service <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Veterans, families and other citizens commemorated fallen soldiers and loved ones who served in war Monday at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.</span></p><p>St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was among the elected officials who gathered for the 55<sup>th</sup> annual ceremony at the cemetery, which is the fifth largest under the Department of Veterans Affairs. Slay said Memorial Day marks one of the most important days of every summer.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 19:06:35 +0000 Nora Ibrahim 36464 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org City Officials, Families Honor Veterans At Memorial Day Service Wagner, Luetkemeyer Call For Shinseki To Step Down http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wagner-luetkemeyer-call-shinseki-step-down <p>The two Republican members of Congress who represent the St. Louis area – Ann Wagner and Blaine Luetkemeyer – are calling for the resignation of&nbsp; U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.</p><p>Their declarations come as several of the nation’s VA facilities, including Cochran Medical Center in St. Louis, have been accused of improper or delayed care to military veterans.</p><p>Wagner, R-Ballwin, said that Shinseki – in office since 2009 -- had “failed to provide timely services and care for our veterans.&nbsp; Secretary Shinseki has failed to fulfill his mission at the VA.”</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:26:55 +0000 Jo Mannies 36373 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wagner, Luetkemeyer Call For Shinseki To Step Down Missouri Senators Question VA Over St. Louis Mental Health Services http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senators-question-va-over-st-louis-mental-health-services <p>Missouri’s U.S. Senators are seeking answers from the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Department of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Veterans Affairs &nbsp;about reports of lax mental health services in St. Louis’s VA hospital system.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The inquiry stems from allegations by the system’s former Chief of Psychiatry, Dr. Jose Mathews, regarding an “artificial backlog” of patient care created by staff who treat veterans for only a fraction of the workday.</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 18:51:23 +0000 Joseph Leahy 36125 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senators Question VA Over St. Louis Mental Health Services At The St. Louis VA, It's A Mixed Bag For Veterans Waiting On Claims http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-va-its-mixed-bag-veterans-waiting-claims <p><em>Updated after today’s show.</em></p><p>Backlogs in disability claims.&nbsp; Over-prescription of opiate narcotics. Exposure to blood-borne pathogens. Loose spending habits. In the last few years, the VA health care system has received a lot of negative media attention.</p><p>But according to Lynn Welling, that doesn’t mean veterans are receiving poor quality care. He is the chief of staff for the <a href="http://www.stlouis.va.gov/">St. Louis VA Health Care System</a> and a former Navy doctor.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:34:55 +0000 Camille Phillips 31214 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org At The St. Louis VA, It's A Mixed Bag For Veterans Waiting On Claims Report: VA Has Increased Opiate Prescriptions In St. Louis By Almost 300 Percent Since 2001 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-va-has-increased-opiate-prescriptions-st-louis-almost-300-percent-2001 <p><a href="http://cironline.org/reports/va%E2%80%99s-opiate-overload-feeds-veterans%E2%80%99-addictions-overdose-deaths-5261" target="_blank">An investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting</a> has found that the Department of Veterans Affairs has increased the number of prescriptions for opiates by about 270 percent nationwide in the past twelve years.</p><p>While the number of prescriptions varies widely in different regions of the country, St. Louis reflects the national average with an approximate 300 percent increase, said the author of the article, Aaron Glantz.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:54:45 +0000 Camille Phillips 30331 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report: VA Has Increased Opiate Prescriptions In St. Louis By Almost 300 Percent Since 2001 Job Fair For Veterans Comes To St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/job-fair-veterans-comes-st-louis <div><div>New jobs await veterans and their spouses Tuesday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over one hundred employers will meet with veterans and their spouses during a job fair at America’s Center</span></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in downtown St. Louis.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The fair is a part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s small business conference for veterans, which lasts until Thursday.</span></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:16:02 +0000 Kristi Luther 28821 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Job Fair For Veterans Comes To St. Louis Federal Officials Urge Expansion Of Successful STL Youth Jobs Initiative To Veterans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/federal-officials-urge-expansion-successful-stl-youth-jobs-initiative-veterans <p>At first glance, veterans of the post 9/11 wars and St. Louis youth in high crime neighborhoods don&#39;t have much in common. But two things unite them: both are considered at-risk and both can have a tough time finding jobs.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:27:21 +0000 Alex Heuer 28482 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Federal Officials Urge Expansion Of Successful STL Youth Jobs Initiative To Veterans Helping Veterans Transition Back To Civilian Life http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/helping-veterans-transition-back-civilian-life <p>Memorial Day is one of just a couple days a year in which attention is brought specifically to veterans.</p><p>While the remembrance earlier this week is a reminder of veterans’ service to the country, the issues and needs associated with returning veterans is an ongoing issue.&nbsp; Many veterans struggle with health and emotional issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), have difficulty finding jobs and trouble finding a new normalcy in civilian life.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 21:39:08 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 26828 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Helping Veterans Transition Back To Civilian Life