Veterans 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 Commentary: Part Of The VA Problem Was Setting An Unrealistic Standard http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-part-va-problem-was-setting-unrealistic-standard <p>Too often governmental scandals become couched in blaming an administrator for the problem. Critics seldom look at a bureaucratic organization for its failings or how bureaus channel the behavior of their employees. One element that should be examined is how success is judged.</p><p>In the case of the Veterans Administration and Gen. Eric Shinseki, we see staff at VA hospitals responding to how they would be evaluated. Such evaluations affect compensation and promotion and hence behavior. Employees also tend to go along to get along.</p><p>Shinseki sowed the seeds of his own demise.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 01:00:31 +0000 Lana Stein 36878 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Part Of The VA Problem Was Setting An Unrealistic Standard McCaskill, Blunt Demand Better Care For Military Veterans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-blunt-demand-better-care-military-veterans <p>On Friday, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is releasing the latest results of a survey of Missouri military veterans who have received care at Veterans Administration’s facilities around the state, including Cochran and Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis.</p><p>While not disclosing any details, McCaskill told reporters Tuesday that “every year we’ve done it, the VA has done a little better. I’m particularly pleased this year because we’ve had even more responses this year than we had last year.”</p><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 23:41:20 +0000 Jo Mannies 36308 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill, Blunt Demand Better Care For Military Veterans 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 St. Charles Man Charged With Falsely Soliciting Donations For Wounded Veterans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-charles-man-charged-falsely-soliciting-donations-wounded-veterans <p>Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster today announced criminal charges against a St. Charles man accused of falsely collecting donations for the Wounded Warriors Project, a national nonprofit organization that assists wounded American veterans.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:46:16 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 34952 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Charles Man Charged With Falsely Soliciting Donations For Wounded Veterans Business Partners Plan Mental Health Facility For Veterans With A Commmunity Approach http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/business-partners-plan-mental-health-facility-veterans-commmunity-approach <p>Plans are coming together for Oasis Residential@Emerson, a new supportive living community in St. Louis for veterans and other individuals with mental health issues, said business partners Sherman Strong and Kendall Brune.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:11:48 +0000 Camille Phillips 34230 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Business Partners Plan Mental Health Facility For Veterans With A Commmunity Approach Homeless Veterans In St. Louis Receiving Extra Attention http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/homeless-veterans-st-louis-receiving-extra-attention <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs were in St. Louis today in an effort to get homeless veterans off the street and into housing immediately.</span></p><p>The outreach to veterans was part of the required winter count of homeless people in the city. Officials with the VA went out with teams, conducting the count to be able to offer immediate help to chronically homeless veterans. It was part of the Obama administration's efforts to end homelessness among veterans by 2015.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 23:05:26 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 33348 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Homeless Veterans In St. Louis Receiving Extra Attention Families Of Ailing Veterans Find Comfort And Joy Year Round At St. Louis Fisher House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/families-ailing-veterans-find-comfort-and-joy-year-round-st-louis-fisher-house <p>Wanda Pierson was 500 miles from home on a wintry December morning waiting to visit her son who was undergoing treatment in the spinal cord injury unit at the Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 05:00:16 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 32227 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Families Of Ailing Veterans Find Comfort And Joy Year Round At St. Louis Fisher House Actor Stephen Lang Portrays Lives Of Eight Medal Of Honor Recipients In One-Man Play http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/actor-stephen-lang-portrays-lives-eight-medal-honor-recipients-one-man-play <p>In "Beyond Glory," actor and playwright Stephen Lang takes on the roles of eight men awarded the Medal of Honor, the country's highest military honor. The one-man play will be performed in St. Louis on Saturday, November 16 at Washington University's Edison Theatre.</p><p>Lang, whose credits include "Avatar," "Conan the Barbarian" and the Broadway production of "The Speed of Darkness," adapted the play from a book by the same name written by Larry Smith in 2003.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:47:08 +0000 Camille Phillips 31490 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Actor Stephen Lang Portrays Lives Of Eight Medal Of Honor Recipients In One-Man Play St. Louis Honors Veterans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-honors-veterans <p>Salutes fired in downtown St. Louis this morning at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in honor of the sacrifices made by U.S. armed service members for their country. Parades, ceremonies and speeches in the St. Louis area over the three-day weekend marked the 95<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the end of WWI, known previously as Armistice Day.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 01:58:29 +0000 Joseph Leahy 31362 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Honors Veterans