Veterans

St. Lois veterans parade
5:54 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Upcoming St. Louis parade to welcome home Iraq War veterans

An American flag.
Flickr/mrsdkrebs

A parade will be held in downtown St. Louis on Saturday honoring the men and women that served in Iraq.

The idea for the parade was started by two St. Charles men, Craig Schneider and Tom Applebaum. They approached the veterans group, The Mission Continues, with the idea and they agreed to partner with them to make the parade happen.

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Cochran V.A. Hospital improvements
4:40 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

VA secretary says Cochran hospital has "turned a corner"

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs says the John Cochran VAMC, pictured here, has "turned a corner" after a rough 2010.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

It's been a bad year for the John Cochran Veterans Administration Medical Center in St. Louis.

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Veterans survey
4:47 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Veterans give Cochran VA hospital good marks

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill speaks to the media on Friday, May 27. To her left is veteran George Newell.
(Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)

A new survey released today finds that most area veterans are happy with the care and service they get from local VA medical facilities.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) initiated the survey following problems at the John Cochran VA center last summer. At a press conference at the Soldiers' Memorial Military Museum in downtown St. Louis, McCaskill said most of the 185 veterans surveyed had positive things to say about the local VA hospitals but there’s room for improvement.

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VA Hospitals
2:03 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Congress, GAO, critical of oversight at Department of Veterans Affairs

A new GAO report is critical of the way the VA oversees sterilization at hospitals like John Cochran in St. Louis, where lax sterilization put 1,800 dental clinic patients at a slight risk of HIV or hepatitis.
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

Representatives Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay were among the government officials with sharp criticism today for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Carnahan and Ohio Republican Michael Turner, who represents the Dayton area, pushed for the House Veterans Affairs Commitee hearing to address concerns about the cleanliness of instruments at VA hospitals.

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death of Osama Bin Laden
4:10 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Missouri veterans say U.S. mission continues, despite Bin Laden's death

Maj. John Gillum of the Mo. National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve receives a Silver Star banner and certificate from Gov. Jay Nixon. Gillum says America's mission in Afghanistan isn't over just because Osama Bin Laden has been killed.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Some military veterans from Missouri say America’s mission in Iraq and Afghanistan isn’t over, just because Osama Bin Laden is now dead. 

Major John Gillum of Jefferson City served in Iraq and Afghanistan with both the Army Reserve and the Missouri National Guard.

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Cochran VAMC
11:58 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Cochran resumes surgeries

Surgeries at John Cochran VAMC will resume after being suspended for more than a month over concerns about dirty instruments.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 3:40 p.m. with a statement from Sen. McCaskill, additional information from the VA:

Sen. Claire McCaskill echoed Cong. Carnahan's sentiment in her statement:

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WWI Veteran
4:58 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Last U.S. Veteran Of World War I, Mo. Native, Dies At Age 110

Frank Buckles at 106 years old wearing his French military decoration, the Légion d'honneur, for an interview with the U.S. Library of Congress in 2007.
(Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Library of Congress)
Veterans Sue Mo. Universities
1:11 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Group of military veterans sues trustees of several Missouri universities

A soldier studies his notes during training in Djibouti. Far away from Djibouti, a group of military veterans is suing the trustees of several Missouri colleges, alleging the institutions systematically overcharged them.
(via Flickr / U.S. Army Africa)

A group of military veterans has sued several Missouri educational institutions, alleging that they were systematically overcharged, the Riverfront Times reports.

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Cochran VAMC
2:19 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Russ Carnahan to meet with VA secretary about St. Louis medical center

Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan will meet with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Thursday to follow up with Carnahan’s call for an independent review of the St. Louis VA Medical Center amidst sanitation concerns. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

UPDATED 1:45 p.m. Feb. 8, 2011:

Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk of Illinois joined Missouri counterparts Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt in a letter Monday seeking the explanation from VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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