Monthly Archives: May 2011

When Memorial Day Bleeds Across the Calendar

As the Stryker rumbled around a corner, I began to drift out of consciousness. Having rolled into Baqubah only a few hours earlier—and still unsure of our surroundings—we were confident our armored vehicles would intimidate the enemy here as they …

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The Value of Veteran-Owned Businesses

Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

As former employees in the private sector, both Secretary Shinseki and I have been in the shoes of small business owners – trying to navigate the ins and outs of the General Services Administration (GSA), and figure out how to secure federal government contracts.

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Proposed Legislation Would Make Changes to GI Bill

Many of you have posted comments about how the private school tuition cap might affect you. So I wanted to give a quick update on some legislation winding its way through the halls of Congress. The House passed legislation (H.R. …

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Golden Age Games Competitor Turns 100

Director of Communications and Congressional Liaison at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Today, at the age of 100, Jack is standing with his fellow Veterans in Hawaii at the 25th annual Golden Age Games. Over 950 Veterans will be competing in events like horseshoes, air rifle, bowling, and swimming throughout the next six days.

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Honor Flights: Welcoming World War II Vets to D.C.

My grandfather was a Veteran of World War II and Korea. He died in 1998, six years before the completion of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. As I was getting ready to leave my apartment on …

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The National Veteran Small Business Conference

Principal at OpenSource and West Point Graduate

The National Veteran Small Business Conference is a great place for you to meet many subject matter experts and understand what it takes to be competitive in the government contract landscape.

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VA Holds First Women’s Healthcare Roundtable

Last Thursday, Dr. Patricia Hayes, Chief Consultant for Women Veterans Health, and Stacy Garrett-Ray, Deputy Director for Patient Care Services, held the first of what will be monthly roundtables on women Veterans healthcare. You can check out VA’s live tweeting …

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VA and NASA—Together on the Frontier of Discovery

Scientific Advisor to the Under Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs

Today, as Endeavour circles the Earth with two VA Research studies aboard, it seems like an especially good time to talk about the numerous benefits gained from the VA-NASA partnership.

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The War My Parents Never Wanted

As my plane touched down in Albany last weekend, I arrived with a message for my dad: Osama Bin Laden was dead. Shot in the face by Navy SEALs. Revenge was ours. I could finally tell him our family’s sacrifice …

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I don’t know what it’s like: New PSAs

It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long since First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden launched their new initiative, Joining Forces, with the hope that it: Inspires, educates, and sparks action from all sectors of our society–citizens, communities, businesses, …

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