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Salem-News.com (Jan-26-2017 17:20)

Schrader, Moulton Introduce Bill to Prohibit Hiring Freeze at the VA

"Placing this hiring freeze on the VA is an absolutely unacceptable way to treat the men and women who have risked life and limb in the service of our country.”

(WASHINGTON D.C.) - hiring freeze Monday, in one of his first acts as President, Trump signed an Executive Order implementing a 90 day hiring freeze across the executive branch, including at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) and Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-6) introduced legislation Tuesday that would prohibit any hiring freeze from specifically affecting the VA.

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Salem-News.com (Jan-11-2017 22:44)

A Few Good Men, Too Many Chemicals: Toxic Exposure of US Marines and Government Lies

The year after TCE was found in agricultural wells on and off the base at El Toro, the entire set of water distribution engineering drawings were redrawn.

(SOMERDALE, N.J.) - TCE chemical poisons This explosive new book details the tragic story of U.S. Marines at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA, and Camp Lejeune, NC, who were exposed to organic solvents, benzene, and other carcinogens in the drinking water, and through dermal contact and inhalation while working with toxic chemicals without protective clothing and face masks.

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Salem-News.com (Nov-18-2016 12:15)

Salem Receives Additional Housing Vouchers to Help Homeless Veterans

With the additional 25 vouchers, Salem now has 88 Vouchers to Assist Homeless Vets Find Permanent Homes.

(SALEM, Ore.) - homeless veteran The supportive housing assistance is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.

HUD’s recent announcement awarded $18.5 million to housing authorities nationwide to help more than 2,200 veterans experiencing homelessness to find homes. VASH vouchers are now providing permanent housing to 1,893 homeless veterans in Oregon.

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Salem-News.com (Nov-11-2016 19:45)

Portland 42nd Annual Veteran`s Day Parade (SLIDESHOW)

This year, the parade honored the 2 million women veterans who have served in the armed forces.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - veterans day parade Thousands of traditional parade-goers and veteran supporters came out to watch the Portland's 42nd Annual Veteran's Day Parade Friday morning.

Grand Marshal 93-year old Golda Fabian, of Tigard, has been in the Portland Veterans Day Parade since 1988. 93-year old Hattie Kelley, of Beaverton, and 94-year old Muriel "Dolly" Ruble, of Portland, were the two other Grand Marshals leading the parade. The three women were WWII veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps Women's Reserve.

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Salem-News.com (Jun-01-2016 12:42)

Oregon Senator Merkley Announces New Suicide Hotline for Veterans

Due to Dan Davis’ advocacy on the issue, the White City VA will have the new system in place by this Friday, June 3, 2016.

(MEDFORD, Ore.) - veteran suicides Senator Merkley was joined at today’s event by Dan Davis, a local constituent who has been working for years to change the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) suicide hotline to something easier for veterans to use.

The Oregon Public Health department released a report in 2014 that showed that suicide is the leading cause of death among veterans under 45 years of age.

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Salem-News.com (Feb-16-2016 12:54)

Give the Vietnam Blue Water Navy Veterans Their Presumptive Rights

U.S. House of Representatives, hear our cry!

(SALEM, Ore.) - Navy medals The Dept. of Veterans Affairs once again betrayed the Vietnam Blue Water Veterans on February 5, 2016, by declaring all bays and harbors offshore waters. That means that those ports which previously were considered inland waters will no longer be presumptive.

In essence they have decided to kill off another possibly 10,000 Vietnam Veterans.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-31-2015 13:03)

Vietnam Veterans of America Joins in Lawsuit Against VA Secretary for Violating Rights of Disabled Vets

The new rules to file claims directly impact Disabled Veterans

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Vietnam Veterans memorial The new rule eradicates the decades-old right of a veteran to write a letter to the VA, seeking a specific VA benefit and having the VA consider that letter as an informal claim.

The new rule changes require claims to be submitted on the VA’s standardized forms, which will impose barriers for all those without access to those forms, as well as those without the medical and legal knowledge needed to fill them out correctly.

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Salem-News.com (Feb-03-2015 18:20)

Wyden Praises Senate Passage of Bill Helping Veterans At Risk of Suicide

Caring for the needs of our American Veterans is a must

(WASHINGTON D.C.) - Ron Wyden Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement after the Senate unanimously approved the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act:

“I was proud to cosponsor and to vote for this bipartisan bill, which I’m convinced will save lives in Oregon and across the country,” Wyden said.

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Salem-News.com (Sep-03-2014 15:13)

Military Terror Hits US Cities As Veterans Banned From Owning Guns?

VA doctor asked disabled veteran if he owned any guns.

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) - Robert O'Dowd 2012 I was asked by a VA doctor last week if I owned any guns. I said, “No, but I know how to use them.” He was typing into a government database when he asked the question. I don’t know if my flip response was typed into the database.

The middle age male doctor reminded me of a Nazi scientist (not kidding): Just firing off questions like “is there any mental illness in my family? Was I sexually abused as a child? Do I own any guns? Have I had suicide ideation? Did I ever attempt to kill myself?” Where is all this coming from? I recalled an article I'd read with the above headline.

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Salem-News.com (Jul-02-2014 18:54)

ODV Seeking Donations to Help Oregon Veterans Programs

In Oregon, between 2008 and 2012, suicide rates among veterans were significantly higher compared to non-veterans.

(SALEM, Ore. ) - State of Oregon Veterans The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs is now accepting online donations to support four funds aimed at improving programs and supporting efforts that benefit Oregon veterans.

One of the funds, the Veteran Suicide Awareness and Prevention Fund, was established in 2013 when the Oregon Legislature passed SB 762 creating a public information campaign to raise awareness and prevent suicide by veterans in Oregon.

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