February 5, 2012
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for a few good men and women to volunteer for a battle it's waging at home — against disease. Actually, more than a few are needed. Officials overseeing health care for the nation's veterans are undertaking what may be the largest effort of its kind in the nation, to collect medical records and blood samples from a million former service members for a bank of genetic information. The idea is to give researchers enough DNA and other data to link specific genes to mental and physical maladies, from post-traumatic stress disorder to heart disease, and eventually develop new preventive measures or treatments.
December 9, 2008
Maryland veterans who have been forced to travel long distances and wait for care at heavily used Veterans Affairs medical facilities in the state are going to get some relief. The department is planning two new outpatient clinics here - one at Fort Meade and another in northern Montgomery County. The Montgomery clinic will serve more than 4,000 veterans, while the Fort Meade facility will assist 2,500 who otherwise might have to travel to Baltimore, Perry Point or Washington for primary care, mental health services and other medical specialties.
May 2, 2014
As an alternative to a traditional nursing home facility, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has turned to a new program in which those in need of assisted-living care are treated in a more intimate setting. Medical foster homes place up to three patients, typically veterans, in the private home of a vetted caregiver who is responsible for their care on a daily basis. Additionally, physicians, therapists, social workers and other VA staffer members regularly work with the patients.
January 26, 2013
The Baltimore office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is the slowest in the country in processing disability claims for servicemen and servicewomen - averaging about a year - and makes more mistakes than any other office. The failures locally are a symptom of a national breakdown: Across the country, more than 900,000 veterans wait an average of nine months for the agency to determine whether they qualify for disability benefits, according to the VA. Even as the VA says it is working to fix problems in Baltimore and nationwide, Paul Rieckhoff, founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, calls the situation "shameful.
August 18, 2002
Jesse Brown 58, a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War who led the nation's second-largest Cabinet agency, died in Washington on Thursday after a long illness. At the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Brown liked to call himself the secretary "for" veterans affairs and said he had won several battles with Congress because "we hold the high moral ground." Mr. Brown suffered from lower motor neuron syndrome, which attacks nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Mr. Brown enlisted in the Marines in 1963.
May 10, 1992
USNAFamily Center WorkshopsThe Family Center Workshops are open to active-duty military, military retirees and their families.* May 11 -- Consumer Credit Counseling Service, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.* May 14 -- Information and Vocational Counseling for the Disabled Veteran. 8 a.m. to noon. Representative from the Department of Veterans Affairs offers information on the services offered and eligibility criteria.* May 18 -- Veterans Affairs representative will answer questions about benefits, including home loans, education, compensation, burial, life insurance and health care, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.* May 19-20 -- two-day newcomers' orientation, 9 a.m.* May 26 -- Leo Weigant, family services center counselor, presents a talk "Becoming New Parents and How it Affects the Marriage," 6:30 p.m.* May 28 -- Information and Vocational Counseling for the Disabled Veteran.