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.
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.
September 27, 2013
Shortages of beds, doctors and nurses in the Baltimore VA Medical Center's emergency room resulted in nearly half of a sample of patients spending more than 6 hours at the facility, including one who waited more than 24 hours, according to a critical inspection report released this month. In that case, a 59-year-old woman who reported a racing and pounding heartbeat waited 24 hours, 8 minutes before being admitted to a unit where her heartbeat could be continuously monitored. In another example, a 52-year-old man with schizophrenia who expressed desires to kill himself or others waited 22 hours until he was transferred to a non-VA hospital for treatment.
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.
October 22, 2001
Director of state's VA health system honored by group Dennis H. Smith, director of the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System and a resident of Glenwood, is the recipient of the 2001 Honorary Leadership Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The chief executive officer received the award from the Leadership VA Alumni Association at the annual Leadership VA Conference in San Antonio. Howard library hires marketing coordinator Christie Lassen has been hired as coordinator of marketing and public relations for the Howard County Library System.