VA News 573-Weeks of April 7 & 14, 2014

VA News 573-Weeks of April 7 & 14, 2014


>>WE HAVE A LOT TO SHARE WITH YOU.>>V.A. REDUCES THE BACKLOG BY
44%.>>AUDIOLOGISTS CAN TREAT A
VETERANS YEARS FROM HUNDREDS OF
MILES AWAY.>>WE INTRODUCE YOU TO SOME OF
THE VETERANS THAT WERE CHAMPIONS OF THE 2014 PARALYMPICS IN
SOCHI.>>I AM RETIRED STAFF SERGEANT.
THIS IS THE A NEWS. — VA NEWSA.>>IT HAS BEEN JUST OVER A YEAR
SINCE THE BACKLOG OF PENDING DISABILITY COMPENSATION CLAIMS
PEAKED AT OVER 611,000. V.A. REPORTED
LAST MONTH THAT NUMBER IS AT 344,000 CLAIMS,
DOWN 44%, A REDUCTION OF MORE THAN 200 67,000. SECRETARY
SHINSEKI REPORTED V.A. HAS
IMPROVE THE ACCURACY OF DECISION BEING
MADE ON VETERAN DISABILITY CLAIS AND ON AVERAGE VETERANS ARE
WINNING 119 DAYS LESS FOR A DECISION THAN THEY WERE AT
THIS TIME LAST YEAR. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON
THE BACKLOG REDUCTION, GO TO THE
BLOG POST AT THE ADDRESS ON THE
SCREEN.>>ALLOWING VETERANS TO MEET
THEIR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS WITHOUT TRAVELING TO A FACILITY
IS RAPIDLY BECOMING ONE OF THE MOST
COST-EFFICIENT AND TIME-SAVING WAYS FOR VETERANS TO RECEIVE
THEIR HEALTH CARE. THE VETERANS ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.
IN MIAMI, IN KEY WEST, JUST THREE HOURS IN BETWEEN, WE
HAVE THIS REPORT.>>TODAY IS A WALKING CLINIC
WHICH BASICALLY MEANS IT IS NOT SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS.
PATIENTS SHOW UP AT THE KEY WEST
CLINIC IF THEY ARE HAVING PROBLEMS
WITH THEIR HEARING AID. IN MIAMI, WE DO WALK-IN STORES A
WEEK, SO IT IS MORE ACCESSIBLE, BUT THE PROBLEM IS
THAT WE RUN IN THE MORNINGS. FROM KEY LARGO, IT
IS AT LEAST AN HOUR AND A HALF TRIP. FROM KEY WEST, IT IS
FIVE HOURS, ONE DIRECTION. FOR
THEM TO MAKE IT HERE IN THE CLINICAL HOURS
WOULD REQUIRE STAYING THE NIGHT BEFORE OR WOULD REQUIRE THEM
GETTING UP AT 3:00 IN THE MORNING TO DRIVE UP HERE.
SO THERE IS A CONVENIENCE FACTOR OBVIOUSLY WHEN IT IS RIGHT UP
THE ROAD IN ONE OF THE LOWER KES
TO GO DOWN THERE. THEY LIKE IT A LOT
MORE.>>HI, MR. MCCARTHY. WE NEED TO
REPROGRAM YOUR RECENTLY RETURNED
HEARING AID. YOU WANT MORE VOLUME. OK.>>FINE, THANK YOU. IF I DID
NOT HAVE THIS CLINIC, I WOULD BE FORCED TO DRIVE TO MIAMI,
WHICH WOULD BE AN ALL-DAY AFFAI. HOPEFULLY GET AN APPOINTMENT
THAT YOU CAN FIT IN AT THAT TIME
THAT YOU CAN BE THERE. I HAVE ALREADY BEEN TO MIAMI,
SPENT 14 HOURS EITHER TRAVELING AND BEING SEEN, SO THIS IS MORE
CONVENIENT.>>WE TEND NOT TO SPEND MORE
THAN 30 MINUTES WITH A PATIENT IF WE CAN HELP IT BECAUSE SO
MANY NEED TO BE SEEN. IF THE CASE IS COMPLEX, WE WILL
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT, BUT IT
WILL ALSO BE IN KEY WEST. IT WILL NOT REQUIRE A TRIP UP
HERE, BUT THEY JUST MAY NEED TO
WAIT LONGER. THINK ABOUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF
YOU DROVE UP HERE FOR FIVE HOURS
FOR AN APPOINTMENT THAT TOOK TWO
MINUTES TO COMPLETE. THAT WOULD BE VERY UPSETTING TO
ME IF I HAD TO DO THAT.>>SHE IS NOW TAKING CONTROL OF
YOUR HEARING AID.>>I AM NOT COMPUTER LITERATE
BUT I HAVE A COMPUTER AT HOME. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY — THEY
LOOKED IN MY EARS TODAY, THEY
WERE CLEAN. AND THEN THEY PUT THE
DEVICE IN THERE TO CONTROL MY
HEARING AID. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. THE DOCTOR
IS NOT TOUCHING ME BUT THE DOCTR IS THERE, I AM TALKING TO THE
DOCTOR. I THINK I AM GETTING TE
BEST CARE I CAN POSSIBLY GET.>>COME BACK AND SEE US IF YOU
HAVE ANY MORE PROBLEMS.>>THE PROGRAM AT THE MIAMI V.A.
SCHEDULES OVER 87 CLINICS EVERY WEEK. ALL TO BETTER SERVE THE
VETERANS.>>YOU ARE WATCHING ME A NEWS.>>A NUMBER OF VETERANS
PARTICIPATED AND DID WELL IN THE
RECENT PARALYMPICS IN SOCHI, RUSSIA.>>THOSE DISTINGUISHING
THEMSELVES RECEIVED AWARDS IN
WASHINGTON, D.C. ON APRIL 2. IT WAS THE FIRST
EVER U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE BET
OF U.S. AWARDS FOR OLYMPIANS AND
PARALYMPIC AND. WE WERE THERE O
CHAT WITH THEM.>>IT WAS THIS RELAXED FORMAT
WHERE YOU COULD ENJOY YOURSELF,
YOU COULD CELEBRATE, AND NOT ONLY ARE
THERE OLYMPIANS, THERE ARE
PARALYMPIC AND, SO MUCH AT THE EVENT THAT IS
SPECIAL.>>IT WAS MY FIRST WINTER
PARALYMPICS AND IT WAS ABSOLUTEY
BREATH TAKING. ON THE OPENING CEREMONY TO THE
VENUES TO THE VOLUNTEERS AND THN>>PEOPLE WHO ARE THERE BECAUSE
THEY WERE SERVING THEIR COUNTRY, IT IS AN HONOR TO
REPRESENTTHEM, BUT THOSE THAT AE
PROTECTING US, IT IS PRETTY UNDESCRIBABLE. IT TAKES IT TO
ANOTHER LEVEL.>>THE VETERANS THAT REPRESENTED
US SO WELL, REALLY HEROES, AND NOW TO REPRESENT US IN A
DIFFERENT CAPACITY IS JUST VERY
— THEY MUST BE SO PROUD. WE ARE SO PROUD OF THEM.>>IT WAS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE
TO BE ABLE TO PLAY AGAINST THE
TOP COUNTRIES AND THE TOP TEAMS IN THE WORLD.
SEVEN OTHER DIFFERENT COUNTRIES
THERE. TO BE ABLE TO PLAY AT THAT TOP LEVEL WAS
UNREAL. TO BE A PART OF TEAM
USA, OTHER GREAT AMERICANS TO
REPRESENT OUR COUNTRY. I AM INVOLVED IN
A LOT OF ADAPTIVE SPORTS IN SAN
ANTONIO BUT YOU STILL NEED THE
EQUIPMENT. I WAS FORTUNATE THAT THE BA
PROVIDED THIS EQUIPMENT.>>MY LOCAL BA IS IN DENVER. I
GO THERE ALL THE TIME FOR MY
APPOINTMENTS. EVER SINCE I GOT OUT IN 2007,
THEY HAVE PRETTY MUCH TAKEN CARE
OF ALL MY NEEDS. VA HAS HELPED DIRECT ME AND
GUIDE ME TO WHERE I AM TODAY.
PROGRAMS LIKE OPERATION REBOUND,
CHALLENGE ATHLETES FOUNDATION, THAT THE VA HELPS.
THEY GOT ME FROM 15 MEDICATIONS
DOWN TO THREE. I AM LIVING PROOF
THAT SPORTS IS A GREAT WAY FOR
REHABILITATION.>>EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT A VET,
GET OUT THERE AND DO SOMETHING
THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. PERSONALLY, MINE IS SPORTS.
SPORTS IS A GREAT OUTLET TO DO
SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.>>ALL THE ATHLETES VISITED WITH
THE PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY LAY
OF THE WHITE HOUSE. A FEW OF THE ATHLETES
FROM THE PAIR OLYMPIANS WERE IN
COLORADO LAST WEEK FOR THE WINTER SPORTS
CLINIC. WE WILL HAVE MORE ON
THAT IN THE SHOW.>>LAST MONTH, ON THE 25TH
ANNIVERSARY OF THE BA AS A
CABINET AGENCY, SECRETARY
SHINSEKI CELEBRATED AND SPOKE ABOUT THE
IMPORTANT ROLE OF CARING FOR OUR
NATION’S VETERANS.>>THANKS TO THOSE WHO WORK HARD
TO GET VETERANS A SEAT AT THE TABLE AND THANKS TO THOSE WHO
WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN IN OUR
DELIBERATIONS. THEY NOW CAN HAVE THEIR SAY NOT
JUST ON THEIR OWN BEHALF, BUT ON
BEHALF OF THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE THEM,
AND ALL THOSE THAT WILL COME
AFTER, MAYBE FOR THE NEXT 150
YEARS. BETTER ADVOCACY, MORE SUPPORT,
AND MORE AND BETTER CARE AND
BENEFITS. THAT IS WHAT A SEAT AT THE TABLE HAS
MEANT FOR VETERANS WHO NOW HAVE
THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE A BETTER LIFE IN A COUNTRY THEY
DEFENDED. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU
DO EACH AND EVERY DAY TO ACCOMPLISH OUR SACRED — AND I
MEAN THAT — SACRED MISSION. KEEPING THE PROMISES OF
RESIDENTS AND MEETING THE
OBLIGATIONS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT IS WHAT WE DO
HERE AT VA. I AM VERY PROUD TO
SERVE WITH ALL OF YOU. ALL OF YOU HERE IN
THIS LOCATION AND ALL OF YOU OUT
THERE IN OUR DISTANT LOCATIONS.>>SHORT AND LONG-TERM EMPLOYEES
PARTICIPATED IN THE CELEBRATION.
SEVERAL MORE WORKING WHEN PRESIDENT REAGAN
SIGNED THE BILL TRANSFORMING THE
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION INTO THE
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS N
MARCH 25 1980 NINE. TO HIGHLIGT
THE PAST 25 YEARS OF SERVICE TO
VETERANS, THEIR FAMILIES AND
SURVIVORS, WE WILL SHARE 25 FAX TODAY AND IN FUTURE
SHOWS THAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOT
THE DEPARTMENT. OR EXAMPLE, THE BA STILL CARES
FOR THE CHILD OF A CIVIL WAR
VETERAN. ABOUT HALF OF THE 22 MILLION
VETERANS IN THIS COUNTRY ARE
REGISTERED, ENROLLED, OR USED AT LEAST ONE TO A BENEFIT OR
SERVICE. IN THE 25 YEARS THE BA
HAS BEEN A CABINET AGENCY, ITS
BUDGET HAS MORE THAN TRIPLED.>>HE HAD A ROLE ON TV FOR
DECADES AGO. HE HAS ACTED IN
MOVIES INCLUDING WITH JOHN WAYNE, CLINT
EASTWOOD, BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT E
WANTS TO BE A MEMBER FOR. THE KOREAN WAR
VETERAN PREFERS TO BE THOUGHT OF
AS A MAN WHO SERVE WHEN CALLED AND IS AN ADVOCATE
FOR OTHER VETERANS. HE WEARS HS
PURPLE HEART PROUDLY. HE IS THE LATEST SUBJECT OF OUR
SERIES OF VETERANS STILL SERVING
LONG AFTER THEIR SERVICE IS OVER. HERE IS A LOOK.>>THERE WAS A PATROL THE NIGHT
BEFORE AND THEY HAD CAPTURED ONE
OF OUR GIS, TOOK HIS BODY UPSIDE
DOWN, AND PINNED HIM UPSIDE DOWN
AGAINST THE HILL. OUR GUYS DECIDED TO FORM
A PATROL TO RESCUE THE BODY,
WHICH WE KNEW WOULD BE SOME SORT OF A
TRAP OR AMBUSH. THIS PATROL WAS
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ARMY, THE WHITES DID NOT
RECOGNIZE WITH THE BLACKS, ETC. I DID NOT REALLY KNOW HIM, BUT
HE WAS SOMEONE THAT YOU KNEW YOU HAD TO RESPECT. WHEN HE FORMED
THE PATROL, THE REST OF THE GUYS
VOLUNTEERED TO GO TO RESCUE THIS YOUNG BOY WHO
WAS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE
HILL.>>YOU CAN DO THIS ON THE VA
HOMEPAGE. CLICK ON THE MEDIA
ROOM AND THEN VIDEO. YOU CAN ALSO WATCH ON
THE VA YOUTUBE PAGE, THE
KNOWLEDGE NETWORK, AND THE
PENTAGON CHANNEL.>>IN THE LAST SHOW WE HAD
EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF THE MEDAL
OF HONOR CEREMONIES OF 24 RECIPIENTS OF THE DISTINGUISHED
CROSS PASSED OVER FOR THE TOP
AWARD DUE TO RACIAL OR ETHNIC BACKGROUND. DID YOU KNOW ONE
OF THE HEROES LIVES ON IN THE
MEMORY OF THOSE WHO KNEW HIM BECAUSE AN UNCLE
HE NEVER KNEW WAS HIS NAMESAKE? THE FIRST LETTER KRAVITZ WAS A
KOREAN WAR HERO WHOSE CITATION WILL MAKE YOU SHUDDER. THE
CURRENT DAY LENNY KRAVITZ IS NEW
YORK BORN ROCKER KNOWN FOR HIS
MUSIC AND ACTING, PARTICULARLY HIS RECORD
ROLE IN THE HUNGER GAMES MOVIES. HE REMEMBERS ONLY GROWING UP
LISTENING TO OTHERS BUT HAS NOT
DIMINISHED THE PRIDE HE HAS IN
THE NAME.>>GRAMMY AWARD WINNER AND LENNY
KRAVITZ WAS NAMED AFTER HIS UNCLE, LEONARD KRAVITZ, A
PRIVATE FIRST CLASS IN THE ARMY
AND OF JEWISH DESCENT, WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE
SACRIFICE DURING THE CAREER AND
MORE.>>THE FIRST VISUAL I CAN
REMEMBER ABOUT MY UNCLE LEONARD
IS OF A PAINTING OVER MY GRANDMOTHER’S TELEVISION IN HER
APARTMENT IN BROOKLYN.>>HE RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED
CROSS IN 1971 WHEN HIS UNIT WAS OVER SON — OVERRUN BY FORCES
IN KOREA. HE VOLUNTARILY MANNED
A MACHINE GUN POSITION, FORCING THE ENEMY
TO DIRECT THEIR EFFORTS TOWARD HIMSELF, HELPING HIS COMRADES
RETREAT, BUT AT THE COST OF HIS
OWN LIFE.>>HE ALWAYS TOLD ME THAT I
WOULD HAVE LIKED LEONARD BECAUSE
LIKED HE ISNCLE. A LITTLE SOFTER THAN HE WAS.
[LAUGHTER]>>[INAUDIBLE]>>I HAD THE WHOLE THING. I WAS
JUST LIKE A PRIVATE FORMANY
YEARS.>>FOR MANY YEARS, THE
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS WAS
THE HIGHEST AWARD THAT HE RECEIVED UNTIL NOW.
CONGRESS MANDATED A REVIEW OF
RECORDS OR ALL SOLDIERS OF THAT ERA TO MAKE SURE THAT VETERANS
WERE NOT OVERLOOKED DUE TO
PREJUDICE OR DISCRIMINATION. AS A RESULT, 24 VETERANS HAVE
BEEN UPGRADED TO THE MEDAL OF
HONOR.>>ACCEPTING ON BEHALF OF HER
UNCLE –>>IT IS PART OF WHO I AM. I AM
LEONARD KRAVITZ. I AM VERY PROD
TO BE NAMED AFTER HIM AND CARRY HIS NAME
FORWARD. HE IS PART OF ME.>>HAVE A GREAT DAY AND REST OF
THE WEEK. TEST TEST TEST TEST
THANKSTEST TESTHING. TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST.

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