VETERANS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/VETERANS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Gibson: VA has lost trust of vets, American people http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58190414-68/veterans-gibson-care-trust.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58190414-68/veterans-gibson-care-trust.html.csp">Gibson: VA has lost trust of vets, American people</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T20:15:28.27-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 08:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The Department of Veterans Affairs has lost the trust of veterans and the American people as a result of widespread treatment delays for people seeking health care and falsified records to cover up those delays, the agency’s top official said Wednesday. Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said the VA has created an environment where workers are afraid to raise concerns or offer suggestions for fear of retaliation and has failed to hold employees accountable for wrongdoing or negligenc...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581904142014-07-16T20:15:28.27-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-16T20:15:28.27-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58190414@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:15:28 MDT Letter: Thankful veteran says thank others http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58182935-82/veteran-thanks-says-thank.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58182935-82/veteran-thanks-says-thank.html.csp">Letter: Thankful veteran says thank others</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T09:05:02.542-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 09:05AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In response to Mr. William Zuehlke’s letter (“This veteran says thanks for thanking,” July 11), first please accept my personal thank you for serving. I was in the U.S. Navy during what was arguably America’s least popular conflict. I went to Vietnam three different times while in the Navy. When I was discharged and returned to Salt Lake, I was struck by the apathy at best and downright hatred of veterans and the military at worst. Over the years I have noticed a great turn around in the att...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58182935@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:05:02 MDT Veterans turn to American Legion for medical help http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58153835-68/legion-veterans-american-king.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58153835-68/legion-veterans-american-king.html.csp">Veterans turn to American Legion for medical help</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-06T18:06:59.056-06:00">Updated Jul 6, 2014 06:06PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">El Paso, Texas • A counselor at the local Veterans Affairs office looked at Rebecca King, a victim of domestic violence and abuse who was seeking help for depression, and told her she would not be able to see a psychologist. She looked too nice and put together for someone depressed, King was told. Like others who’ve failed to receive help at troubled VA offices, the Army veteran then gave up. “I have a son, I’m his only support system, I have to keep it together” King recalled telling the VA of...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581538352014-07-06T18:06:59.056-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-06T18:06:59.056-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58153835@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:06:59 MDT Letter: There is reason for hope at VA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58146297-82/hope-veterans-care-director.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58146297-82/hope-veterans-care-director.html.csp">Letter: There is reason for hope at VA</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T17:31:01.535-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 05:31PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">With all the tar-and-feathering of the Veterans Administration, there are individual facilities that do decently serve veterans. Given that the VA is a huge government bureaucracy that is underfunded and understaffed, some facilities are unfortunately abysmal (St. Louis, West Los Angeles and Phoenix come to mind). However, my experience with the George E. Wahlen Salt Lake Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been extremely positive. As a Vietnam veteran, the SLC VA is my primary health care prov...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58146297@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:31:01 MDT Veterans Affairs nominee has University of Utah ties http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58133639-90/affairs-army-business-ceo.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58133639-90/affairs-army-business-ceo.html.csp">Veterans Affairs nominee has University of Utah ties</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matt Canham</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-30T20:36:02.409-06:00">Updated Jun 30, 2014 08:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">President Barack Obama picked a former corporate CEO to lead the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs. But Robert McDonald may have never received this nomination if it wasn’t for a partnership between the military and the University of Utah in the 1970s. After studying engineering at West Point, McDonald thought he would continue his studies while in the Army. The only program that fit with his schedule was a business degree offered through the U., which relied on the Air Force flying in pr...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58133639@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:36:02 MDT Obama picks ex-P&G boss to lead Veterans Affairs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58130027-68/mcdonald-company-veterans-obama.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58130027-68/mcdonald-company-veterans-obama.html.csp">Obama picks ex-P&G boss to lead Veterans Affairs</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JULIE PACE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-29T22:14:22.292-06:00">Updated Jun 29, 2014 10:14PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by treatment delays and struggling to deal with an influx of new veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. An administration official said Obama would announce McDonald’s appointment Monday. If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald would succeed Eric Shinseki, the retired four-star general who...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581300272014-06-29T22:14:22.292-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-29T22:14:22.292-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58130027@www.sltrib.com Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:14:22 MDT House, Senate begins compromise talks on vets bill http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58109455-68/veterans-senate-care-agency.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58109455-68/veterans-senate-care-agency.html.csp">House, Senate begins compromise talks on vets bill</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID ESPO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> AP Special Correspondent</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-24T14:29:01.985-06:00">Updated Jun 24, 2014 02:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • House and Senate negotiators opened compromise talks Tuesday on legislation to expand health care for veterans, hoping for a quick response to a scandal that has uncovered long wait times, false record-keeping and accusations of criminal activity at the Department of Veterans Affairs. At their core, the bills passed by the House and Senate would allow millions of former members of the armed forces to seek health care outside the government’s veterans system if they were unable to ge...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581094552014-06-24T14:29:01.985-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-24T14:29:01.985-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58109455@www.sltrib.com Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:29:01 MDT Investigator: VA unnecessarily puts veterans’ health at risk http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58105259-68/care-veterans-patient-lerner.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58105259-68/care-veterans-patient-lerner.html.csp">Investigator: VA unnecessarily puts veterans’ health at risk</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KEVIN FREKING</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-23T19:32:30.14-06:00">Updated Jun 23, 2014 07:32PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A top federal investigator has identified “a troubling pattern of deficient patient care” at Veterans Affairs facilities around the country that she says was pointed out by whistleblowers but downplayed by the department. The problems went far beyond the extraordinarily long wait time for some appointments — and the attempts to cover them up — that has put the department under intense scrutiny. In a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, Carolyn Lerner of the U.S. Office of Speci...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581052592014-06-23T19:32:30.14-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-23T19:32:30.14-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58105259@www.sltrib.com Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:32:30 MDT Military considers shopping perk for most veterans http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58103425-79/veterans-service-shull-served.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58103425-79/veterans-service-shull-served.html.csp">Military considers shopping perk for most veterans</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JENNIFER McDERMOTT</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-23T09:38:02.133-06:00">Updated Jun 23, 2014 09:38AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Providence, R.I. • The U.S. military is looking into allowing all of the nation’s veterans who served honorably to shop online at exchanges that sell discounted, name-brand goods — a perk that is currently available only to a small minority. The change is proposed by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service director as a way to show appreciation for veterans and to offset a loss of revenue as troops return from overseas, where they had few alternatives but to shop at the military retail stores. For...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581034252014-06-23T09:38:02.133-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-23T09:38:02.133-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58103425@www.sltrib.com Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:38:02 MDT VA falls short on female medical issues http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58099835-68/women-care-female-veterans.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58099835-68/women-care-female-veterans.html.csp">VA falls short on female medical issues</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By GARANCE BURKE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-22T12:10:29.353-06:00">Updated Jun 22, 2014 12:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">San Francisco • Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age. Even the head of the VA’s office of women’s health acknowledges that persistent shortcomings remain in caring for the 390,000 female vets seen last year at its hospitals and clinics — despite an inve...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580998352014-06-22T12:10:29.353-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-22T12:10:29.353-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58099835@www.sltrib.com Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:10:29 MDT Military considers shopping perk for most veterans http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58099834-68/veterans-service-shull-served.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58099834-68/veterans-service-shull-served.html.csp">Military considers shopping perk for most veterans</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JENNIFER McDERMOTT</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-22T10:11:01.73-06:00">Updated Jun 22, 2014 10:11AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Providence, R.I. • The U.S. military is looking into allowing all of the nation’s veterans who served honorably to shop online at exchanges that sell discounted, name-brand goods — a perk that is currently available only to a small minority. The change is proposed by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service director as a way to show appreciation for veterans and to offset a loss of revenue as troops return from overseas, where they had few alternatives but to shop at the military retail stores. For...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580998342014-06-22T10:11:01.73-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-22T10:11:01.73-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58099834@www.sltrib.com Sun, 22 Jun 2014 10:11:01 MDT C.R. England stepping up to help veterans http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58091055-78/veterans-england-company-military.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58091055-78/veterans-england-company-military.html.csp">C.R. England stepping up to help veterans</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Mike Gorrell</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-22T21:26:29.759-06:00">Updated Jun 22, 2014 09:26PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Veterans themselves, Gene and Bill England wanted to do their part to help soldiers get jobs upon leaving the U.S. military. So the owners of refrigerated trucking company C.R. England unveiled an initiative Thursday to hire 350 veterans by year’s end to drive their fleet of semi-tractor trailers. And the West Valley City-based company highlighted that commitment by showing off five trucks and trailers newly redecorated with a military theme. Those rigs will be driven by five veterans who were ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58091055@www.sltrib.com Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:26:29 MDT V.A.: 80 percent of senior executives got bonuses http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58095138-68/bonuses-veterans-executives-senior.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58095138-68/bonuses-veterans-executives-senior.html.csp">V.A.: 80 percent of senior executives got bonuses</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MATTHEW DALY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-20T20:25:03.589-06:00">Updated Jun 20, 2014 08:25PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Nearly 80 percent of senior executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs got performance bonuses last year despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at V.A. hospitals and clinics, a top official said Friday. More than 350 V.A. executives were paid a total of $2.7 million in bonuses last year, said Gina Farrisee, assistant V.A. secretary for human resources and administration. That amount is down from about $3.4 million in bonuses paid in 2012, Farrisee said. Th...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580951382014-06-20T20:25:03.589-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-20T20:25:03.589-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58095138@www.sltrib.com Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:25:03 MDT Krugman: Drawing the wrong lesson from VA scandal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58092255-82/care-health-scandal-veterans.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58092255-82/care-health-scandal-veterans.html.csp">Krugman: Drawing the wrong lesson from VA scandal</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PAUL KRUGMAN</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-20T18:37:57.968-06:00">Updated Jun 20, 2014 06:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">You’ve surely heard about the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs. A number of veterans found themselves waiting a long time for care, some of them died before they were seen, and some of the agency’s employees falsified records to cover up the extent of the problem. It’s a real scandal; some heads have rolled, but there’s surely more to clean up. But the goings-on at Veterans Affairs shouldn’t cause us to lose sight of a much bigger scandal: the almost surreal inefficiency and injusti...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58092255@www.sltrib.com Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:37:57 MDT Audit: More vets wait 30 days; some waits shorter http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58091064-68/veterans-appointments-wait-medical.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58091064-68/veterans-appointments-wait-medical.html.csp">Audit: More vets wait 30 days; some waits shorter</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MATTHEW DALY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-19T18:44:02.25-06:00">Updated Jun 19, 2014 06:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Tens of thousands more veterans than previously reported are forced to wait at least a month for medical appointments at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics, according to an updated audit of 731 VA medical facilities released Thursday. The updated audit includes new figures showing that the wait times actually experienced at most VA facilities were shorter than those on waiting lists for pending appointments. For instance, new patients at the Atlanta VA hospital waited about an ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580910642014-06-19T18:44:02.25-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-19T18:44:02.25-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58091064@www.sltrib.com Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:44:02 MDT Veterans health spending doubled in Senate bill http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58074061-68/veterans-bill-care-senate.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58074061-68/veterans-bill-care-senate.html.csp">Veterans health spending doubled in Senate bill</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MATTHEW DALY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-16T10:03:06.469-06:00">Updated Jun 16, 2014 10:03AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Spending on veterans’ health care could double in three years under the Senate’s solution to the long waits experienced by thousands seeking medical care at VA hospitals and clinics, according to congressional budget experts. Analyzing a bill the Senate passed overwhelmingly last Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office estimates the measure would add $35 billion over the next three years to the $44 billion the government now spends annually on medical care for veterans. Both the ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580740612014-06-16T10:03:06.469-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-16T10:03:06.469-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58074061@www.sltrib.com Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:03:06 MDT Senate bill doubles spending on veterans’ health http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58069215-68/veterans-care-bill-senate.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58069215-68/veterans-care-bill-senate.html.csp">Senate bill doubles spending on veterans’ health</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MATTHEW DALY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-14T19:30:01.705-06:00">Updated Jun 14, 2014 07:30PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Spending on veterans’ health care could double in three years under the Senate’s solution to the long waits experienced by thousands seeking medical care at VA hospitals and clinics, according to congressional budget experts. Analyzing a bill the Senate passed overwhelmingly last Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office estimates the measure would add $35 billion over the next three years to the $44 billion the government now spends annually on medical care for veterans. Both the...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580692152014-06-14T19:30:01.705-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-14T19:30:01.705-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58069215@www.sltrib.com Sat, 14 Jun 2014 19:30:01 MDT Salt Lake City VA issues new contract for sweat lodge ceremonies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58027070-90/veterans-american-lodge-native.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58027070-90/veterans-american-lodge-native.html.csp">Salt Lake City VA issues new contract for sweat lodge ceremonies</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By nate carlisle</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-13T01:01:02.096-06:00">Updated Jun 13, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Salt Lake City’s veterans hospital has awarded a California company the contract to provide Native American spiritual services, perhaps ending its relationship with a local medicine man who has led ceremonies at the hospital’s renowned sweat lodge. Veterans Affairs awarded the contract to GC Green, of San Diego. The company is owned by a Elizabeth Perez and is certified by the federal government as a Native American business, according to the GC Green website. Perez said she will work with lo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58027070@www.sltrib.com Fri, 13 Jun 2014 01:01:02 MDT How we treat our veterans, generally, and one in particular ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58062151-82/bergdahl-editorial-veterans-html.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58062151-82/bergdahl-editorial-veterans-html.html.csp">How we treat our veterans, generally, and one in particular ...</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-12T17:16:02.583-06:00">Updated Jun 12, 2014 05:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A lot about veterans on the pundits’ radar today. Veterans in general, and one controversial soldier in particular. — Don’t point fingers, just fix the VA — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “There are so many faults in the path that has led to the current disgraceful state of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the country that Congress is wise to order some immediate reforms rather than get bogged down in trading blame for how our nation came to such a sorry pass. ... ... Polit...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58062151@www.sltrib.com Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:16:02 MDT Editorial: Don’t point fingers, just fix the VA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58051411-82/care-veterans-waiting-medical.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58051411-82/care-veterans-waiting-medical.html.csp">Editorial: Don’t point fingers, just fix the VA</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-12T11:56:04.291-06:00">Updated Jun 12, 2014 11:56AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">There are so many faults in the path that has led to the current disgraceful state of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the country that Congress is wise to order some immediate reforms rather than get bogged down in trading blame for how our nation came to such a sorry pass. Tuesday, the House of Representative passed, 421-0, a bill that would make it possible for veterans who need medical care and have been waiting for an appointment or who live more than 40 miles from...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58051411@www.sltrib.com Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:56:04 MDT