AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. “Received,” O’Rourke replied. “I will begin a project plan and develop a timeline for action.”

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Associated Press/Sue Ogrocki

This afternoon the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will hold its nomination hearing for Robert Wilke to be the new VA Secretary.  The challenges facing whoever becomes the next VA secretary are many and they are wicked. Among the most challenging issues the new secretary will face is the requirement to manage the political environment around the idea of increasing the privatization of veteran healthcare.  (Recently the term “privatization” has fallen out of the lexicon in favor of a more focus-group approved term, “community care”.)

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Photo via DoD

The rule is usually discovered by parents bracing for their child to die.

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Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf, 3rd BCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.

In 2014, a study by the VA Inspector General found that 20.4% of community-based outpatient clinics run by the Veterans Health Administration failed to provide adequate privacy for female veterans.

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AP photo by Brynn Anderson

Forty years after the end Vietnam War, troops who served there continue to struggle with post-traumatic stress, according to a study published in the September issue of JAMA Psychiatry.

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