The Ohio Department of Veterans Services is trying to get the word out about cash bonuses available to vets who have served since September 11, 2001.
A spokesman for the department says 81,000 Ohio vets have already received bonuses totaling tens of millions of dollars, but an important deadline is approaching: This is the last year for veterans who served in Iraq between March 2003 and December of 2011 to apply for the bonus.
Wright Patterson Air Force Base is moving ahead with a multi-million dollar addition to its National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). That’s after Congress approved the funds needed for the project.
NASIC is the primary foreign intelligence agency for the Air Force. NASIC commander Colonel Leah Lauderback says the building will increase the center’s technical capability to analyze foreign materials.
A federal audit shows that five Veterans Affairs medical facilities in Ohio scheduled most of their patients for appointments within 30 days, and two of those sites have been flagged for further review.
The VA says more than 57,000 patients nationwide have been waiting three months or more for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics.
Construction starts this summer on a new wing at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton. The 224,000-square-foot addition will host the presidential aircraft gallery, an expanded space gallery, the research and development gallery, and a global reach gallery about airlift operations.
The Veteran’s Administration is at the center of a growing scandal encompassing some 26 VA Hospitals – that have been found to have excessively long waiting lists for healthcare. Several states are accused of doctoring those waiting lists to make it look like vets were getting care faster than they were, and some families of vets are saying the situation has resulted in the deaths of their loved ones. A recent investigation by the Dayton Dayton Daily News and Cox Media detailed the situation in Ohio. WYSO’s Jerry Kenney spoke Josh Sweigart, the reporter largely behind that report.