COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - On this Veterans day, the state estimates that about 90,000 eligible military veterans are missing out on Ohio bonuses of up to $1,000.
Spokesman Michael McKinney with the Ohio Department of Veterans Services tells The Columbus Dispatch that the agency tries to spread the word about the program using radio ads, social media and booths at fairs and veterans events.
Voters in 2009 approved a $200 million bond issue to fund bonuses for veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq wars. More than $41 million has been paid out since August 2010.
The U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday that it is consolidating management function from 12 different centers. There will be 5 in total and two of those will be located at Wright Patterson Force Base. This comes as the Air Force faces budget cuts and they say it is an effort to improve efficiency.
Wright Patterson will house the new U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. That will focus on acquisition of aircraft and support weapons systems. The new center will combine other facilities from bases in Massachusetts and Florida.
The Dayton VA Center is the third oldest medical center in the VA system. They offer both primary and acute care services. The center is also home to a community living center and several rehabilitation programs. In 2010 the VA Center implemented a comprehensive healthcare program that offers more on-site services to female veterans, and the care they provide reaches anywhere between 1,600 and and 3,000 women.
DAYTON, Ohio(AP) - An Ohio congressman wants Veterans Affairs medical personnel who ignore infection control standards to face possible imprisonment.
Republican Rep. Mike Turner plans to announce legislation Monday allowing the government to fine and imprison for up to one year VA health employees for intentionally bypassing safeguards. The Dayton Daily News reports Turner is likely to formally introduce the bill after Labor Day.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Not every clinic run by the Veterans Affairs Department has a practitioner designated to provide care in women's health. The VA is trying to change that.
The VA has been bringing hundreds of doctors and nurse practitioners to mini-residency workshops where they learn about women's health and practice doing pelvic exams. The topics include how to talk to female veterans who may have been sexually assaulted.