Thursday, November 17, 2016

Veterans Voice Teams Up With Grants Pass, Eugene and Medford Or, Businesses To Launch "Project Hope"







Veterans Voice Of America, in association with Americare International, and The Hope Center of Eugene, Oregon, is announcing a job training and opportunity program that dovetails with the Hope Center's Veterans Homeless program that has been assisting veterans with emergency shelter, and weekly hot meals as Veteran's Administration Hud-Vash Voucher and benefit counselors meet weekly at the Hope center in Eugene to take care of our military heroes, both homeless and any in need of assistance.
For further info call Steven Masone (541)-287-1497 e-mail masones@oregonstate.edu 








. Hope Center provides a weekly site at which Veterans can connect with services, along with a hot meal. The V.A. BHRRS outreach workers attend this ev. Hope Center provides a weekly site at which Veterans can connect with services, along with a hot meal. The V.A. BHRRS outreach workers attend this event weekly. (1161 Grant. Eugene. 541- 344-4673)ent weekly. (1161 Grant. Eugene. 541- 344-4673)




The Westside Apostolic has partnered with St. Vincent de Paul and Food for Lane County to help local veterans.

For the last few years, the Hope Center has been targeting homeless servicemen and women and helping them get back on their feet.

Every Friday morning the facility opens its doors. On average, 50 to 80 guests take advantage of the free meal between 10 a.m. and noon.

Other offerings are also available. There is warm clothing that is donated, a nurse from the VA gives those needing immunizations medical attention, and a crises counselor is on site.

But the most popular service is housing assistance.

"We have the reintegration team that comes here so they actually hook them up and let them know what programs are available. Just to see one person get off the street and get housing makes it worth it," says Pastor James Rabe.

Once placed, the Hope Center helps furnish veterans' new homes.

Randy Merritt recently moved into a new place. He had previously been living on the street.

"It's hard to stay out of trouble being on the street. I've done a complete 180. I went from being homeless and now I'm in my own apartment," Merritt says.

Donations to the Hope Center can be made by calling the Westside Apostolic at (541) 334-HOPE or (541) 729-9167. 


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Trump Victory Gives Veterans Hope For 'Real Change'



by Steven Masone

The bureaucratic inept condition of the Veteran's Administration Department, that has become a national disgrace, will soon face scrutiny and a shake-up they have never seen before. President-Elect Donald Trump has promised to "Drain The Swamp" in this Department to the likes we have never seen. His proposal to let all veterans have their choice of using a new streamlined VA for health benefits, or opt out and have their healthcare paid for in the open marketplace, alone, will send the entitled minded bureaucrats into panic mode.  How that is going to change the landcape of this broken agency, is self -evident. Half of veterans who live too far away from clinics will immediately cut healthcare workers in the agency by 30-50%. ..SHIFTING THOSE JOBS TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR.




Donald Trump outlined a 10- Image result for drain the swamp point plan to reform the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, which the President-Elect called a “very unfair system.”

He singled out mental health care for veterans as especially in need of attention, but also highlighted the multiple scandals and gaffes the department has struggled through in recent years. He called Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton “the secretary of the status quo” and said he is the candidate Americans should trust to transform the Department of Veterans Affairs.
                                              
 


“We need to clean up the corruption in government and Hillary Clinton will never be able to do it. She’s incompetent and has proven time and time again that she doesn’t have what it takes. Doesn’t have it,” Trump said. “Crooked Hillary Clinton, sadly, is the secretary of the status quo, and wherever Hillary Clinton goes, corruption and scandal follow.”

Included in Trump’s 10-point

  
 plan for reform at the Department of Veterans Affairs is a proposal to establish a White House hotline, to be answered not by a computer but by a human being, to field complaints about the department. The hotline would ensure that every complaint is dealt with, Trump said, and any issue left unaddressed would be brought directly to the president himself, so that he could personally deal with it.

Recalling Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald’s comment comparing veterans waiting for medical care to Disney theme park visitors waiting in line for rides, Trump said he would appoint a new secretary who would make it their “personal mission to clean up the VA.”

“And this will be a person of great competence,” he said. “This will not be a political hack.”

Two other points of Trump’s plan concerned Department of Veterans Affairs personnel, specifically the ability to fire and discipline them. The candidate pledged do everything in his power to remove federal authorities or managers who “fail veterans or breach the public trust.” Similarly, Trump said he would ask Congress to pass legislation that would allow the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs to fire or discipline any employee who puts at risk the “health, safety or well-being of any veteran.”

Trump balanced those points with one in which he pledged to protect the “honest and dedicated” people in the department and put them in line for promotions. In another point, the Manhattan billionaire said he would institute a system in which a percentage of any money saved as a result of an employee suggestion would be paid out as a one-time bonus to encourage streamlining of the department’s bureaucracy.







Trump Victory Gives Veterans Hope For 'Real Change'



by Steven Masone

The bureaucratic inept condition of the Veteran's Administration Department, that has become a national disgrace, will soon face scrutiny and a shake-up they have never seen before. President-Elect Donald Trump has promised to "Drain The Swamp" in this Department to the likes we have never seen. His proposal to let all veterans have their choice of using a new streamlined VA for health benefits, or opt out and have their healthcare paid for in the open marketplace, alone, will send the entitled minded bureaucrats into panic mode.    How that is going to change the landcape of this broken agency, is self -evident. Half of veterans who live too far away from clinics will immediately cut healthcare workers in the agency by 30-50%. ..SHIFTING THOSE JOBS TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR.




Donald Trump outlined a 10- Image result for drain the swamp point plan to reform the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, which the President-Elect called a “very unfair system.”

He singled out mental health care for veterans as especially in need of attention, but also highlighted the multiple scandals and gaffes the department has struggled through in recent years. He called Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton “the secretary of the status quo” and said he is the candidate Americans should trust to transform the Department of Veterans Affairs.
                                              
 


“We need to clean up the corruption in government and Hillary Clinton will never be able to do it. She’s incompetent and has proven time and time again that she doesn’t have what it takes. Doesn’t have it,” Trump said. “Crooked Hillary Clinton, sadly, is the secretary of the status quo, and wherever Hillary Clinton goes, corruption and scandal follow.”

Included in Trump’s 10-point

  
 plan for reform at the Department of Veterans Affairs is a proposal to establish a White House hotline, to be answered not by a computer but by a human being, to field complaints about the department. The hotline would ensure that every complaint is dealt with, Trump said, and any issue left unaddressed would be brought directly to the president himself, so that he could personally deal with it.

Recalling Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald’s comment comparing veterans waiting for medical care to Disney theme park visitors waiting in line for rides, Trump said he would appoint a new secretary who would make it their “personal mission to clean up the VA.”

“And this will be a person of great competence,” he said. “This will not be a political hack.”

Two other points of Trump’s plan concerned Department of Veterans Affairs personnel, specifically the ability to fire and discipline them. The candidate pledged do everything in his power to remove federal authorities or managers who “fail veterans or breach the public trust.” Similarly, Trump said he would ask Congress to pass legislation that would allow the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs to fire or discipline any employee who puts at risk the “health, safety or well-being of any veteran.”

Trump balanced those points with one in which he pledged to protect the “honest and dedicated” people in the department and put them in line for promotions. In another point, the Manhattan billionaire said he would institute a system in which a percentage of any money saved as a result of an employee suggestion would be paid out as a one-time bonus to encourage streamlining of the department’s bureaucracy.