Financial Explotation Research
4:07 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Oregon Releases First Ever Study on Financial Exploitation of Adults With Disabilities and the Elder

Oregon has released the first-ever study on the financial exploitation of adults with disabilities and the elderly.

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3:56 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

From Soldier To Double-Amputee To Pro Athlete

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 3:39 pm

KETCHUM, Idaho - A winter's worth of racing and training for the best disabled skiers and shooters culminates later this month at the Paralympic Nordic World Championships in Sweden. For the first time, the U.S. team headed to the competition is made up entirely of disabled veterans. It's a good example of how some wounded soldiers are finding a new mission and purpose.

Sun Valley, Idaho has become a hub for healing veterans through sports and one ex-soldier went from infantryman to badly wounded warrior to pro athlete.

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Military Disability Evaluations
4:11 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Murray Hearing on VA / DOD Wait Time for Disability Evaulations

Washington Senator Patty Murray grilled VA and DOD leaders about the wait times during a committee hearing Wednesday.
U.S. Senate

Five years ago the Defense Department and VA made an effort to streamline the process. It hasn’t worked.

The evaluations are a critical step for injured service members who are preparing to leave the military. Washington Senator Patty Murray is Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Murray grilled VA and DOD leaders about the wait times during a committee hearing Wednesday.

Murray: “That’s unacceptable for someone just waiting to figure out what they’re going to do with the rest of their lives.”

The GAO’s report found that last year active duty troops waited nearly 400 days for evaluations, longer for National Guard and Reserve.Further Murray says she’s concerned about the evaluation process itself known as IDES which can have the effect of seeming to pit commanders against soldiers.

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