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Marsha Blackburn Advocates for More Accessible Mental Health Care for Active Duty Service Members, Families

 

U.S. SenateNashville, TN – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) marked the start of National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month by urging Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to address barriers to mental health care for active duty service members and their families.

“There is a human cost to service that is not always evident by losses on the battlefield,” said Senator Blackburn. “Our nation has an obligation to deliver the best possible mental health support to our service members during their service – before they are discharged to communities or stand at the end of the long line of veterans who restart their quest for care from the Department of Veterans Affairs… The DoD must take ownership to improve mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing for the future of the military enterprise.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Gary Peters, Marsha Blackburn Bipartisan Bill to Improve VA Caregiver Program Advances in Senate

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Gary Peters’ (MI) and Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) bipartisan legislation to improve the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) caregiver program advanced in the Senate, passing in the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

According to reports, caregivers and veterans were arbitrarily discharged or downgraded from the program, with benefits subsequently revoked or reduced. The VA Office of the Inspector General reported in 2018 that VA failed to adequately manage the caregiver program and recommended improvements and reforms.

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Marsha Blackburn, Tammy Baldwin, Dianne Feinstein Introduce Bill to Help K2 Veterans

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced the K2 Veterans Toxic Exposure Accountability Act yesterday to help veterans who served at Karshi Khanabad (“K2”) Airbase in Uzbekistan to obtain the health screenings and services they need.

“Veterans of the Fort Campbell-based 5th Special Forces Group and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment groups were deployed to K2 from 2001-2005,” said Senator Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Jon Tester, Marsha Blackburn Bill to Bring Reforms to VA Information Technology Programs Unanimously Passes Senate

 

Senators’ bipartisan oversight bill would increase transparency and accountability over critical information technology projects at VA

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – The Senate unanimously passed U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Marsha Blackburn’s (R-Tenn.) bipartisan bill to improve the management and execution of information technology (IT) programs and projects at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill now heads to the House for consideration.  

The Senators’ Department of Veterans Affairs IT Reform Act would bring more accountability and oversight to the office within VA charged with delivering IT projects critical to providing care and benefits to millions of veterans and their families across the country.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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President Donald Trump welcomes ‘Walking Marine’ to the White House

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – For six years, Terry Sharpe—or the “Walking Marine,” as he’s known—has completed seven 300-mile walks to raise awareness for veteran suicide.
 
Today, 69-year-old Sharpe completed his eighth and final walk, arriving in Washington all the way from Summerfield, North Carolina. He was joined by Second Lady Karen Pence at the Washington Monument, and the pair crossed the finish line on the South Lawn of the White House, where Sharpe was greeted by President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, and Second Lady Karen Pence with U.S. Marine Terry Sharpe, the “Walking Marine”. (White House)

President Donald Trump, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, and Second Lady Karen Pence with U.S. Marine Terry Sharpe, the “Walking Marine”. (White House)

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Representatives Mark Green, Stephen Lynch Fight for Karshi-Khanabad (K2) Veterans with NDAA Floor Amendment

 

U.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, D.C. – On Monday, July 13th, 2020,  Representative Mark Green (R-TN) and Representative Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Chairman of the House Oversight National Security Subcommittee, introduced their bipartisan K2 Veterans Toxic Exposure Accountability Act of 2020 as a floor amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 

The bill directs the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to study the hazards that American service members were exposed to while deployed to K2, a former Soviet Air Base in Uzbekistan, and address the health conditions that may have been caused by these exposures.

U.S. Representative Mark Green

U.S. Representative Mark Green

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NASA teams with University Hospitals to combat COVID-19

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationCleveland, OH – NASA’s Glenn Research Center and University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland have collaborated to develop new methods and technologies for decontaminating personal protective equipment (PPE) for aerospace applications and for safeguarding the health of workers caring for patients with coronavirus (COVID-19).

A team of researchers recently developed and tested two new approaches that could enable health care professionals to sanitize face masks on-site and safely reuse them. These approaches also may be useful to the aerospace community when traditional sterilization techniques might not be available.

NASA teams with University Hospitals to create new ways to decontaminating personal protective equipment (PPE). (University Hospitals)

NASA teams with University Hospitals to create new ways to decontaminating personal protective equipment (PPE). (University Hospitals)

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U.S. Representative Mark Green Demands Justice for K2 Veterans in NDAA

 

U.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, D.C. – On Friday, June 26th, 2020, U.S. Representative Mark Green sent a letter to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith urging the Committee to include his bipartisan K2 Veterans Toxic Exposure Accountability Act in the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Green said, “Our Nation sent nearly 7,000 brave men and women to K2 Air Base in Uzbekistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. These troops are now five times more likely to develop cancer than their counterparts who deployed elsewhere.”

U.S. Representative Mark Green

U.S. Representative Mark Green

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President Donald Trump unveils roadmap to stop Veteran Suicide

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – More than 6,000 veterans die by suicide each year, taking their own lives at a rate one-and-a-half times that of other Americans. Female veterans are at an even higher risk, with a suicide rate of more than twice that of other Americans.
 
From 2005 to 2016, the veteran suicide rate rose by an alarming 26 percent. In the past, these heroes were too often overlooked by our leaders, who sent our troops to fight in foreign lands without taking care of them once they returned home.

President Donald Trump announces the PREVENTS Task Force Roadmap. (White House)

President Donald Trump announces the PREVENTS Task Force Roadmap. (White House)

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President Donald Trump’s remarks at Rolling to Remember Ceremony: Honoring our Nation’s Veterans and POW/MIA

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much. And we really — you’re my friends and you’ve been supporting me right from the beginning. I appreciate that you’re here. And we’re here for you. And I told you, when you want to come back with your 600,000, we’re ready to take you.

But you’re going to give us a little display on those beautiful bikes. And you’re going to be — I’ve never seen anyone do that actually. You must have special privileges. I’ve never seen anybody ride through here.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

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