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Vets rarely get college credit for military training. Here’s how Congress is trying to fix that

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Vets College Credit


WASHINGTON — Few student Veterans receive academic credit for the training they received in the military, a problem that forces them to waste time and effort repeating work, Vet advocates say.

The Shadow Rulers of the VA

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Shadow Rulers


How Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter and two other Mar-a-Lago cronies are secretly shaping the Trump administration’s Veterans policies.

Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. “Received,” O’Rourke replied. “I will begin a project plan and develop a timeline for action.”

New VA secretary promises Veterans better customer service and more medical options

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WASHINGTON — In his first public speech since taking over the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie on Wednesday reiterated his promises to push that bureaucracy towards more customer-friendly practices and more flexible access for beneficiaries.

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Accepting $2.5 Million in Bribes and Kickbacks

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The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Bhaskar Patel, 67, of Windermere, Florida, appeared today in federal district court in Rutland to answer to charges that, while employed by Schneider Electric Building Americas, he unlawfully solicited and accepted $2,536,119.19 in bribes and kickbacks associated with federal energy savings performance contracts (“ESPCs”) issued to Schneider Electric by various federal agencies. The Information filed in the case covers the time-period between June 6, 2011 and April 19, 2016. Chief District Court Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford accepted Patel’s guilty plea to both of the counts charged in the Information and released Patel on conditions. Judge Crawford ordered Patel to be back in U.S. District Court on December 7, 2018 for sentencing.

From Dow’s ‘Dioxin Lawyer’ to Trump’s Choice to Run Superfund

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Dioxin Lawyer


The lawyer nominated to run the Superfund toxic cleanup program is steeped in the complexities of restoring polluted rivers and chemical dumps. He spent more than a decade on one of the nation’s most extensive cleanups, one involving Dow Chemical’s sprawling headquarters in Midland, Mich.

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