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Connecting Disabled Veterans with Golf Enriches Lives at Iowa Event

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Nearly 240 Veterans with injuries and other disabilities will be in Iowa to participate in the National Veterans TEE (Training, Exposure, and Experience) Tournament Sept. 12-15.

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Connecting Disabled Veterans with Golf Enriches Lives at Iowa Event

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Nearly 240 Veterans with injuries and other disabilities will be in Iowa to participate in the National Veterans TEE (Training, Exposure, and Experience) Tournament Sept. 12-15.

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Statement from Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki on the American Jobs Act

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Yesterday, the President sent the American Jobs Act to Congress for consideration. With the American Jobs Act, the President is again demonstrating unwavering support of Veterans and of business by putting forward an aggressive plan that will help create new jobs for Veterans and boost the American economy.

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Combined Assessment Program Review of the St. Louis VA Medical Center St. Louis, Missouri (9/13/2011)

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The purpose of the review was to evaluate selected operations, focusing on patient care administration and quality management (QM). During the review, OIG provided crime awareness briefings to 38 employees. This review focused on eight operational activities. The facility complied with selected standards in the medication management activity. OIG made recommendations for improvement in the following seven activities: (1) QM, (2) physician credentialing and privileging, (3) coordination of care, (4) enternal nutrition safety, (5) registered nurse competencies, (6) management of workplace violence, and (7) environment of care.

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Jewish Chaplains Memorial site under way

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On Sept. 12, William Daroff of the Jewish Federations of North America and retired Navy chaplain Rear Adm. Rabbi Harold Robinson sank ceremonial chrome-plated spades into rain-soaked earth atop Arlington National Cemetery's Chaplains Hill to mark the site of the Jewish chaplains stone and bronze monument. The long-overdue memorial will be set in place within the next few weeks.

Robinson, director of the Jewish Welfare Board's Jewish Chaplains Council, began the groundbreaking ceremony with expressions of gratitude to the many persons involved in the effort to construct the monument. Among them was Ken Kraetzer, a Sons of the American Legion member from New York who first brought the absence of a Jewish chaplains memorial in Arlington to light more than three years ago. Kraetzer and Robinson were the principal figures in launching the campaign to compose a Jewish memorial alongside existing ones dedicated to fallen Roman Catholic, Protestant and World War I chaplains. And a resolution endorsing the Jewish Chaplains Memorial was adopted last month during the Legion's 93rd national convention in Minneapolis.

Also in attendance was Chaplain Rabbi Heather Borshof, the U.S. Army's first woman Jewish chaplain on full-time active duty who was sworn in last December by Robinson, a friend and a mentor. Borshof offered a prayer during the ceremony, saying, "Today we prepare this hallowed ground and consecrate this earth to the 14 Jewish chaplains who made the ultimate sacrifice. God, as we are ever mindful of the cost paid for the liberty we possess, we thank You for their lives and for their service to our country and to our soldiers. And we are grateful that we have the privilege and opportunity to carry on that service."

The formal dedication for the Jewish Chaplains Memorial will be Oct. 24 at Arlington's Memorial Ampitheater. In the meantime, the monument's bronze plaque is on a multi-city tour. Among its destinations is the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla., where arrangements for its display were announced to Kraetzer in a personal phone call by the museum's hometown congressman, Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs' Committee. Miller and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington were instrumental in shepherding the necessary authorizations to construct the monument through Congress.

 


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The issuance or replacement of military service medals, awards and decorations must be requested in writing.

Requests should be submitted in writing to the appropriate military service branch division of the NPRC. Standard form (SF 180), available through the VA, is recommended to submit your request. Generally, there is no charge for medal or award replacements. For more information, or for the mailing address of the military branch office to submit your request to, call 1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272-6272) or visit the NPRC website at www.archives.gov