veterans http://kcur.org en Death of Kansas City Veteran Emphasizes Need For Timely PTSD Treatment http://kcur.org/post/death-kansas-city-veteran-emphasizes-need-timely-ptsd-treatment <p></p><p></p><p>The death last month of 26-year old Army veteran Isaac Sims in a confrontation with Kansas City, Missouri police raised many questions including whether this loss of life could have been prevented.</p><p>On this edition of <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a> Steve Kraske brings together a panel to look at the events leading up to Sims' death, the special municipal court that works with veterans facing criminal charges, and a therapy program treating military PTSD sufferers while they are still on active duty.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:14:12 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58700 at http://kcur.org Death of Kansas City Veteran Emphasizes Need For Timely PTSD Treatment Some Veterans May Lose Needed Health Care If VA Pilot Program In Kansas Ends http://kcur.org/post/some-veterans-may-lose-needed-health-care-if-va-pilot-program-kansas-ends <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A pilot program in Kansas allowing veterans who live far from Veterans Affairs hospitals to get care from local doctors may end, threatening veterans like Hugh </span>Steadman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with the cutoff of needed medical care.</span></p><p></p><p>Steadman, who flew combat missions over Germany as a bombardier during World War II, lives in Great Bend. He used to have to drive two hours to the VA medical center in Wichita, a trip that was getting more difficult for him to make.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:18:36 +0000 Bryan Thompson 58539 at http://kcur.org Some Veterans May Lose Needed Health Care If VA Pilot Program In Kansas Ends St. Michael's Gives Homeless Vets Transitional Housing, Counseling http://kcur.org/post/st-michaels-gives-homeless-vets-transitional-housing-counseling <p></p><p></p><p>It's difficult to go from living on the street to living in what most of us consider to be normal housing. That's a real challenge many homeless vets face.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the St. Michael Center and how it's helping veterans make that difficult life transition.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:02:04 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 57895 at http://kcur.org St. Michael's Gives Homeless Vets Transitional Housing, Counseling VA Rural Health Care Pilot Under The Gun In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/va-rural-health-care-pilot-under-gun-kansas <p>Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran says a Veterans Administration pilot program offering timely quality health care to rural veterans is being allowed to expire in a few months, even though VA officials tell members of Congress no decision has been made.</p><p>Moran and four of his colleagues sent a letter to the VA Secretary seeking an explanation.&nbsp;</p><p>The pilot program, called Access Received Closer to Home, or ARCH, is offered through five pilot sites across the country, including one in Pratt, Kan.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:38:42 +0000 Bryan Thompson 57447 at http://kcur.org Lawmakers: Vets Complain Topeka VA Canceled Or Rescheduled Appointments http://kcur.org/post/lawmakers-vets-complain-topeka-va-canceled-or-rescheduled-appointments <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Topeka </span>Colmery-O’Neil<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> VA Medical Center has not been implicated in the waiting-list scandal unfolding across the country.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But on Friday, two Republican members of the Kansas congressional delegation, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran and U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, said their offices have fielded numerous complaints from veterans in recent months about long-standing appointments being canceled or rescheduled at the last minute.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:22:25 +0000 Jim McLean 57296 at http://kcur.org Lawmakers: Vets Complain Topeka VA Canceled Or Rescheduled Appointments Hospital Association Execs: Medicaid Expansion Would Aid Thousands Of Vets http://kcur.org/post/hospital-association-execs-medicaid-expansion-would-aid-thousands-vets <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The chief executives of &nbsp;the Missouri and Kansas hospital associations say thousands of uninsured veterans would be eligible for coverage if Medicaid were expanded in those states.&nbsp;</span></p><p>In an <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article510256/Tom-Bell-and-Herb-Kuhn-Veterans-deserve-better-access-to-health-care.html">opinion piece</a> that ran in The Kansas City Star on Tuesday, they estimated that more than 37,000 veterans in Missouri and Kansas would qualify for Medicaid coverage under expansion.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:12:43 +0000 Jim McLean 57223 at http://kcur.org Hospital Association Execs: Medicaid Expansion Would Aid Thousands Of Vets Veterans Say Long Wait Times Are Just Part Of The Problem At VA http://kcur.org/post/veterans-say-long-wait-times-are-just-part-problem-va <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For months, Kansas City resident Cherie&nbsp;Fishback&nbsp;has been writing letters to the Department of Veterans Affairs on behalf of her boyfriend, Lee Murphy, who last year had to have emergency gallbladder surgery.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 02:16:07 +0000 Elle Moxley 57054 at http://kcur.org Veterans Say Long Wait Times Are Just Part Of The Problem At VA Sen. Blunt: Kansas City VA Medical Center Kept Unauthorized Cardiology Waiting List http://kcur.org/post/sen-blunt-kansas-city-va-medical-center-kept-unauthorized-cardiology-waiting-list <p><strong>Update, 4:45 p.m.:</strong></p><p>The Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center says its cardiology clinic never kept a secret waiting list, but "a serious clerical mistake" delayed several veterans waiting for follow-up care.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:00:47 +0000 Elle Moxley 56942 at http://kcur.org Sen. Blunt: Kansas City VA Medical Center Kept Unauthorized Cardiology Waiting List Wichita VA Hospital Had Secret Waiting List For Patients http://kcur.org/post/wichita-va-hospital-had-secret-waiting-list-patients <p>Despite assurances to the contrary, the VA hospital in Wichita kept a secret waiting list for patients. The hospital's director revealed that information Friday in a message to Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran.</p><p>Roberts told the Wichita Eagle he was not happy to see that message just hours after he’d met with officials of the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, who assured him the hospital was doing just fine. But one patient of the Wichita VA facility says the news is no surprise.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:45:53 +0000 Bryan Thompson 56787 at http://kcur.org Wichita VA Hospital Had Secret Waiting List For Patients Blunt: Death Of Combat Veteran Points To Deficiencies In V.A. Care http://kcur.org/post/blunt-death-combat-veteran-points-deficiencies-va-care <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The weekend shooting death of a former Army paratrooper in Kansas City highlights deficiencies in the care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, said during a visit to to Kansas City on Thursday.</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 23:58:08 +0000 Mike Sherry 56545 at http://kcur.org Blunt: Death Of Combat Veteran Points To Deficiencies In V.A. Care Rep. Yoder Says Veterans Need More Flexibility In Receiving Care http://kcur.org/post/rep-yoder-says-veterans-need-more-flexibility-receiving-care <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas Rep. Kevin </span>Yoder<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says it's time for a change in national leadership at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.</span></p><p>Yoder, an Overland Park Republican<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, visited the VA Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday amid growing concern over long wait times for veterans.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 21:29:09 +0000 Elle Moxley 56410 at http://kcur.org Rep. Yoder Says Veterans Need More Flexibility In Receiving Care Brownback Proposes More Services For Kansas Vets http://kcur.org/post/brownback-proposes-more-services-kansas-vets <p>Gov. Sam Brownback has a plan to beef up veterans' services in Kansas. The proposal would include improvements at two facilities and new workers aimed at helping veterans.</p><p>The plan would include a $1.4 million renovation of a veterans' home in southwest Kansas. It would also add 40 new beds for long-term care services to a veterans' facility in Winfield.</p><p>Gregg Burden, executive director of the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs, says under the proposal they'll also be looking to hire four new staff members to help veterans access the benefits they've earned.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:09:09 +0000 Stephen Koranda 49568 at http://kcur.org Gov. Nixon Signs New Laws For Veterans http://kcur.org/post/gov-nixon-signs-new-laws-veterans <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/newsroom/2013/Gov_Nixon_signs_bills_to_benefit_veterans_current_members_of_the_military">signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday </a>aimed to benefit veterans and their families on a tour that included stops at Cape Giardeau and Springfield. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:02:47 +0000 Scott Harvey & Jacob McCleland 39982 at http://kcur.org Gov. Nixon Signs New Laws For Veterans Program Helps Vets Get STEM Education http://kcur.org/post/program-helps-vets-get-stem-education <p>They've mastered advanced battlefield operations planning. They’ve navigated years of overseas intricacies and family complexities. But now, can they master trigonometry?</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Veteran in STEM program seeks to support veterans in acquiring the education they need to pursue jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. &nbsp;While the process of retooling your education to focus on math or science might seem daunting to anybody, only half of STEM jobs require a bachelors degree or higher level of education, the other half typically require associate degrees or specific trade training. &nbsp;Dean Kevin Truman </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of the School of Computing and Engineering and Alexis Petri, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director of the <a href="http://www.kcstemalliance.org/">KC </a></span><a href="http://www.kcstemalliance.org/" target="_blank">BANCS</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> program guide us through the unique supports and programing they've put together to help veterans advance their education and careers.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 23:22:40 +0000 Brian Ellison & Matthew Long-Middleton 38336 at http://kcur.org Program Helps Vets Get STEM Education Iraq War Veteran Tomas Young Signs Off With 'Last Letter' http://kcur.org/post/iraq-war-veteran-tomas-young-signs-last-letter <p>Nearly two million active duty U.S. servicemen and women are due back home by the end of this year. Many have struggled to reintegrate, but few more profoundly, or more publicly, than Tomas Young of Kansas City.&nbsp;&nbsp; Young now says he’s ready to take his own life, but not before making one more stand against the war that wrecked his body.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 01:03:06 +0000 Frank Morris 34264 at http://kcur.org Iraq War Veteran Tomas Young Signs Off With 'Last Letter' A Unique Approach To Serving Homeless Veterans http://kcur.org/post/unique-approach-serving-homeless-veterans <p><strong>Arthur Fillmore</strong> has spent more than thirty years closing the deal in corporate mergers and acquisitions in his professional life as an attorney. But for two decades he’s been unsuccessful in realizing the wish he’s held as a military veteran . . . until now.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 22:36:04 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 29853 at http://kcur.org A Unique Approach To Serving Homeless Veterans Afghanistan: The Forgotten War http://kcur.org/post/afghanistan-forgotten-war <p>President Obama has called for the complete removal of American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. In the meantime, the U.S. is moving onto other concerns - like the presidential election.</p> <p>But former Kansas City Star reporter Malcolm Garcia hasn't forgotten Afghanistan.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:25:58 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 22782 at http://kcur.org Afghanistan: The Forgotten War Journalist Lee Woodruff On Care For Returning Soldiers http://kcur.org/post/journalist-lee-woodruff-care-returning-soldiers <p><strong>Lee Woodruff</strong>&#39;s life was profoundly changed starting in 2006 when her husband, reporter Bob Woodruff, took over for Peter Jennings as co-anchor of ABC&#39;s <em>World News Tonight</em>.&nbsp; But the events of a month later changed her - and Bob&#39;s life - forever. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 04:31:40 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 16197 at http://kcur.org Journalist Lee Woodruff On Care For Returning Soldiers For-Profit Schools Under Fire For Targeting Veterans http://kcur.org/post/profit-schools-under-fire-targeting-veterans Hundreds of thousands of veterans have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years, eager to get an education under the new post-Sept. 11 GI Bill.<p>Many vets looking for a school find they are inundated by sales pitches from institutions hungry for their government benefits. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 07:25:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 15658 at http://kcur.org For-Profit Schools Under Fire For Targeting Veterans Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-wednesday-february-8-2012 <p>A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p> <p> Santorum Gains Win And Momentum In Missouri<br /> Cerner Logs Record Growth<br /> Nixon Eases Higher Education Cuts<br /> Kansas Democrats Vow To Fight For Veterans’ Services<br /> Missouri House OKs Voter Photo ID Requirement</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 13:31:17 +0000 Maria Carter 12148 at http://kcur.org Veterans Affairs Scrambles To Serve Female Veterans http://kcur.org/post/veterans-affairs-scrambles-serve-female-veterans <p>Kansas City, MO – The military and the veteran's system was originally built by and for men. As recently as three years ago, only about a third of Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics offered women's care. But the VA says soon all of them -- more than 1,000 facilities -- will provide gender-specific treatment.</p> Mon, 08 Nov 2010 17:06:27 +0000 Frank Morris 7269 at http://kcur.org Veterans Affairs Scrambles To Serve Female Veterans Stand-Down to Help Women Vets http://kcur.org/post/stand-down-help-women-vets <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d194decbce9-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d194decbce9-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d194decbce9-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-930633.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – "Stand-down" is a military term for a temporary break from combat, but it can also be a temporary break for homeless veterans - a place where they can get a meal, a haircut, or medical attention. Normally these events are geared toward men, but tomorrow in Kansas City women vets will, perhaps for the first time, have a stand down of their own.</p> Fri, 22 Oct 2010 15:07:09 +0000 Frank Morris 7195 at http://kcur.org New Dimension for Vietnam Wall http://kcur.org/post/new-dimension-vietnam-wall <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d194deca90b-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d194deca90b-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d194deca90b-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-926907.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Blue Springs, MO. – Creators of "THE WALL" In Washington, D.C. honoring men and women of the Vietnam War are forming a giant collection to humanize the thousands of Americans killed. Some of the effort is linked to the traveling exhibit that takes the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial to small towns of America. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports.</p> Fri, 01 Oct 2010 06:27:55 +0000 Dan Verbeck 7117 at http://kcur.org New Dimension for Vietnam Wall Congressman Carnahan Visits VA Facility, Seeks Answers About Sterilization Problem http://kcur.org/post/congressman-carnahan-visits-va-facility-seeks-answers-about-sterilization-problem <p>St. Louis, Missouri – Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan was in St. Louis today to hear from veterans about problems with sterilization of dental equipment at the John Cochran veteran's hospital in the city, which left 1800 veterans at a low risk of contracting hepatitis B and C and HIV.</p> Thu, 08 Jul 2010 21:57:48 +0000 6806 at http://kcur.org Congressman Carnahan Visits VA Facility, Seeks Answers About Sterilization Problem Historic Datemark: Korean Conflict http://kcur.org/post/historic-datemark-korean-conflict <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d16e4965c59-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d16e4965c59-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d16e4965c59-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-908730.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Independence, MO – Sixty years ago today, President Harry Truman was in Independence, Missouri when word came that the North Koreans had invaded the South, and the cold war had become hot. Today, veterans of that war were honored in Independence.</p> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 14:18:40 +0000 Dan Verbeck 6745 at http://kcur.org Historic Datemark: Korean Conflict