veterans en RI Veterans Given Help Finding Work <p>Operation Stand Down Rhode Island has received a $225,000 dollar grant from the Homeless Veteran's Reintegration Program to help provide local veterans with job placements and career counseling.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>Operation Stand Down Rhode Island's Executive Director Erik Wallin says the Rhode Island National Guard has a very high redeployment rate and soldiers often have trouble holding on to their jobs.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:22:16 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 36064 at Several Veterans Bills Make It Through The RI General Assembly <p>Several veteran-related bills made it through the General Assembly and are on their way to the governor’s desk. One of those bills gives disabled veterans waivers for classes at state colleges and universities.</p><p></p><p>Another bill lets honorably discharged veterans and National Guard reservists transfer skills they’ve learned during their service to fulfill requirements for trade apprenticeships.</p><p>Lawmakers also passed a resolution urging employers to give veterans who work for them time off on Veteran’s Day.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:16:45 +0000 Catherine Welch 35631 at Several Veterans Bills Make It Through The RI General Assembly VA Audit: Providence VA Has Some Of Longest Wait Times <p>An audit released by the VA finds patients at the Providence VA Medical Center have some of the longest average waits in the nation to receive primary care. The Providence VA said that’s due to staff who retired and an increase in patients at its clinic in Hyannis, MA.</p><p></p><p></p><p>New patients receiving their first primary care appointments waited an average of about 74 days, according to the VA audit. Only seven other facilities across the country had longer waits.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:18:36 +0000 Catherine Welch 34904 at VA Audit: Providence VA Has Some Of Longest Wait Times Sen. Reed: Congress Needs To Help Fix VA’s Problems <p>Sen. Jack Reed is calling on Congress to address the systemic challenges plaguing the VA healthcare system.</p><p>Reed made the statement just hours after Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amid a growing cover up of long wait times for healthcare. Reed said the next secretary needs to start the job with a top to bottom review of what’s causing the backlog.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 19:14:29 +0000 Catherine Welch 34431 at Sen. Reed: Congress Needs To Help Fix VA’s Problems Providence VA Audited Friday; Auditors Find No Scheduling Irregularities <p>The Department of Veterans Affairs has conducted audits of medical centers around the country after allegations emerged that some centers had concealed appointment wait times. The Providence VA was audited on Friday last week.&nbsp;</p><p>U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki ordered the audits to uncover any other scheduling problems or misconduct. Providence VA spokeswoman Leslie Pierson says auditors spent all day Friday interviewing staff about scheduling practices.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 20:22:43 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 33819 at Pawtucket Remembers A Veteran's Sacrifice <p>There were wreath-laying ceremonies and parades all over Rhode Island Monday in honor of Veterans Day. But perhaps none was more poignant than one in Pawtucket.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>About 200 people gathered in Pawtucket’s Slater Park for the dedication of a granite monument in memory of Army Specialist Dennis Poulin. Poulin, a native of Pawtucket, died in Afghanistan two-and-a-half years ago as the result of a rollover accident. He was 26.&nbsp; His mother, Doris Poulin, said she’s overwhelmed by the honor bestowed on her son.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:09:46 +0000 Flo Jonic 24673 at Pawtucket Remembers A Veteran's Sacrifice More Veterans Enrolling at RIC <p></p><p></p><p>Rhode Island College has seen a nearly 60 percent increase in the number of veterans on campus since 2009.</p><p>RIC has taken steps to better serve veterans, including opening a Veterans’ Resource Center, which helps connect veterans to a wide variety of services, including federal and state tuition assistance.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:51:31 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 24608 at More Veterans Enrolling at RIC A Growing Number of RI’s Homeless Population Is Elderly <p>A new report finds Rhode Island’s aging homeless population is growing rapidly.&nbsp; According to Crossroads Rhode Island, the number of aging homeless adults increased 34 percent between 2010 and 2012, whereas total homelessness increased only ten percent.&nbsp;</p><p>Terry Jones has been off the streets for six years but he still pinches himself over his good fortune. Jones, who’s 71-years-old, is a resident of the Harold Lewis House in West Warwick, a home providing single or twin occupancy rooms for disabled, aging homeless adults.</p><p></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 18:15:37 +0000 Flo Jonic 24267 at A Growing Number of RI’s Homeless Population Is Elderly Vets.RI.Gov: One-Stop-Shopping for RI Veterans <p>Rhode Island has unveiled a new, one-stop-shopping <a href="">web site </a>for veterans.</p><p>The new site brings together links and information about the range of services Rhode Island and the federal government offer veterans. From the home page, veterans can find links to Rhode Island college tuition programs, sign up for state and federal benefits, and even locate a service member’s grave.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 17:18:56 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 13493 at House discusses K-9 veterans' day <p></p><p style="margin-left:-.25in;">Since World War II, thousands of dogs have served the USA, though their contributions often go unnoticed. Yesterday, the Rhode Island House Veterans’ Affairs Committee considered a bill to set March 13<sup>th</sup> as a state-wide holiday, “K-9 Veterans’ Day.”</p><p style="margin-left:-.25in;">Ron Aiello, President of the United States War Dogs Association, says in the past 10 years, there have been approximately 600 to 700 dog teams in the Middle East at any one time.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 18:37:10 +0000 Jehane Samaha 9965 at House discusses K-9 veterans' day