Officials with Atlanta’s VA hospital say they are cutting wait times for appointments and adding staff, in response to system-wide allegations over the past year that veterans died while waiting for care.
A veterans group is spending this Memorial Day weekend marching to raise awareness of suicide and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Around a dozen members of the group Active Heroes will take turns carrying heavy rucksacks along a 120-mile route. U.S. Army Capt. David Goodell of Richmond Hill is one of the organizers. He says participants will carry heavy rucksacks to symbolize the pain felt by veterans who’ve taken their own lives, and the families left behind.
The Augusta Warrior Project is having such great results helping veterans that it’s getting national recognition. The number of homeless vets in Augusta and Aiken, South Carolina has dropped from 195 to six. The Project has also helped 185 vets find jobs. The National Wounded Warrior Project will work to help spread the model across the country.
Missteps and gaps in care that led to the suicides of three military veterans were at the center of a hearing Wednesday in Atlanta. Veterans told of indifferent caregivers and long waits for appointments at the Atlanta Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Decatur. Two officials have since retired and several others have been reassigned.
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson will lead a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee field hearing Wednesday about problems at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. He wants the public to hear how the Department of Veterans Affairs is correcting those issues, which were linked to the suicides of three mental health patients.
A million dollars is flowing into north Georgia to help veterans avoid becoming homeless or find a place to live if they are. Two Georgia nonprofits are partnering to serve at least 400 veterans and their families in 16 counties stretching from Rome to Athens.
Three polls have seen a change in the top spot in the latest Georgia high school volleyball rankings. After a strong week, Whitewater takes over the Class AAAAA No. 1 spot, pushing previously top-ranked Pope down to No. 2.