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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama man says he has completed his quest to mow lawns for veterans in all 50 states.

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This week the Department of Veterans Affairs rolls out a major overhaul of how the nation’s veterans receive private healthcare through the VA. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie has previously committed to expanding VA services and says the new prorgam is "not libertarian VA."

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie wants to bring the VA into the 21st Century. Secretary Wilkie told Hawaii Public Radio that he wants to modernize the VA’s aging computer systems that deal with everything from hospital administration to college tuition payments. The department was recently in the spotlight for underpaying veterans using the G.I. Bill.

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Since 2011 more than 700,000 veterans nationwide have donated their genetic information to help the Department of Veterans Affairs research the origins of disease and find new treatments. It’s called the Million Veteran Program. In 2015 MVP became the largest human genomic database in the world.

The Conversation: Friday, November 24th, 2017

Nov 24, 2017
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Black Friday Retail; Hearing Loss in Veterans; Benefits of a Gap Year; Marine Corps Holiday Concert

Nathan Fitch

This coming Veterans’ Day, we will likely hear stories of service from those who have been to the frontlines of war. As America honors those who served in the U.S. military, the conversation also centers on how the U.S. can serve its veterans.  HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi shares the story of an often overlooked group of veterans who are hoping the country they served will return that obligation.

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Flickr / Presidio of Monterey: DLIFLC & USAG

A bill to award Filipino World War II veterans with the nation’s highest civilian honor is one step closer to becoming a reality.

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Kathy Swendiman / Flickr

Health care access just got more convenient for veterans living on the Leeward coast of O‘ahu.  The Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center has started a care partnership with the Veterans Choice Program.

Vet Aid '16 Conducted on O'ahu

May 23, 2016
Wayne Yoshioka

There are more than a dozen Veteran service organizations in Hawai’i that provide government and non-profit assistance.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, some of these veterans are finding it hard to get help from the VA. 

One Veteran Still Fighting for Medical Treatments

Nov 12, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

A number of ceremonies were conducted today to honor more than 120,000 military veterans living in Hawai’i.  But many of these veterans are having a tough time obtaining the medical care they earned and are entitled to.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports on one case.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i government and social service partners have adopted the national goal to end homelessness for veterans on O’ahu by the end of this year.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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  Here in Hawai‘i, we’ve got a lot of veterans to celebrate.  Military veterans comprise over eleven percent of the population.  Overall, their unemployment rate is about the same as other residents though experts think younger vets, 18-24 match the national average of over twenty percent unemployed.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa looks at challenges and and one veteran’s journey to success.

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flickr / reptulsigabbard

  Health care for military veterans is a continuing issue: both nationally and here in Hawaii.  A report out on Monday shows veterans in the state have the longest wait in the nation to get their first appointment with a primary care physician. Last week, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard stopped in several locations around the state to get the perspective of local vets. HPR’s Sherry Bracken spoke with Gabbard when she was in Kona.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Today, on Veterans’ Day, we recognize the 110 thousand veterans in Hawai’i.  Most are living happy productive lives, but service providers here say housing is the biggest challenge.  The U.S. Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, Eric Shinseki, has set a goal of ending homelessness among veterans by 2015, so HPR’s Noe Tanigawa attended a recent gathering to find out more about the issue. 

For information on resources for veterans:

http://www.va.gov/

http://www.usvetsinc.org/

Molokai Veterans Center Finally Sees End in Sight

Jun 10, 2013
Catherine Cluett
Catherine Cluett

Seven years after Molokai veterans began the process to construct a veterans center, the building is finally nearing completion. But the group is far from celebrating. Catherine Cluett has more from The Molokai Dispatch.