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USA TODAY — The Department of Veterans Affairs has seemingly lurched in recent years from crisis to crisis, from veterans dying waiting for care in Phoenix and suffering missed diagnoses in Oklahoma to surgery failures in Memphis and Washington, D.C., to name only a few. Now, a cadre of monitors clustered deep within the VA headquarters in Washington is trying to upend that trend. They are stationed in a new “healthcare improvement center,” which tracks problems at VA hospitals across the country and dispatches help to fix them — ideally before they turn into crises.
MILITARY TIMES — The military exchanges have been ramping up their stock and shoring up their websites’ capability as they prepare to launch the Veterans Online Shopping Benefit on Nov. 11, potentially opening up their online, tax-free stores to millions of new customers.
REDDING RECORD SEARCHLIGHT — A big part of the Veterans Day ceremonies planned for Nov. 11 is taking shape in a metal fabricating shop south of Redding. Amid the industrial furniture of hammers, pipes, vices, air hoses and scraps of metal, there is a polished aluminum globe that will be a centerpiece to the day’s events.
MILITARY TIMES — White House officials on Wednesday declared November as National Veterans and Military Families Month, calling it citizens’ “patriotic duty” to honor their sacrifices for more than just a day.
ABC 7 NEWS — The American flag was raised Friday at the future site of the Southern California Veterans Memorial Park, which will be the first veterans cemetery in Orange County.
HABITAT RIVERSIDE — On the morning of October 19th, 2017, Habitat for Humanity Riverside’s project in partnership with the California Department of Veteran Affairs (CalVet) to build 26 homes for veterans and their families, was celebrated with a public groundbreaking ceremony that took place on the five acres of land at the end of Amarillo Street in Jurupa Valley where the homes will be built.