The morning veterans news report for Thursday, July 17:
Researchers say veterans waiting longer for cancer care (CNN)
One Vietnam veteran had a pathology report found that a growth on his neck was “concerning” for cancer. The recommendation: “total excision,” meaning surgical removal. But the tumor wasn’t removed until October 22, more than 2½ months later.
New VA chief says agency has lost trust of veterans
“As a consequence of all these failures, the trust that is the foundation of all we do — the trust of the veterans we serve and the trust of the American people and their elected representatives — has eroded,” Sloan Gibson told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
New wildlife area honors Minnesota veterans (St. Cloud Times)
The 604-acre site in Stearns and Wright counties will be set aside permanently for both veterans and the general public.
Commentary: Protecting the care of our veterans (Roll Call)
We must acknowledge that our wounded warriors suffer from both physical and psychological wounds, due to the burden of multiple deployments during two wars over more than a decade.
Veterans hopeful in a much-improved job market (Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)
Recently returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are particularly attractive to employers.
VA needs $17.6 billion to clear wait times crisis, acting chief says (Chicago Tribune)
Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson told senators that without additional resources to buy private care and increase internal capacity, “the wait times just get longer” as more veterans return from wars, get older and turn to VA for healthcare.
Michelle Obama talks veterans’ jobs and homes — but not healthcare (Los Angeles Times)
The First Lady encouraged business leaders to seek out veterans for job openings and to understand that their military roles give them training that can be applied to domestic jobs.