VRC Scholarship Winners Announced

Trump promises huge increase in private sector care for veterans

1.7 – Military Times: (26
July, Leo Shane III, 2.1M online visitors/mo; Springfield, VA)

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening promised to triple the number
of veterans “seeing the doctor of their choice” in coming months as part of an ongoing,
ambitious reform plan at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The comments, which came at a veterans rally in Ohio, are likely to again stoke concerns
among administration critics of large-scale privatization of VA responsibilities.
At the start of the year, almost a third of all veterans’ medical appointments scheduled through
the department were with doctors working outside the VA system, in private clinics. White
House officials have previously promised an overhaul of those outside care programs in coming
months, with an eye towards sending even more patients to community physicians.
VA Secretary David Shulkin has repeatedly pushed back against concerns that those moves
amount to a dismantling of the department, and promising lawmakers repeatedly that both he
and Trump aren’t working on a large-scale shift of taxpayer funds outside the government health
care system.

But Trump on Tuesday told the assembled crowd crowd that since he took office in January,
“we have nearly doubled the number of veterans given approvals to see the doctor of their
choice.” He added that “we’re going to be tripling up very shortly.”

The comments appear to refer to the VA’s controversial Choice program, authorized by
Congress in the wake of the 2014 department wait time scandal. Usage of that program has
risen dramatically since Shulkin and Trump took office.

In an editorial in USA Today this week, Shulkin said that outside care programs for the first half
of 2017 VA was up 26 percent over the same period last year. That totals more than 18 million
veterans medical appointments being paid for outside of VA facilities.

But it falls well short of Trump’s “doubling” boast. So does the proposed fiscal 2018 budget,
which calls for a 9 percent boost in outside care funding, totaling almost $1 billion.
In his Tuesday remarks, Trump also claimed credit for modernizing VA medical records – “the
system is fixed, finally, after all of these years” – even though Shulkin in June announced only
the start of a multi-year process to integrate those records with Defense Department files.
And Trump praised the assembled veterans for their military sacrifices but added, “we haven’t
had enough victory, but we’re having it now. We’re seeing it.”

It’s unclear what military victories Trump may have been referencing with the remarks. U.S.
forces and coalition allies in the Middle East have made significant advances against Islamic
State group forces in recent months, but many of those campaigns were begun under the
previous administration.

The speech did highlight several other military and veterans accomplishments that were more

They included the passage of sweeping new accountability legislation governing VA employees,
new same-day mental health services at every VA medical center, and new public wait-times
data for every VA health facility.

“You’ve put America first every day of your lives,” Trump told the crowd. “And now we have a
VA that will truly put our veterans first.”

Semper Fi,
Ken Watterson

Four Dallas Can Academy Students Will Receive Scholarships in Honor of Local Veterans

We would like to congratulate the four recipients of $500 scholarships each, courtesy of the Veterans Resource Center.  They were presented to the young scholars during graduation ceremonies at the Dallas Can Academy-Oak Cliff on Saturday, June 10, 2017.
The scholarships will honor veterans Comer Cottrell, Air Force Veteran and businessman and Bill Solamene, retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force.
Our young scholars are all children of very proud Veterans!
​  Scholarship Reciprocates are:
William Dixon, III – Texas College, Tyler TX
Caroline Bravo Rosas – Mountain View College, Dallas TX
Alexus Shaw – Texas College, Tyler TX
Armondo Violante Faz – Mountain View College, Dallas TX

Groundbreaking Ceremony & Women Veterans Day 2017… (Jun 12, 2017)

Southern Dallas is no stranger to making history, but this year’s historical events are especially significant as the groundbreaking for the first Women Veterans’ Enterprise Center is accompanied by the first Women Veterans Day celebration, being held at the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) in southern Dallas (4900 South Lancaster Road).

This full day of activities, will kick-off at 8:00 a.m., with the official Groundbreaking Ceremony featuring an overview of the Center, testimonies from female Veteran business owners and statements of support from political, corporate and community leaders.  The Center will host the Women Veteran and Small Business Luncheon highlighting their respective contributions to their industries and their communities. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program will commence promptly at 12:00 p.m.

The day will end on a high note, with a Women Veterans Day Reception, featuring women Veteran and mainstream entertainers commemorating this first annual event in the State of Texas. Representative Neave and ten of her colleagues at the State Capitol sponsored HB 2698, which has officially passed the House and is awaiting a Senate vote. The Bill acknowledges the June 12, 1948, “Women’s Armed Services Integration Act,” which enabled women to serve as permanent, regular members of the Armed Forces. This day provides a dedicated time to educate, validate and celebrate the contribution of women Veterans in the State of Texas.

Our female Veterans have served our country with honor and now it’s time for us to serve them! You can be a part of this historic event, setting the stage for Women Veterans Day 2018, which will mark the 70th Anniversary of the, “Women’s Armed Services Integration Act.”

You don’t want to miss this day to remember as history is made in southern Dallas. Register now and get connected, then share this event on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Let’s make history together!

All my best,

VR Small, Director, Women Veterans’ Enterprise Center