department of military and veterans affairs http://michiganradio.org en Unraveling the mysteries of the GI Bill, Coast Guard and EPA http://michiganradio.org/post/unraveling-mysteries-gi-bill-coast-guard-and-epa <p><strong>Update 10:30 p.m.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The showed has already aired on Michigan Radio. If you missed it, you can catch it again&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/120268-reveal-pilot-3" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>here</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Original post- 11:30 a.m.</span></strong></p><p>Who’s really benefiting from the GI Bill? Why does the U.S. Coast Guard have some explaining to do? How much arsenic in our water is actually safe? There’s always more to the story.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Reveal,” the radio show dedicated to investigative reporting, is back. Brought to you by </span><a href="http://cironline.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Center for Investigative Reporting</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><a href="http://www.prx.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">PRX</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the third pilot episode examines the value of a degree from a for-profit colleges reaping millions of dollars from GI Bill funds, explores the Coast Guard’s shaky safety record, exposes the backroom deals over arsenic in our water and delves into the secrecy around lethal injection drugs.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Catch Reveal tonight on Michigan Radio at 7 p.m.!</strong></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Here’s a rundown of the stories you’ll hear:</strong></em></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 02:30:00 +0000 Reveal Radio 18194 at http://michiganradio.org Unraveling the mysteries of the GI Bill, Coast Guard and EPA For some aging vets, PTSD triggered late in life http://michiganradio.org/post/some-aging-vets-ptsd-triggered-late-life <iframe width="100%" height="150" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143754915&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe><p></p><p>There’s still so much we don’t understand about war vets and PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.&nbsp;</p><p>Why some experience it, but so many others don’t.&nbsp;</p><p>Why one vet can have symptoms right away, while another can be fine for years.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:39:50 +0000 Kate Wells 17148 at http://michiganradio.org For some aging vets, PTSD triggered late in life Experts say programs for veterans' mental health aren't working http://michiganradio.org/post/experts-say-programs-veterans-mental-health-arent-working <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Let's continue our look at military veterans in Michigan. Yesterday on the show, we talked about the disconnect between saying that we want to help veterans and actually putting policy into place that does that.</span></p><p>Today, we turned our focus to mental health.</p><p>Data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates about 22 vets a day are committing suicide.</p><p>And it's estimated one in five veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.</p><p>There are dozens of programs the military has set up to help treat the mental illnesses and troubles vets are suffering.</p><p>But a panel of experts studied programs from the U.S. Department of Defense and came to a very unsettling conclusion: There is no evidence these programs actually work.</p><p>The report shows the programs were not created from evidence-based research, and do not have an evaluation process to see if they are effective or not.</p><p>Kenneth Warner chaired the research panel. He's also in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:38:58 +0000 Stateside Staff 16715 at http://michiganradio.org Experts say programs for veterans' mental health aren't working Michigan is last when it comes to per-capita spending for veterans http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-last-when-it-comes-capita-spending-veterans <p>There is no shortage of attention showered upon our veterans. A true bipartisan show of support happened during the State of the Union speech, when President Obama singled out wounded Army Ranger Cory Remsburg for a standing ovation.</p><p>We stand up to offer ovations, we wave flags, we cheer our vets, but what are we really offering them in terms of support?</p><p>When it comes to per-capita spending for veterans, Michigan is last in the nation.</p><p>What should we be doing for the 700,000 military veterans who call Michigan home?</p><p>Kristin Hass joined us today. She’s the American Culture Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan. And she’s the author of "Sacrificing Soldiers: New War Memorials on the National Mall."</p><p><em>*Listen to our interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:20:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 16690 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan is last when it comes to per-capita spending for veterans Veterans Day celebrated in Flint this morning http://michiganradio.org/post/veterans-day-celebrated-flint-morning <p>It's Veterans Day, and all across Michigan, small ceremonies are taking place honoring the nation's military veterans.</p><p>A light rain fell in Flint as a small ceremony was held at 11 a.m.</p><p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day">Veterans Day</a> has it's roots in the Armistice that ended World War I. Under the terms of the armistice, that war ended at <a href="http://blog.usni.org/2009/11/11/the-11th-hour-of-the-11th-day-of-the-11th-month-when-the-guns-fell-silent">"The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month."</a></p><p>Vietnam era veteran Raul Garcia told the small group assembled in front of Flint city hall of his pride of being part of a military family.</p><p>"To me, it's just a great pride to wear this uniform knowing that we are the greatest nation around," Garcia said.&nbsp;</p><p>There are more than 650,000 military veterans in Michigan.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:59:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 15221 at http://michiganradio.org Veterans Day celebrated in Flint this morning Helping Michigan's veterans get the benefits they've earned http://michiganradio.org/post/helping-michigans-veterans-get-benefits-theyve-earned <p>This Veterans Day, Michigan has <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/11/michigan_ranks_last_among_stat.html">the dubious distinction</a> of having its military veterans among those receiving the least government benefits of any in the 50 states.</p><p>Michigan’s more than 650 thousand veterans get about $3,400 on average in benefits compared with a national average of nearly five thousand dollars a year.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:53:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15195 at http://michiganradio.org Helping Michigan's veterans get the benefits they've earned In Michigan, sharp increase in opiate prescriptions to veterans http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-sharp-increase-opiate-prescriptions-veterans <p>The Department of Veteran Affairs may be overprescribing opiates to veterans &mdash; and in some cases, prescribing to those with known opiate addictions.</p><p>An investigative report from <a href="http://cironline.org/node/5261">PRX and the Center for Investigative Reporting</a> revealed that the VA agency &ldquo;has issued more than one opiate prescription per patient, on average, for the past two years.&rdquo;</p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:17:54 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14663 at http://michiganradio.org In Michigan, sharp increase in opiate prescriptions to veterans Democrats want investigation into quality of care for veterans after worker privatization http://michiganradio.org/post/democrats-want-investigation-quality-care-veterans-after-worker-privatization <p><strong>Update 4p.m.</strong></p><p>The home’s administrator Sara Dunne says the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs just completed an annual inspection of the home in April. “They will not leave the homes if they feel there’s sub-standard being provided,” Dunne said.</p><p>There is no abuse and neglect going on at the home,” Dunne said, “There’s very strong language of what abuse and neglect is in long term care and there have been no instances of that at all.”</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:35:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13299 at http://michiganradio.org Democrats want investigation into quality of care for veterans after worker privatization