Stories for May 2005

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Monday, May 16

War effort must be considered in base closures

We have a responsibility to provide our fighting men and women what they need to do their jobs just as we have a responsibility to provide veterans accessible health care.

This year's political battle over military base closures is far more complicated _ and important _ than in recent years. This nation is at war.It's for that reason that the impact of base closings has to be looked at with national security and the ability

Sunday, May 8

VA must be ready to care for veterans

Unfortunately, VA officials are using unrealistic numbers to project the need for medical services in the future. Our government must do better. This nation has an obligation to its veterans.

Last week was supposed to be an opportunity to gaze into the crystal ball and see the future of health care for veterans living in Southeastern Washington, Northeastern Oregon and Central Idaho.Unfortunately, the crystal ball was so smudged it was impossi

Thursday, May 5

VA panel: Forecast doesn't add up

Members of a group studying the local hospital's future say the VA's central office based projections of local needs on old data that likely overlooked crucial information.

U.S. Army veteran, on the possibility of a reduction in services at Walla Walla's VAAn analysis of health-care demands predicts fewer veterans living in the Walla Walla area over the next two decades.

Sunday, May 1

VA panel adds another local member

Leo Stewart will represent the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

The Local Advisory Panel will have one more member than originally expected when the group meets this week.Although 10 members initially comprised the federally appointed panel, efforts to lobby for more local representation procured another seat at the t

Panel to begin probe of VA

The federal group chosen to study options at the local VA hospital will have its first public meeting this week.

If a year with no mission change at Walla Walla's veterans hospital has given anyone a feeling of security about the facility, it has had the exact opposite effect on Ron Fry.If anything, the past state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has more c