Military Minute

6.19.14
If you're a veteran and are enrolled in the VA Healthcare System, you might consider shopping your Military Exchane online. As with shopping in person, there is no tax added to your purchase. Items include clothing, shoes, health and beauty, electronics, books and more. Items that are eligible for APO/FPO shipping are indicated. You can also sign-up for their e-newsletter to receive news of special deals and to receive coupons to use online. To register, google keyword vacanteen and click on the contact us link on the website. # Air Force Airman Brandon R. Sutton graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Clara L. and step-son of Jimmy D. Bailey of San Angelo, grandson of Raymond and Cindy Sutton of Sweetwater and nephew of Linda Sutton and Penny Figuroa of Sweetwater. He is a 2013 graduate of Wallace High School in Colorado City.

6.19.14
In the wake of the Phoenix VA service scandal, a national audit of VA clinics and medical centers was ordered, including Abilene and Big Spring VA Medical Center, who reportedly was tagged for further review. The initial assessment of sites requiring further review is based on a review of qualitative responses by front-line staff to questions and comments contained in site audit reports. The VA reports that the listing of these sites is a preliminary step, and further actions will be taken after the determination of the extent of issues related to scheduling and access management. In a 50 page report, you can read about the auditors findings. The data is basically collective, not necessarily individualized. Acting Secretary of VA Affairs Sloan Gibson has directed all VA Medical Center and Health Care System Directors to conduct monthly in-person reviews of scheduling practices in every clinic within their jurisdiction. You can access the complete report at va.gov.