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Veterans Roundup: Liars in Ranks, a New SecDef at the Helm, and Much More

Lying in the Military is Common, Army War College Study Says
Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe), The Washington Post. A study by two Army War College professors reveals that lying is very common in the military and may actually be encouraged by the military. The study concludes that frequent demands to meet high standards and requirements may be causing Army officers to lie and sacrifice their reputations. The study suggests an era of “ethical fading” is affecting the military as a whole. –MC
Bottom line: Needless to say more than a few folks associated with the military greeted this article with disdain. It is actually an interesting and more important story than…

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Veterans Roundup: Report Recommends Abolishing Tricare, Obama Requests More Money for VA, Brian Williams in Hot Water

Army Revokes Silver Star Award for Green Beret Officer, Citing Investigation
Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe), The Washington Post. Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn was recently stripped of the Silver Star he received for actions during an attack in Afghanistan in 2010. Golsteyn was allegedly interviewing for a CIA job when information about an undisclosed violation surfaced, which led to an investigation and the revocation of his award and his Special Forces tab. Golsteyn was reassigned from 3rd Special Forces Group and is now an infantry officer. His lawyer says he is in the process of determining his future career in the military. –MC
Bottom line: It is remarkably rare for a…

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Veterans Roundup: We Made it to 200 Editions! Plus VA Construction, Whistleblowers, the SOTU, Snipers, and More

Firing Line
Eric Katz (EricM_Katz), Government Executive. The process to fire government employees is a lengthy one. Private sector workers are three times more likely to be fired than civil servants in the federal system. Employees at agencies complain management is too complacent or lazy to take on the complicated termination process so poor performers stay on the job and civil service reform is too unsexy a cause for many in Congress to touch.  –MC
Bottom line: A few years ago a study came out that showed you were more likely to die as a Federal employee than be fired because more feds passed away each year than…

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Veterans Roundup: $400,000 for Student Veteran Centers, Struggles for Female Veterans, SAV Act

Veterans Discharged for Sexual Trauma Push for VA Benefits
Emily Wax-Thibodeaux (@emily_wax), The Washington Post. Women who leave the service early because of sexual trauma sometimes find themselves ineligible for VA medical care and other military benefits. Last week, Emily Wax-Thibodeaux explored the challenges women face in these situations and the steps the VA is taking to correct wrongs like in the case of Navy Airman Apprentice Elena M. Giordano, who was granted service-connected disability compensation after nine years. –MC
Bottom line: Emily Wax-Thibodeaux continues to carve out a reporting niche focused on female veterans, building on her December article on the VA’s efforts to adapt to the growing…

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Veterans Roundup: Report Says Veterans’ Volunteer Service Leads to Better Jobs, SecVA talks to MilTimes

McDonald: ‘VA Can’t Do Its Job By Itself’
Leo Shane (@LeoShane), Military Times. In an exclusive sit-down with Leo, VA Secretary Bob McDonald said that the VA is making progress in reform, despite recent criticism that it is moving too slowly. He noted that he welcomes advocates’ criticisms because the VA cannot solve all of its issues alone. To aid in his reforms, McDonald is also bringing in business and academic leaders to assist throughout the large-scale changes and to ensure that things are “done the right way.” –MC
Bottom line: In response to the many voices saying he is not moving fast enough, VA Secretary McDonald said his aggressive…

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