Military offers many options for those in social work {Use as an Open Thread}

Ilona Meagers Book is mentioned and being used!!

For Chelsea Tanous, a sophomore social work major and member of the Army ROTC, Young's speech exemplified what she would like to do in the future.

"I've never talked to someone who's done social work in the military," said Tanous. "It's something I've only read about in books. This is what I could do potentially so it was great to hear it firsthand."

Martha Ortmann, professor of sociology at UNH, has made the social work issues of the military the forefront of her classes. She used "Moving a Nation to Care: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and America's Returning Troops" by Ilona Meagher to illustrate the need for social workers in and around the military. According to Ortmann, the need is stronger than ever.

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This is the Huffington Site and feed was working a short time ago, bunch of folks sitting around.


This is the MSNBC Video feed but can't find it on their site, nor over at the White House site.


"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable." Eagle Cam When I visited, they were feeding the little ones..

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

We saw them first-hand at the park by climbing up a blind and then followed the young ones on camera as they grew older and finally flew away. It was awsome.


OK it's about camera's and traffic tickets, that sort of thing-- But IMO many streams are needed to fill a river.

Here's the a bit of the story from the Wall Street Journal, Get the Feeling You're Being Watched? If your Drifing, You Just Might Be.

The village of Schaumburg, Ill., installed a camera at Woodfield Mall last November to film cars that were running red lights, then used the footage to issue citations. Results were astonishing. The town issued $1 million in fines in just three months.

But drivers caught by the unforgiving enforcement -- which mainly snared those who didn't come to a full stop before turning right on red -- exploded in anger. Many vowed to stop shopping at the mall unless the camera was turned off. The village stopped monitoring right turns at the intersection in January.

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Drivers -- many accusing law enforcement of using spy tactics to trap unsuspecting citizens -- are fighting back with everything from pick axes to camera-blocking Santa Clauses. They're moving beyond radar detectors and CB radios to wage their own tech war against detection, using sprays that promise to blur license numbers and Web sites that plot the cameras' locations and offer tips to beat them.




VA unsure of scope of patient contamination

Thousands of military veterans across the South are waiting to find out if they were exposed to infectious diseases by government clinics that performed colonoscopies and other procedures with equipment that wasn't properly sterilized.

Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Katie Roberts said officials are working to determine if mistakes that may have exposed patients to infections at medical centers in Tennessee and Florida and a clinic in Georgia could have also happened at other VA facilities.

"We don't know for certain," Roberts said.


The VA has now sent letters advising 3,260 patients who had colonoscopies between May 2004 and March 12 at the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System that they also should get tests for HIV, hepatitis and other infectious diseases.

Bill seeks to increase screenings for PTSD

According to a RAND Corp. study last year, one in three combat veterans will return home with PTSD, TBI or major depression so severe that it will require treatment. Last year, the Army reported 143 suicides, the highest number since the Army began keeping records in 1980.The legislation — which is expected to cost $220 million over five years — would apply to the National Guard and the Reserves, as well as to active-duty soldiers.

Veterans applaud bill for Valley hospital

WASHINGTON — Rio Grande Valley veterans on Thursday embraced a bill filed in the Senate that would create a Veterans Administration hospital in lower South Texas and eliminate the need to travel to San Antonio for care.

"If we can get this bill approved or passed, then they have to come up with the money," said Homer Gallegos, 62, of McAllen, chairman of the Veterans Alliance of the Rio Grande Valley.

The bill was filed by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. It calls on Congress to build a full service hospital in the Rio Grande Valley once it is passed and signed into law by President Barack Obama.

Cornyn said Obama co-sponsored an earlier version of the bill when he served as a senator last year.

VA will use existing technology for new GI bill benefits - For Now

The Veterans Affairs Department will rely on existing computer systems that have been enhanced to process veterans’ benefits when a new education program becomes operational Aug. 1, senior VA officials said today at hearing of the Senate Veterans Committee. VA said that a more automated system will replace the current technology in December 2010, said Stephen Warren, VA’s acting assistant secretary for the Office of Information and Technology and chief information officer.


The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SPAWAR) is developing VA’s system to process veterans’ education benefits, but it won’t be operational until December 2010, Warren said. The new system will be more automated based on business rules that have been incorporated in the technology than the current system, he said.

Besides a business rules engine, the new system will use data integration and a well-defined service-oriented architecture, he noted.

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

I found this interesting because of moves by the Administration to offer contracts to unions. As I said in a comment if we strengthen unions, the government can also set guidelines for their allowing entry to women in traditionally "male" fields such as construction. The two are not contradictory. A stronger union movement is important as a flank in the fight for jobs, wages and social welfare measures such as universal health care.


Women, minorities fear being left out of stimulus projects

An executive order that Obama signed in February "encourage(s) executive agencies to consider requiring the use of project labor agreements" on federal construction projects of $25 million or more. PLAs are collective bargaining agreements with labor unions that set the terms and conditions of employment on large construction projects. They typically make unions the bargaining representatives for workers at sites, even though 85 percent of U.S. construction workers aren't union members. They also require nonunion workers to join unions and pay membership dues for the projects' duration. Because white males dominate the membership of the skilled construction trade unions, however, jobs for minorities and women could be hard to come by on large stimulus-bill projects unless the PLAs set goals for their inclusion.