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Vets, it’s time to speak out

As Veterans Day approaches, we might note that a lot of feds who read and use our publications are also vets. If you are one of them, you also follow blogs, or you wouldn’t be here.

So this one is for you—the Department of Veterans Affairs has just launched a blog in time for Veterans Day called VAntage Point.

The blog will be edited by VA’s director of new media, and will include two main features—articles written each day by VA staff, and guest pieces (essentially letters to the editor) submitted by “other stakeholders,” including employees and people like you. Readers can comment on all articles.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki says that “instead of waiting for veterans to find us, we’re going to seek them out where they already are—which is, increasingly, online.” VA hopes to pull together input from a wide range of people who have a vested interest in the agency, including Post-9/11 GI Bill students, veterans service organization reps, VA medical staff and others.

VA promises that submissions “will be considered for publication based on their rationale and reasoned points—not on how closely their views align with those of the department.”

So—if you fought to defend the right to free speech, it may be your turn now to speak out.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Nov 09, 2010 at 4:02 PM


Reader comments

Wed, Jun 29, 2011

I agree with John of Dallas,more needs to be done for those of us who "do" make it back in one piece! Why should a soldiers injury be rewarded with more benefits and a non-injured soldier,who served as well, get little to nothing? i also have a problem with the Government in how most Citizen / Soldiers, who are activated for war and are not compensated on both jobs for time away,currently, the Federal Agency that employs me,holds only my position, benefits,pay and leave are not accrued while I fight for our liberties...this is WRONG! Sharon of Fort Worth,TX

Fri, Nov 12, 2010 John Dallas, TX

I joined the Air Force just after I graduated from High School and I am proud to have served 10 years active duty. I am only sad that with the amount of time that I spent in the service since I got out with an Honorable discharge I don't have benefits like those who get out with a disibality. I served during the Grenada conflict and also served in Korea which is still an active war zone. I think that the government needs to really look hard at how benefits are dished out.

Wed, Nov 10, 2010 Devon Kinkead Carson city, Nv.

I served the U.S. Army for three years at Ft. Polk. I was discharged after damaging my knees and am now a 30% veteran. I have recently became a civil servant and and will serve as long as my country will have me. Proud to be an american, Proud to ba a veteran, Hooah!!!

Wed, Nov 10, 2010 Mark Strazzinski Litchfield, MN

I wish the VA would work with the government and change the hiring practice requiring veterans to join Federal Law Enforcement agencies before they turn 39. It's incredible that one day I could be serving along side civilian federal agents and the day I retire I'm no longer qualified because I'm too old. The educational requirement should be a bachelors degree or x years of experience. I guess the message to today's veterans is to concentrate on your employability after your military career and service to your country is second.

Wed, Nov 10, 2010 Elna E. Black Boise, ID

Proud to have served. I served from 1973 to 1986, was part of the Women's Army Corp until it was disbanded. I was headed for retirement, but I was discharged because of weight. I was able to go into the Federal Civilian Service and now I have almost 35 years toward retirement. Being a Veteran and serving our country was well worth the effort.

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