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The facilities, located in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan, are installing six different types of real-time location systems, as well as passive RFID tags and other auto-ID technologies, with all data managed by Intelligent InSites software on a single platform.

Aug 6, 2012—The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently in the process of installing a real-time location system (RTLS) at all seven of its hospitals in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. The VA's intention is to improve staff efficiencies, and thereby provide better medical care to veteran patients.

The VA's health-care system is divided geographically into 21 regions, known as Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs), with Indiana, Illinois and Michigan comprising VISN 11. The RTLS solution involving the seven VISN 11 hospitals is being implemented by Hewlett-Packard (HP) Enterprise Services, with a variety of hardware vendors providing real-time location and temperature data. Intelligent InSites' enterprise-wide RTLS software provides a single user interface for the applications, by managing data culled from all of the individual systems.

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The installation is being called the largest such RTLS installation to date, the agency reports. Once completed, it will include 25,000 active RTLS tags, 94,000 passive RFID tags, and 2,000 wireless temperature and humidity sensors, and will cover a combined total of approximately 4.5 million square feet. The system also includes bar codes etched on 255,000 surgical instruments, as well as passive RFID tags for the 63,000 cardiac catheterization lab supplies consumed annually by the seven hospitals. Read data regarding all of these items will be transmitted to the Intelligent InSites software residing on VISN 11's network, thereby enabling hospital employees not only to locate items or identify temperature changes in real time, but also to run reports and conduct analyses regarding assets, inventory levels and location details. In addition, the solution automates workflows and alerts based on real-time data. For instance, an alert could be triggered in the event that a temperature rose or dropped out of range, or if a dirty infusion pump was moved into a clean storage closet.

"Our goal is to improve the care we provide to veterans," says Michael McDonald, VISN 11 biomedical engineering point-of-care (POC) chief. In considering RTLS solutions, he adds, "Our driving factor was the frustrations [from staff] in finding the right equipment at the right time."

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As of this writing we still do NOT have an approved parade route.   We were assured, at last night's MDVC meeting that the Detroit City Council...

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Veterans Day Weekend 2012 - There are a vast number of places offering discounts on meals, tires, sub sandwiches, you name it, there might be a discou...

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PHOTO: In a Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 photo, Pinckney American Legion Legionaires, from left, Dave Ryder, Bob Adams (behind chair), Jim Wallace and 2nd Vice Commander Jim Chapple load a donated motorized wheelchair onto a truck to be transported from the Pinckney American Legion Post 419 in Hamburg Township, Mich., to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. (AP Photo/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, Gillis Benedict) NO SALES

In a Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 photo, Pinckney American Legion Legionaires, from left, Dave Ryder, Bob Adams (behind chair), Jim Wallace and 2nd Vice Commander Jim Chapple load a donated motorized wheelchair onto a truck to be transported from the Pinckney American Legion Post 419 in Hamburg Township, Mich., to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. (AP Photo/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, Gillis Benedict)

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The Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency is amongst several Michigan groups to share $2.18M in federal grants to aid homeless and at-risk veterans.  The Wyandotte organization has received nearly $600,000 to continue its programs of helping homeless and at-risk veterans.

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced Tuesday that over $2 million was being awarded to Michigan organizations as part of the federal Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. The homeless prevention grants are earmarked to help more than 800 Michigan veterans and their families.

Under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, nearly $100 million in grants were awarded nationwide to private nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income veteran families living in, or transitioning to, permanent housing. The organizations provide a range of services that promote housing stability among eligible veterans.


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Cobo Center provides motorized scooters on a first-come, first-served basis for people with disabilities. Advance reservations are accepted by Cobo Hospitality at (313) 877-8290. Each scooter is $50 per day. Valid driver’s license and signed rental agreement required with each reservation.

  • VA for Vets Hiring Fair - on-spot job opportunities and interviews, career search classes, one-on-one counseling.
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  • Attendees will have the opportunity to:
  • Connect with decision makers from federal agencies
  • Expand knowledge through traning and business requirement sessions
  • Gain visibility in the expo hall
  • Leverage the VetGovPartner networking platform for online and onsite networking
  • Enroll in VA benefits at the Veteran Open House
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  • AGENDA AT-A-GLANCE

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Cheryl Roland,  Executive Director of University Relations shares in the WMU News that three schools were chosen to jointly host Michigan's only VetSuccess on Campus site.

KALAMAZOO--Veterans transitioning to college life will be able to tap an array of new services to help them succeed, thanks to a decision by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to locate a VetSuccess on Campus program in southwest Michigan.

Speaking at Western Michigan University, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton announced today that the VA has selected WMU, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Kellogg Community College to jointly host a VetSuccess on Campus site--one of only 12 in the nation and the only one in Michigan. The program is geared to providing the kind of supportive campus environment required to meet the veterans' unique needs and challenges.

Combined, the three schools now serve about 1,000 veterans. Securing the new program, which has been a yearlong effort, will enhance the ability of the schools to serve additional veterans and help the VA identify and reach out to veterans who may not be using the full range of benefits for which they are eligible.

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Bryan L. Bommersbach of Kalamazoo, anthropology major who earned the Air Force Achievement Medal for his efforts during the conflict in Kosovo in 1999 and was also a recipient of aUniversity Presidential Scholar.  Each year, faculty members from across the University select the most outstanding senior in their various academic schools, departments and programs to represent their units as a WMU Presidential Scholar.

Forty-six students in total were recognized as Western Michigan University's top seniors for 2012 during the 32nd annual Presidential Scholars Convocation March 22 on campus in the Fetzer Center.

The designation is the highest academic honor that WMU can bestow on its undergraduates. Selection is based on the students' general academic excellence, academic and/or artistic excellence in their majors, and intellectual and/or artistic promise.

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Student Veteran groups are taking a closer look at colleges and Universities across the country.  Daniel Cook, student Veteran at University of Michigan says, "Some colleges claim they support Veterans, but that may not actually be the case."  Cook goes on to share that one student veteran group with 417 chapters across the country has suspended a number of colleges, because they failed to provide Veteran friendly services.  

Cook is referring to the Student Veterans Association, which has 417 campus chapters, said it would not name the schools while the investigation is underway.   The group is suspending chapters at 40 colleges, saying it's concerned the colleges were not genuine in their efforts to appeal to veteran students who carry lucrative government tuition benefits.

The Associated Press reported last week on concerns about the credibility of "military friendly" and "veterans friendly" college rankings and the role they play in the aggressive recruiting battle among colleges — both traditional and for-profit — for veterans.

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The following are the Top 5 Education Benefits available to military servicemembers to help eliminate the issues of time and money:

These 5 benefits will help you reach your goals and achieve your full potential, but only if you are smart enough to use them!

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Veterans Upward Bound is a free U.S. Department of Education program designed to help you refresh your academic skills and give you the confidence you need to successfully complete your choice of college degrees.

Michigan Veterans that want to go back to school and would like  a free refresher program to help knock the rust off of your skills, contact the veteran-friendly staff at a VUB program near you. The Michigan VUB  program coordinator is listed at the end of this article.  Veterans are not required to attend the University where the VUB is housed. 

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April 2012 Michigan Veteran Employment Newsletter

  • New VRAP GI Bill for Unemployed Vets
  • Veterans' Housing Program In Muskegon County Gets Grant Assistance
  • Macomb County Veterans' Court Will Offer Treatment, Mentoring For Offender
  • Wayne State Starts "Wounded Warriors" Scholarship
  • Vets Groups: Job Protections Must Be Expanded.
  • Maybe even another 50 years Committees working to fight proposed VA changes
  • New Online Tools for Job Seekers
  • Shipmates to Workmates
  • Hiring of Veterans Increases
  • Report Looks at VA  Reforms
  • DoD Priority Job Placement for Vets
  • Benefits for the Involuntarily Separated
  • Lejeuene Resident Receives Disability
  • Artifact recoveries on Civil War shipwreck in time for anniversary

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Michigan Veteran Housing Programs

Grand Rapids Home for Veterans
All members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have been honorably discharged and served not less than 90 days during a designated wartime period (i.e., First World War - April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918, [to April 1920 if served in Russia]; Second World War - December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946; Korean Conflict, Cold War, Vietnam war - beginning September 2, 1945, through December 26, 1991; or Persian Gulf War August 2, 1990, to present) may apply for admission to said facilities.

D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans
The primary mission of the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans is to restore health and maintain existing functions, enabling residents the opportunity to enjoy their remaining years to the fullest. 

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Michigan Education and Financial Assistance Benefits

Tuition Grant Procedure Brief
Michigan provides an annual undergraduate tuition grant of up to $2,800 for the eligible children of certain deceased military personnel or totally and permanently disabled veterans. The Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority administers the program.

Visit the Michigan Department of Veterans Services website for contact information and benefits assistance.

Emergency Grants
Temporary assistance granted by the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF) for emergencies or hardships is available to eligible wartime veterans, and their families, residing in the state. Under the authority of Public Act 9 of 1946 (as amended), the MVTF cannot provide assistance for long-term problems or chronic financial difficulties. Those eligible for the MVTF temporary grant program must apply through the MVTF county committee serving their county of residence. All applications are investigated, deliberated, and decided in confidence. Any applicant may request a personal hearing before the county committee at the meeting when his/her application is considered. If the county committee denies an application every applicant has the right to appeal that decision to the MVTF Board of Trustees (with the opportunity to appear before the board to present information and answer questions.) The MVTF does not provide loans under the temporary assistance program.

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The Oakland Community College Student Veterans’ of America organization (OCCSVA) will hold a grand opening celebration of its new Resource Center at OCC’s Auburn Hills Campus.   Veterans from the community are invited to attend the free, public event that will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the campus’ Student Center, Room G240.

Guest speaker is retired Maj. Gen. Robert W. Smith, director of the State of Michigan Veterans’ Services Division.  Smith will speak about how his organization helps vets become more employment- and school-ready, and eases their reintegration into civilian society.

 “I thank OCC for establishing a center like this that is vet-friendly, helps them succeed, enables them to bond, and makes their educational experience even more positive” Smith said.

Representatives of other veterans’ organizations will be on hand to provide information on additional resources.

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U.S. Veteran hunter in wheel chair with friend.LANSING, MI – State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-White River Township has introduced legislation that would provide free fishing and hunting licenses to disabled Veterans in Michigan. 

The committee on Natural Resources, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee voted unanimously to approve the bill and has sent it forward to the full House for consideration.

Currently, Veterans who are 100 percent disabled can purchase hunting and fishing licenses at a 60 percent discount. If HB 5292 is passed, these veterans would be able to obtain licenses free of charge.  According to U.S. Census data from 2010, about 16,100 veterans living in Michigan were classified as 70 percent disabled or higher.

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 Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) are medical examination forms used to capture essential information for evaluating disability compensation and/or pension claims.

With Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) Veterans now have more control over the disability claims process. Veterans have the option of visiting a private health care provider instead of a VA facility to complete their disability evaluation form.  Veterans can have their providers fill out any of the more than 70 DBQs that are appropriate for their conditions and submit them to us. It’s that easy!

Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) are downloadable forms for Veterans to use in the disability evaluation process.  DBQs can help speed the processing of compensation and pension claims.

DBQs allow Veterans and Servicemembers to have more control over their disability claims process by giving them the option of completing an examination with their own healthcare provider instead of at a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility.

DBQs enable private healthcare providers to capture important information needed by VA to accurately evaluate and promptly decide Veterans’ claims for benefits.

More than 70 DBQs are available that use check boxes and standardized language to streamline the process.  DBQs average about five pages in length.  Veterans are responsible for any fees their private provider may charge for completing a DBQ.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Hiring Our Heroes” Hiring Fair sponsored by Hero2Hired (H2H) and Ryder System, Inc., scheduled for April 11, 2012, at the For Community & Performing Arts Center is committed to making this one-of–a-kind FREE hiring fair a win-win for employers and veteran/military spouse job seekers.

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4 High-Demand Job Fields Where Veterans Can Thrive

Returning to civilian life can come with its adjustments: No more salutes, no more regimented schedules, and a wardrobe full of clothing options. Fortunately, veterans looking for work can find solace in the fact that their career options are wide open. During the first half of 2014, LiveCareer, an online resume-building service, conducted a study […]

Veterans Healthcare Records Go Virtual

For the last several years the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been working on a project that may improve veterans’ access to healthcare as well as the quality of the care they receive when they go outside of the VA system. Only one in three veterans have all their healthcare needs provided through VA […]

Top 5 Career Paths for Military Spouses

The life of a military spouse is extremely dynamic and unstable. Every so often one is expected to up and move to another city. Every time you move, you have to leave behind your job, your home and any friends that you may have made. By the time you begin to get comfortable with the […]

Veterans in Politics

As the political season gets in full swing, veterans issues have become a central talking point.  Everybody loves veterans, but medical care, veterans’ courts, spousal benefits, and education cost money.  With sequestration modification apparently off the table, it will be hard for Congress to keep expanding benefits. But what everyone knows is also what few […]

Widow Waits 60 Years For News

Some call it the military spouse’s worst nightmare: a car arrives with uniformed servicemembers bearing a telegram that says his or her spouse has died. Yet, what if no telegram ever arrives, but neither does the spouse? Such was the case for Peggy Harris, the widow of veteran of World War II, First Lieutenant Billie […]