Author Archives: Kiedove

Veterans’ Day in DaNang, 2017

Whether veterans are celebrating Veterans’ Day Friday or on Saturday, I hope the holiday is harmonious despite the awful strangeness of having President Trump honor veterans while in DaNang.   It seems like the last place on Earth where our president … Continue reading

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Tick tock

In 2016, Gulf-era veterans passed Vietnam-era veterans (and Korean/WWII) in the general population. Click the thumbnail below to see a big readable copy of the graphic below. CAVC “wins” older veterans accomplish, pro se or with help, will eventually spare many … Continue reading

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Medical enrollment dates

Just a few dates to note: Medicare Part D (and other Medicare plans):  Open enrollment started on October 15 and runs until Dec. 7.   Medicare says that very few people change their plans even if they will save money. … Continue reading

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Hepatitis A: severe illness and deaths hit San Diego homeless population

Over the last few months, Frank, an avid reader about all things “US Vet,” has emailed several articles to me about the hepatitis A (HAV) outbreak in San Diego (SD) to share with Asknod’s folk.  The ongoing story has many … Continue reading

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Catch up on episodes of The Vietnam War

Episodes of this important series are available to freely watch on PBS online if you’ve missed any on TV.  You may have to register with PBS. If you have a laptop, you can pick closed captions, HD settings and screen sizes. … Continue reading

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Where to receive care? : VA and private hospital ratings

Frank forwarded a botched surgery US Today article to us about a one-star VA hospital in Memphis.  Here is the link to the VHA called “a house of horrors.” By scrolling down to can read how many “stars” VHA rates its … Continue reading

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Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and veterans

Based on news reports, governmental and community responses to Harvey have been robust so far (LINK).  There isn’t much space between Harvey and Irma, and although Jose may not become a hurricane, it’s still worrisome.  It is no exaggeration or … Continue reading

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