Fellow Veterans and Family Members,
After 38 years in The Army, I am now honored and privileged to serve as your Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA remains committed to providing the high quality benefits you have earned and deserve.
Allegations of VA employees’ misconduct have surfaced over the last several weeks, beginning with scheduling delays at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. As I testified before Congress on May 15, I take any allegations about patient safety or employee misconduct very seriously. The reports of Veterans’ negative experiences while seeking VA care are of great personal concern to me. I fully agree with President Obama’s statement on May 21, 2014: “If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful . . . .”
The 2014 OSU Hoops for the Troops is a youth 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Oregon State University taking place this Memorial Day. All profits from the event will be donated to two funds of the Benton County Foundation that benefit veterans. Check out the “Charity ” page to find out more.
More information about the event can be found on the their website.
Future officers of the U.S. Armed Forces assembled in military formation and stood at attention at the start of the annual Joint Services Review at Oregon State University on Friday morning. When the battalions began to march across the parade ground, more than 100 spectators – family, friends, and military veterans – greeted them on the other side, smiling and snapping photos. To read the rest of the article go to the Gazette Times website; http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/defazio-speaks-to-future-military-officers-at-rotc-review/article_7b7c193a-d243-11e3-be68-001a4bcf887a.html