VA News Release
04/12/2017 07:48 PM EDT
UPDATE to VA Responds to IG Report on Health Care Inspection at D.C. VA Medical Center
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs reported earlier today that Dr. Charles Faselis has been named the acting Medical Center Director for the D.C. VA Medical Center
In naming Dr. Faselis as the acting director, VA was following a common line of succession.
After further consideration, it was determined that naming an acting director from outside the facility would allow leadership to concentrate on addressing the many challenges identified in the OIG report, without compromising the ongoing internal review.
Col. Lawrence Connell U. S. Army (Ret) has been named the Acting Medical Center Director for the D.C. VA Medical Center. Mr. Connell is currently serving as a Senior Advisor on policy matters focusing on development, adoption, and implementation of Department-wide programs and strategic issues.
He served more than 30 years as an Army medical service officer including 15 years as a MEDEVAC Pilot as well as Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Regional Medical Command, Honolulu, Hawaii; Chief Executive Officer of Stuttgart (Germany) U.S. Army Medical Health Clinic; Commander of the 43rd Area Support Medical Battalion; and other medical-related staff positions.
He holds a Master of Science in International Relations from Troy State University and Bachelor of Science from the University of Rhode Island.
VA Establishes Commission to Recommend New Under Secretary for Its Veterans Health Administration
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the establishment of a search commission to help identify candidates for the position of Under Secretary for Health of its Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
The Under Secretary for Health manages VHA, the nation’s largest health-care system, which has an annual budget of approximately $61 billion and oversees the delivery of care to more than 9 million enrolled Veterans.
Candidates for the Under Secretary position must be visionary leaders who have demonstrated an ability to conceptualize and implement the VA Secretary’s vision, and are dynamic advocates who can move an ambitious agenda forward to meet the needs of Veterans. By law, the appointment is made without regard to political affiliation and solely on the basis of demonstrated ability in the medical profession, in health-care administration and policy formulation, or in health-care fiscal management. Additionally, the candidate must possess substantial experience in connection with the programs of VHA or similar content and scope.
The Under Secretary will also be responsible for overseeing the operation of VA’s more than 1,200 sites of care, including hospitals; community based outpatient clinics; nursing homes; domiciliaries; and 300 Vet Centers. VHA is the nation's largest provider of graduate medical education and a major contributor to medical and scientific research. More than 73,000 active volunteers, 123,000 health professions trainees, and 306,000 full-time, health-care professionals and support staff are an integral part of the VHA community.
The commission, once named, is expected to complete its work by May 22. For more information about this position, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/
RESOLUTIONS PASSED AT THE 2018 AMERICAN GI FORUM NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Resolution to support LULAC to upgrade the Distinguished Service Cross Medal to Congressional Medal of Honor to SGT. Willie Estrada who was killed in Korea while engaged in combat against 1,700 enemy forces.
Resolution to support “Veterans for New America” an influential group of veterans representing each of the military branches and veteran service organizations who support a bipartisan solution to immigration for non-citizen military service members and their families.
New Agent Orange Presumptions resolution highlighting the U.S. Institute Of Medicine (IOM) Congressional Research Report which shows five additional medical conditions which meet the rigorous standards of probability and causation due to environmental exposures in the Republic of Vietnam. Those conditions are: hypothyroidism, bladder cancer, stroke hypertension, and Parkinson –like conditions.
Resolution nominating Carlos Martinez to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Mr. Carlos Martinez has guided the National Veterans Outreach Program (NVOP) since 1978 into a multi-million dollar corporation composed of seven interlocking corporations providing veteran services. During his tenure as CEO the NVOP has served over 450,000 veterans.
Resolution recommending the need to increase Mexican American and Latino Museums to show the history and contributions by Mexican American’s and Latino’s in our Nation’s history and all our nations wars.
Resolution recommending action by major networks and cable television to improve mass media presence of Mexican Americans on prime time television. While Latino Population is approximately 17.4 percent of U.S. population only 5.8 percent have speaking roles during prime time in Television.
Resolution against human trafficking of children which are exploited for sex and labor. The AGIF will support awareness programs which educate the public to protect and prevent.
Resolution against educational vouchers and privatization of public schools and that the national Commander will appoint an education committee that will be vigil of national, state and local education policies
Squadron 201, the Mexican Fighter Squadron, who fought side by side with American Forces, in the Philippines, during WWII, has never been publically acknowledged by the U.S. Congress. The American GI Forum recommends that the President of the U.S. honor Squadron 201 by, awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal.
Other resolutions were submitted to the Resolutions Committee and were either combined with a similar resolution or were rejected because they were directed at a state level and were not addressing a national agenda.