The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the cabinet-level agency responsible for caring for veterans of the United States military. One of the many tasks they are charged with is the provision of medical care, which is done through a network of hospitals, outpatient clinics and veterans centers. The placement of these facilities, especially the hospitals, may serve other interests than those of our veterans.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) denies that there is a tsunami debris island the size of Texas headed for the United States.
Is there a polio outbreak in the Middle East? International public health authorities are worried about reports coming out of Syria that nearly two dozen patients in one region have been stricken with acute flaccid paralysis. That is a key symptom of polio. In the midst of a civil war and the disruption of public health efforts, the national polio laboratory in Damascus tells the World Health Organization that at least two patients may have test positive for the viral illness.
Due to the federal government shutdown that began Oct. 1, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) delayed its release of the Sept. 2013 Employment Situation Report until this morning. The unemployment rate fell from August’s 7.3 percent to 7.2 percent. The BLS estimates an initial gain of 148,000 new jobs in the month.
On Oct. 1, the Federal government shutdown due to the failure of Congress to pass a budget for at least five years. The effects have varied but seemingly at random. One religion has been singled out for unusual attention by the Department of Defense as part of its closures. Roman Catholics have been prevented from attending religious services, classes and other religious events on military bases worldwide.