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Friday, September 11, 2020

Roudebush Cited for Inadequate COVID-19 Protocol

Indianapolis, IN (September 11, 2020) VRI - Federal job site investigators say the people caring for military veterans suffering from COVID-19 in Indianapolis weren’t well protected from the deadly virus during the early days of the pandemic.

The Roudebush Medical Center is where the men and women who served in our armed forces go for their medical care, but a report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found problems with the way workers were protected responding to the early waves of potential COVID-19 patients coming to the hospital for treatment.

Three complaints labeled serious found that in March Roudebush did not provide surgical masks or face shields for employees involved in screening protocols, did not provide appropriate respirators for workers at the release of information desk or the Cardiology department or those who stood at the hospital entrances and screened everyone walking in the door.

Since the start of the pandemic, Roudebush has treated 503 coronavirus patients and 55 of them have died. Placing Roudebush at number 12 in the nation for mortality among all VA medical centers.

The OSHA violation notice was filed Tuesday and gives Roudebush 15 days to prove its corrected the “unsafe or unhealthful working conditions.” However, since these violations date back six months, it’s possible the appropriate personal protective equipment was provided long ago.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Indiana 9/11 Memorial Gets Donation

Indianapolis, IN (September 8, 2020) - American Legion posts from across Indiana have donated $50,000 for a planned expansion of the downtown Indianapolis memorial to the September 11th terrorist attacks.

That donation will be presented Friday, on the attacks' 19th anniversary, during an event at the memorial to kick off fundraising efforts for the $450,000 project. Donations for the expansion are tax-deductible and the project will receive no public funds.

The decade-old Indiana 9/11 Memorial was dedicated to the first responders and people who perished in the attacks. It includes parts of two steel beams taken from the ruins of the World Trade Center.

The planned expansion will allow it to memorialize the more than 5,000 U.S. military service members who have died fighting terrorism in the past two decades. It will also honor U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Tim Maude, a Hoosier serving at the Pentagon who was the most senior service member killed that day.

In addition, the expansion will add an 800-pound piece of Indiana limestone from the Pentagon crash site and a “Survivor Tree” from the World Trade Center. The aim is to complete the expansion and re-dedicate the site on the attacks' 20th anniversary, on Sept. 11, 2021.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Veterans Employment Website Launches

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (September 6, 2020) VRI – Veterans seeking employment can now connect to Indiana employers via a website.

In 2016, a study by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics proved that Indiana is the best place for employment for veterans. The Hoosier state is working to keep the unemployment rate low while attracting more veterans and local lawmakers announced the launch of INvets.

The website is a free resource for veterans to interact and find information about job opportunities. Veterans can create a profile to attract employers and browse careers by type. The career industries veterans can choose from include health care, logistics, manufacturing and other high-demand trades.

Not only is the website used to help current Indiana veterans, but it is aiming to attract more veterans to the Hoosier state.

Once a service member completes his or her profile on the site, his or her information is directed to participating companies. Employers who sign up for INvets have free access to upload company information, job opportunities and review veteran profiles. Click here to sign up.

Additional resources are available through the Military Family Relief Fund COVID-19 Emergency Assistance program, which is designed to help military families experiencing financial hardship. Click here for more information.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Memorial Day Verses Veterans Day

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (May 22, 2020) VRI — Memorial Day is not the same as Veterans Day. Inevitably, someone will say something demonstrating their confusion over the difference between Memorial Day, Veterans Day and even Labor Day.

Memorial Day means something much, much bigger than the start of summer. The day feels fraught with memories of those we've lost, mixed with gratitude for the times we've had. While it is true that every day is Memorial Day for the families of the fallen, they aren't asking that you stay inside and wallow. But we do owe it to them to pause. Reflect. Remember. Honor.

Here’s what they all mean:

Memorial Day: Celebrated the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is a somber holiday dedicated to honor military fallen, with a special focus on those killed during military service or through enemy contact.

The website for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs recounts the start of Memorial Day this way:

“Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.”

The passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 by Congress made it an official holiday.

Veterans Day: This federal holiday falls on November 11 and is designated as a day to honor all who have served in the military. According to, Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918.

“In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans,” the site says. “With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”

Also, for good measure, we will also post some information about Labor Day because, believe it or not, we’ve seen folks thanking troops on that holiday.

Labor Day: The first Monday in September, honors the contributions of American workers, not the military.

The Department of Labor says it is “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” 

There you have it, Lt. Dan

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