People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.. ~George Orwell

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.