Hi, everybody. In an effort to keep you up-to-date, we’ll likely run the “VA News and Open Thread” series a few times a week. Feel free to use it to sound off on the news stories below or let us know what else is on your mind.
— VA has allocated money to establish a new national cemetery near Fort Polk, Louisiana. Currently, the closest one is 125 miles away in Natchez, Mississippi. [Clarification: This is a Louisiana state cemetery, not a national cemetery. VA is simply providing a $6 million grant to the state for its construction. H/T to NCA for the correction.]
— On Tuesday, VA announced a new program “designed to provide enhanced services to low-income Veterans and their families who are at risk of being homeless.”
— Ground was also broken this week on a “state-of-the-art clinic that will serve Veterans in the northwestern suburbs” of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
— Looking for good photos of Veterans Day ceremonies from the past several years? We’ve got lots.
— The launch of VAntage Point has gotten some good pick-up in the online media world, so when you comment here, know that people are paying attention. Here are just a few mentions from today: The Best Defense (Tom Ricks), NextGov, Abu Muqawama, NPR, Blackfive, Federal Computer Week, and Milblogging.