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Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse (left) speaking with Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin (right) in the Beck PRIDE Center for wounded veterans.
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Helping veterans readjust to life after service.  On Thursday, Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin visited a resource for veterans on the Arkansas State University campus.  

The Beck PRIDE Center provides programs and services for wounded combat veterans.  Rehabilitation, social re-integration, and educational preparation take place at the center.  Griffin, who is a veteran himself, praised the center.  He said a lot of colleges and universities across the nation are not as friendly to veterans.

Seal for the Beck PRIDE Center at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
Arkansas State University

Correction 1/26/18:  Changed the name from Loven to Loren.

Members of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs stopped by the Arkansas State University Jonesboro campus Tuesday for a special tour and presentation. 

Assistant Secretary of Operations, Security, and Preparedness for Veteran Affairs Donald Loren stopped by A-State to tour the Beck PRIDE Center for wounded veterans.  He met with some of the students utilizing the service and the director of the center, Lynda Nash.

 Prompted by the Phoenix scandal three years ago, a team of journalism professors and students at the University of Arkansas took a hard look at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, and they're giving it a good grade.

But the semester-long investigation does highlight two devastating trends surrounding veterans' and their quality of life.

As part of an ongoing collaboration, students and professors in the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism have teamed up with Arkansas Public Media and partner radio station KUAF to publish a series of reports and broadcast the findings.

More Arkansas Veterans Face Suicide Risk, Homelessness

Dec 19, 2017

Seated in the middle of a crowded room, David King, a homeless Army veteran, belted out lyrics to a gospel song.

 

“Oh God, you're not done with me yet,” he sang from the song “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave. “I am redeemed. You set me free.”

 

Between their bites of hot dogs and chocolate chip cookies, other homeless patrons at the Seven Hills (or 7hills) Homeless Center in Fayetteville shouted at him to be quiet, but King continued.

King, 54, is one of at least 195 homeless veterans in Fayetteville, where the number of homeless vets has grown 34 percent (from 146) in 2015, according to data provided by the Community and Family Institute at the University of Arkansas.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he wants his five new appointees to the state veterans commission to fire the leader of the embattled St. Louis Veterans Home.

Greitens during his Monday announcement said he's calling for changes in leadership after an independent investigation found substandard care at the home.

Some patients, families and staff have complained for months about care at the home. But prior reviews didn't turn up any wrongdoing.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

 Almost 700 veterans from Northeast Arkansas are taken to the Veterans Administration hospitals in Little Rock and Memphis.  Disabled American Veterans is getting a new van to replace one that had over 170-thousand miles.  Vans take veterans to Little Rock on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and to Memphis on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Lloyd Davis has been volunteer driving for six years.  He says the service is one that is needed in this region.

Governor Asa Hutchinson is set to be in Forrest City today at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new regional Veterans Affairs’ office. 

This will be the fifth regional office to open over the past 3 months.  According to the Governor’s Press Release, Arkansas has nearly 250,000 veterans. The ceremony will be at the Arkansas Workforce Services Center at 2.

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U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) covered a wide range of topics in his monthly talk with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the Senator's views on defense spending and veteran's issues, the Benghazi investigation, the House Speaker race, farm issues, and a special photo project for Veteran's Day.

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talked about the proposed nuclear deal with Iran, the battle against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, and the conflict in Yemen, as well as veterans issues and trade potential with Cuba, all in this month's visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the interview.

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U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) discussed contentious issues in the headlines, as well as legislation to help veterans get mental health care, in this month's visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the entire interview.

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