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Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett, upper left, is joined by Carlos Escobar, Dr. Miguel LaPuz, Patrick Farrell and Mark Takano joined for a virtual veteran’s town hall meeting. (Screen capture)

VA Primary Care Improves During COVID-19 Outbreak

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been improving the primary care of island veterans through rapid testing, securing emergency transportation with air ambulances, and activating the Heritage Health Solutions Contract.
A fallen tombstone is wedged in between two graves sites making it difficult to pass. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Public Tells Senate of ‘Disgraceful’ Cemetery Conditions

Deplorable, unacceptable, embarrassing and disgraceful were just some of the words used Friday to describe the condition of the territory’s cemeteries during a meeting of the Senate Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation and Aging.
Senate President Novelle Francis presides over the Legislature Wednesday. (V.I. Legislature photo)

Senate Sends Zoning Requests, Bills and a Resolution to Governor

The Senate approved two leases and three zoning issues, along with a resolution honoring Valrica Miranda Bryson for her contributions to the school system, her mentorship of Virgin Islands youth and her many years as a music educator.
Sen. Alicia Barnes chairs the hearing at which the bill honoring veterans was advanced.. (Photo by Alvin Burke for the USVI Legislature)

Senators OK Monument, Roundabout Name to Honor Vets

The Senate's Government Operation Committee voted Thursday to advance a measure honoring veterans from the U.S. Virgin Islands by naming a St. John roundabout “The Veterans Circle” and appropriating $20,000 to the V.I. Council of the Arts for the commission of a monument.
STJ officials lead fire cadets through Cruz Bay for the 9/11 commemoration, (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

Vets, First Responders Lead STJ’s 9/11 March

St. John first responders were joined by more than 20 cadet firefighters and veterans Wednesday for a solemn ceremony to memorialize the attack on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
From left, Ramon Guerrito, Angie Zays-Ortiz, Carlos Escolar and Patrick Farrell listen to the concerns of veterans. (Source photo by Kyle Murphy)

Health Care Major Concern for Veterans at Town Hall

Concerns about getting services to veterans in the U.S. Virgin Islands centered primarily on health care, with vets telling a town hall meeting Thursday on St. Thomas that the current system requires veterans to frequently travel to Puerto Rico for treatment.
Taxis line up for business on St. John. (Photo from the V.I. Taxi Association website)

Governor Bryan Approves Veteran Qualifier on Taxi Speculators

Gov. Albert Bryan signed 10 new pieces of legislation Wednesday, limiting the resale of taxi medallions to veterans, devoting a little more federal excise tax money to the V.I. government pension system, mandating semi-autonomous agency budget data go online, and for other purposes.
Flags adorn the graves of V.I. veterans who served their country. (Linda Morland photo)

Memorial Day – A Time to Remember

Members of American Legion Enrique Romero Nieves Post No. 102 spent the Memorial Day weekend paying respect to Virgin Islanders who served their country with "the last full measure of devotion," as Abraham Lincoln said. The event took place in the Kingshill Cemetery on St Croix.





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