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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.