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Darren Sherrard

Tweet Chat with VA Careers

March 21, 2013

Almost a year ago, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was hiring. As he put it at the time, “As more veterans return home, we must ensure that all veterans have access to quality mental health care.” VA has answered that call by reaching out to… Read more »

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Important voting messaging

March 19, 2013

Folks, there are some orgs out there who are doing real good work, like the Advancement Project, the Brennan Center for Justice, and SKDKnickerbocker, they really have their boots on the ground when it comes to talking about Voting. Their key messages really are spot on, and highlight the importance of voting, and why you… Read more »

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altruism

craigconnects Celebrates a 2nd Anniversary

March 8, 2013

Hey there, folks – It's craigconnects' 2nd anniversary already, and we've worked with some real good people in the last year to get stuff done. This year I'm also focusing a lot on vets and military families, and I've teamed up with Crowdrise to do a big campaign to raise money for these organizations, which… Read more »

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Peter Levin and Roger Baker leave Dept Veterans Affairs
Peter Levin and Roger Baker leave Dept Veterans Affairs

Big IT development at Dept of Vets Affairs

February 28, 2013

(from the dept of giving-credit-where-it's-due) VistA is the Dept of Vets Affairs health record system, and it's been a huge success. VA has open sourced it, which is remarkable achievement for Washington, a really big deal. It means that anyone can improve it or interface with it. Check out the Challenge.gov VA Medical Appointment Scheduling… Read more »

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Peter Levin and Roger Baker leave Dept Veterans Affairs
Peter Levin and Roger Baker leave Dept Veterans Affairs

Peter Levin and Roger Baker leave Dept Veterans Affairs; legacy includes the VA Center for Innovation

February 25, 2013

Hey, VA got a lot done under really tough conditions in the last several years. That includes dealing with increasing IT workload regarding the GI Bill, more web-based access to benefits, and processing a lot more vets entering the system from current wars and also Vietnam. That's a lot more than anyone knows, and it's… Read more »

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Social Enterprises: The Silver Lining Between the Free Market and Social Good

February 22, 2013

Prologue In recent years, there have been elevated tensions between the traditional free market economy and our society. Some of those tensions are related to misconceptions about a free market. Investopedia defines the free market as: A market economy based on supply and demand with little or no government control. […] In other words, it… Read more »

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What It Means to Be SAFE – a guest blog post from the USO

February 12, 2013

Safe – such a small word but one loaded with meaning.  To be safe is to be free from hurt, injury, danger or risk. Our troops’ primary focus is to uphold and keep safe our American tenets. Our military families’ primary focus is the safe return of their loved ones so that our service men… Read more »

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Internet Freedom Day: Giving a voice to the voiceless

January 18, 2013

Hey folks – today is Internet Freedom Day and that's a really big deal. A year ago, many good people on the Internet came together to stop SOPA. Internet Freedom Day reminds us that we all need to work together to preserve what we have and to help everyone realize their own individual voice. It's… Read more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs gets real stuff done

January 15, 2013

(from the Department of Giving Credit Where Credit's Due) VA is getting a lot of good work done, using IT to much better serve veterans, helping address the disability claims backlog, maybe their biggest challenge. Sure, the tech is a work in progress, but the greater issue involves skepticism and low expectations. Toward this end, they had to… Read more »

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Sandy Hook Promise, an initiative to end gun violence in America

January 14, 2013

Folks, there are people in the tech community mobilizing to support an end to gun violence in America. One month after the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a group of Newtown, Connecticut citizens have organized to honor the lives lost by unveiling a national grassroots initiative committed to preventing similar tragedies from… Read more »

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