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craig newmark & stephen colbert
craig newmark & stephen colbert

Help me give back to military families via DonorsChoose.org

May 7, 2013

Okay, teachers in a lot of schools never get a break, and that's often true in schools that serve military families. Remember that the families of active service troops also serve when troops are deployed. A really good way to give teachers and military families a break is via DonorsChoose.org. They're a great example of how… Read more »

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Gary Sinise and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth
Gary Sinise and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth

Easter Seals Advocacy Awards Honors Gary Sinise, Tom Brokaw and CITI for Work with Veterans

April 26, 2013

The Easter Seals Advocacy Awards for the Washington, DC; Maryland, and Virginia areas honoring Tom Brokaw, Gary Sinise, and CITI for their work helping veterans, were awarded in Washington, DC on April 16, 2013. In addition to Sinise and Brokaw, in attendance were Phil Panzarella, Chairman of the Board, Easter Seals (DC, MD, VA); Lisa… Read more »

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Playingwell2-meme

My Best Mistake: Not Playing Well With Others

April 23, 2013

Okay, I really am a nerd, and have had to learn normal social and professional interaction the hard way. The first half of my career was at a major computer manufacturer, and you probably know the second half is craigslist, with some software contracting in there. The manufacturer is a very different company now, particularly… Read more »

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MisterEd
MisterEd

Mr Ed, and the burden of being [seen as] a spokesman

April 16, 2013

Life gets surreal, then, it gets even more surreal. craigslist (CL) has maybe helped out a hundred million people, and that's a good start. Would be nice to do lots more, and that what's my craigconnects.org thing is about. To that end, well, I do enough real customer service to keep my emotional investment in the CL… Read more »

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Should the missus and I adopt these guys?

April 9, 2013

(Jon?) Snow and Margaret from MickaCooRescue/PigeonRescue.org (both are "bachelors"). They're wearing Pigeon Pants. Snow the Pigeon and I watch Jimmy Kimmel.  More exciting Pigeon Drama to come!

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Here's what the VA's VBMS screens look like. Similar to Gmail. Web based. Searchable. Fast.
Here's what the VA's VBMS screens look like. Similar to Gmail. Web based. Searchable. Fast.

Veterans Disability Claims Backlog, setting the record straight

April 2, 2013

There's a lot of confusion and misinformation regarding the disability claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Setting the record straight requires some honest brokering with many years experience in both customer service and writing computer software for moving from paper-based customer service to workflow systems. It takes a customer service rep (eighteen… Read more »

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Darren Sherrard
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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voting

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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