KnightBlog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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    Journalism

    Digital initiative to expand help for military veterans

    July 16, 2014, 5 p.m., Posted by Fernando González

    Above: IAVA-organized 'Storm the Hill' day in Washington, D.C. Credit: IAVA on Flickr.

    The numbers in the scandal over the delays in health care and other benefits incurred by the Department of Veterans Affairs were shocking. As of June 2013, returning veterans trying to get help for medical issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, had to wait an average of 336 days, according to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the largest nonprofit organization for post-9/11 veterans and their families. The wait was almost triple the VA’s stated goal of 125 days. By March 2013, the so-called “backlog,” the number of veterans waiting to access benefits, had reached 611,000. But numbers never tell the whole story.

    To help put names and faces to the real suffering brought about by these delays, in 2012 Knight Foundation committed $250,000 to IAVA to support the development of The Wait We Carry.

    The site is an interactive visualization tool of the wait times many veterans have been enduring but also a means to learn about each veteran affected and connect with them. (Each entry has “Learn more about this veteran” and  “I want to connect with this vet about his experience” links.)

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    Arts

    Over-Do: Day Party with Bruce Wonder and Shawty Slim illuminates Macon-based DJs

    July 16, 2014, 3:56 p.m., Posted by ylatimore

    The Over-Do: Day Party with all eight deejays for July 19. Smack dab in the middle of the day on July 19 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., you can witness eight different deejays groove out at Roasted Cafe on 442 Second Street in Downtown. This...

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    Looking ahead to Festival Miami: Maria Schneider and Dawn Upshaw

    July 16, 2014, 12:44 p.m., Posted by Gregory Stepanich

    Dawn Upshaw (left) and Maria Schneider. For more than three decades, the folks at the University of Miami have opened the South Florida musical season in expansive style with Festival Miami, presenting a month’s worth of concerts that start in October and last through early November....

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