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VA disability system update – proposed reform to reduce medical exams:

Administration officials this year are re-upping a series of reforms to the veterans disability system they estimate would cut down on tens of thousands of unneeded medical exams and save billions of dollars. The moves, part of President Donald Trump’s … Continue reading

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VA Agent Orange benefits update:

Three years after a scientific body recommended that the Department of Veterans Affairs consider adding three conditions — bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinson’s-like symptoms — to the list of qualifying diseases tied to Agent Orange, affected veterans may soon find … Continue reading

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Bill expanding veteran volunteer guardianship program passes Oklahoma House:

Senate Bill 931, by Sen. Paul Rosino (R-Oklahoma City) and Rep. Nicole Miller (R-Edmond) establishes the Veterans Volunteer Guardianship Act to provide a platform to recruit local volunteers to serve veterans who can       no longer manage their own affairs … Continue reading

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 About 21,000 troops booted so far under ‘deploy or get out’ policy:

     About 21,000 nondeployable troops have been forced out of the ranks since the Defense Department’s “deploy or get out” policy began last summer, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Thursday.      “A key element of strengthening our military and increasing lethality is ensuring … Continue reading

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 This proposed VA health care change could save you time — and save VA billions:

Administration officials this year are re-upping a series of reforms to the veterans disability system they estimate  would cut down on tens of thousands of unneeded medical exams and save billions of dollars.  VA spokesman Curt Cashour said the change reflects a … Continue reading

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 VA to offer new nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression:

            The VA announced March 19 that its healthcare providers will now be able to offer the newly approved Spravato nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression. The treatment will be made available to veterans based on their individual medical needs, combined … Continue reading

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• Senators urge VA not to fumble expansion of caregiver benefits:

            “VA continues to miss deadlines and not get it right, “Senator Patti Murray said in a phone interview Wednesday.     “And we have got to make them step up to the plate and make this work.”  In a Feb. … Continue reading

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• VA Medical Marijuana – H.R.1151/S.445 | Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act:

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA reintroduced legislation to let Veterans Affairs doctors prescribe medical marijuana in the 33 states where it’s legal. The bill also would direct VA to research how medical marijuana might help manage … Continue reading

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• H.R. 553, the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act:

On January 15, 2019, Congressman Joe Wilson introduced H.R. 553, the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act.    This bill would eliminate an unfair offset placed on many surviving spouses of service members who pass away during active duty or spouses … Continue reading

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 UCMJ update – applicability to retirees upheld by Supreme Court:

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Defense Department’s authority to prosecute retired service members for crimes they commit, even after retirement. The court on 22 FEB chose not to hear the case of a retired Marine who was court-martialed … Continue reading

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