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•• Isakson, Scott bill to provide equal burial benefits for veterans heads to President’s desk:

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, applauded Senate passage of the Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act, legislation he introduced along with U.S. Representative Austin Scott, R-Ga.-08, to require the U.S. Department of the … Continue reading

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• House passes several veterans bills ahead of Memorial Day:

H.R. 1972, VA Billing Accountability Act, as amended: authorizes VA to waive copayment requirements when the veteran is not billed in a timely manner. H.R. 3642 , Military SAVE Act, as amended: would require VA to carry out a pilot … Continue reading

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• Massive veterans policy bill heads to Trump’s desk, but results will take time:

We have all heard about the veterans bill that was passed and sent to the president for signature but – most of the impact won’t be seen until years from now. That’s because most provisions of the measure — which … Continue reading

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• The military tuition assistance (TA) program:

If you’ve thought about going to college, but didn’t know if you could afford it, then the Military Tuition Assistance program may be just the benefit you need. The program is available to active duty, National Guard and Reserve Component … Continue reading

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• Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP):

In November 2017, VA launched Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP) with the goal of providing eligible Veterans with the earliest possible resolution of their disability compensation claim. RAMP is voluntary and will provide eligible Veterans the opportunity to enter the … Continue reading

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• Homeless vets update – H.R. 4898; Keeping Our Commitment to End Vet Homelessness

This legislation, H.R. 4898, focused on ending homelessness among our nation’s veterans, would extend current authorities that assist veterans and their families with preventing or overcoming issues that may lead to homelessness. Specifically, the bill would extend existing provisions to … Continue reading

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• Vet farmers – Farmer Veteran Opportunity Act of 2018

The Farmer Veteran Opportunity Act of 2018 expands support for veterans in agriculture. Introduced by leaders of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow and Chairman Pat Roberts, the legislation ensures all new veterans … Continue reading

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• VA Vet Choice update – House VAC approves plan to prevent shutdown:

A House committee approved a wide-ranging plan 8 MAY to give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the Veterans Affairs health system and fix a budget crisis in its troubled Choice private-sector program, a major step toward fulfilling President … Continue reading

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• Shoulder-fired weapon use impact

Military personnel who have trained with heavy weaponry may have been exposed to blasts that cause traumatic brain injury, a newly published study claims. Emerging evidence presented in a May Center for New American Security report suggests that extensive use … Continue reading

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• Arlington National Cemetery – m burial rules changing

The first glimpse of the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act includes a directive that the Secretary of the Army, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, to take steps to extend the life of Arlington as an active cemetery … Continue reading

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