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 Veterans Service Organizations urge swift passage of S. 2193:

Veteran Service Organizations are pleased this legislation would empower veterans and their health care providers to work together to determine when and where veterans should receive care based on access and quality measures. This approach is also very similar to … Continue reading

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 Veterans call to remove provisions of tax reform bills that will hurt veterans employment and education:

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the leading Post-9/11 veterans organization along with other veteran service organizations, , raised concerns that two proposals within the current tax reform bills on Capitol Hill will hurt veterans. One proposal would remove … Continue reading

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 Committee approves bipartisan legislation to improve veterans’ community care:

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today applauded the overwhelming committee passage of bipartisan legislation to streamline and strengthen veterans’ healthcare services at the U.S. Department … Continue reading

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 Senate bill would expand caregiver benefits to veterans of all eras

If enacted, recently introduced Senate legislation would strengthen and reform the Department of Veteran’s Affairs health care system and create a new integrated community care program. Sponsored by Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson and Ranking Member Jon Tester, … Continue reading

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 VA suspends applications for new ID cards:

The Department of Veterans Affairs has suspended applications for its new veteran identification card program due to a large number of applicants, according to a notice on its website. According to outside sources, the VA immediately faced technical errors when … Continue reading

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 Post 9/11 veterans demand Congressional action for military sexual assualt survivors:

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John Kennedy (R-LA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Richard Blumenthal (D- CT), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), survivors, veteran advocates, and bipartisan leaders in support of the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA). A campaign to recognize and support women … Continue reading

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 Gulf War syndrome:

Of all that was revealed by a government watchdog this year about how the Department of Veterans Affairs treats Persian Gulf War veterans, the most shocking discovery was that most doctors aren’t trained about illnesses specific to veterans of that … Continue reading

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• Women vet health risks ► greater than civilians:

Women who’ve served in the military are more likely to suffer from suicidal thoughts, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and other problems according to a new study looking at the health of female veterans. Female vets report higher rates of cancer, mental … Continue reading

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• VA Blue Water claims update ► expansion proposal sidelined:

The failure again raises problematic questions for lawmakers about how to balance federal costs with government responsibilities. Critics noted that on the same day lawmakers offered a massive tax reform measure expected to cost $5.8 trillion over 10 years, they … Continue reading

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• VA Secretary ► Agent Orange presumptive ailment expansion:

Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin said 6 NOV he’s decided to expand the list of “presumptive” ailments for Agent Orange compensation subject to approval by the Trump administration. Shulkin didn’t disclose the expanded list — “I’m protecting the sanctity … Continue reading

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