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• VA awards contract for Region 4 of Community Care

By awarding the contract, the VA can now lift the “gag” order which was awarded by the judicial system and             clinics and hospitals in region 4 can start to award contracts to physicians and speciality clinics.             The U.S. … Continue reading

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VA Agent Orange claims – Blue Water Navy:

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing to process Agent Orange exposure claims for “Blue Water Navy” Veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975. These Veterans may be … Continue reading

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 VA overhauls religious and spiritual symbol policies to protect religious liberty:

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently revised its directives permitting religious literature, symbols and displays at VA facilities to protect religious liberty for Veterans and families while ensuring       inclusivity and nondiscrimination. The move aims to simplify and … Continue reading

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 GI Bill update – H.R.3369 | Defending all Veterans in Education Act (DAVIE):

On the 75th anniversary of the GI Bill, freshman U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) is taking aim at for-profit colleges, introducing a bill 19 JUN that would close a loophole she says props up substandard schools that view veterans as … Continue reading

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 VA Telehealth program – H.R.3228 | Expand Vet Pool of Healthcare Providers:

Congress is considering a bill to expand the pool of healthcare providers able using telemedicine to treat the nation’s veterans. The VA MISSION Telemedicine Clarification Act of 2019 (HR 3228), introduced 12 JUN by U.S. Rep Earl 52 “Buddy Carter” … Continue reading

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 Secretary Wilkie talks Veterans experience, welcome kit:

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie addressed the Student Veterans of America (SVA) National Conference last week via live stream from Washington, D.C. In his speech, Wilkie outlined his priorities and the role the Veterans      Experience Office (VEO) plays in the … Continue reading

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 Appeals management office unveils new path to speed up appeals decisions::

“Tired of waiting” is a phrase often associated with appeals. But since the implementation of the Appeals Modernization Act, Veterans who disagree with VA’s decisions on their compensation claims have had a new and      quicker way to receive a second … Continue reading

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 VA medical marijuana – VA opposes bills broadening medical marijuana access:

The Trump administration has taken a stance against three separate medical marijuana bills being considered by members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. Testifying on 30 APR before the House panel’s Subcommittee on Health, officials from the Department of … Continue reading

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The Reserve Component DD-214 Act (no number assigned as of this writing):

“This bill will ensure that members of the National Guard and Reserve receive the complete record of their federal and state service currently provided to our active duty service members,” said Senator Lankford. “National Guard and Reserve personnel should be … Continue reading

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 Vet Toxic Exposure Legislation:

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers are backing a bill that would repeal a tax increase on benefits paid to families of U.S. service members who died in the line of duty. The 2017 tax reform law increased the taxes on … Continue reading

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