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9 New Cancers Added

On April 26, VA announced the addition of nine rare respiratory cancers to the list of presumed service-connected disabilities due to exposure to fine particulate matter for Veterans who served any amount of time in Afghanistan, Djibouti, Syria or Uzbekistan during the … Continue reading

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S. 3304/H.R. 5754, the Patient Advocate Tracker Act would require the Office of Patient Advocacy to either develop a new IT system or upgrade its existing one to allow patients, or their designated representatives, to electronically file complaints and view … Continue reading

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Long Term Care

On March 18, 2022, Rep. Clay Higgins introduced H.R. 7158, the Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act. This legislation would give VA the authority to place and pay for veterans who want to reside in a medical foster home. Veterans who … Continue reading

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Call to Action

On March 3, 2022, in a bipartisan vote, the House passed H.R. 3967, the Honoring our PACT Act. It is now up to the Senate to pass this historic comprehensive toxic exposure legislation that will impact all generations of veterans. … Continue reading

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2022 State Convention

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VA Regional Office

Veteran Stakeholders – On Monday, March 8, 2021, the Muskogee VA Regional Benefits Office resumed public-facing services, including in-person interviews at our Muskogee location.  The office also began scheduling in-person Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) counseling services and Board of … Continue reading

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Protect Individual Unemployability

On November 8, 2019, Representative Maxine Waters (CA) introduced H.R. 5028, the Protecting Benefits for Disabled Veterans Act.  The bill would codify regulations on Individual Unemployability (IU) into federal law. When a veteran’s disability is rated less than a total … Continue reading

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 VA, Walmart open telehealth locations to serve Veterans in rural areas:

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Walmart cut the ribbon in Asheboro, North Carolina,  Dec. 10, for a new VA-led Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations (ATLAS) services pilot  location. The public-private affiliation provides convenient health care to Veterans in … Continue reading

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Keeping Our Promise Act

On April 10, 2019, Representative Bruce Westerman (AR), introduced H.R. 2200, the Keeping Our Promises Act. This legislation would add multiple diseases to the presumptive disease list for Agent Orange exposure.     In the Veterans and Agent Orange update in 2016, the … Continue reading

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