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Women Veterans Health Care Accountability Act

Representative Joe Cunningham (SC) has introduced H.R. 2982, Women Veterans Health Care Accountability Act, to identify and remedy barriers women veterans face when trying to access VA health care.  The legislation would require the VA Secretary to survey women veterans-both … Continue reading

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Open Air Burn Pit Exposure ACT

On July 30, 2019, Representative Raul Ruiz (CA), introduced H.R. 4137-the Jennifer Kepner Healthcare for Open Air Burn Pit Exposure Act. If a veteran is not eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care based on service-connected disabilities, current … Continue reading

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DUE’S INCREASE

SUBJECT: New Membership Dues Rates As you are likely aware, during DAV’s 98th National Convention in Orlando, Florida, our membership approved a change to our National Bylaws which will now call for a flat rate of $300.00 for all new … Continue reading

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• Bipartisan Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need Act will amend current bankruptcy law to support veterans experiencing financial burdens:

U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s bipartisan bill to protect veterans’ disability payments recently passed the U.S. Senate       and now heads to the President’s desk for signature. As Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Tester introduced the Honoring American Veterans in Extreme … Continue reading

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• VA updates the disability rating schedule for infectious diseases, immune disorders and nutritional deficiencies:

           . As of Aug. 11, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities(VASRD, or Rating Schedule) that evaluate infectious diseases, immune disorders and nutritional             deficiencies.  The collection of federal regulations used … Continue reading

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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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