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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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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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