Category Archives: News

• VA Establishes MyVA Advisory Committee;

On Friday, March 13, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs today announced the establishment of the MyVA Advisory Committee. The Committee brings together skilled experts from the private, non-profit and government sectors to assist in reorienting the Department to better … Continue reading

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• VA: No date set for Agent Orange C-123 decision:

The VA said Friday, March 13, 2015, that no date has been set for a decision on whether to award benefits for Agent Orange exposure to Air Force reservists who flew C-123 aircraft contaminated with the herbicide. The department is … Continue reading

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 Fixing Veterans Health Care;

The “Fixing Veterans Health Care” report issued this week proposes sweeping changes to the VA health care system but raises more questions than it provides answers. By proposing to change VA into a government sponsored corporation, this proposal could end … Continue reading

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 House Passes Bills to Increase Accountability at VA, Give Veterans More Health Care Choices:

On March 2nd, , the U.S. House of Representatives passed two veterans related bills: H.R. 280, introduced by Chairman Jeff Miller, would give the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary the authority to recoup for cause bonuses paid to VA employees. … Continue reading

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Military Suicides – Some Symptoms and Danger Signs to be Aware of –

These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss or change. Talking about wanting to die or to … Continue reading

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VA charts course to regain trust:

When VA Secretary Robert McDonald took over the department reins this past July, he set forth on a path to improve customer service, alter or eliminate lagging business practices, and regain the trust of veterans across the country. Once on … Continue reading

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Administration Delays Ending Public Homelessness:

According to an AP article published in the February 2 Washington Post, the Obama administration has pushed back by one year its goal for ending homelessness among the general public. However, it’s still maintaining a goal for ending homelessness among … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Skeptical of Call to Abolish Tricare:

According to a February 4 Hill article by Martin Matishak, Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee grilled members of a military commission that recommended abolishing Tricare, the healthcare system for service members. Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee … Continue reading

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 TRICARE and Taxes:

For the first time, U.S. citizens, including service members, military retirees and their family members, must report their health care coverage on their 2014 taxes, which must meet minimum essential coverage. TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Standard, TRICARE for Life, TRICARE Overseas, … Continue reading

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 Senator Revives Veterans Compensation Bill:

According to an updated January 29 Las Vegas Review-Journal article by Steve Tetreault, a bill that would provide full benefits to retired veterans who collect both pension checks and disability payments was reintroduced in Congress this week. Senator Harry Reid … Continue reading

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