Category Archives: News

 New Rules for Service Dogs at VA Facilities

According to an August 18 Military Times article by Patricia Kime, the VA will put new rules in place next month to ensure that veterans and visitors to VA facilities can bring their service dogs to appointments. The regulation—in the … Continue reading

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 VA’s Revised Regulations Betray Blue Water Navy Veterans:

In a press release issued August 13 by the Military-Veteran Advocacy, MVA Executive Director Commander John B Wells, USN (Retired) responded to the VA’s recent revision to its manual, defining what areas can be considered for the presumption of Agent … Continue reading

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 Health Screening Update:

Over the past year, men were 24% less likely than women to see a doctor. This reluctance to seek medical care is dangerous. Many of the health risks that men face can be prevented or treated with early diagnosis. All … Continue reading

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 GI Bill Update

Beginning 1 AUG, all active duty personnel who may choose to transfer Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a family member will be required to serve in uniform an additional four years, regardless of the years already served. The current policy … Continue reading

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 VA ID Card Update – | Sent to President for Signature

A bill that would create a uniform identification card for U.S. military veterans is in the final stages of its journey from idea to law, and is being seen both as a nice benefit for America’s fighting men and women … Continue reading

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 Awards Replacement Update – New Regulation Offers Guidance

The newly revised edition of the Army regulation for military awards, AR 600-8-22, lays out the procedures that service members, veterans and surviving family members need to follow for requesting replacement medals of previously awarded decorations. Replacement medals will be … Continue reading

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 VA Issues Findings on Airborne Hazards & Open Burn Pit Registry:

Nearly 30,000 Veterans and active duty Servicemembers have participated in VA’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry through December 2014. The VA’s June 2015 report highlights health conditions and physical limitations experienced by burn pit registry participants. The most … Continue reading

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Pending Legislation FYI

H.R.1769 — 114th Congress (2015-2016) Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 Directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to select a VA medical center to serve as the national center for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions … Continue reading

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 Agent Orange Registry Health Exam for Veterans:

This comprehensive health exam includes an exposure history, medical history, physical exam, and any tests if needed. A VA health professional will discuss the results face-to-face with the Veteran and in a follow-up letter. Important points about registry health exams: … Continue reading

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• Congress presses VA to identify high-risk colleges:

According to a June 22 Stars and Stripes story by Travis J. Tritten thirteen House and Senate lawmakers wrote a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald urging him to add a list of high-risk institutions to its online GI Bill … Continue reading

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