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National Nonprofit Newsletter

For DAV Departments and Chapters Volume 8, No. 1 Winter 2016 FEDERAL CHARTERS: WHAT DO THEY MEAN? Part One DAV is one of a handful (roughly 100) of organizations that have been granted a “federal” or “Congressional” charter. This concept … Continue reading

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 VA Boss: Political Challenges Tougher Than Expected:

Secretary McDonald, now in his last year as secretary of Veterans Affairs as President Obama wraps up his administration, expected that there would be challenges when he took the job. He assumed the position 18 months ago amidst a major … Continue reading

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 Service Members Publicly Charged, but Privately Cleared:

When they are accused of crimes, the names of service members are made public — but kept secret when they are acquitted. For the same reason, citizens are named when accused of crimes — it’s a check against government forces … Continue reading

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 New VA Apps for Women:

A guide to VA’s new mobile apps for women veterans is available at https://mobile.va.gov/app/caring-4-women-veterans

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 Post Traumatic Stres Disorder (PTSD):

Mostly everyone is aware of PTSD and that some of our military who served in combat have PTSD but, let’s be honest, we often are at a loss as to how to help someone with PTSD. Following are some guidelines … Continue reading

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From the VA Secretary

Statement from VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald On the Need to Reform the Veterans’ Appeals Process Last week I presented to the Senate Veterans Affairs’ Committee the way forward for the important transformation of the Department of Veterans Affairs—what we … Continue reading

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 Critical 2015 Tax, Affordable Care Act information for VA enrollees:

The Affordable Care Act requires most U.S. taxpayers to declare they have minimum essential health coverage on their federal tax form. In December, the Department of Veterans Affairs began notifying all enrollees and beneficiaries of their VA health care coverage … Continue reading

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 Gulf War Illness-25 Years Later:

To date, VA recognizes 4 categories of conditions potentially eligible for compensation. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – a condition of long-term and severe fatigue Fibromyalgia – Wide-spread muscle pain Functional Gastro-intestinal disorder – group of conditions marked byu recurrent symptoms Undiagnosed … Continue reading

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Choice Care Update

Public Law 113-146, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act (VACAA) of 2014, established a “Commission on Care” to examine the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system and make recommendations for change. The Commission is composed of membership … Continue reading

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• Colorado Senator Joins Call for Military Discharge Study:

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet hopes a pair of studies due in 2017 will give lawmakers a better view of how the Army is treating its troops. The reviews by the Government Accountability Office and the Department of Defense Inspector General … Continue reading

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