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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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• 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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• Number of Veterans Waiting for Care Is Up 50 Percent:

According to a June 24 Washington Post article the number of veterans on wait lists to be treated for everything from Hepatitis C to post-traumatic stress is 50 percent higher than at the same time last year, according to VA … Continue reading

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Vietnam Vets with PTSD Win 40-Year Fight to Fix Bad Discharge

After decades of fighting, five Vietnam veterans who brought a class-action lawsuit in federal court have finally won: the Pentagon has agreed to upgrade each man’s “other-than-honorable” discharge status. These men are among the estimated 80,000 Vietnam veterans who developed … Continue reading

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 Isakson, Blumenthal Introduce Legislation to Increase Veterans’ Benefits:

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, introduced bipartisan legislation to increase veterans’ disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment … Continue reading

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