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Help Support COLA and DIC

Senator Johnny Isakson (GA), Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced S. 3089-the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018. This bill would authorize a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for veterans in receipt of compensation and pension, and for survivors … Continue reading

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“Forever GI Bill” update

WASHINGTON — Effective Aug. 1, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented 15 more provisions of the Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also referred to as the Forever GI Bill. These provisions, in addition to the … Continue reading

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Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act

Senator Tina Smith (MN), introduced S. 2821, the Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act. The bill is named after the late Hawaii Congressman Mark Takai, a veteran of the U.S. Army and Hawaii Army National Guard who passed away … Continue reading

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 House passes the following veteran bills:

The following bills have gone to senate for review and vote; if you are a believer in any of the following bills you should write your senator and let him/her know your thoughts: H.R. 2409 would extended existing federal protections … Continue reading

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 9 reasons to appeal any VA decision:

1. Medical codes and diagnoses are incorrect. 2. Secondary medical conditions. All secondary conditions should be covered, even if at 0%- so that as you age you will be correctly rated. 3. Tertiary medical conditions (which are secondary to secondary … Continue reading

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 Burn pit compensation:

Over 300 sites have been identified as have burn pit exposure and these sites can be found on vetshq.com/burn pit exposure. I find it interesting that there were ‘burn pits’ in Vietnam and yet there has been very little, if … Continue reading

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Burn Pits

On May 1, 2018, Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI) introduced H.R. 5671, the Burn Pits Accountability Act. Since the Persian Gulf War, a common waste disposal practice at military sites outside the United States was the use of burn pits. Smoke … Continue reading

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 Military Tax Relief – H.R.5747 | Special Operations Forces Tax Cut

More special operators could receive a break on taxes next year. The Special Operations Forces Tax Cut Act would grant tax breaks to troops based on their mission, rather than location. The bill would benefit troops who deploy outside of … Continue reading

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 Agent Orange Thailand update – H.R. 4843:

In January 2018, Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced H.R. 4843, a bill that would concede herbicide exposure to all veterans who served at any military installation in Thailand during the Vietnam Era for purposes of determining their eligibility for VA … Continue reading

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 VA Survivors’ & DEA program – changes effective August 1, 2018:

Effective August 1, 2018, the entitlement available under the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program will be reduced from 45 months to 36 months, but in October, the monthly allowance for eligible recipients will increase. These changes, part of … Continue reading

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