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VA privatization update – What does privatization really mean?

When confirmation hearings for the next Veterans Affairs secretary begin in a few weeks, privatization of the department will be the main focus of most lawmakers’ questions. Nearly everyone in the veterans community and on Capitol Hill is against privatizing … Continue reading

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 GI Bill changes:

Lifting The 15-Year Time Limit To Use GI Bill The law eliminated the current 15-year time limit on use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill for those who were discharged on or after Jan. 1, 2013. This means that you have … Continue reading

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 Arlington National Cemetery, slowly running out of space, reaches out to public for help:

Arlington National Cemetery is reaching out to the public for suggestions after Congress asked to find the means necessary to keep the burial site open — despite estimates it could run out of space in approximately 23 years. Army National … Continue reading

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 VA can now award benefits for disabling pain:

In a sweeping legal victory for veterans, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a 19-year lower court precedent which prohibited the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from awarding disability benefits to a veteran for disabling pain … Continue reading

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• Dependents’ educational assistance ► The forgotten benefit:

Under this seldom used education program, family members of troops killed in action or those with 100% serviceconnected disabilities are able to obtain up to 45 months of education benefits in the form of a monthly stipend. The DEA program … Continue reading

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• VA burial benefits ► S.2248 | Tribal cemetery headstones:

A federal bill seeks to extend an aspect of burial benefits for Native American veterans provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Senate Bill 2248 proposes that the distribution of headstones upon request be provided to spouses and dependent … Continue reading

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• Cell phone discounts:

Most major cell phone providers — including AT&T, Boost Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon — offer military discounts on wireless plans to current and former servicemembers. To find the best deal for your family, do some shopping and focus … Continue reading

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• Tricare retiree dental program:

Do you have Tricare Retiree Dental Program coverage now? If so, then you need to know that this program will end on December 31st, 2018. Anyone who’s enrolled this year or who’s eligible for the plan can choose a dental … Continue reading

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 House committee advances protections for veterans’ credit scores:

An effort gained momentum in Congress on Wednesday to protect veterans’ credit scores when the Department of Veterans Affairs is slow to reimburse private-sector doctors for their medical care. The House Financial Services Committee advanced legislation that would provide a … Continue reading

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 Shulkin says he would, if he could, expand Agent Orange-related health care:

VA Secretary David Shulkin suggests he favors expansion of Agent Orange-related health care and disability compensation to new categories of ailing veterans but that factors like cost, medical science and politics still stand in the way. Shulkin told the Senate … Continue reading

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