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Military Burn Pits Caused Lung Disease

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A recent court ruling may finally vindicate thousands of US military personnel and private contractors whose health was compromised by the black smoke of burn pits and were then denied proper treatment.   A judge for the US Department of Labor’s Office for Workers’ Compensation Programs decreed that open-air burn…

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VA to Study Medical Marijuana? Not So Fast.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has stated that it will not conduct research into whether medical marijuana could help veterans suffering from chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. This announcement comes as veterans groups are pushing for use of the drug as an alternative to anti-depressants and opioids.   Secretary…

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Family VA Benefits

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A whole new world of VA benefits awaits you once your family has transitioned from military to civilian life.  It is possible that your veteran does not know what is available to him or her or his or her family. For example, counseling is free.  The VA readjustment counseling services…

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$2.9 Million Veterans Study

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A $2.9 million study to explore risk factors that contribute to suicides, self-harm, and early mortality among military veterans is about to get underway, with University of Alabama researchers, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, and America’s Warrior Partnership working together on the study. The study, named Operation Deep Dive, aims to create…

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VA Advisory Committee

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs recently appointed a new chairwoman and four new members to the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans.  The committee is an expert panel that advises the VA Secretary on programs and issues that are important to women veterans, caregivers, and their families. VA Secretary…

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Veterans’ Education Benefits

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GI Bill benefits have been provided through the VA for more than 70 years.  Over this time, Congress has adjusted eligibility requirements.  In August, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 was enacted.  The law provides updates for reservists, veterans who face school closures while enrolled, Purple…

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Trouble with the VA? Call Congress.

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Veterans should consider contacting their congressional representatives for help navigating challenges with the Department of Veterans Affairs.   Although your representative might not serve on the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, every Congressman or Congresswoman has staff who serve as liaisons between veterans and the VA.  These caseworkers ensure that each…

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New Veterans ID Cards

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A new veterans identification card has been designed to provide convenient proof of service when veterans seek military discounts offered by restaurant and retail chains. The new cards were rolled out at the end of November, but interest was so high on the application site operated by the VA that…

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