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Veterans Care Financial Protection Act

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The House recently passed the Veterans Care Financial Protection Act unanimously.  The bill, if passed by the Senate, would bring rules that could make it difficult for people pretending to be financial advisers to scam veterans. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced the bill, calling it a “bipartisan, bicameral, commonsense proposal to…

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Veterans and Scams

By | VA Disability

A recent AARP survey finds that veterans can be victimized by scams twice as often as the rest of the public.  Approximately 16% of United States veterans have lost money, compared with 8% of the rest of the population, in the last five years. Veterans may be more willing to…

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VA and Opioid Use

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The Veterans Administration is attempting to balance treating pain while preventing addiction because veterans are not immune to the opioid crisis.   The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 was enacted to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic, and the VA is trying to wean veterans off opioids, while treating…

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Improvements at the VA

By | VA Disability

President Trump ran for president on a campaign platform to fix the VA.  Since taking office some improvements have been made.  For example, 1,000 staff have been fired for misconduct since January. But the agency still needs to be transformed so that its new staff can succeed, and good employees…

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Protecting Veterans from For-Profit Colleges

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The Trump Administration is set to waive an ethics law that protects veterans from predatory for-profit colleges.  The VA recently announced it intends to provide a blanket waiver of a law Congress passed to prevent corruption in programs that provide education benefits for veterans. The Trump Administration has also shown…

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Vets Going Hungry

By | VA Disability

Certain groups of veterans suffer high rates of hunger, including veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.  The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking matters into its hands and will begin screening all vets who visit VA health care facilities for hunger.  They will do this by asking whether they…

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