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VA Advisory Committee

By | VA Disability

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

By | VA Disability

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.

By | VA Disability

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

By | VA Disability

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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Veteran Guinea Pigs

By | VA Disability

The United States Army has begun notifying veterans that they may be eligible for government-paid medical care for injuries and illnesses related to testing of biological warfare and chemical agents, decades after the Army used soldiers in experiments. The Army has not, however, revealed to individual veterans what substances they…

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Veterans Care Financial Protection Act

By | VA Disability

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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