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VA Disability

Payouts to Deceased Veterans

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Hundreds of veterans remain on the Social Security Administration’s payroll, despite being dead for years, and have received almost $38 million in benefits.  This information comes according to a report from the inspector general of Social Security. The report cited inaccurate death records at the Department of Veterans Affairs as…

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Streamlining the VA Appeals Process

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The Department of Veterans Affairs says some veterans are waiting six years or more to appeal denied claims, while on average it takes approximately three years to receive a final decision. VA officials complained that case records never close, and this open-ended system causes the appeals to drag on for…

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VA Choice Program Funded

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Veterans Affairs David Shulkin received an additional $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice Program in a bill passed the beginning of August.  Secretary Shulkin said the funds will be used for modernization projects, comprehensive public-private sector partnerships, and construction of new facilities. As Secretary Shulkin stated: “I think health care’s…

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WWII Vets Exposed to Chemicals

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Last week, President Trump signed the Arla Harrell Act into law, which is intended to secure VA benefits for World War II veterans who were exposed to chemicals in experiments.  The bill, sponsored by Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt of Missouri, passed in the Senate the week before. Arla…

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GI Bill Benefits Expanded

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President Trump is expected to sign the Forever GI Bill, and it will cost more than $3 billion over the next 10 years. Veterans Affairs Secretary, David Shulkin, stated: “It restores benefits to veterans who were impacted by school closures since 2015 and has special benefits for our reservists, surviving…

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PTSD and Disability Benefits

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The number of disability cases that are related to PTSD has nearly tripled in the last decade from around 345,000 cases in 2008 to more than 940,000 today. 22 percent of all veterans receiving compensation benefits from the department are service-connected PTSD benefits.   Ronald Burke, the assistant deputy undersecretary…

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Agent Orange and Glioblastoma

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Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs does not recognize a causal connection between Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War and Glioblastoma, a kind of brain cancer. The VA has made exceptions in the past and allowed some veterans to prove the connection between Agent Orange exposure and Glioblastoma.  Senator…

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Transgender Veteran Care

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VA Secretary David Shulkin recently assured transgender veterans that, despite President Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military, the VA’s services will be unaffected. As Secretary Shulkin stated: “I’ve assured them that our mission is to take care of all veterans and take care of them in a…

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