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Cannabis and the American Legion

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The national commander of the American Legion, Denise Rohan, will testify before a joint House and Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs to discuss what President Trump and Congress can do to improve veterans’ benefits.  She has previously explained that replacements for the opioid epidemic must be found. This could include…

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VA Chief of Staff Stepping Down

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Vivieca Wright Simpson, a 32-year veteran of the Department of Veterans Affairs, is stepping down after an inspector general investigation revealed that she doctored an email and misled ethics officials, the result of which was that the VA paid for Secretary David Shulkin’s wife to join him on a taxpayer-paid…

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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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