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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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House Bill to Extend Choice Program

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A House Bill recently passed 414-0 that will now move to the Senate to provide $2.1 billion to continue funding the Veterans Choice program, which allows veterans access to private medical care.  An additional $1.8 billion will go to core VA programs, which include 28 leases for new VA medical…

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Veterans Denied Benefits

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Senator Claire McCaskill has asked the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America for information regarding how veterans have been affected by “other than honorable discharges” from the military.  She’s also inquired what steps they would like to Department of…

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