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Pride in VA Health System

By | VA Disability

VA Secretary David Shulkin has vowed to “turn the VA into the organization veterans and families deserve, and one that Americans can take pride in.” Secretary Shulkin has made improving the quality of care, speeding up disability claim processing, addressing the high suicide rate among veterans, and reducing backlogs of…

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Veteran Homelessness: A Work in Progress

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VA Secretary David Shulkin stated recently that ending veteran homelessness will take longer than his predecessor originally anticipated. He did say, however, that reducing the number of homeless veterans to 10,000-15,000 from 40,000 is an achievable goal for President Trump’s administration. Virginia, Delaware, and Connecticut have effectively ended veteran homelessness,…

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VA Death Toll

By | VA Disability

An Inspector General’s office report revealed recently that more than 100 veterans died while waiting for care at a Los Angeles hospital over a nine month span that ended August 2015. Although improvements at the VA have decreased wait times for veterans to receive care, they remain perilously long.  Some…

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VA Telehealth

By | VA Disability

In 2016, the VA spent $1.2 billion for a total of 2 million telemedicine encounters between veterans who live in remote locations and their doctors.  Approximately 12 percent of veteran patients receive some portion of their treatment through telehealth. However, there are roadblocks to providing this kind of care.  Telehealth…

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Hands-On VA Secretary

By | VA Disability

VA Secretary, Dr. David Shulkin believes that the VA cannot be reformed without understanding the experience of patients in the system. As a result, he continues to see patients regularly, in-person and remotely.   Secretary Shulkin is the first non-veteran to head the VA.  Although he was not President Trump’s…

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Accountability at the VA

By | VA Disability

Senators Marco Rubio, Johnny Isakson, and Jon Tester have unveiled their proposed legislation entitled the “Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act.”  If passed, the VA will be better able to protect whistleblowers and have the power to demote or remove incompetent and underperforming employees.  The legislation would…

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Where Is Trump’s Hotline?

By | VA Disability

Although President Trump promised that the White House would set up a hotline for veteran complaints to speed up reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs, no such hotline has yet to be created. President Trump pledged that the hotline “would be devoted to answering veterans’ complaints of wrongdoing at…

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Aid & Attendance Veteran In-Home Care

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For veterans who served at least one day during a wartime period and are now disabled due to a non-service related condition, the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a pension benefit called Aid & Attendance Allowance.   Aid & Attendance Allowance pays for care in an assisted living community, long-term…

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