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VA Suicide Hotline Continues to Struggle

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The Department of Veterans Affairs’ suicide hotline still sends nearly one-third of its calls to outside back-up centers.  Unfortunately, two of these four backup centers place callers into a queue without re-routing them to another center, so some veterans must wait for thirty minutes or longer to speak to someone. …

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VA: Camp Lejeune Benefits

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In March of this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that veterans who served at least thirty days at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and have since been diagnosed with certain diseases will be presumed to have been exposed to contaminated well water and entitled to VA benefits….

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Don’t Steal Dead Veterans’ Benefits

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Pamela Bullington of South Carolina will now serve probation and pay restitution of over $12,000 for stealing her dead mother’s VA benefits. After her mother died, Ms. Bullington and another individual continued to use her mother’s ATM card to withdraw VA benefits. Since Ms. Bullington never informed the VA of…

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PTSD Focus on Female Veterans

By | VA Disability

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is a mental health condition that is triggered by an emotional or stressful event, such as a sexual assault, an accident, war, a natural disaster, or the death of a loved one.  While many people are able to cope with such incidents and move through…

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VA: Budget to Increase

By | VA Disability

In President Trump’s recent budget proposal, the Department of Veterans Affairs will see its budget grow by 6% over the next fiscal year.  The VA currently employs 313,000 civilians and is the second-largest federal agency in the Untied States. The budget would increase the agency’s financial resources from $4.4 billion…

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Veterans Affairs Overhaul

By | VA Disability

Veterans Administration Secretary David Shulkin announced that the VA will treat veterans seeking urgent mental health care, regardless of whether they received an honorable discharge.   The Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has also proposed various bills, all of which are supported by the Veterans of Foreign Wars to overhaul some…

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Veterans Choice Program Faces Demise

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The Veterans Choice Program offers veterans access to private care.  The program was created in 2014 after Veterans Affairs had problems providing timely care.  VA Secretary David Shulkin testified before a House panel recently that improvements to the Choice program have resulted in over 1 million out of 9 million…

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