American Legion on VA Appeals Process and Commission on Care Plan

The American Legion has strongly encouraged passing of legislation to reform the Veterans Affairs appeals process.  The Legion has also addressed Congress on the Commission on Care’s recent recommendations to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve the delivery of health care.  The Legion supports the creation of fully integrated health-care networks that would make VA responsible for coordination of care and meet the needs of the growing veteran population requiring VA services and outside care from community providers.

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VA Seeks Feedback on Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Claims Ruling

The Veterans Affairs Department has moved a step closer to granting presumptive status for eight diseases associated with contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  Former troops, Reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for no fewer than 30 days between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987, could be eligible if they have one of eight conditions, including multiple myeloma.

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VA Secretary Urges Senate Committee to Support VA Health Care Reform

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald told Senate lawmakers Wednesday that Congressional action is necessary to support the Department’s reform efforts.  During testimony before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, McDonald said that VA embraces 15 of 18 proposals set forth by a congressional advisory panel and wants to create a health care system that incorporates public facilities and private health networks to treat veterans

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Revised Website Provides Centralized VA Information for Rural Veterans

In an effort to increase rural veterans’ access to care and services, VA’s Office of Rural Health  has launched a redesigned website with all new content. The redesigned website offers veterans, providers, partners and media easy access to the information they need to improve the health and well-being of rural veterans.

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Post – 9/11 Veteran Toxic Exposures

The VA’s Post – 9/11 Vet Newsletter includes information relevant to vets who served in operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn.  The current issue includes several articles with links to information about toxic exposures including airborne hazards, open burn pits and chemical warfare agents.

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House Panel Receptive to VA Reform Proposals

House Veterans Affairs Committee members have voiced support for recommendations by a congressional panel to reform VA health services, to include improvements to the current setup of government hospitals and private doctors that provide care to veterans.

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Addresses American Legion Convention

Joining thousands of attendees at their 98th annual national convention, VA Secretary Robert McDonald addressed American Legion members.  He emphasized the ongoing MyVA transformation strategies designed to give every Veteran an exceptional experience with the Department of Veterans Affairs that’s easy, consistent, and memorable.

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President Sends Response to Congress on the Commission on Care Report

The Commission on Care was established to help improve the access of veterans to medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The President’s formal response to the Commission on Care Report has been sent to Congress.  Secretary of the VA Robert McDonald has released a formal statement on the report and on the President’s final assessment.

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VA Urges Congress to Tackle Top Legislative Priorities Affecting Veterans

Veterans Affairs (VA) officials are urging Capitol Hill leaders to pass their department’s fiscal 2017 budget, reform the veteran benefit appeals process and tackle a host of other top legislative priorities affecting vets before time runs out on the current Congressional session at the end of the year.

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VA/DoD/NCI are Partnering to Tailor Cancer Care Based on Genes, Proteins

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is partnering with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to tailor cancer care for patients based on the genes and proteins associated with their tumors. The tri-agency program will create the nation’s first system in which cancer patients’ tumors are routinely screened for gene and protein information, with the goal of finding targeted therapies for each individual patient. The process will also continually generate new information to boost clinicians’ ability to treat the disease.

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