Veteran ID Cards

Congress approved legislation last July to create ID cards designed to give veterans a way to prove their military service for offerings like discounts or services at private businesses.  VA officials said they likely won’t issue the cards until 2017.  A Congressman who sponsored the legislation wants them issued earlier.

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VA blood biobank to play major role in conquering diseases

Nearly a half million veterans have rolled up their sleeves for science as the Veterans Affairs Department shoots to build the largest blood repository in the world.  The VA’s Million Veterans Program is advancing the research on DNA mapping to better understand genetic markers linked to illnesses such as cancers, heart disease, post-traumatic stress and mental health conditions.  Experts believe such advances in precision medicine and personalized care will lead to more effective treatments for disease.

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VA Secretary urges Congress to help improve disability appeals process

In his second plea to Congress in a week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald on Wednesday said his department’s benefits appeals process is “failing veterans” and asked lawmakers for a massive overhaul to fix the process.  The Secretary said he needs both legislation and resourcing to “put in place a simplified appeals process” to handle the cases in a matter of months, instead of years.

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Well-Being Information For Aging Veterans

VA Medical Centers can help aging veterans make small changes or even big changes that will improve overall well-being.  The Well-Being section on the VA website provides comprehensive information about eight topics that address well-being, including stay active, stay safe, find balance, eat healthy, sleep well, maintain relationships, nurture your spirit and lower stress.  Each topic includes links to community resources.

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Vets Who Accept Separation Pay can’t Receive VA Compensation

Under federal law, until veterans pay back their involuntary separation pay, they can have their VA disability compensation withheld.  The reason for this is due to a federal law precluding duplication of benefits.  The VA is required to withhold some or all of a veteran’s monthly compensation until this recoupment is complete.

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A Veteran’s Journey Through the VA Disability Claim Process

A veteran files a disability claim years after leaving the service.  See his journey through the process and the value of getting help from a National Service Officer of one of the Veteran Service Organizations.

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Veteran Training: Moving Forward

VA developed Moving Forward, a free, online resource to help manage stress and transition. Moving Forward teaches skills and tools to help vets navigate challenging times, find creative solutions to problems and meet their goals.

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MOAA’s Top Ten Legislative Goals For 2016

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization that lobbies Congress on behalf of military personnel and veterans.  Their legislative agenda for the current Congressional session seeks a strong national defense and key support issues for military members, retirees and their families.  The agenda includes issues such as health care, pay and benefits, disability, timely VA support access, expanded caregiver support and other key issues.

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Veterans Administration Caregiver Support

VA not only provides benefits and services for veterans, but also has a number of services designed specifically to support family caregivers.  VA has several support and service options designed with caregivers in mind. Programs are available both in and out of the home to support care for veterans.

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Operation Live Well

The Department of Defense’s Operation Live Well program aims to improve the health and wellness of the entire defense community.  This month, the Military Health System is focusing on overall health and wellness through a variety of programs.

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