VA to Add a Customer Service Branch and Advisory Councils

Veterans Administration officials will add a new customer service branch and a national network of veteran advisory councils in what is being touted as the largest restructuring of the department in its history.

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DoD Proposes Consolidating Tricare Regions

The Defense Health Agency is proposing to cut the number of Tricare regions from three to two, a cost-savings plan that would sharply increase competition for the next round of lucrative Pentagon health care contracts.  According to a draft solicitation for Tricare contracts released online Monday, the Defense Department plans to change the contract regions from the current configuration of North, South and West regions to just East and West regions.  Companies would be allowed to bid for both regions but could win only one …

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VA Claims Filing Shifts to Computerized System

The Department of Veterans Affairs is trying to change the way veterans file disability and other claims in hopes of speeding up an antiquated, paper-bound process.  Under the old system, VA employees would have to search through veterans’ files, which in some cases were up to 4 feet high and included everything from X-rays to eye exams and more.  The new system introduces standardized electronic forms for vets to fill out.  The goal is to computerize a lengthy process that VA officials say led to …

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The International Myeloma Foundation Salutes All Veterans

On Veterans Day, the International Myeloma Foundation salutes our military veterans and the generations before them who have fought to protect and uphold our nation’s freedom and democracy.  You’re always here for us, and we’re here for you.

To all of the fine men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving our country we offer our heartfelt thanks and best wishes for a Happy Veterans Day!

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Veterans Administration Offers Programs for Family Caregivers

November is National Family Caregivers Month.  The Veterans Administration’s Caregiver Support Program has developed several educational programs to assist caregivers in developing skill sets and understanding the importance of self-care which helps avoid “caregiver burnout” and also helps caregivers achieve a sense of balance in their lives.  In addition, the VA website has a section with info on caregiver services, plus a caregiver toolbox and additional resources.

See the VA Caregiver website at: http://www.caregiver.va.gov/  and read more on VA Caregiver programs at: http://1.usa.gov/1Ele8Fx 

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Senate to Vote on Advanced Funding for VA

When Congress returns to session, the Senate will vote on legislation to provide all Veterans Affairs Department funding a full year in advance, preventing government shutdowns or budget gridlock from interrupting veterans services.

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Report Says 60,000 Veterans Get Triple Benefits

A report by Congressional Auditors indicates that nearly 60,000 veterans were getting military retirement pay plus Veterans and Social Security disability benefits at the same time. It’s all legal.  The Congressman who requested the study said “We should fulfill our promises to the men and women who serve, but we need to streamline these duplicative programs”.   Veterans groups disagree.

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Troops to be Checked for Chemical Exposures in Iraq

The Pentagon will offer medical examinations and long-term health monitoring to service members and veterans who were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, the Army and Navy said in separate statements this week, as part of a review of how the military handled encounters with thousands of abandoned chemical munitions during the American occupation.

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Disabled American Veteran (DAV) Mobile Service Office (MSO) Program

DAV’s Mobile Service Offices (MSOs) travel to smaller towns and rural communities across the country to counsel, educate and assist veterans and their families on the benefits available to them.  The MSO program provides support to veterans developing, filing and winning claims for benefits administered under federal, state and local laws.  The MSOs extend services that are available at DAV’s permanently located offices.

For more on the MSOs and links to a calendar of when and where they’ll be go to:  http://bit.ly/1t9uWw6

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Nationwide Telephone Scam Affecting Tricare Beneficiaries

TRICARE beneficiaries need to be aware of a telephone scam affecting beneficiaries over 65 and on Medicare nationwide.

Read more at: http://1.usa.gov/1nsCzy9

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