Veterans Beating a Silent Killer – Hepatitis C

Studies have shown that Veterans, and in particular those between the age of 45 and 65, are at the highest risk of having the hepatitis C virus.  Veterans Affairs (VA) research has found that several antiviral drug regimens produce dramatically higher cure rates than the older treatment.  The new drug regimens also do not contain interferon, which has troublesome side effects such as fever, fatigue, and low blood counts.  The high cure rate is important since hepatitis C can be a silent killer.  Many people …

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VA Research Works to Improve Health Equity Among a Diverse Veteran Population

The demographics of U.S. Veterans are set to change dramatically. Currently, the majority of Veterans are male and white, with the largest group having served during the Vietnam War. However, by 2040, 20 percent of Veterans will be women and 34 percent will be nonwhite.  VA is conducting research to help make sure these growing Veteran minority populations are receiving the same quality of care – medical care that is (1) safe, (2) effective, (3) patient-centered, (4) timely, (5) efficient, and (6) equitable.

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American Legion Commander on Governmental Policies Affecting the VA

In what could be a preview of his upcoming congressional testimony, during a recent press conference the American Legion National Commander fiercely defended the need for a strong Veterans Affairs (VA) system.  Millions of veterans need VA health care, he emphasized, and timely VA health care should be available to all veterans who wish to use it.  He also renewed the Legion’s push for modernization of the disability claims process.

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VA Compensation: Who Is Eligible?

Since VA disability compensation is taxpayer money, there’s a legal process to claim that money. The laws explain who is eligible: those who have separated from active military service with any discharge except dishonorable, as well as those still serving in the Reserves/National Guard.  Other requirements include active duty, drill or annual training for Reserves/National Guard, and evidence that substantiates the injury or medical condition.

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House Passes Four Bills to Help Vets With Broad Bipartisan Support

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman released the following statement after four bills to boost veteran employment, honor our nation’s heroes and improve veterans’ experience with VA’s claims process passed the House of Representatives with broad, bipartisan support:  “The men and women who have fought for our great nation should never have to struggle to find a job or stumble through VA’s claims process. These common sense bills will help us keep the promises we’ve made to our service members.”

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Message from VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin

The full Senate voted to approve Dr. David Shulkin as the next head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, making him the only holdover from the Obama administration to hold a cabinet post under President Donald Trump. The vote was unanimous, 100-0, for Shulkin, who had served as the Under Secretary for Health at the VA for the past 19 months. He was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence and he issued his initial message as VA Secretary to veterans.

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Partnership to Help Influence Veteran Issues in Congress

Every day, lawmakers in Washington, D.C. make decisions on important issues impacting the health and welfare of veterans, yet only 18.7 percent of Congress and 1 percent of their staff members have served in the military.  HillVets and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) have partnered in a program that will bring more vets to Capitol Hill through a fellowship program.  Having staff members who served in the military and understand how policy and legislation will affect veterans can provide valuable insight for lawmakers.

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Federal Register: Final Ruling on Diseases Related to Camp Lejeune Water Supply

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has amended its regulations regarding presumptive service connection, adding certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987.

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Leading Veteran Service Organizations Release Their Proposed Budget for VA

Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars  have released their proposed federal budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs for this year.  The collaborative report outlines legislative and policy issues for veterans.   Topping the list of six critical issues for the 115th Congress to address is the need to “strengthen, reform and sustain the VA health care system.”

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What Exactly is VA Compensation?

There are several types of VA compensation, but most people who use the term are referring to disability compensation.  Disability compensation is a tax-free, monthly payment to eligible Veterans for the injuries and medical conditions they incurred, acquired, caught, received or aggravated while in active military service.

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