State Veterans Affairs agencies are second only to the federal Veterans Affairs in providing benefits and services to veterans and their families. The state departments, while independent of the federal VA, are key partners in the mission to fulfill the promise of Abraham Lincoln: to care for those “who shall have borne the battle.” State agencies primarily assist vets with accessing and applying for federal VA care and benefits. In addition to connecting vets to federal resources, each state government offers additional benefits or services to their …Read More »
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin supports expanding VA caregiver benefits to families of veterans of all eras. In testimony before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Shulkin said he believes the current restrictions on the caregiver program — which limit many benefits solely to families of post-9/11 veterans — need to be updated. VA officials have begun a review of the costs and procedures for expanding the program, and will approach lawmakers with a plan.
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President Trump held his first face-to-face meeting with representatives from prominent veterans groups on Friday, a step that community advocates called a productive and critical step in advancing the White House’s promises to veterans. The hour-long meeting with Vice President Pence, Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin and senior White House staff covered issues including medical care access for veterans, accountability for VA employees, veterans caregiver programs and the President’s pledges to make veterans services more efficient.
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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin recently said that the VA’s Choice Card program needs to be reauthorized to ensure better medical care access for vets. He also promised major changes are coming soon. The Choice Card program, enabling veterans to seek medical care outside the VA system, is set to expire this summer even though money for the program may still be available. Secretary Shulkin is urging lawmakers not to delay program extension.
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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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Senate leaders have scheduled a confirmation hearing for VA secretary nominee David Shulkin on February 1st, and signaled a likely easy path to approval of his nomination. If confirmed, the 57-year-old Shulkin, who has served as VA Under Secretary for Health since June 2015, would be the first non-veteran ever to hold the post. Many senators and veterans advocates have signaled support for him.
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President-elect Trump has named David Shulkin to be the VA’s next leader of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Shulkin is currently the VA’s Undersecretary for Health, a position in which he oversaw over 1,700 health care sites across the United States. Dr. Shulkin’s nomination is receiving positive endorsement from many veteran associations.
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Doctor David Shulkin is the new Undersecretary of Health for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is responsible for the health care of nearly 8.8 million vets, and commands 168 medical centers and 1,600 clinics worldwide. He has a great reputation for significantly improving organizations he has led. Dr. Shulkin “has brought great energy to the VA and a great sense of urgency to transforming VA health care,” said a vet service organization director.
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Dr. David Shulkin, president of a New Jersey Medical Center, won approval as the VA’s Undersecretary for Health by a voice vote in the Senate. Shulkin steps into a key role managing a health-care system responsible for 9 million military veterans in nearly 1,000 VA hospitals and clinics nationwide. Shulkin is an internist who has served as chief medical officer or CEO of major medical facilities since 1991.
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