Lawsuit Filed to get Veterans Affairs Agent Orange Correspondence

The Virginian-Pilot and ProPublica have filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), accusing the agency of denying requests for documents under the Freedom   of Information Act.  The lawsuit seeks a preliminary injunction compelling the government to immediately release correspondence about Agent Orange, an herbicide used to kill vegetation  during the Vietnam War.

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David Shulkin Picked to Head the Department of Veterans Affairs

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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Long List of Agent Orange Decisions Awaits VA in 2017

In 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs faces an array of decisions related to the herbicide Agent Orange, which contained the toxic chemical dioxin and was used to kill vegetation during the Vietnam War.  The VA must decide whether to add new diseases to its list of conditions presumed to be linked to Agent Orange. It also faces calls to compensate naval veterans and veterans who served along the Korean demilitarized  zone .  Additionally, Congress passed a bill requiring VA to pay for analysis of …

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VA Doctors Use Secure Web-based Tool to Better Serve Veterans

VA’s Joint Legacy Viewer (JLV) is a web-based tool that enables VA doctors and staff  to make veteran healthcare more efficient and better coordinated. With JLV, VA staff can view patient records from participating community health care partners and from the Department of Defense health care system.  Improvements in the exchange of health data between VA and non-VA providers results in a more complete picture of the patient’s health and medical history.

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Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Legislative Priorities for New Administration

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has provided a list of five key legislative priorities for the next administration in an effort to ensure key Veterans Affairs (VA) issues remain at the forefront of the administration’s objectives.

Read more at http://bit.ly/2gbrCSs and see the VA’s latest semiannual report on ongoing improvement initiatives at http://bit.ly/2h0FArA.

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New Study Links Agent Orange to Hypertension

A new study has found a close relationship between Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War and high blood pressure, a conclusion that could lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to dramatically expand the number of veterans eligible for compensation.  A VA working group has been looking at evidence linking bladder cancer, underactive thyroid, Parkinson’s-like symptoms and hypertension to Agent Orange exposure.

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How to Successfully File a VA Compensation Claim

By providing a more complete picture of your situation to the rating team when you file your VA compensation claim application, you not only make it easier for the raters to find your information and process your claim, but you also increase your chances of having your claim granted. Although it will take a little more effort on your part, it can pay off with faster VA processing, and will increase your chances of a successful claim the first time.  Getting the free assistance of …

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Pending Legislation for Modernization of the VA Appeals Process

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is working with other Veteran Service Organizations to have the Senate and the House bring to the floor and pass legislation that would modernize the Veterans Affairs disability appeals process.  The goal is to have Congress pass the bill and send it to the President for his signature before the end of the year.

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VA and Stanford to Pursue the Nation’s First Hadron Center

Veterans Affairs (VA) and Stanford Medicine have announced that they are collaborating to establish the nation’s first Hadron Center in Palo Alto, CA, for the benefit of Veteran and non-Veteran cancer patients.  Hadron therapy involves particle beam radiation for treatment of cancer.  Particle beam therapy can be more effective at killing radiation-resistant tumors that are difficult to treat using conventional radiation therapy, and can result in less damage to surrounding normal tissue.

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VA Women’s Health Care More Proactive in Some Care Areas than Private Sector

The number of women Veterans using VA health care has more than doubled since 2000 to now over  500,000.  The Veterans Health Administration has been working diligently to better meet their needs. Comprehensive health services available to women Veterans today include primary care, specialty care (including cancer), hospice/palliative, mental health, infertility, gynecology, and maternity care services. VA has trained over 3,000 designated women’s health providers through national women’s health programs.

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