Tricare – Valuable Benefit for Active Duty and Retired Military Personnel

Tricare is a valuable and affordable health care benefit for active duty service members and retirees. Tricare offers flexibility to choose among different plans, including both military and civilian providers, and has low premiums and low deductibles. It also accepts preexisting conditions. The Veterans Administration system and Tricare for Life provide health care for elderly and disabled veterans, the cost of which is born by Tricare premiums and taxpayer dollars. Should our national health system be similar?

Read one retired military author’s opinion:

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MyVA Initiative Reduces Claims Backlog by Nearly 90 Percent

In line with the MyVA initiative, the Veterans Administration is working to deliver faster, better, and more consistent claims decisions to Veterans.  The initial results are promising: The claims backlog is now down nearly 90 percent from a peak of more than 600,000. At the same time, VA is providing record numbers of benefits to Veterans. 

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Veteran Engagement Boards – Coming to a Community Near You

The Veterans Administration will soon launch a number of new methods that will empower veterans to provide their immediate feedback on VA services. These will include digital kiosks, mobile apps, and a significant initiative called the Community Veteran Engagement Board (CVEB).  The goal is to establish 100 CVEBs by the end of the year to enable collaboration as a community and to assess local veteran needs.

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Evolution of the Veterans Administration Vietnam Ship List

Navy veterans who served in Vietnam often must prove that their ships entered territorial waters in order to receive Agent Orange benefits. It wasn’t always that way.  The first article tells the story of several vets facing the challenge.  The second  highlights the history of how the process got to this point.

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The Difference Between VA Claims and Appeals

A Veterans Administration specialist explains the differences between a VA disability claim and an appeal.  You submit a claim when seeking VA disability benefits (or increased benefits) for one or more medical conditions you believe are related to military service.  The multi-stage appellate (appeal) process is available to you after you have already received one or more decisions on your claim, but disagree with some aspect of VA’s decision.

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Email Alert – 21 NOV 2013: International Myeloma Foundation features Veterans Against Myeloma in IMF Weekly Newsletter

The IMF has long been a resource for veterans seeking information about myeloma – like Jerry Walton (pictured), a 33-year Navy veteran who founded the Southeastern Virginia Multiple Myeloma Support Group. Now that effort expands with the launch of the IMF’s new Veterans Against Myeloma (VAM) website. The site provides links to relevant Veterans Administration information, to state veterans assistance offices and to national veterans service organizations. Email alerts will notify VAM readers about breaking news and articles of interest.

Over the years, the IMF has …

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