Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program

Caregivers play an important role in the health and well-being of Veterans. Rehabilitation after a serious injury or during a chronic illness can be a lengthy and confusing process that may leave Veterans and their family caregivers feeling isolated and adrift in an uncertain sea. VA’s Caregiver Program can be a life raft during such periods. The program aims to support caregivers who in turn support Veterans in ways VA cannot.  Recently, VA Secretary Shulkin initiated a review of the National Caregiver Support Program “to …

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VA Disability Claims Backlog Rising. VA Secretary Optimistic About Recovery

The number of backlogged veterans benefits claims is rising again. Veterans Affairs says it’s only a temporary problem and that it will be brought back down in coming weeks.  It is because some resources and personnel were shifted to handle the significant number of veteran benefit appeals cases.  In a National Public Radio interview, VA Secretary Shulkin said that VA “is on a path toward recovery”.

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VA to Provide Disability Benefits for Diseases Related to Camp Lejeune Exposures

Veterans Affairs (VA) has published regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases, including multiple myeloma, associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  The presumption of service connection applies to active duty, reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days (cumulative) between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987.

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Congressional Bills to Boost Veterans

Members of the 115th Congress began introducing a deluge of legislation regarding veterans, including bills aimed at extending benefits to Blue Water Navy veterans, revoking bonuses paid to VA employees, and expanding the rules of concurrent receipt of retired and VA disability pay.

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Veterans Affairs Progress Under VA Secretary Bob McDonald

This comprehensive article covers some key facts and figures on where the Veterans Affairs department stands today, based on current statistics and assessments of operations since VA Secretary Bob McDonald took office in August 2014.

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Twelve Health Resolutions for 2017

With the New Year, many people start thinking about things they would like to accomplish during the coming year. It is a time most of us think about changes we want or need to make. To help, the Veterans Affairs website has listed twelve resolutions for 2017 that may improve veterans’ health and promote wellness. In addition, there are also links to information and tools to help vets reach their goals.

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Ways for Veterans to Appeal Their Disability Status

The Department of Defense‘s Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) serves as a means for veterans to appeal their cases with the possibility of modifying their assigned rating or disability retirement status.  (Read more:  http://bit.ly/2iw0SuZ) .  If vets disagree with the decision Veterans Affairs (VA) made on their disability compensation claim, the first step is to formally tell VA that they  disagree.  Vets can seek assistance from their local Veterans Service Organization (VSO), sit down with a representative at their local VA office, or call …

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Coalition of 20 Veterans Groups Want Bob McDonald to Continue as VA Secretary

A coalition of 20 veterans groups want to keep Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald as the VA leader in the next administration, telling President-elect Donald Trump that “we cannot afford to start over” given department progress in recent years.  They stated that efforts to transform and modernize the VA are showing early signs of success and, if continued, “have the potential to eventually make VA a model agency”.  Recent news indicates Navy Admiral Michelle Howard is being considered as the next VA leader.

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One Number to Call to Reach VA: MyVA311

VA is introducing 1-844-MyVA311 (1-844-698-2311) as a go-to source for Veterans and their families who don’t know what number to call. This new national toll-free number will help eliminate the feeling of frustration and confusion that Veterans and their families have expressed when navigating the 1000-plus phone numbers that currently exist.

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Next Veterans Affairs Chief to Decide on New Agent Orange Ailments

The decision to add any ailments to the list of 17 conditions VA already presumes are tied to herbicides such as Agent Orange will be left for the next administration’s VA Secretary.  For the current administration, the deadline has passed for proposing new rules for presumption of service connection to herbicides.  Additional ailments that have been under consideration include bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and others.

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