Robotic Brace for Veterans of Spinal Cord Injury

For many veterans with spinal cord injuries causing paralysis to the lower extremities, being able to walk again is the promise of a better quality of life.  ReWalk Exoskeleton equipment can give the user the ability to stand from a seated position and, with the assistance of a caregiver and the use of forearm crutches, bear weight and take steps without needing to contract muscles.  In addition, the structural support of the exoskeleton helps with moving the patient forward.

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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 Health Care Information

The following links connect to information on key veteran health care issues and medical benefits.  Among the topics are vision, hearing and dental care; post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);  Agent Orange exposure, and others.

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VA Patient Centered Care: Advancing Complementary and Integrative Health

Across the country, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been expanding complementary and integrative health (CIH) treatments for Veterans in recent years.  CIH treatments promote self-healing and complement traditional medical approaches to support Veterans on their path to health and well-being.  Veterans have described how integrative health tools and techniques helped enhance their lives.

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Advantages of VA Home Based Care

Home based primary care, pioneered in the VA system in the mid-1970s, started with a few major centers. Today it has expanded to about 150 programs at VA centers around the country. It is designed to take care of patients with serious chronic illnesses for whom routine clinic-based care is difficult to get due to geographic barriers or severe physical disability.

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Pro and Con Debate on VA’s Independent APRN Proposal

Recently, Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a proposed rule that would grant full medical practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) when they are practicing within the scope of their employment, education and certification.  VA believes that the regulation would help address staffing shortages, increase access to care for veterans, and reduce their wait times for appointments.  VA solicited comments on the proposed rule, and thousands have been received.  Significant differences have been noted in comments for and against the proposal.

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Military and VA Health Systems Work Together to Help Vets

The Military Health System (MHS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are cooperating more closely than ever.  Focusing initially on wounded warriors, the goal is to streamline the system to make sure vets, service members and their families are well served as the population ages.  The past year has seen significant strides enabling MHS and VA care coordinators to more seamlessly collaborate and share information to align care.

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Precision Medicine To Help 10,000 Veterans With Cancer

At Vice President Biden’s recent National Cancer Moonshot Summit, a public-private partnership was announced to help doctors expand access to precision medicine over the next two years for 10,000 American veterans with cancer.  Genomics technology will be used to help identify precision treatment options for veterans.

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New Veterans Affairs Deputy Under Secretary for Health

Dr. Richard Stone knows a thing or two about massive reorganizations of government health care systems. As former Director of Health Care Operations at the Department of Defense, he helped oversee the transition from the Military Health System to the new Defense Health Agency, which manages medical care for the entire military.  Now as the new Veterans Affairs Deputy Under Secretary for Health, he is looking forward to the challenge of building a health system that can meet the need of the nation’s veterans.

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Vet Service Organizations Address Draft VA Health Care Legislation

Leaders of twenty-six veteran service organizations jointly sent a coordinated letter to the House of Representatives on pending draft legislation involving the VA Health Care system.   In addition to the principal addressee,  Congressional recipients included the House Speaker, House Majority and Minority Leaders, and key Veterans Affairs Committee Members.  The letter expresses “grave concerns” about consequences for millions of veterans who choose and rely on VA health care.

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