Veterans Services

By Charlie Castelluccio: Veterans Administration's new Veterans Appointment Request app helps veterans to schedule appointments with the VA care team from the convenience of their mobile phone, computer, tablet or any device with an internet connection. You can directly schedule primary care appointments, see details for all pending, confirmed and upcoming appointments, and send up to two messages to a VA scheduler about requested and booked appointments.

By Perry Chiaramonte: A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the Senate that aims to finally help veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The “Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act” was introduced on Tuesday by senators Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and aims to create what they say is a ‘center of excellence” within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

NY Times by Dave Philipps: When Tim Snider arrived on Enewetak Atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean to clean up the fallout from dozens of nuclear tests on the ring of coral islands, Army officers immediately ordered him to put on a respirator and a bright yellow suit designed to guard against plutonium poisoning. A military film crew snapped photos and shot movies of Mr. Snider, a 20-year-old Air Force radiation technician, in the crisp new safety gear.

By Leo Shane III:  President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Wednesday to resist any plans to “privatize” veterans’ services but also outlined a vision of a more robust, community-integrated system for the future. Read more here:  http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/david-shulkin-confirmation-hearing-senate
 

By Hope Yen:  After years of waiting, veterans who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina may now be able to receive a portion of government disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion.  The Department of Veterans Affairs described the new benefit Friday as "historic." It is one of few instances in which former military personnel who weren't deployed for war could become eligible for cash payouts.  Read m

By Leo Shane III:  Veteran Affairs officials on Tuesday officially open the new Atlanta office for the department’s Veteran Crisis Line, nearly doubling the program’s capacity to aid suicidal veterans and servicemembers. Read more here: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/veterans-crisis-line-atlanta-opening
 

By Samantha Kubek: According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, one in four women seen at a VA health facility reports experiencing military sexual trauma while in service. Women veterans are the fastest growing segment of the homeless veteran population. One in five women veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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