Veterans Services

By Hershel Gober: Most members of Congress never miss a chance to publicly praise the brave men and women who serve in or are veterans of our nation’s armed forces. But the House of Representatives has just passed a bill that will bring unnecessary and unjustified financial hardship to thousands of veterans and their families.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Two Virginia senators are teaming up to help vets who did their duty decades ago and who are now paying the price.  Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are pushing the V.A. to expand its list of which Vietnam veterans who receive treatment and benefits related to exposure to Agent Orange.

By Lucy Nalpathanchil: Almost two years ago, advocates filed a class action lawsuit against the Department of Defense seeking records for how often veterans with "other than honorable" or "bad" discharges applied for discharge upgrades due to their PTSD diagnoses. Now the DOD will be turning over that information.

By Travis J. Tritten: Critics say a bill moving through the House this week would hand the asbestos industry a key legal advantage when fighting the claims of terminally ill veterans.  The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, changes how information on billions of dollars in asbestos-poisoning settlements – much of it from sailors exposed decades ago – is handled.

Military Times Editorial: Since its creation in 1950, the Uniform Code of Military Justice — with only minor tweaks along the way — has proven to be a remarkably durable framework for fairly carrying out the complex tenets of military justice.  The military justice system will always retain a certain level of camo-pattern quirkiness, simply due to the many unique aspects of military life.

By Dennis Wagner:  Less than a year after his appointment as Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald's right-hand man, VA chief of staff Rob Nabors is leaving the agency "to pursue other opportunities," officials confirmed Wednesday.

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