WASHINGTON – As part of VA’s ongoing commitment to provide care to Veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs today announced that it will start the process of amending its regulations to establish presumptions of service connection for certain conditions resulting from exposure to contaminated drinking water at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
By Tara Copp: The Navy is launching an investigation into whether the operating conditions at the military commissions site at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are tied to a reported high rate of cancer among the personnel assigned there.
By Phaedra Haywood: Hundreds of soldiers who’ve come home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now are battling the very companies that helped operate their base camps, claiming constant exposure to toxins from open-air burn pits has wrecked their health.
By Abigail Curtis: A bill named for a Washington County, Maine, woman and designed to help veterans who have survived sexual assault in the military was passed Monday night by the U.S. House of Representatives.
H.R. 571 would limit the amount of awards and bonuses paid to employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and would modify the department’s personnel policies for employees in the Senior Executive Service (SES). In addition, the bill would prescribe a comprehensive process for handling complaints by whistleblowers. CBO estimates that implementing H.R.
By Robyn Mincher, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center:The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is recruiting survivors of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to share their stories of courage and resilience for its A Head for the Future TBI awareness and prevention initiative. These “TBI champions” will show the importance of recognizing brain injuries, and that recovery is possible.
By Patricia Kime: Troops who worked at burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those exposed to multiple dust storms during war-zone deployments, have higher rates of common respiratory illnesses like asthma and emphysema, as well as rare lung disorders, according to data drawn from the Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.