Veterans Services

By Leo Duran: Top current and former officials in the U.S. Military are raising the alarm over the disturbing combination of high rates of Traumatic Brain Injury in the armed forces and a lack of public policy solutions to adequetly address the problem. Researchers are only now getting their arms around the magnitude of the class of injuries that are difficult to treat and have affected an estimated 400,000 service members since the September 11th attacks in 2001.

By Nikki Wentling: WASHINGTON – A measure to increase funding for veteran treatment courts by $3 million was added to a House spending bill Tuesday, signaling early support in Congress for diversion, rather than incarceration, for veterans struggling with mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus released the following statement on Friday about a decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to deny an anticipated annual federal investment more than $500,000 to Hudson River Housing. If no action is taken, funding will run out and the program will be terminated after September 30th.“Unfortunately, we often hear of wasteful spending on government programs that don’t work,” Neuhaus said.

Congressman Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., sponsoring a House bill to give presumption of Agent Orange exposure to Korean DMZ veterans who served in from Sept. 1967 to April 1968.    Read more here:  http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/2017/08/16/korea-dmz-veterans-could-get-more-disability-coverage/569592001/

By Chuck Raasch: President Donald Trump signed on Wednesday legislation making it easier for a Missouri World War II veteran and others of his generation to receive benefits to treat conditions from secret mustard gas experiments they were subjected to more than 60 years ago.  Read more here:  http://www.stltoday.com/news/

By Farran Powell: The Forever GI Bill, which passed the U.S. Senate unanimously, is estimated to cost more than $3 billion over 10 years.  "It restores benefits to veterans who were impacted by school closures since 2015 and has special benefits for our reservists, surviving dependents and Purple Heart recipients," said Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin in a statement.  The new law will also eliminate the 15-year limit on educational benefits for new enlistees.

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