By Jason Miller: The Veterans Affairs Department acted unusually quickly to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s “rule of two” decision in the Kingdomware case. So much so that it both surprised observers and had them wondering if VA was acting too hastily.
By Tom Philpott: More than two million claims for private-sector emergency health care services provided to VA-enrolled veterans since February 2010 could be eligible for VA reimbursement if a recent ruling by the U.S.
Standing with local leaders in Newburgh, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today toured the banks of Washington Lake, the site of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) contamination, which is believed to have originated at the Stewart Air National Guard base.
Military.com: The University of Michigan Health System and the Student Veterans of America have developed a peer-to-peer program to assist veterans with campus support. The Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) program was developed in Michigan and has been fully implemented at 12 schools across the country. This fall 30 more schools nationwide will be joining the program. PAVE has also partnered with the VA to expand VA's campus outreach and assistance programs.
by Judith Graham: Aided by new funds from Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is extending new antiviral treatments to all veterans with hepatitis C treated within its sprawling health care system—regardless of the stage of their illness and whether they contracted these infections during military service. Read more: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2543889
By Meghann Myers: Following the Defense Department's lifting of the ban on transgender service members in June, the Navy Department is preparing to provide medical and administrative support for transitioning sailors and Marines, train personnel on the particulars of serving in a transgender-inclusive force and, by next summer, accept transgender recruits into boot camp.
NY Times Editorial Board: Veterans make up 8.5 percent of America’s adult population but account for 18 percent of its suicides. In 2014, according to new data from the Veterans Affairs Department, 7,403 veterans killed themselves. That is about 20 deaths a day. This is a national emergency, and attacking it is the primary mission of the V.A.’s Veterans Crisis Line, a call center based in Canandaigua, N.Y.
By Richard Sisk: A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday sought to revive a proposal to make it easier for veterans to upgrade "bad paper" discharges wrongly handed down for behavior resulting from PTSD or sexual trauma. Read more: