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ANOTHER VSG WIN! VETERAN AWARDED $140K IN RETRO BENEFITS

Our Veterans’ Services Group (VSG) has done it again!  The Korean era Veteran came to us with a 0 percent rating for Interstitial Lung Disease. As this condition was caused in service, we fought for him.  He was just awarded a 100 percent rating for Interstitial Lung Disease as well as the aggravation of his -->

Lawmakers introduce bill to expand VA services for female veterans

By Nikki Wentling: Lawmakers outlined proposed reforms under the new Deborah Sampson Act, which is named for a woman who disguised herself as a man to join the Continental Army during the American Revolution. In part, the law would require every VA facility to maintain one primary care provider on staff who specializes in women’s health. -->

VA to start offering mental health care to ‘bad paper’ veterans

By Leo Shane, III: Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said his department will start offering mental health services for veterans with other-than-honorable dismissals as soon as possible, saying the issue is too important to wait for congressional intervention. Read more here:  http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/bad-paper-va-extending-mental-health-services 

VA denied stay on emergency care claims

By Tom Philpott: The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has rejected with stunning speed a motion from the Department of Veterans Affairs that it be allowed to stop taking steps toward reimbursing hundreds of thousands of veterans, for the non-VA emergency care costs they have paid, until higher courts rule on VA’s appeal. -->

PTSD and Sleep

The VA has issued a report concerning sleep problems in Veterans with PTSD. Beyond being a symptom of PTSD, the sleep problems usually evolve into independent disorders that are also associated with significant distress and impairment, including an increased risk for suicidality.  Read more here:  http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/newsletters/research-quarterly/V27N4.pdf

VA doesn’t waste time in implementing Supreme Court decision

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. VA issued new acquisition regulations July 25, just more than a month -->

Once Again, the VA Turns Down Navy Vets for Agent Orange Benefits

A federal court had ordered the VA to reassess its policy denying Agent Orange benefits to Navy sailors who served in the Vietnam War. The VA’s conclusion: They still don’t qualify. Read more here: https://www.propublica.org/article/once-again-the-va-turns-down-navy-vets-for-agent-orange-benefits

After years VA now considering PTSD as factor in discharges

By David O’Reilly:  Thanks to a federal lawsuit brought last year on behalf of five Connecticut veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in September 2014, ordered all discharge review boards to give “liberal consideration” to applicants with claims of combat-related PTSD.  Last week, Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services -->

VA Expands Disability Benefits for Air Force Personnel Exposed to Contaminated C-123 Aircraft

   WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some benefits for a select group of Air Force Veterans and Air Force Reserve personnel who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft that had been used in -->

The front lines of care for our veterans

By Meredith Ludlow: If Congress and VA are truly committed to changing the paradigm of veteran care, families need to be front and center. Goals and metrics on family-centered programs should be incorporated into VA’s strategic plan and monitored for performance. Last year’s VA Performance and Accountability Report contained nine pages on burial service metrics, but none on -->