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Category Archives: Veterans Services

Fibromyalgia, Other Chronic Conditions in Veterans Linked to Military, Sexual Trauma, Study Shows

People in the military who experience trauma, including sexual trauma, have an increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder, and conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic pain, according to researchers. Article by Alice Melao.  Read more here:

Veterans ask court to reinstate lawsuits over open burn pits

RICHMOND, Va. — Veterans and their families asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to reinstate a collection of lawsuits alleging that a government contractor caused health problems by using burn pits during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Article by Denise Lavoie.  Read more here:

House panel supports Agent Orange coverage for ‘Blue Water’ Navy veterans

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers approved legislation Tuesday to extend Agent Orange benefits to approximately 90,000 sailors who served off the coast during the Vietnam War.  Article by Nikki Wentling.  Read more here:

Military Sexual Assault Reports Jump Ten Percent

U.S. officials say reports of sexual assaults across the military jumped by nearly 10 percent in 2017, a year that saw a massive online nude-photo sharing scandal rock the services, triggering greater awareness of sexual harassment and other similar complaints.  Read more here:  Article by Lolita C. Baldor.

Congress Allots $1.2B for New VA EHR System

The House Appropriations Committee released the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) 2019 budget today. The bill allots a $9 billion overall bump in funding, which includes $1.2 billion for “activities related to implementation, preparation, development, interface, management, rollout, and maintenance” of a modernized electronic health records (EHR) system.  Read more here:  Article by Ryan -->

Benefits That All Veterans Should Know About

Approximately 4.55 million Veterans receive disability benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. More than 9 million receive health care benefits, and more than 6 million receive life insurance benefits. Just under 3 million have received home loans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, close to 1 million have received education benefits, and -->

In a First, VA Centers Use Genetic Testing to Treat Depression

It is the first study in the VA health system to examine whether doctors gaining knowledge of their patients’ genomic composition can help shape more precise treatment plans for depression.  Dr. Lee, a VA medical examiner, signed up to be part of a first-of-its-kind experiment that is playing out in 21 VA health centers around the -->

Contaminated Drinking Water Found Outside a NC Military Base: It Could Be Just the Start

The tiny Eastern North Carolina community of Atlantic has joined a growing list of military areas across the country affected by contaminated drinking water.  The Navy is providing bottled water after two private groundwater wells in Atlantic, an unincorporated area in Carteret County with a population of less than 600, tested positive for elevated levels -->

VA Reforms Removed From Massive Spending Bill

A deal collapsed Wednesday to include multiple Department of Veterans Affairs reforms in a spending bill that Congress formulated to prevent a government shutdown.  Read more here:  Article by Nikki Wentling

Court determines military burn pits caused lung disease in service members

The thousands of U.S. military personnel and private contractors whose health was compromised by the dense black smoke of burn pits – and who were then denied proper treatment – may finally be vindicated by a recent court ruling.  Article by Perry Chiaramonte.  Read more here: