Category Archives: Veterans Services

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:  http://www.stripes.com/news/us/va-reforms-removed-from-massive-spending-bill-1.518053  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: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/15/court-determines-military-burn-pits-caused-lung-disease-in-service-members.html

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

On December 7th, 1941, 2,403 American citizens were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. In addition to those who lost their lives another 1,178 people were injured in the attack.  More than twenty years ago the United States Congress designated December 7th as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Today, and every day we are -->

VA’s Shulkin calls for new, strategic approach to veterans benefits programs

“Today … I call for a new way of thinking about benefits,” VA Secretary David Shulkin said Monday during a speech at the National Press Club. “I want to see an ongoing dialogue with stakeholders about rationalizing veterans benefits — a veterans benefit advisory board that can bring clarity to what we’re trying to do for veterans -->

Starting Saturday, Vets Can Get Tax-Free Online Shopping for Life through AAFES

This Veterans Day, on Saturday, about 18.5 million veterans worldwide and their families will be eligible for tax-free online shopping for life with AAFES, an acronym for Army and Air Force Exchange Service – the primary shopping center at U.S. military installations.  Read more here: http://www.stripes.com/starting-saturday-veterans-can-get-tax-free-online-shopping-for-life-through-aafes-1.496911?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Stars+and+Stripes+Emails&utm_campaign=Veterans+News  Article by Suzette Parmley

House Votes for VA to Clean Up Its Management

The Veterans Affairs Department would have to ensure all of its management layers are necessary and are being held accountable for their performance under a bill the House approved 399-0 on Monday. The VA Management Alignment Act (H.R. 1066) would require the department to report to Congress on its organizational structure, including details on the -->

Army Offers Medical Help for Veterans Injured in Chem-Bio Agent Tests

The U.S. Army is notifying veterans that they may be eligible to receive medical care if they participated in chemical or biological substance testing from 1942 to 1975.  Read more here: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/11/06/army-offers-medical-help-veterans-injured-chem-bio-agent-tests.html  By Matthew Cox