Tag Archives: veterans affairs

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 -->

VA May Expand List of Ailments for Agent Orange Coverage: Shulkin

Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin said Monday he’s decided to expand the list of “presumptive” ailments for Agent Orange compensation subject to approval by the Trump administration.  Read more here:  http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/11/07/va-may-expand-list-ailments-agent-orange-coverage-shulkin.html  Article by Richard Sisk

Navy vets see sinister move behind effort to deny them Agent Orange benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs opposes a bill that would extend disability benefits to Navy veterans from the Vietnam War who served at sea and claim they were exposed to Agent Orange because the evidence of exposure is uncertain and the cost could reach nearly $1 billion, a top VA official said Wednesday. /by Duke Omara Read -->

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


New Jersey Senate Bill 307 will be voted on Monday and it involves implementing a Veterans Criminal Diversion Program (VCDP).  Tomorrow, March 8th, at the Capitol, Room 209, at 11:00 a.m., there will be a press conference with a question/answer session.  A VCDP  is a specialized court that operates within the existing New Jersey Court System. VDCPs -->

Drug Abuse, Mental Illness Rise Among Veterans: VA Report

by Amy Bushatz: The number of Department of Veterans Affairs patients with diagnosed mental health or substance abuse issues increased between 2001 and 2014, according to a report on veteran suicide newly released by the VA. Read more: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/08/04/drug-abuse-mental-illness-rise-among-veterans-va-report.html

DOJ won’t defend measure that facilitates VA firings

By Davidson: When Attorney General Loretta Lynch decided not to defend a statute that makes it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs senior executives, attention quickly focused on Sharon Helman. The former Phoenix VA director and admitted felon was fired during the department’s scandal over the cover-up of long wait times at VA facilities. -->

VA announces new TBI exams

By: A.J. Lagoe and Steven Eckert, KARE: Responding to disclosures that it used unqualified doctors to diagnose traumatic brain injuries, the Department of Veterans Affairs has announced plans to offer new TBI exams to nearly 25,000 veterans nationwide.  “It was a systemic national problem that we’ve identified that we are working to fix now,” David McLenachen, -->

Veterans with ‘bad paper’ discharges seek help from Congress

By Martin C. Evans: A bill, introduced last June by Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), would require Defense Department panels that evaluate a veteran’s request to prove that PTSD or traumatic brain injury were not the reason for the veteran’s discharge. The proposed legislation is gaining support in Congress, including from members of Long Island’s delegation.  “It’s -->

VA Secretary Says Demand Outstripping Extra Resources

The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON — Veterans’ hospitals and clinics are beefing up staff and seeing more patients, but the number of appointments not completed within 30 days continues to grow, Department of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald said Friday. Read more here:  http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/11/06/us/politics/ap-us-veterans-health-care.html?_r=1