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Disabled Vet Assistance “A Letter from the President”

Disabled Vet Assistance
“A Letter from the President”
 
 
Dear Fellow Patriot,
 
            It continues to be an honor to serve my fellow Veterans as an avenue to much needed documents and information to assist with various Veteran claims.  As a Disabled Veteran, I know that navigating through the VA claims process can be overwhelming. Disabled Vet Assistance was created to make access to documents and available Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) as simple as possible.

Senior Veterans Showcase Benefits of Sports During National Veterans Golden Age Games

Senior Veterans Showcase Benefits of Sports During National Veterans Golden Age Games

More than 800 Veterans ages 55 and older are expected to compete in the 29th National Veterans Golden Age Games, Aug. 8-12 in Omaha, Neb. The official kick-off starts at 6:30 p.m., August 8 at the CenturyLink Center Arena.
Participants will compete in 14 events including swimming, cycling, horseshoes, bowling, field events and air rifles. Veterans also will participate in four exhibition events, including racquetball, 3-on-3 basketball, boccia and blind disc golf.

Senior Veterans Showcase Benefits of Sports During National Veterans Golden Age Games

Senior Veterans Showcase Benefits of Sports During National Veterans Golden Age Games

More than 800 Veterans ages 55 and older are expected to compete in the 29th National Veterans Golden Age Games, Aug. 8-12 in Omaha, Neb. The official kick-off starts at 6:30 p.m., August 8 at the CenturyLink Center Arena.
Participants will compete in 14 events including swimming, cycling, horseshoes, bowling, field events and air rifles. Veterans also will participate in four exhibition events, including racquetball, 3-on-3 basketball, boccia and blind disc golf.

VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs

  VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs
Programs Designed to Help Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans Develop New Skills and Credentials

WASHINGTON –  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched two new no-cost training programs, Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) and VA Learning Hubs, to help transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans from all eras learn skills, earn credentials, and advance in civilian careers following separation from service.
 ALPs and Learning Hubs are part of VA’s

VA Expands Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking Water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

VA Expands Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking Water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

WASHINGTON – As part of VA’s ongoing commitment to provide care to Veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs today announced that it will start the  process of amending its regulations to establish presumptions of service connection for certain conditions resulting from exposure to contaminated drinking water at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
This process is in addition to the healthcare VA already provides for 15 conditions to eligible Veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 as a result of the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012.

VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With “Make-a-thon Challenge”

VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With “Make-a-thon Challenge”
Finale Showcases New Prosthetics Technologies For Veterans
 
WHO:            The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a Make-a-thon challenge, which is 2-day event aimed at accelerating the development of personalized technologies to improve care and quality of life for Veterans with disabilities. The challenge brings together designers, makers, technology industry leaders and Veterans.

VA Funds New Studies Using Million Veteran Program Data

VA Funds New Studies Using Million Veteran Program Data

Database Links Genetic, Clinical, Lifestyle and Military Exposure Information
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing four new studies that will use genetic and other data from VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP) to answer key questions on heart disease, kidney disease, and substance use—high-priority conditions affecting Veterans.
MVP, which has enrolled more than 390,000 Veterans so far, has already become the nation’s largest database linking genetic, clinical, lifestyle and military exposure information.

VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care

VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today urged Congress to act expeditiously and approve its pending request for fiscal year 2015 budget flexibility. The request, formally transmitted on June 23, seeks the transfer of funds from the Choice Program to continue VA's efforts to increase Veterans' access to care and life-saving pharmaceuticals.
“It is essential that Congress pass legislation to provide the requested budget flexibility by the end of July 2015,” Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wrote.

New VA Leaders Shulkin and Council Take Oath of Office

                


 New VA Leaders Shulkin and Council Take Oath of Office
Shulkin to Head Veterans Health Care; Council to Head Information Technology
 
WASHINGTON – Dr. David J. Shulkin and LaVerne Horton Council today took the oath of office where they will serve respectively as Under Secretary for Health and Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Tax Fraudster Receives 27-Year Prison Sentence

Tax Fraudster Receives 27-Year Prison Sentence

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene Honeywell has sentenced James Lee Cobb, III (37, Tampa) to 27 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm as an armed career criminal. As part of his sentence, the Court also entered a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of $1,820,759, and an order of restitution in the same amount.