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VA to Conduct Nationwide Series of Events to Celebrate Women Veterans

                


 
VA to Conduct Nationwide Series of Events to Celebrate Women Veterans

Experts to Discuss Benefits and Answer Women Veterans’ Questions
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will conduct a series of one-day events to raise awareness and celebrate the stories of women Veterans. The events, to be held in five locations across the country, will provide an overview of services and benefits available to women Veterans.

Veteran Appeals Experience

                                                                       Veteran Appeals Experience

New Members Appointed to VA Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans

New Members Appointed to VA Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the appointment of four new members to the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans. The committee was chartered on November 2, 1994, and advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the needs of the nation’s 4.7 million minority Veterans on compensation, health care, rehabilitation, outreach and other benefits and programs administered by the VA.   The committee assesses the needs of Veterans who are minority group members and recommends program improvements designed to meet their needs.

VA Plans to Propose Expanded Disability Benefits Eligibility for Veterans Exposed to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune

 VA Plans to Propose Expanded Disability Benefits Eligibility for Veterans Exposed to
Contaminated Waterat Camp Lejeune
 
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it plans to propose expanded disability compensation eligibility for Veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
From 1953 to 1987, water sources at the base were contaminated with industrial solvents that are correlated with certain health conditions.

U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Ships in Vietnam

U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Ships in Vietnam

VA maintains a list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships associated with military service in Vietnam and possible exposure to Agent Orange based on military records.
This evolving list helps Veterans who served aboard ships, including "Blue Water Veterans," find out if they may qualify for presumption of herbicide exposure.
Veterans must meet VA'scriteria for service in Vietnam, which includes aboard boats on the inland waterways or brief visits ashore, to be presumed to have been exposed to herbicides.

Programs For Patriots

Please help Disabled Vet Assistance (DVA) establish programs for our Veterans in counties nationwide. Our goals are to start programs that would assist Veterans in need of help with their utilities and help our Veterans who are in Nursing Homes with items they may need.  Our Veterans have many needs and with your support Disabled Vet Assistance can help with some of these needs. 
Please go to Program For Patriots and help support Disabled Vet Assistance.

One-time Payment in lieu of COLA

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Commander's Action Network
Support for the passage of S.2251
One-time Payment in lieu of COLA

On October, 15, 2015, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that due to low inflation this year, no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) would be made in 2016 for Social Security beneficiaries. Since that decision would also apply to veterans receiving financial benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, DAV issued a Commander's Action Network alert on November 4, 2015, calling on our members and supporters to contact their House Members and Senators to urge them to introduce and enact legislation that would guarantee a reasonable COLA for wounded, injured, and ill veterans and their dependents and survivors.

VA To Hold 2015 Small Business Engagement in Pittsburgh

 VA To Hold 2015 Small Business Engagement in Pittsburgh
Annual Event to Increase Contract Opportunities for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with other federal agencies and partners, will sponsor the 5th annual National Veterans Small Business Engagement (NVSBE), November 17–19, 2015, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
 This premier event for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses is expected to attract as many as 3,000 attendees, offering the chance to learn from federal and commercial procurement decision makers the most effective ways to compete for and win federal contracts.

VA Secretary to Announce VA-Bob Woodruff Foundation Partnership

VA Secretary to Announce VA-Bob Woodruff Foundation Partnership
Aim of Partnership is to Better Connect Veterans with Resources Close to Home

WASHINGTON – Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Secretary Robert A. McDonald this evening will announce a partnership with theBob Woodruff Foundation(BWF) to further advance VA’s outreach to Veterans through deeper and more innovative local and community partnerships. VA will capitalize on BWF’s strength and contacts to find unique ways to connect Veterans, transitioning Servicemembers and their families with resources right where they live.

VA and PenFed Foundation Work Together to Prevent Veteran Homelessness

VA and PenFed Foundation Work Together to Prevent Veteran Homelessness
Commitment is Part of the VA’s Expanded Partnership Efforts

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is teaming up with the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation) to strengthen efforts to prevent Veteran homelessness. This new partnership will expand the PenFed Foundation’s existing Military Heroes Fund Emergency Assistance Program to include  all Veterans. Previously, the program was available only to Veterans of the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) conflicts.