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Care and Benefits for Veterans Strengthened by $169 Billion VA Budget
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Agent Orange report comes after years of VA denials
VA Announces the Appointment of New Members to Advisory Council
Progress on the “Road to Veterans Day” Sets Conditions for Long-Term Reform at VA

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Care and Benefits for Veterans Strengthened by $169 Billion VA Budget

Care and Benefits for Veterans Strengthened by $169 Billion VA Budget
February 2, 2015, 01:57:00 PM


 Care and Benefits for Veterans Strengthened by $169 Billion VA Budget
WASHINGTON – The President has proposed a $168.8 billion budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in fiscal year 2016. The proposed budget will support VA goals to expand access to timely, high quality health care and benefits, continue the transformation of VA into a Veteran-centric department and end homelessness among Veterans.

Online Prescription Tracker Gives Veterans 24/7 Online Access to Status

Online Prescription Tracker Gives Veterans 24/7 Online Access to Status
February 4, 2015, 01:55:00 PM


 Online Prescription Tracker Gives Veterans 24/7 Online Access to Status
Recommendation Made by VA Employee, 2013 SAVE Award Winner
 
Veterans can now track the status of most of their prescriptions online, thanks to an innovative idea by a Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) employee. The new 24/7 service allows online tracking for most prescriptions mailed from the VA Mail Order Pharmacy.

Agent Orange report comes after years of VA denials

A new Institute of Medicine report that found veterans were exposed to Agent Orange while flying in C-123 aircraft after the Vietnam War came three years after another federal agency reached a similar conclusion.But despite a pronouncement in January 2012 by the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry that these crews' levels of exposure to dioxin were 182 times higher than acceptable amounts, representing a 200-fold risk for cancer, the Veterans Affairs Department refused to acknowledge any link between the veterans' current illnesses and a history of serving on that aircraft.

VA Announces the Appointment of New Members to Advisory Council

VA Announces the Appointment of New Members to Advisory Council
January 15, 2015, 11:40:00 AM


  
VA Announces the Appointment of New Members to Advisory Council
Gulf War-Related Brain Cancer Study Also Announced
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the appointment of new members to the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses.
 VA will appoint Stephen L. Hauser, MD as committee chair for a term through September, 2016.

Progress on the “Road to Veterans Day” Sets Conditions for Long-Term Reform at VA

Progress on the "Road to Veterans Day" Sets Conditions for Long-Term Reform at VA
November 6, 2014, 11:57:00 AM


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2014    
Progress on theRoad to Veterans Day” Sets Conditions for Long-Term Reform at VA
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that the “Road to Veterans Day” initiative, announced on September 8th by Secretary Robert A. McDonald, has resulted in significant progress for Veterans over the past 3 months.

VA Disability Claim For Agent Orange Related Illnesses/Diseases


VA Disability Claim

For

Agent Orange Related Illnesses/Diseases

 

 

  1. Military service requirements for Agent Orange related disability claims:
    1. In the Republic of Vietnam, regardless of the length of that service, during the period of January 9, 1962 to May 7, 1975.
    2. On a ship or boat that operated in Vietnam’s inland waterways or which docked in Vietnam and the Veteran went ashore. For a list of Naval and Coast Guard vessels currently recognized go to:www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/shiplist/list.

New "Veterans Choice Card"


From:Kurt Geske

Veterans Services Administrator

Gaston County Veterans Services Office   

965 Roberts Drive

Gastonia, NC 28054

704-866-3692


 

Subject:New "Veterans Choice Card"

 

Congress has passed a new “VA Reform Bill” that impact access to health care.  This includes a new “Veterans Choice Card” (which may be a new card, or may be some change made to the existing VA health system ID card). 

 

The implementation of the new bill is still a “work in progress” – After President Obama signs it into law, the VA has 90 days within which to come up with interim regulations for “how it will work.

VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veterans Homelessness

VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veterans Homelessness
August 11, 2014


Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of approximately $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 301 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is awarding grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income Veteran families living in – or transitioning to – permanent housing.

VA Expands Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) Contracts to Provide Access to Primary Care

VA Expands Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) Contracts to Provide Access to Primary Care
August 13, 2014


 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2014
VA Expands Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) Contracts to Provide Access to Primary Care
 WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that primary care has been added to the services available to Veterans through VA’s Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) contracts, a key and evolving part of the non-VA medical care program.

H.R. 3230: Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014

H. R. 3230One Hundred Thirteenth Congress of the United States of AmericaAT THE SECOND SESSIONBegun and held at the City of Washington on Friday, the third day of January, two thousand and fourteenAn ActTo improve the access of veterans to medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.
(a) SHORTTITLE.—This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Veterans
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