At a hearing today before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Under Secretary for Benefits, Allison A. Hickey, outlined progress made by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) in reducing the backlog of Veterans’ disability compensation and pension claims by 36 percent since March — attributing the success to the combined impact of VBA’s transformation initiatives and increased employee productivity.
The outrage surrounding the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center’s botched gastrointestinal program reached the national stage Monday, with representatives from two veteran advocacy groups demanding justice for the three cancer patients who died needlessly because of the clinic’s lack of care.
Thirty-two Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities from across the nation were recently recognized as “top performers” by the independent panel that accredits and certifies health care organizations.
On August 29, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero entered a Federal Judgment against Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and Donna Beiter, his executive director at the Los Angeles VA, for unlawful use of Veterans land.
On the heels of weeklong screenings in New York City and Los Angeles, Not Yet Begun to Fight, an unconventional look at the impact of war and the journey to recovery, will air on Montana PBS on November 9 at 7pm, and nationwide on PBS’ World Channel at various times November 11, 12, 16 and 17.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has hired 815 Peer Specialists and Peer Apprentices, exceeding the hiring goal set in President Obama’s Aug. 31, 2012 Executive Order aimed at improving access to mental health services for Veterans, service members and military families.
As your constituent and a member of Veterans-For-Change [VFC], an advocacy group for Veterans rights, benefits, and treatment, we bring to your attention the ever-increasing problems affecting Veterans and their families every day.
Active military members and veterans are speaking out against U.S. intervention in the two-year Syrian civil war, saying the nation is too “stretched thin, tired and broke” to enter yet another open-ended conflict in the Middle East.
My Denver Hippie-Cowgirl friend and Vets advocate Katey Laurel just sent me this because she knows I live in California and wanted to gloat. More importantly, she thought that this might be of interest to the readers of Veteran’s Today, and I tend to agree completely. Katey’s done a number of benefits in the Denver area for Veterans Passport and I know she endorses it completely. There are a lot of Vets living in Colorado, and organizations like this are rarer than they should be. Hopefully, if you or someone you know could use a helping hand, Veterans Passport to Hope will be an effective resource.
Veterans groups are rising up against what they consider a “shameful” move by Republican state lawmakers to strap limits on a popular tax credit for 100 percent disabled veterans and surviving spouses.
Fellow Americans, this Memorial Day weekend let us be grateful that the men and women who defended the American Flag and our nation’s freedom didn’t do it with the same shoddiness and disrespect that AAA Flag & Banner (AAA Flag) has done when it hangs American Flags outside the largest VA Healthcare System in the nation where Veterans are trying to heal from defending the American Flag, and next to the largest National Veterans Cemetery east of the Mississippi where 85,000 Military Veterans are buried, including 14 recipients of the Medal of Honor, all who proudly defended the American Flag.
Representative Mike Michaud (Maine-02), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, reacted to today’s White House announcement that American businesses have hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses over the past two years and have committed to hiring 435,000 more by 2018.
As a Friday deadline neared in Congress’s latest budget showdown, Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today questioned veterans group leaders about a proposal that would cut the benefits of more than 3.2 million disabled veterans and more than 55 million Social Security recipients.