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Independent 2013 Survey Shows Veterans Highly Satisfied with VA Care

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The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), an independent customer service survey, ranks the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) customer satisfaction among Veteran patients among the best in the nation and equal to or better than ratings for private sector hospitals.

April 16th, 2014 | Posted in Health,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

All veterans eligible for VA dental coverage

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For the first time in history, the U.S. government has authorized a national dental insurance program for veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs health care and individuals enrolled in VA’s CHAMPVA program.

April 14th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Says It Has Cut Claims Backlog 44 Percent

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The Veterans Administration (VA) says it has reduced its persistent backlog of unprocessed claims for disability benefits by 44% since March 2013, when the number of pending claims peaked at more than 611,000.

April 11th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Hosts Senior International Forum and Ministerial Summit on Veterans Affairs

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Ministers responsible for Veterans Affairs and officials from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States today completed a series of meetings at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY discussing the latest research, best practices and various areas of collaboration to address the growing needs of Veterans.

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in Regional,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – April 08, 2014

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The Department of Veterans Affairs Monday released its findings on deaths and injuries that occurred as a result of delayed tests and treatments.

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Regional,Top 10,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

April 4 VetLikeMe Weekly

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Braulio Castillo, the president of IT contractor Strong Castle, was arrested April 1 by Loudoun County, Virginia authorities and charged with first degree murder in the death of his estranged wife, Michelle.

April 5th, 2014 | Posted in Business,Jobs & Careers,Top 10,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Why Are We Sending Vets to Costa Rica (and Canada and Mexico)?

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End the US Ban on Igobaine    By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall   The psychedelic drug ibogaine is used to treat drug addiction and alcoholism in more than 190 countries, including Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Russia, China and Ukraine. Sixty years of research has demonstrated ibogaine’s effectiveness in opiate, cocaine, amphetamine, nicotine and […]

April 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Health,PTSD,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Removes Annual Income Reporting Requirement

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is eliminating the annual requirement for most Veterans enrolled in VA’s health care system to report income information beginning in March 2014. Instead, VA will automatically match income information obtained from the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration.

March 24th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Obama Favors Ukraine Citizenry Over Homeless Veterans

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If President Barack Obama was as assertive at protecting the property rights of the Los Angeles National Veterans Home as he is at protecting the borders of Ukraine, we wouldn’t have 20,000 war-injured and impoverished U.S. Military Veterans living homeless and hungry in America’s capital for homeless Veterans.

March 20th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Editor,Regional,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Veterans Explain Frustrations With VA Delays to American Legion Panel

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Michael Kelly has experienced increased swelling in his arms, pain in his legs and recurring problems with his memory since having a colonoscopy last month at the Charlie Norwood Vet­erans Affairs Medical Center.

March 11th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Regional,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Adds Mental Health Services

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New efforts to provide veterans with help with substance abuse and post-traumatic stress also requires more community support, an official with the program at York VA Medical Center said Tuesday.

March 6th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Care and Benefits for Veterans Strengthened by $164 Billion VA Budget

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Continuing the transformation of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) into a 21st century organization, the President has proposed a $163.9 billion budget, a 6.5 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2014, that will support VA’s goals to expand access to health care and other benefits, eliminate the disability claims backlog, and end homelessness among Veterans.

March 4th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

LA Marathon Disrupts VA Operations

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On March 9, the LA Marathon will once again overwhelm the Los Angeles VA with an estimated 30,000 runners charging through these grounds where war-injured Veterans are trying to heal from defending our Nation’s Flag and Constitution.

March 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Initiative Shows Early Promise in Reducing Use of Opioids for Chronic Pain

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has initiated a multi-faceted approach to reduce the use of opioids among America’s Veterans using VA health care.

February 26th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Mail-Order Pharmacy Receives Highest Score in Mail Order Segment of J.D. Power Study

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For the fourth consecutive year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy receives the highest customer satisfaction score among the nation’s public and private mail-order pharmacies, according to a respected, independent study.

February 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Concedes Whistle-blower’s Allegations Were True

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A government whistleblower who suffered retaliation from his agency has been vindicated by a Department of Veterans Affairs admission that it failed to reach out to 2,000 veterans in a research study who said they had suicidal ideas, many of whom later committed suicide.

February 20th, 2014 | Posted in Regional,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Partners with Kaiser Permanente

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is collaborating with Kaiser Permanente, a leading member of the health care industry, to pool resources and ideas to solve some of the largest and most complex challenges in VA health care.

February 20th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Announces the first Industry Innovation Competition for 2014

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the first of multiple Industry Innovation Competitions in 2014, which identifies, tests, and evaluates promising innovations that enhance the accessibility and quality of mental health care and services delivered to Veterans.

February 10th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA-Hold The Binoculars Backwards Please

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Sometimes, they really must take us for dolts, complete boobs or functionally illiterate, double -digit IQ quirks of society legally licensed to drive automobiles

February 8th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Editor,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Bill Providing All Veterans In-State Tuition Passes House

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oday, the House of Representatives passed the “GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act” (H.R. 357), a bipartisan bill that would require schools eligible for GI Bill education benefits to give all veterans in-state tuition rates even if they are not residents of the states where the schools are located.

February 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Regional,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Shuts Down their Flagship VBMS Claims Processing System

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Department of Veterans Affairs Shuts Down their Flagship VBMS Claims Processing System; over 700,000 Claims Affected.

January 30th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

House Hearing Explores Private Sector Veterans Employment Initiatives

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Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee explored veteran recruiting and retention initiatives of the private sector. Wal-Mart, Microsoft Corporation, and JPMorgan Chase were among those testifying at today’s hearing.

January 28th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Up to 48,000 Afghan, Iraq vets at risk for homelessness

Carly Brown, a social worker with the Department of Veterans Affairs, center, and Dave Dyer, a Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services peer specialist, right, search for homeless veterans Nov. 21 in Boston's financial district. The federal government reports a large increase in the number of homeless veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.(Photo: Steven Senne, AP)

As more young veterans of recent wars leave the military, the number of them falling on hard times and homelessness continues to rise sharply.

January 17th, 2014 | Posted in Regional,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Big Dog and Pony Show in Jacksonville

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I have been out digging. I love to poke and I’m just a rank amateur at it. You find all manner of info without having to dig.

January 14th, 2014 | Posted in Gulf War,Gulf War Illness (GWI),PTSD,Support the Troops,Vet News,Veterans Affairs,Vietnam War | Read More »

VA Announces Funding Available for SSVF Program

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he Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the availability of funds for supportive services grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF).

January 14th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Gotta’ watch ‘em like a hawk

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The Veterans Administration has stopped looking out for the best interests of the Veteran, choosing instead to make life as difficult as possible to submit a Notice of Disagreement regarding a claim.

January 7th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA North Texas Welcomes Holiday Donations

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First, we would like to state that the VA greatly appreciates donations made by students and organizations on behalf of our Veterans and we will always accept cards for our patients who celebrate Christmas.

January 6th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Against All Odds – Veterans Remain Steadfast

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Defamation lawsuit draws near for two disabled combat wounded Vietnam veterans, as they prepared their own defense for a June 23, 2014 jury trial before the 8th District Court in Clark County.

January 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Of Interest,Top 10,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Veterans Fighting Back!

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A lawsuit set to be heard on June 23, 2014 before the 8th District Court, Clark County could be a deciding factor on whether veterans’ disability can be used to satisfy a civil judgment.

December 30th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Top 10,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Project Sanctuary – A Colorado Charity

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Here’s a real heart warmer charity in Colorado. I read over their 2012 IRS 990 Sanctuary 990 2012 and it’s heartwarming to see real numbers that reflect the commitment we expect to see from a true charity.

December 29th, 2013 | Posted in Benefits,Gulf War,Gulf War Illness (GWI),Iraq War,Medical Disability Benefits,PTSD,Support the Troops,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

 

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