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The latest American Veteran news regarding the VA, Veterans Benefits, PTSD, GI Bill eligibility, and many other hot topics.

Secretary Wilkie’s Statement Regarding House Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Phil Roe’s Retirement Announcement

“Rep. Phil Roe played a critical role in the most comprehensive overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs this nation has seen in generations. His legacy includes writing the bill that gave Veterans real, permanent choice; putting us on a path to modernizing our electronic health records; and making sure VA remains accountable to the Veterans […]

Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act claims now being determined

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin deciding claims for the  Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 at 12:01 a.m., Philippine Standard Time, Jan. 1, 2020. The Philippines is the farthest east VA regional benefits office. The Act extends the presumption of herbicide exposure, that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans […]

VA News – December 16, 2019

VA medical centers, clinics and Walgreens around the country are standing by to provide enrolled Veterans with their annual flu shot; The National Cemetery Administration achieves a record-breaking customer satisfaction index score of 97%; A new veteran-centric television channel called the Veteran News Network is being added to medical center television programming across the country.

VA receives high marks for communicating with the public

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) received an “A” grade in November from a nonpartisan organization that evaluates the ability of federal agencies and businesses to communicate clearly with the public. In its 2019 Federal Report Card, the Center for Plain Language recognized the excellent “writing quality” of VA’s online resources and singled out VA’s suicide […]

VA’s Patient Statement portal now available online

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Dec. 18, that Veterans now have digital access to patient statements through AccessVA using their secure information for DS Logon, or MyHealtheVet Premium. Veterans receiving VA care for non-service connected conditions can view, download and print their patient statements using the Veteran Patient Statement selection on the AccessVA homepage. “VA […]

VA introduces new direct deposit options for Veterans, beneficiaries

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in partnership with the Association of Military Banks of America (AMBA), launched the Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP), available starting Dec. 20. The program will provide Veterans and their beneficiaries the chance to safely, reliably, and inexpensively receive and manage their VA monetary benefits through financial services at participating banks. […]

VA announces proposal to increase access to dental care

Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has submitted to Congress a waiver request and pilot program under Section 152 of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (MISSION Act) to improve access to dental care for Veterans. The MISSION Act authorizes VA to submit statutory waivers to […]

Happy Holidays from VA

The winter of 1777-78 found George Washington’s Continental Army encamped at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. In the week before Christmas, more than 12,000 poorly-equipped, hungry, and cold American Soldiers huddled against a ruthless winter, enduring numbing cold, their ranks ravaged by disease. Nearly 2,000 of them would not survive the hardships of Valley Forge. General Washington […]

VA extends benefits to offshore Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans January 1st

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) begins deciding Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 claims, Jan. 1, 2020, extending the presumption of herbicide exposure that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Prior to the measure, […]

VA improves health care facility performance transparency

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) announced Dec. 11, key changes to increase transparency and ensure Veterans have the best information regarding the performance of VA health care facilities. As part of this effort, VA will discontinue its star-rating system, making it easier for Veterans to compare VA facilities with non-VA facilities in their […]