Category Archives: Veterans Benefits or Issues

Vietnam Veteran Files Class-Action Suit Against VA Over Delays

The New York Times reports that Conley Monk Jr., a Vietnam veteran, has filed a class-action suit against the Department of Veterans Affairs “seeking to force the department to expedite a growing backlog of benefits claims appeals, including his own.” Monk, “who … Continue reading

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Despite Federal Protections, Returning Troops Face Repossessions, Foreclosures

The New York Times reports that while Congress “has given service members a number of protections…from repossessions and foreclosures,” efforts to preserve that special status have “run into resistance from the financial industry, including many of the same banks that promote the … Continue reading

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VA Eliminates Net Worth as Health Care Eligibility Factor

Elimination of Net Worth Makes More Veterans Eligible for Health Care Washington – The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating the way it determines eligibility for VA health care, a change that will result in more Veterans having access to … Continue reading

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VA Plans to Count the Home Value Toward Net Worth

Recently the Veterans Administration issued proposed changes in the Federal Register that would: Impose a 3 year look back for transfers of assets, including gifts to persons, trusts or purchases of annuities, Deny claims for up to 10 years due … Continue reading

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VA Implements National Hypoglycemic Safety Initiative

Empowering Veterans to Personalize their Diabetes Care As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing effort to improve Veterans’ access to healthcare, VA announced the launch of a national Hypoglycemic Safety Initiative (HSI) to encourage diabetic Veterans receiving … Continue reading

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VA Expands Eligibility for VA Health Care Related to Military Sexual Trauma

Expansion closes a gap in health care eligibility Washington, DC – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), under authority from the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“VACAA”),  announced expanded eligibility for Veterans in need of mental health … Continue reading

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2015 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) for Social Security and Veterans

Americans who receive Social Security benefits will see a modest increase in their checks next year to cover higher consumer prices. The annual cost-of-living adjustment will amount to 1.7% for 2015, the Social Security Administration said. The adjustment will affect nearly 64 million Americans who … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Alleges VA Hospital Ordered Social Worker to Alter Notes After Vet Wife’s Suicide

The Chicago Sun-Times reported on its website that a Federal lawsuit alleges that bosses at Hines VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois “ordered a social worker to doctor patient notes” following the suicide of the wife of a quadriplegic military veteran, and “retaliated … Continue reading

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VA Implements Second Phase of Choice Card Program

Cards sent to Veterans waiting more than 30 days for care The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it began mailing Veterans Choice Cards on November 17 to Veterans currently waiting more than 30-days from their preferred date or … Continue reading

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Celebrate Veterans Day by Honoring a Vet

Please remember the purpose of Veterans Day and do something nice for a veteran or a group of veterans. Make a donation or take a vet to lunch.

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