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VA Issues Recommendations to Realign and Modernize Veterans’ Health Care

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Today’s Average Mortgage Rates Are Mixed | March 14, 2022

MMortgage rate movements start the week mixed. House hunters considering a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage should expect to see an average rate of 4.636%, down 0.007 percentage points from last weekend’s average. Homeowners considering refinancing their current loan should expect an average rate of 4.718% for a 30-year refi. While 30-year loan rates have fallen, other […]

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House unanimously passes bill to provide free dental care for vets | Local News

Rep. Cedric Hayden (R-Fall Creek) recently passed one of his priority bills by unanimous vote in the Oregon House of Representatives. House Bill 4095 directs the Oregon Health Authority to establish an insurance premium payment program that will cover low-income, at-risk veterans with much-needed dental insurance coverage through the ‘Oregon’s Health Insurance Exchange. Currently, the […]

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Open House: Volunteers of America Veterans Services Office in Cody | People

On March 17, Volunteers of America Northern Rockies will host an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of their new Veterans Services office in Wyoming. The open house will be held at their new Cody office, located at 1026 19th Street from 1-2 p.m., with the ribbon cutting at 1:30 p.m. VOA […]

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Legal Admin Sp (Cont Rep) Job in Indianapolis, Indiana – Department of Veterans Affairs

The United States government is a massive employer and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open positions in locations across the country. Below is a summary of qualifications for an active and open Department of Veterans Affairs job listing. The opening is for a Legal Admin Sp (Cont Rep) […]

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Another man sentenced for role in Ja-US veterans benefits scam

A Georgia man has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison in South Florida, US, for his role in managing a scheme to steal more than US$1.8 million in benefits veteran and social security. The program is said to have ties to Jamaica. Ronaldo Garfield Green, 29, was sentenced last Wednesday in […]

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Volunteers of America Northern Rockies Opens New Veterans Services Office in Miles City |

Volunteers of America Northern Rockies (VOA) will host an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of their new Veterans Services office in Montana on March 15. The open house will be held at their new Miles City office, located at 517 N. Strevell Avenue, Unit A, from 1-2 p.m., with the grand […]

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Medicines and health care must be affordable for all

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Jon Stewart warns against efforts to water down Veterans Health Care Bill: “F— That. Do not arrive”

UPDATE, with statement from Rep Bost’s office: In his State of the Union address, President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass legislation to extend comprehensive health benefits to veterans who were exposed to toxic substances in Iraq and Afghanistan. On Wednesday, Jon Stewart, a long-time advocate for the bill, warned against efforts to water […]

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Veterans Services Representative Outreach Visits – The McPherson Sentinel

Staff report A Veterans Services Representative (VSR) from the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Affairs (KCVAO) The Salina Field Office will make regular visits to McPherson on March 8 to help veterans and their family members apply for state and federal benefits. Some of the important benefits available to veterans and their family members are: […]

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Home Refinance Options for 2022

Learn about your home refinancing options Refinancing a home loan involves taking out a new mortgage to replace yours. Reasons for refinancing include getting a lower rate and payment, switching to a different loan program, dropping a name from a mortgage, or cashing in on home equity. Your financial goals will help you determine which […]

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Solano County Hires New Director of Veterans Services

FAIRFIELD — Solano County has chosen its next veterans services director from San Francisco. Al Sims, 50, has been hired and will begin on March 28, the county announced in an online posting on its website. He is a veteran of the United States Army. “I served in the first Gulf War as a radio […]

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Brockton woman convicted of stealing her sister’s veterans benefits

BOSTON — A Brockton woman was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday to one month in jail for stealing more than $100,000 in veterans benefits intended for her sister. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that for more than a decade Robin Calef, 62, did not notify the Department of Veterans Affairs that his sister died […]

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Summary of SCOTUS Certificates: Immigration, Free Speech and Veterans Benefits – Litigation, Mediation and Arbitration

Strong points On February 18 and 22, the Supreme Court agreed to hear three cases, which present the following issues: Does federal law prohibit the termination of Migrant Protection Protocols, a policy requiring certain non-nationals to remain in Mexico while they immigration? Does applying a public accommodations law to compel an artist to speak or […]

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Two years later, Mountain View Library’s Veterans Services benefits the community of Randle and becomes a model for Grays Harbor County

By Isabel Vander Stoep / [email protected] For veterans in rural areas, finding medical or financial support can mean hours of driving to the nearest Veterans Affairs (VA) office. Fighting this was the motivation for the WestCare Foundation to open its first Veterans Connection cafe at the Mountain View Library in Randle in November 2019. Following […]

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Summary of SCOTUS certificates: immigration, free speech and benefits for veterans

Strong points On February 18 and 22, the Supreme Court agreed to hear three cases, which present the following issues: Does federal law prohibit the termination of Migrant Protection Protocols, a policy requiring certain non-nationals to remain in Mexico while they immigration? Does applying a public accommodations law to compel an artist to speak or […]

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DAV still there for veterans in need – Macomb Daily

Jason Zielke Sr., 47, a national service officer with the Disabled American Veterans organization was heading to White Lake Township last July with his one-year-old son in the car. “Although it was perfectly clear and sunny on I-696, I looked up at the dark sky towards White Lake and said it didn’t look good at […]

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A Cert Grant on Veterans Benefits and Fair Toll | Morrison & Foerster LLP – Federal Circuits

As readers of Federal Circuitry know, the Supreme Court in recent years has granted review in many Federal Circuit patent cases, such as the last term’s big decision in Arthrex. But the Supreme Court also picks up cases from the non-patent role of the Federal Circuit. Yesterday the Supreme Court granted certiorari to Arellano vs. […]

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Members of Congress Pressure AG Garland to Comply with FOIA Laws

To listen to the Federal Newscast on your phone or mobile device, subscribe Podcast One Where Apple podcast. The best desktop listening experience can be found using Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. A bill aimed at the participation of small businesses in the federal market is now law. the Profitability Rigorous and Innovative Promotion Act (PRICE), […]

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A Veterans Benefit Certificate Grant and Fair Toll

As readers of Federal Circuitry know, the Supreme Court in recent years has granted review in many Federal Circuit patent cases, such as the last term’s big decision in Arthrex. But the Supreme Court also picks up cases from the non-patent role of the Federal Circuit. Yesterday the Supreme Court granted certiorari to Arellano vs. […]

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Army’s toxic legacy: Veterans fear chemicals at California Army base Fort Ord left them facing cancer

FORT ORD NATIONAL MONUMENT, Calif. — For nearly 80 years, recruits going to Fort Ord in central California considered themselves lucky. They felt privileged to live and work amid shimmering seas, sand dunes and sage-covered hills. But there was a flip side: the soldier’s dirty work. Recruits threw live grenades into the canyons of “Mortar […]

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Veterans Benefits Lawyers, Gang & Associates, Featured in New Jersey Lawyer Magazine

Veterans Benefits Lawyers, Gang & Associates, Featured in New Jersey Lawyer Magazine February 2022 Gang & Associates specializes in handling hard-to-prove veteran disability cases Our knowledge is our most valuable asset, and we strive to reach as many veterans as possible. — Eric Gang UNITED STATES, Feb. 22, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Gang & Associates lawyers […]

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US veteran healthcare supply chain is slow and inadequate

A multibillion-dollar supply chain management program for US veterans’ healthcare has come under pressure, following allegations that it is outdated and poorly managed. The US government’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) oversees veterans’ benefits and health care. One of its subdivisions, the Veterans Health Administration, is the largest integrated health care system in the United […]

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Local Veterans Organization Receives Major Donation of Coats

Inside the Veterans Miracle Center, Barry Feinman and his team try to make room for all the boxes. This is one of the largest donations the Colony organization has ever received. Each box contains winter coats – 5,000 in total. ” I need to tell you something. The first time they called us was 3,000 […]

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American Legion helps bring veteran benefits information to the gaming community

Just over a month after the American Legion took its first steps into a new arena, American Legion Duty Officer Jeremy Wolfsteller was introduced to a new audience eager to learn more about the benefits they may qualify – or have been previously denied. On Feb. 4, Wolfsteller, who works for the American Legion Department […]

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New bill seeks benefits for veterans exposed to toxic substances while serving

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The U.S. senator from Kansas has introduced legislation to ensure veterans exposed to toxic materials during military service receive the benefits they rightfully earned. On Tuesday, Feb. 1, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) says he joined Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in unveiling their bipartisan Burn Veterans Health Care Act. Senator Moran […]

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Florida man guilty of using twin’s ID for veterans benefits

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to using his twin brother’s stolen identity to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated identity theft in federal court in Jacksonville, court records show. He faces a mandatory two-year sentence in federal […]

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Florida man guilty of using his twins’ ID for veterans benefits – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to using his twin brother’s stolen identity to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated identity theft in federal court in Jacksonville, court records show. He faces a mandatory two-year sentence in federal prison. […]

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Florida man guilty of using his twins’ ID for veterans benefits

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to using his twin brother’s stolen identity to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated identity theft in federal court in Jacksonville, court records show. He faces a mandatory two-year sentence in federal […]

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Florida man guilty of using twin’s ID for veterans benefits | USA News®

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to using his twin brother’s stolen identity to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated identity theft in federal court in Jacksonville, court records show. He faces a mandatory two-year sentence in federal […]

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Jacksonville man charged with stealing identity of twin to get veterans benefits pleads guilty

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – A Jacksonville man faces a mandatory two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to aggravated identity theft, according to a Thursday Department of Justice press release. According to his plea agreement, writes the DOJ, in 2014 Wayne Bowen used his estranged twin brother’s name, Social Security card and military discharge papers to apply […]

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Man pleads guilty to impersonating twin to get veterans benefits – The Observer

Jacksonville, Fla. – Wayne Bowen (64, Jacksonville) pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. He faces a mandatory sentence of two years in federal prison. As part of his plea deal, Bowen agreed to reimburse various federal agencies a total of $63,773 for government benefits he received in connection with his identity theft scheme. According to […]

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Man gets six years in prison for role in Ja-US veterans benefits scam

An American was sentenced to more than six years in prison last week after being found guilty of participating in a scheme hatched by Jamaicans to steal more than US$1.8 million in retirement benefits fighter and social security, with most of the money sent to his co-conspirators in Jamaica. Jamare Mason, a 27-year-old Georgia resident, […]

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Applications for veterans benefits increase as VA seeks to speed up process

The Veterans Building in Washington, DC is shown in this undated file photo. (Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes) WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs launched a pilot project in December to automate part of the process for reviewing claims for benefits — a change the agency says could shorten the wait time for veterans’ decisions […]

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NCLA asks Supreme Court to reconsider Chevron’s deference in pursuit of veterans’ benefits

Thomas H. Buffington v. Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Washington, DC, Jan. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Thomas Buffington is a United States Air Force veteran who served his country honorably for more than nine years. Now, having contracted a disability in the line of duty, he must fight the very agency that should […]

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Camden and Burlington counties recognized for service to veterans.

A most unusual recognition was given to a family at a recent ceremony to present dozens of military service medals to veterans. Gold Star mother Lisa Marie Brunner of Southampton accepted four posthumous Burlington County Military Service Medals for four veterans from different generations in her family during a ceremony at the Burlington County Library […]

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Enhanced Veterans Benefits Act, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Sen. Jerry Moran has introduced legislation to address the VA’s backlog of claims and speed up getting veterans benefits. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Says he’s joined Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in introducing bipartisan legislation that would tackle the Department of Veterans Affairs’ backlog of claims and provide them with faster […]

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Bridgeport Nonprofit Veterans Organization Celebrates 10 Years

BRIDGEPORT, CT — Homes for the Brave, a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans overcome homelessness, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes program, according to a statement from the organization. Since November 2011, the organization has provided shelter and support services to 149 female Veterans and their young children. Female Soldiers: […]

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New law means veterans benefits will be printed in multiple languages ​​– Daily Democrat

U.S. veterans with limited English skills will soon have better access to information about federal benefits owed to them, after President Joe Biden signed into law a bipartisan bill this week championed by Rep. Young Kim, R-La Habra. The Veterans and Family Information Act, or HR 2093, directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to translate […]

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New law means veterans benefits will be printed in multiple languages ​​– Orange County Register

U.S. veterans with limited English skills will soon have better access to information about federal benefits owed to them, after President Joe Biden signed into law a bipartisan bill this week championed by Rep. Young Kim, R-La Habra. The Veterans and Family Information Act, or HR 2093, directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to translate […]

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Guest View | VA ICU technology shows how to improve health care for veterans | Editorial

One of the most inspiring times of my life was traveling to Washington DC on Honor flights with some of the greatest heroes our country has ever seen. Seeing the reaction of these veterans when they see our Capitol’s war memorials – many for the first time – is an experience I will never forget. […]

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Saratoga County Director of Longtime Veteran Services Honored Posthumously – The Daily Gazette

BALLSTON SPA — The revival of a Saratoga County program that has honored more than 300 veterans who have died over 22 years took on an extremely personal tone Tuesday. The last recipient, Robert G. Mitchell, a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, went on to serve as the county’s director of longtime veteran […]

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Southwest Metro Veterans Services Aims to Meet the Needs of Veterans | News from Chanhassen

County Veterans Services offices offer a wide variety of aids and benefits. Whether it’s disability compensation, retirement, dental and optical assistance or even door-to-door transport for medical appointments. When veterans contact the office seeking a service it does not provide, staff members work to connect them with other community organizations, nonprofits, or other groups, said […]

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Local veterans organization offering assistance with benefits during the Friday event

WACO, Texas (KWTX) — Transitioning out of the military and sorting out benefits can be tough, but a local group is ready to help veterans this Friday, and they can even get a free meal. Starting at 10 a.m., officers from Disabled American Veterans will be at The Backyard to help veterans with everything from […]

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Returning Indigenous soldiers lack support in Alberta, veterans organization says

Canada is not supporting Indigenous veterans after they return from military service, especially in rural Alberta, according to an Indigenous veterans organization. The Royal Canadian Legion provides help to veterans in cities, but more help is needed in remote areas and on reserves, said Chuck Isaacs, president of the Aboriginal Veterans Society of Alberta, a […]

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W&M Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic: Serving those who served, now and in the future

Helping veterans: Donations and grants from the JD Classes of 1974 and 1984 and from individuals, businesses, and organizations have enabled the clinic to provide students with valuable job training and assist veterans on a pro bono basis. Photo by W&M School of Law by Jaime Welch-Donahue, W&M Law School | November 11, 2021 In […]

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WITH VIDEOS: Veterans services available, despite shortages, but vets must ask | News, Sports, Jobs

News Photo by Darby Hinkley Robert Hunt, Commanding Officer of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2356 in Hillman, speaks at the post on Monday. ALPENA — Struggling with needs ranging from health crises to utility shutdown notices, Northeast Michigan’s aging military population can find help from local veterans’ offices and vet groups — if only […]

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Explain Guilford County Veterans Services

There are approximately 31,329 veterans living in Guilford County, many of whom are returning home after active duty. GUILFORD COUNTY, NC – Jeff Thigpen of the Guilford County Deeds Registry and Robert Shelly of Veterans Services answer your questions. Veterans Services What types of services are provided by Veterans Services and do you assist in […]

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UMass opens new Veterans Health Care Center in Worcester

WORCESTER — Federal, state and local officials gathered at UMass Chan Medical School on Monday, Nov. 8, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of a new 48,000-square-foot veterans outpatient clinic on campus. The new clinic is a collaboration between the local branch of the US Department of Veterans Affairs [VA]the West Central Massachusetts Health […]

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NOTICE: Let’s stop the clawback of veterans benefits

Breadcrumb Links Columnists Let’s make sure no veteran leaves a Remembrance Day ceremony hungry, homeless or hopeless Publication date : November 08, 2021 • November 8, 2021 • 2 minute read • 20 comments Andrea Horwath, left, is Ontario NDP Leader and MPP for Hamilton Center and Jennie Stevens is NDP Critic for Veterans Affairs, […]

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UWSP students find support through Veterans Services, Veterans Club

By Carrie HeiblerSpecial for the Metro Wire For U.S. Army veteran and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point senior Julian Phan and other veterans on campus, the University Veterans Club office at Dreyfus University Center is a safe area. “When we’re out there, we can joke around, we can let off steam, we can be real with […]

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Troops who refuse vaccines may lose veterans’ benefits

Members of the United States military who have chosen not to be vaccinated will not be guaranteed their veterans’ benefits. Veterans who have opted out of being vaccinated against COVID-19 and who are discharged will not receive any special protections or preferential assessments for eligibility for Veterans’ benefits, with the decision ultimately determined by their […]

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Troops who refuse COVID vax will not be guaranteed veterans’ benefits, officials warn

Troops who refuse the coronavirus vaccine will see no additional protections or leniency in the way their layoffs are handled, Defense and Veterans Affairs officials confirmed Wednesday. Instead, decisions on whether or not to grant these people anything other than honorable discharge — potentially blocking them from a host of veterans’ benefits — will be […]

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Baystate Health to Launch Virtual Veteran Healthcare Luncheon Series

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Health will launch a free virtual healthcare luncheon series for military veterans on Wednesday, Nov. 3, featuring “Insight into Military Culture and the Health Risks of Military Service.” Led by Janet Fraser Hale, Professor Emeritus of UMass Medical School, she will discuss how military service can impact a veteran’s behavior and health. […]

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A Guide to Medicare and Veterans Benefits

Two-thirds of US military veterans are over 65, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, making AV services a popular option for senior health care coverage. Many seniors eligible for VA benefits are also eligible for Medicare, a national health insurance plan available to all seniors. Read on to learn more about these two government […]

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They fought apartheid in South Africa. Now they want veterans benefits.

PRETORIA, South Africa — Lesley Kgogo was 17 when he swapped a school uniform for military fatigues and joined the armed wing of the African National Congress in the fight to overthrow the apartheid regime in South Africa. He was among thousands who trained and slept in bush camps in other countries, then returned to […]

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Senator Tammy Duckworth attacked by Fox News for using veterans benefits

Fox News recently took aim at Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) in an apparent attempt at a “gotcha” story about how Duckworth – who lost both of her legs when the Army Black Hawk helicopter she was piloting was shot down over Iraq in 2004 – does not pay property taxes on his home in Illinois. […]

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Medford officials ask mayor to reinstate director of veterans services

As Medford City Council discussed a formal vote on Tuesday to demand that Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn fire the Director of Veterans Services after placing him on paid administrative leave pending a psychiatric evaluation, Councilor Michael Marks said the administration was on a “slippery slope,” taking action against a whistleblower employee. “Here is an employee reporting […]

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Clatsop County Veterans Services Program

A Veterans Services Officer (VSO) assists with matters relating to the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA), United States Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and related government agencies. VSOs can help acquire DVA compensation, pension, education, and death benefits for county residents. If an application is denied, this program can help with the appeal process. […]

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Veterans’ benefits could significantly increase the cost of living this year

The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed a bill that would again increase veterans’ benefits by the same percentage as this year’s cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security recipients. Some experts said it could be the biggest increase in decades. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) Charles Dharapak PA Veterans could see a significant cost-of-living increase in […]

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Benefits for veterans could see a big rise in the cost of living later this year

Veterans could be in line for a steep cost-of-living increase in their benefit payments starting in December thanks to legislation finalized by Congress on Monday. The Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act passed unanimously in the House on Monday and without objection in the Senate earlier this summer. It is now heading to the White House, […]

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Hays receives $400,000 for services to veterans

By Sahar Chmais Two veterans service systems have received a collective $400,000 to help veterans in Hays County. The Hays County Veterans Affairs Office received $100,000 and the Hays County Veterans Processing Court received $300,000 through the Texas Veterans Affairs Commission (TVC). The TVC awarded $6.8 million in grants to Veterans Services in Central Texas, […]

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DAV launches new services for veterans, expanding response to COVID-19

Leaders of the veterans services organization explain how they are supporting veterans throughout the pandemic. Since its inception in 1920, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs and partner organizations to ensure veterans receive all of their benefits. Especially since the onset of COVID-19, the Veterans Services Organization (VSO) has […]

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Randolph County Veterans Services Hires Two New Veteran Officers

Since the installation of the new Department Director in 2018, the Veterans Services vision for Randolph County has begun to take a new direction. Under the direction of County Commissioners and Administration, Veterans Services has hired two new officers to begin June 16 to meet community needs. Some of these needs include open 24-hour communication […]

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Hardee’s donates food to veterans’ organization

NEWTON COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) – Hardee’s is using the month of June to salute our veterans. There was a food drop off at Newton Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Wednesday morning. “It’s important to us at Hardee’s because a lot of our employees who come to eat at our restaurants are veterans, and they give to […]

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Helping LGBT Clients Obtain Social Security and Veterans Benefits

Six years after same-sex marriage became legal and a decade after the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” some LGBT Americans still struggle to get their Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits. It’s a test President Joe Biden’s administration faces: how to prove its commitment to LGBT equality, including deciding to appeal court rulings extending […]

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River Valley Veterans Services, Arkansas. Mental Health, Fort Smith

While many organizations are dedicated to serving veterans in the Fort Smith area, officials say some still fall through the cracks. Mauricio Gonzalez, Sebastian County Veterans Services chief, said Zachary Arnold, who shot and killed Lois Hicks, 87is the perfect example. Arnold was an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan from 2015 to 2018. He […]

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The Hays County Veterans Services Office Helps Those Who Served

Jude Prather tells the story of a WWII Navy veteran who was rapidly losing his hearing. The folks at the Hays County Veterans Services office traced his hearing loss to service on a destroyer and its booming big guns. They combed through 75-year-old records, filled out form after form, and argued their case before Veterans […]

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Veterans Benefit Banking Program (VBBP)

Veterans Benefit Banking Program (VBBP) Veterans and their beneficiaries now have additional options for receiving VA benefits through direct deposit, as well as access to financial services at participating banks. If you already have a bank account but are not using direct deposit, sign in or create a VA.gov account to change your direct deposit […]

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Video game characters and veteran perks

Petitions of the week By Andrew Hamm March 19, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. This week, we highlight cert’s motions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, when the First Amendment protects a video game’s digital image from someone else’s likeness without the consent of that person and when the effective date of […]

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A Winters resident was renamed undersecretary for Veterans Services

Governor Gavin Newsom recently reappointed a Winters resident to the position of Undersecretary of Veterans Services at the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Keith Boylan has held the position since 2013, when he was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown. Prior to his appointment, Boylan served as Government Relations Liaison for the California Association of Veteran […]

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Central Arkansas Veterans Health System begins distributing Moderna COVID-19 vaccines

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Frontline workers, veterans living in the Community Living Center, and high-risk employees and veterans will receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine beginning Tuesday. According to a Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) spokesperson, the first vaccine was administered at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. “CAVHS looks forward to offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine […]

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Cost of living increase for veterans benefits next year passes House

On Thursday, House lawmakers easily passed legislation ensuring veterans will see an increase in the cost of living next year if Social Security officials approve one for their beneficiaries. Legislation tying the two government benefits is largely routine, but faces additional hurdles this year due to disruptions to congressional operations resulting from the ongoing coronavirus […]

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San Mateo County Veterans Services Office Goes Online for Awareness | Local News

Ed Kiryczun Meeting veterans where they live plays a vital role in outreach at the San Mateo County Veterans Services office, but, with shelter-in-place orders forcing communities indoors, staff have had to move quickly to digital capabilities to prevent military personnel from slipping through the cracks. “The biggest concern is that people are not connected […]

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William & Mary Law School Veterans Benefits Clinic remains flexible to serve clients

Serving Online Customers: The Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic offers William & Mary law students the opportunity to help veterans file disability compensation claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty and staff are operating remotely to assist customers and teach students. Photo by David F. Morrill by […]

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Veterans services are especially critical during the COVID-19 crisis

Veterans are one of the most resilient segments of our society. Only about 1% of our country is currently in service, and those who choose to serve bear the burden of responding to significant threats to our communities and the country as a whole. Some people decide to enter the service on active duty, while […]

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Cedar Park Veterans Benefits Claims Office opens

CEDAR PARK Benefits Claims Office open to veterans The Texas Veterans Commission has opened a claims office in Cedar Park to help veterans claim benefits they have earned by filing disability compensation claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The service is offered free of charge to the veteran. The Cedar Park office offers area […]

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Veterans Benefits Change, Advocacy Group Research Illness Coverage

With the New Year came changes to veterans benefits, along with a push by some veterans advocacy groups to seek help for service-related illnesses not currently covered or considered by Veterans Affairs as a “presumption of service-related illness”. Here is a short list of some of the changes. As always, it’s best to take a […]

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Alternative Veteran’s Services – Groups and nonprofits provide camaraderie and opportunity for veterans

John Donnelly of the Upper Keys VFW is grateful for the outpouring of support for vets in the Keys. He said, “The collective goodness of citizens living in the Florida Keys is beyond reproach. Having toured the neighborhood, I have never witnessed such love and respect for our veterans. Donnelly, himself a recipient of a […]

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Two agencies team up to fight veterans healthcare fraud

Inasmuch as To listen to the Federal Newscast on your phone or mobile device, subscribe to PodcastOne or Apple Podcasts. The best desktop listening experience can be found using Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have formed a new partnership to uncover potential waste, […]

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Tele-dentistry in the spotlight as Central Texas veterans host innovation summit

Veterans Affairs healthcare workers are in the nation’s capital this week for the Veterans Health Administration’s Innovation Experience. A Central Texas VA System employee participated in an effort to help veterans in remote areas. Lisa Heck has her eyes on veterans who can’t just hop in a car for help. “For some of our veterans, […]

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Cleveland Veterans Host Innovation Summit in DC

Veterans Affairs healthcare workers are in the nation’s capital this week for the Veterans Health Administration’s Innovation Experience. Cleveland healthcare workers are in the crowd with big ideas to help vulnerable veterans. Suicide is at a critical point in the veteran community, and Jeanette Salvaggio has found a small, simple way to help reduce the […]

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Birmingham health veterans launch efforts to quit opioids in DC

Veterans Affairs healthcare workers are in the nation’s capital this week for the Veterans Health Administration’s Innovation Experience. People from Birmingham VA join the crowd as they try to tackle an issue affecting every community in the United States “The opioid crisis facing our country is nothing short of devastating,” said Sherry Cox of Birmingham […]

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UHCL Veterans Services Office loses new director after just over three months – UHCL The Signal

The Captain Wendell M. Wilson Veterans Services Office is located on the third floor of the Student Services Building. Photo by The Signal reporter Jennifer Martinez. The Captain Wendell M. Wilson Office of Veteran Services (VSO) is where “military-affiliated” students, approximately 10% of UHCL’s student population, can go for educational support, help and advice, or […]

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Veterans Benefits Center established for North Carolina

For the third time in four years, American Legion Post 67 in Cary, North Carolina, is offering veterans an opportunity to get answers — and sometimes resolutions — about their benefits and health care. From Sept. 12-14, Post 67 is hosting another Veterans Experience Action Center (VEAC), in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs, […]

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Benefits for veterans | What do you need for a claim

Veterans and mesothelioma Mesothelioma is rare and only 3,300 people in the United States are diagnosed with it each year. Military veterans account for 30% of these cases. Why? Until 1991, the military used asbestos, a toxic fibrous mineral, on bases across the United States. Durable, inexpensive and fire resistant, asbestos was used to insulate […]

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Senate committee advances Ernst’s bipartisan veterans health bill

On July 16, the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee introduced a bipartisan bill sponsored by US Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) to improve health services for US military veterans. “We owe it to our veterans to provide them with the best possible care,” said Senator Ernst. “In order to address the wide range of […]

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Lebanon VAMC to Host Veteran Benefits Seminars at Perry County Libraries in Blain and Marysville | VA Healthcare Lebanon

Lebanon, PA — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA Lebanon Medical Center (VAMC) will be hosting free veterans benefits seminars from 2-4 p.m. July 25 at the Western Perry County Community Library, 104 E. Main St., Blain, and August 13 at the Marysville-Rye Library, 198 Overcrest Road, Marysville. The free events are open to […]

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Beto O’Rourke proposes war tax to help pay for veterans’ health care

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is proposing to institute a wartime tax to help pay for veterans’ health care under a plan he unveiled on Monday. The plan to improve health care and other services for military veterans also calls for ending the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and using about $200 billion in […]

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Celebrating VA Nurses on the Front Lines of Veteran Health Care: Leaders in Professionalism, Commitment and Integrity

As the Nurse Manager of the Progressive Care Unit/Intensive Care Unit (PCU/ICU) at Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem, Virginia, Robin Davis, MSN RN, leads patient care while improving and implementing acute care policies and practices. Davis served the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) since 2005. She became a nurse manager at […]

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Bring strategic change to veteran healthcare and give back to those who served: Become an Executive Director of a VA Medical Center

Choose a career based on giving back and bring strategic change to veterans healthcare by applying to become the Executive Director of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. Candidates with medical or administrative backgrounds in eight cities are invited to apply for the jobs. Executive directors plan and organize the administration, operations, […]

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Vitals in revamping veterans’ health care

With the federal mandate to improve veterans’ health care, a new Department of Veterans Affairs center will test new models of delivering and paying for medical services. More than 9 million American veterans receive their health care through the VA. In an April 25 perspective from the New England Journal of Medicine, experts with experience […]

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Expansion of 3D printing network aims to improve healthcare for US veterans

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) grew its National Integrated Virtual 3D Printing Network from three hospitals at the start of 2017 to 20 at the end of 2018. The expanding network, which began at VA’s Puget Sound Health Care System, allows VA healthcare personnel to share ideas, solve problems, and pool resources on […]

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Veterans Benefit Reform Will Be Controversial, But Necessary

As part of our commitment to those who have served, taxpayers will spend $100 billion in 2019 on veterans benefit programs. The costs of these programs have more than quadrupled since 2000. Few programs of this size and importance have received less political attention. The VA’s disability compensation system is complex, cumbersome, and often difficult […]

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Veterans’ organization places 5,520 flags to raise awareness of veteran and military suicides this year

The suicide rate among veterans is higher than in the general population. October 3, 2018, 6:56 p.m. • 4 minute read Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail this article A veterans services organization placed 5,520 American flags on the National Mall in Washington, DC on Wednesday to raise awareness of veteran suicide. Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans […]

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Kelly Center brings veteran services to the Hays community through the Manhattan Vet Center

02/28/18 HAYS, Kan. – The Fort Hays State University Kelly Center has partnered with the Manhattan Area Veterinary Center to bring veterans services to FHSU and the Hays community. Starting in March, a team of counselors and veterans will provide free services, including: Individual consultation Group consultation Family counseling bereavement counseling Veterans Affairs Treatment Benefits […]

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It’s time to end the decades-long sabotage of veterans’ health care

In January, I received a frantic call from Crownover, a man I hadn’t seen in ten years since we had served together in the Army’s Third Infantry Division. He was calling to let me know that our fellow fighter, Moore, was in intensive care at a civilian hospital on the West Virginia-Ohio border for kidney […]

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Veterans Day is Heartfelt for the Patriot Project Veterans Organization in Wheaton, IL

Wheaton, IL, Nov. 09, 2017 — (PR.com) — Veteran suicide is not just a national issue, it’s one the Wheaton, IL Patriot Project is focusing on with programs and initiatives to make suicide prevention everyone’s business The Patriot Project is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit veterans organization aimed at reducing the number of veteran suicides with […]

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VA could close 1,100 facilities to privatize more health care for veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs is considering closing more than 1,165 of its facilities as part of its plans to allow more veterans to receive medical care in the private sector, VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, to the United States House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. The VA has found more than 430 vacant and 735 […]

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Veteran Benefits You May Not Know

Besides the plethora of benefits available to our country’s veterans and their families, there are many other little-known benefits and programs that are not prominent. Learn about veteran benefits that can improve the lives of older veterans and help ease the financial burden of medical care and other expenses. It’s no secret that the Department […]

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The rising cost of veterans’ health care and benefits

The House and Senate are expected to vote this week to approve a $17 billion plan to reduce long lines for care in the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system. It would allocate $10 billion to veterans who live at least 40 miles from a VA facility to receive their health care from private […]

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Veteran Student Organization Named “Chapter of the Year” – News @ Northeastern

At its annual national conference last weekend, the Veteran Students of America recognized the northeast Student Veterans Organization as its top chapter in the United States. This prestigious honor exemplifies the group’s excellent service on behalf of students who have served in the nation’s armed forces. SVO edged out 700 other veteran student college programs […]