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Has Congress Forgotten about Military Veterans Burn Pit Problems?

JULY 2018 – Burn Pit exposure in Iraq and Afghanistan and the health issues surrounding them could become another “Agent Orange” in the military community, but Veterans Affairs (VA) leaders and administration officials have promised they won’t let it. Unfortunately, a few lawmakers and several veterans advocates fear it already has. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), an...
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VA Announces Whole Health Flagship Sites

May 2018 – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs designated 18 facilities as VA Whole Health Flagship Sites.  These facilities are located across the country, within the VA health-care system, and their focus is on empowering & educating injured veterans on how they can take charge of their health and well-being. Previously, the VA health-care...
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An Injured Veteran, Wounded in Afghanistan, is the Recipient of the World’s First Full Male Genital Transplant, according to Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Hospital stated on Monday that a military veteran who served and was injured in Afghanistan, is the worlds’ first recipient of a total penis and scrotum transplant. The surgical procedure was performed last month over a 14-hour period and involved a team of eleven surgeons (nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons). The...
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VA Looks to Veterans Advocates for Overhaul of Appeals Process

In an effort to gain buy-in from veterans’ advocacy groups before sending Congress any formal plan to streamline the appeals process for veterans’ compensation claims, top officials from the VA met with leaders from several leading veterans’ service organizations (VSOs). While the organization’s Veterans Benefits Administration has made progress in cutting the backlog of initial...
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More Research Needed Regarding Agent Orange

It has been reported that the effects of Agent Orange, a toxic herbicide used during the Vietnam War, on veterans – and possibly their children – are still not fully understood, despite more than 20 years of study. The U.S. military sprayed millions of gallons of the chemical to kill forests and destroy enemy cover....
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Hepatitis C Drug Treatment Increased at VA

Thanks to increased funding from Congress and reduced drug prices, the VA will be able to provide expanded drug therapy at VA facilities nationwide. Now all veterans afflicted with Hepatitis C will be able to receive care, regardless of their stage of liver disease; previously, the sickest patients received priority for treatment. The VA is...
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