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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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Silicon Valley Couple Wants to Help Veterans Work in Tech Fields

Marc Andreessen, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who is one of high-tech’s best-known investors and entrepreneurs, and his wife, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, a philanthropist-educator-lecturer and author, have pledged to give $275,000 to four non-profits to help more service men and women qualify for high tech jobs. The beneficiaries of the couple’s generosity are the COMMIT Foundation,...
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Dedication of 100th VA Grant-Funded Veterans Cemetary

On April 7th, 2016, the new Arizona Veterans’ memorial Cemetery in Marana, AZ, became the one hundredth cemetery funded with a VA grant.  The VA’s Veterans Cemetery Grants Program, established in 1980, has 134 partnership cemeteries across the country that improves veterans’ access to burial benefits. More than 35,00 burials were provided in 2015. A...
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Senate Vote Passes Equal Access Amendment for Veterans

On July 13th, 2017, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to include the Veterans Equal Access amendment as part of the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which will expand access to medical marijuana for our nation’s veterans. Currently, V.A. doctors are not allowed to submit the necessary paperwork that would...
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VA Plans Massive Expansion of Cancer Treatment Options

The Department of Veterans Affairs could turn its entire medical system into a nationwide center for excellence for cancer treatment in the next few months. That’s the upshot of VA’s role within the White House’s “moonshot” to eliminate cancer, a $1 billion attempt to bring about a decade’s worth of medical advances in half that time....
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