Veterans Affairs Plans to Research Toxic Exposures to Service Connected Veterans

On November 13, 2019, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) chief of research development, Rachel Romani, announced the VA will undertake a comprehensive research project in 2021 on environmental exposures to military personnel and their connection to diseases in veterans and their offspring. VA researchers are scrutinizing the department’s existing research and speaking with veterans...
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Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions proposed Two Years ago still awaiting Senate resolution

On or about October of 2017, Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David Shulkin agreed to add three health conditions — bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and Parkinson’s like symptoms — to the presumptive conditions list of 14 Agent Orange-related illnesses, but it was never announced. The Office of Management and Budget, including Director Mick Mulvaney, and other...
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Veterans Could See Repeal of Widow’s Tax and Ban on Military Malpractice Lawsuits in House Defense Bill

Three proposals were added on July 9th to the annual defense authorization bill, while it was on the floor of the House of Representatives. The three provisions: ending the so-called “Widow’s Tax”; repealing the Feres Doctrine, which precluded military service members from suing the government for malpractice; and increasing the number of special visas for...
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Veterans Suffering with Chronic Psychiatric Symptoms Should Seek Screening for Mefloquine Exposure

Originally developed by scientists working in affiliation with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), mefloquine was licensed by the FDA in 1989 and was sold as the branded medication Lariam from 1989 to 2011. Mefloquine is an antimalarial drug associated with the risk of chronic neuropsychiatric adverse effects (AEs). For the treatment of...
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Private Health Care Options, Including Urgent Care, Now Available to Veterans with Disability Benefits

On June 6, 2019, the MISSION (Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks) Act went into effect, providing service members with additional health care options and increasing the number of veterans who may qualify for private care through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The MISSION Act, which was signed into law one year...
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