"The NPR story rightfully points out the sacrifices that Veterans and their families have
gone through during the years when they were sworn to secrecy. VA is prepared to assist
any Veteran or survivor who contacts us in determining their entitlement to benefits.
Additionally, if NPR is willing to share with us the list of 1,200 or so Veterans who they
have been able to identify as having been exposed, VA will attempt to contact them to ensure they are receiving all the benefits and services to which they are entitled under the law."
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) is pressing the Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) to grant benefits to same-sex couples in the wake of a historic Supreme Court decision.
Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Jeff Miller, Republican of Florida, said at the agency's 2015 budget hearing on Thursday that he was frustrated that VA Secretary Robert McDonald did not mention the budget shortfall during previous recent hearings in which he testified.
Despite a tense hearing, a House oversight committee said it will give the Department of
Veterans Affairs more “flexibility,” to help ease a $2.5 billion budget
shortfall the agency said it is facing to treat millions of former troops.
Considering the Department of Veterans Affairs’ recent scandals,
you’d think VA top brass would show some humility.
Instead of cleaning up its act, the VA’s trying once again to
sabotage the Choice program, which was
supposed to allow vets to see a doctor outside the delay-plagued VA system.
It is sad that one week after Memorial Day, The New York Times saw fit to run an essay lamenting the cost of compensating veterans for their disabilities. As Jon Stewart
has said, if the government cannot fairly care for
and compensate our disabled veterans, maybe it should stop creating so many of them.
Question: A year after we lost Eric Shinseki, probably the best Department of Veterans Affairs secretary we’ve ever had, what’s been accomplished at the VA?
Answer: Not much.
Americans have no faith in socialized medicine, a system in which the federal government owns the hospitals, employs the doctors and nurses and pays the bills. Yet the
United States has a vast system of socialized medicine. Its name is the VA!
Seth Moulton had earned two medals in Iraq for his valor. He’d witnessed brutal combat in four tours with the Marines. But none of that mattered when he showed up at the Veterans Health Administration hospital in Washington, D.C., where staff could not find records.
“We’ll consider taking you as a humanitarian case,” a hospital staffer told Moulton, unaware that the would-be hernia patient was also a newly elected Massachusetts congressman.
After all I had been through with him, I was now faced with another reality. Once you are divorced from a veteran, resources such as counseling go away. I even asked for help to tell him to leave the house but was told no, even though I worried for my safety. I was told their services were to provide a safe place for the veteran.
Improving veterans’ sleep (both quantity and quality) may reduce their risk of developing depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to afirst-of-its-kind study by the RAND Corporation.
Help Us Investigate the Impact of Agent Orange
ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot are exploring the ways children of Vietnam
veterans may be affected by a parent's exposure to Agent Orange.
We can take no chances with the health and well-being of our military veterans,
those who sacrificed to protect and defend the liberties
that we cherish, the core freedoms that make America what it is.
The mistreatment of a Kennewick veteran at a Veterans Administration hospital
in Seattle is one of several incidents around the country
that have spurred members of Congress to call for changes to VA care.
“I served in the United States Marine Corps,” were some of Jose Solorio’s final words,
recorded in a cell phone video, before he was able to get access to the care his family
believed he deserved and did not get since he was deported.
Solorio is a retired Camp Pendleton Marine.
When the scandal erupted last year over long wait lists at the Phoenix VA, Alaska
was found to have quite short wait times. The Alaska VA has for years
been buying care for veterans outside the VA, at community and
private-sector clinics, and especially through the Native health care system.
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) is an employment-oriented program that helps transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans with service-connected
disabilities and employment handicaps to prepare for, find, and keep suitable employment. Services may include employment assistance, short and long-term training, purchase of required supplies and equipment,
and on-the-job training.
A man who was supposed to shred documents from a Tampa veterans hospital but instead used them to steal veterans’ personal information is headed to federal prison.
Boondoggle HQ Inquiry Under Scrutiny
Several U.S. Senators and military lawyers say they are concerned by Col. Norm Allen’s attempts to thwart an investigation into why the U.S. Military built an unneeded luxury headquarters in Afghanistan.
Unfortunately, a year after the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, there are few signs things are better at the overwhelmed agency. Shinseki resigned last May amid a scandal in which employees throughout the VA’s medical system conspired to hide months-long wait times that veterans faced when seeking care.
Gisela Miller is an Accredited Agent for VA Claims & Appeals.
She's also the spouse of a disabled veteran.
Gisela met her husband in her native Germany while he was
stationed there during his deployments to the Gulf War. She returned to America with him,taught herself the English language and became an accomplished paralegal
and an American citizen as she dueled with the VA to ensure her husband was awarded the benefits he earned. (He was.)
Once his benefits were secure, she embarked on a year long journey to becomea VA accredited agent and now represents veterans and their families in the VA appeals process.Gisela will be a frequent contributor to the VAWatchdogand is available to answer your questions about the VA claims and appealsprocess now. Contact
Blue Water Claims Update
The Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims has made a landmark ruling that will help many Navy
and Coast Guard vets who have been classified as Blue Water Sailors. The case was Gray vs
McDonald and was decided on April 24, 2015. This will greatly benefit many Vietnam Navy
veterans effected by Agent Orange.
The James A. Haley VA Medical Center has a new director, an
administrator with more than 30 years of experience with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The chief watchdog of the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday
amid mounting criticism of his investigations and
oversight that he is stepping down at the end of this week.
Officials said William Cope made a threat to the Department of Veteran Affairs in Cookeville.
Dorothy Lawson Jones, 66, of Hendricks, was previously married to a veteran
who passed away in 1991. She remarried in 1995 and continued to
unlawfully collect spousal death benefits from the VA until at least 2013.
Milo Wilson, a psychologist at Chalmers, said it’s a real culture shift for veterans.
In July 2013, Jonathan Wade Short of Hardin County, Kentucky, admitted in U.S.
District Court to impersonating a United States soldier for
most of the preceding year, even though he had no record of military service.
Just thought i would share this with you. I went to my CBOC the other day to see my new
PTSD doc. In my mind I was just getting my prescriptions updated. I am not on a lot of stuff,
some stuff for sleep and a low dose anti anxiety med. The issue is it's a new doc,
3rd one this year in fact (continuity of care). While I certainly can see how it may be
necessary for a new provider to get their own back ground and make their own
assessment before writing a prescription.at the same time I am a bit fed up with the Idea
that I feel like I have to defend myself against being deemed "mentally defective"
so often.It did not take long for the questions to get to; "How are you at paying your bills?",
"How often do you use alcohol", "How much do you gamble", all leading down that
road of personal judgment about weather or not this Vet should have a gun.
Fact of the matter is I don't much like guns anymore, other than an occasional hunting trip.
But thats me, I certainly don't wish to see Vets getting randomly thrown into NICS denial lists either
It was pretty clear she had an agenda and it was not about helping
She was pretty actively looking for a way to justify putting me on a list .
The VA continues to persecute veterans, there's little doubt of that. We're seen as guilty of
drug abuse, financial incompetence, anger management problems, and much
more at each encounter. VA seems to enjoy being the anti-advocate for
veterans and seeks to destroy more of our lives than it helps. That you've had
3 mental health providers already this year speaks volumes. Even they can't take it and they leave for the civilian sector. I didn't believe it could be possible but VA care continues to decline.
I believe we all have to begin to wear concealed body cameras.
Then we may be rid of some of the nonsense.
"We're not accepting any new patients — not this clinic," the VA employee behind the
desk says, without providing any extra information, assistance or follow-on guidance for treatment.
A budget shortfall in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs likely will
mean the end of funding for adult day care services.
New research reveals that the effects of PTSD can go beyond the mind -- and put
women's hearts and brains at risk. Post-traumatic stress disorder can wreak havoc on a
person's ability to deal with small disturbances, such as a loud noise or an upsetting
story in the news, and it can keep them from getting good sleep. In addition to these
problems, and perhaps because of them, PTSD might also
increase women's risk of heart attack and stroke, according to new research.
For a few hours each weekday, Marcie Hoff can stop worrying about her dad.
Those are the hours that retired Air Force Master Sgt. Bernie Childers, 75, spends
in the Franciscan Centre Adult Day Service in Omaha. He is disabled from a host of
medical conditions Hoff said were caused by his exposure to Agent Orange in
Vietnam, complicated by dementia. The VA covers the $50-a-day
cost of the program, which features music, crafts and games as well as lunch.
Tip Of The Week
Do you believe that you should file a disability claim
but you may not be quite ready with your evidence?
Not a problem. File the new
Once you have this completed form in your record, you'll have
up to a year to complete the rest of the paperwork.
The Intent To File form preserves the early effective date.
Remember: The only claim we know you'll lose is the one you don't file.
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Investigative journalist James O’Keefe released another undercover video Wednesday,
showing a doctor at the Department of Veterans Affairs admitting the VA has a
“culture of unaccountability.” Over a year has elapsed since the scandal over
manipulated wait times at Phoenix broke. According to the testimony of numerous officials and employees, the VA still has difficulty meeting the basic needs of veterans.
“Opening up eligibility for this deserving group of Air Force veterans and reservists
is the right thing to do,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald announced.
Really? Then why didn’t the VA take this step long ago? These new recipients
flew inFairchild C-123 aircraft from 1969 to 1986.
That’s between 46 and 29 years ago!
And if it’s the “right thing to do” for those folks, then what about the countless
other Vietnam-era military personnel whose cries for help have been ignored even though
they suffer from some or many of the 14 diseases needed to claim Agent Orange benefits?
The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it would extend earned benefits to
spouses and children of all veterans in all same-sex
marriages following the Supreme Court decision Friday legalizing the unions nationwide.
A group of 12 U.S. senators is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to help
World War II veterans who were exposed to mustard gas, after an NPR
Investigation found the VA broke a decades-old promise to provide them compensation.
The Forms You Need
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Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection-Increased
Total Disability Rating -
Individual Unemployability -
Compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151 -
Special Monthly Compensation -
Specially Adapted Housing/Special
Home Adaptation Automobile
Allowance/Adaptive Equipment -
Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child
Notice of Disagreement
The first step to appeal
Application for DIC, Death Pension,
The VA Claims Intake Center
Department of Veterans Affairs
PO Box 5235
Janesville, WI 53547-5235
Toll Free FAX Janesville – 844-822-5246
The VA Claims Intake Center
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PO Box 5235
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Toll Free Fax Newnan – 844-531-7817
A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a gold-embossed paper certificate bearing the official signature of the current President of the United States and honors the memory of deceased, honorably discharged Veterans.
The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places and lasting memorials that commemorate their service to our nation.
The Department of Veterans Affairs recently published a new regulation that expands benefits eligibility for a select group of Air Force veterans and Air Force reserve
personnel who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact
with contaminated C-123 aircraft used in Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand (ORH).
It’s been a bad couple of weeks for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The department is facing a nearly $3 billion budget shortfall. VA officials are expected to testify in front of
Congress on Thursday and will make the case that more money is needed to solve the problem.
In the five weeks since an explosive memo from the top procurement official at Veterans Affairs went public, the major contracting abuses the document alleged are pervasive throughout the agency have angered
A new program designed to streamline access to health care for military veterans is coming under fire as veterans
say they’ve been stymied by federal health care program.
Is it not worth an hour or two of
your time to voice your opinion?
The slippery slope of health-care rationing, fueled by a gaping budget shortfall, is now an issue at the Veterans' Administration.
It has taken more than 40 years, but Connecticut veteran Conley Monk has won his battle to have his military discharge
status upgraded and can now receive federal benefits.
A hospital infested with roaches and rats is the latest in a series of problems for Veterans Affairs.
An email reveals dead rats and roaches turned up at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital.
(It's the VA. You ain't seen nothin' yet!!!)
The Department of Veterans Affairs is still recovering
from the scandal which erupted in 2014
over manipulated waitlists.