Appeals legislation a win for veterans

On August 23, President Trump signed into law a long-awaited piece of legislation designed to create a more timely and accurate system for processing veterans’ appeals for disability claims. Veterans have faced unnecessary and unacceptable delays within the current VA disability appeals system, on average taking between three to five…

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Trump Budget to Cap Next Raise, Hike Retiree TRICARE Fees, Slam ‘IU’ Vets

      Military Update: President Trump’s first budget request embraces many Obama administration ideas to dampen military compensation growth. It would cap the next military pay raise; hike healthcare fees “modestly” for working-age military retirees, and increase co-payments on pharmacy drugs for TRICARE beneficiaries, including retirees of any age, though…

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‘Forever’ GI Bill passes for future veterans

Recipients of the Post-9/11 GI Bill—Chapter 33—currently have a 15-year time frame in which to use their benefits. Legislation to eliminate the current limit on using those benefits, and to improve the overall benefit for veterans discharged after Jan. 1, 2013, was signed into law by the President Aug. 16,…

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Finally: Actual, Physical Vet Cards Will Be Issued To Veterans Who Apply Starting In November

Okay, so say it’s Veterans Day and you’re a veteran and you’ve been waiting in line all morning to get your free meal at Applebee’s. But then you suddenly realize that you forgot to bring a copy of your DD-214, and you don’t have a Department of Veterans Affairs health…

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Recap: VA To Eliminate 7 Compensable Disabilities

Not all service-connected medical conditions and injuries are incurred or exacerbated in the performance of military duties. For example, a qualifying injury can occur when a service member was at home or on leave, and a qualifying medical condition, such as multiple sclerosis, can develop independently of a service member’s military…

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This Independence Day, take a moment to learn about VA benefits for which you may be eligible.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs <veteransaffairs@public.govdelivery.com>      Today at 12:46 AM     This Independence Day, take a moment to learn about VA benefits for which you may be eligible. Exploring your benefits is easy. Take the Benefits Navigator online quiz to find out which ones you and your family may…

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