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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VA to Revamp Private Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently unveiled a wide-reaching plan to Congress to merge and expand its unwieldy networks of private doctors. The goal of the New Veterans Choice Program, which would combine seven of the agency’s existing private health-care arrangements into a single system, is to eliminate gaps…

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Individual Unemployability

Over the past few months, the issue of Individual Unemployability (IU) has been both a topic of discussion and one of rising concern for DAV and its members. A hearing regarding IU was held before the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability and Memorial Affairs on July 15, 2015.

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Bills Introduced on Military Sexual Trauma

Senator Jon Tester (MT) and Representative Chellie Pingree (ME) introduced companion bills (H.R. 1607 and S. 865) that would improve the disability compensation evaluation procedure of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for veterans with mental health conditions related to military sexual trauma.

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Space-Available Air Travel for VA Service Connected Disabilities

On May 12, 2015, Representative Gus Bilirakis of Florida introduced H.R. 2264 to permit veterans who have service-connected, total and permanent disabilities to travel on military aircraft in the same manner and to the same extent as retired members of the armed forces are entitled to such travel.

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Congress Passes Law Creating ID Card for Veterans

Congress has approved the creation of a veterans’ identification card, making it easier for veterans to prove military service without having to produce a military service record or some other valuable document. The House had already passed the bill in June and sent it on to the Senate. The Senate…

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