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House Bill Seeks to Expand Support to Survivors of Military Sexual Assault

In May, a bill intended to test non-VA care options for survivors of military sexual assault — called the Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment Act, or Military SAVE Act — passed in the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. It is now under consideration by the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. If the bill passes Read More

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Will Vets Finally Get College Credit for Military Training?

Despite the rigorous learning demands in our contemporary armed forces, few veterans receive academic credit for military training. Therefore, they waste time and incur unnecessary expenses repeating unnecessary classes simply to gain required credits. To address this problem, senators, Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware and Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa have introduced the Military Learning Read More

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VA Undersecretary Torpedoes Blue Water Vets Benefits Bill in U.S. Senate

Just when it looked like Blue Water veterans would finally receive benefits for illnesses due to Agent Orange exposure, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched an attack seeking to kill the legislation. In late June, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that would extend VA benefits to about 90,000 sailors who served Read More

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Bill to Assist Veteran Burn Pit Victims Passes U.S. Senate and Awaits Action in the House

Veterans suffering from illnesses caused by toxic exposure to open burn pits are one step closer to VA assistance, as a bill sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has passed the U.S Senate. According to a report from CBS Minnesota, “Sen. Klobuchar, who has been working on the passage of the bill for several Read More

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DoD Names 126 Bases Worldwide as Potential Camp Lejeune Water Crises Spots

Last March, the Department of Defense issued a report to the House Armed Services Committee that cited for the first time the full scope of the water contamination problem on U.S. military installations across the globe. Water at 126 military installations was found to contain levels above the Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable standards for perfluorooctane Read More

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VA Updates Schedule for Disabling Skin Conditions

Recently, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities that evaluate skin conditions. The VA website describes the VASRD  (also called the rating schedule) as “the collection of federal regulations used by Veterans Benefits Administration claims processors to evaluate the severity of disabilities and assign disability ratings.” Disability Read More

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VA Issues New Spanish-Language Healthcare Benefit Application

In August, as part of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ effort to simplify and improve healthcare enrollment, the VA issued a new Spanish-language version of its application for health benefits. The new version of the application grew out of a recommendation from the VA Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans to address the growing number of Hispanics Read More

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Has Your Military Service Earned Special Credits for Social Security?

If you are a service member or a veteran planning for retirement or applying for Social Security disability, you should be aware that your active duty service earns you extra wage credits. Since wage credits are used to calculate Social Security benefits, your retirement and/or disability benefits may be higher than you think. Not all Read More

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VA Disability Issues for Veterans in Need of Knee Replacements

Military service makes many demands on those who are willing to sacrifice for our country. But the service is downright brutal on service members’ joints. In 2011, Stripes reported that military deployment puts troops at risk of osteoarthritis at a higher rate and at a younger age than the general population. Military training and active Read More

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Did a Military Base Contaminate Drinking Water in a North Carolina Community?

Though it’s too early to draw comparisons with the toxic conditions that existed at Camp Lejeune, another North Carolina base is suspected to be the source of contaminated water, and that contamination seems to be affecting a neighboring community. Atlantic, an unincorporated area of Carteret County, home to about 600 residents, has had two ground Read More

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