https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/21/2016-30509/special-monthly-compensation-for-veterans-with-traumatic-brain-injury Start Preamble Department of Veterans Affairs. Proposed rule. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) seeks to amend its adjudication regulations to add an additional benefit for veterans with residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI). This benefit was enacted by the Veterans’ Benefits Act of 2010 and provides special monthly compensation for veterans with TBI […]
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/21/2016-30698/advisory-committee-charter-renewals Start Preamble Department of Veterans Affairs. Notice of Advisory Committee Charter renewals. In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee ACT (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2, and after consultation with the General Services Administration, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has determined that the following Federal advisory committee is vital to the mission […]
SAN ANTONIO — On Wednesday city leaders joined corporate and academic partners to announce two new programs both centered on helping our veterans.
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https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/20/2016-30510/reimbursement-for-caskets-and-urns-for-burial-of-unclaimed-remains-in-a-national-cemetery Start Preamble Department of Veterans Affairs. Notice. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is updating the monetary reimbursement rates for caskets and urns purchased for the interment in a VA national cemetery of Veterans who die with no known next of kin and where there are insufficient resources for furnishing a burial container. The […]
The idea for dancing-as-therapy grew out of a talk Deborah Denenfeld had with a psychiatrist at Fort Knox about a dancing program for active duty military back in 2011. Denenfeld determined that the barn-style dances were best for military members, and she eventually developed the “Dancing Well” program for veterans with PTSD beginning in 2013.
“This traditional dance, you might think of it as barn dance that’s been tested by hundreds of years of communities dancing it, is so simple and pure it’s a natural for this population,” said Denenfeld, who leads the sessions.
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https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/19/2016-30367/rehabilitation-research-and-development-service-scientific-merit-review-board-notice-of-meetings Start Preamble Start Printed Page 92023 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2 that the subcommittees of the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board will meet from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the dates indicated below: Subcommittee Date(s) Location […]
As soon as this week, President-elect Donald Trump could finally announce his pick to be the next VA secretary. Over the last month, lots of folks have visited Trump Tower, including rapper Kanye West. But not a single leader from our nation’s leading veteran service organizations has been invited upstairs.
So far the only engagement between the veterans’ organizations and the transition was a behind-the-scenes meeting with opening remarks by reality TV star Omarosa Manigault.
Names in the news as prospective VA chiefs have flown scattershot and range from Sarah Palin to Scott Brown. None has the critical skills our veterans deserve right now…
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I will not take my own life by my own hand until I talk to my battle buddy first.
My mission is to find a mission to help my warfighter family.
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One noted omission from the bill is a revamped appeal process for veterans’ disability claims.
VA Secretary Bob McDonald, some lawmakers and veterans groups have called the current appeals process outdated, complicated and broken. Appeals take an average of five years to resolve, according to VA data.
During a public discussion at the Center for New American Security on Tuesday, McDonald said Congress was acting as a “barrier” to reform the process.
“We need that legislation in order to ultimately have the ability to continue the transformation,” he said. “I’ve been told by some members of Congress that my wish to get this legislation passed wasn’t going to happen so they could wait for the new Congress to come, so they could take credit.”
The Miller-Blumenthal bill does include a temporary increase from seven to nine judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
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We are on the precipice of some of the most profound changes in veteran healthcare since the Veterans Administration (VA) was elevated to a cabinet position in 1989.
The pent-up reforms needed at the VA combined with the new Administration, have set conditions for massive change. For example, there are 12.5 million non-elderly veterans. Among these, two-thirds of veterans are eligible for VA health care, but only one-third are enrolled. What if they decide to take advantage of their VA healthcare and prescriptions?
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