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  1. https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5529
  2. Phased Reopening of National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPRC was closed from March 23 through June 23, 2020. While it was closed, a limited number of essential staff continued to report on-site each day to service urgent requests, such as those involving homeless veterans in need of shelter, medical emergencies, and funerals for deceased veterans. On June 24th, the NPRC entered into Phase One of a gradual reopening. To ensure the safety of its workforce, social distancing measures have been instituted which limit its operating ca
  3. A lawyer says a lawsuit against a Veterans Affairs hospital in Kansas where a former physician assistant molested countless patients involves “the largest sexual abuse scandal in the history of the VA.” https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/suit-sex-abuse-kansas-va-hospital-trial-71654471
  4. Find a VA Healthcare Provider You can search by state https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/ourproviders
  5. A report by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VAOIG) says dozens of military veterans incorrectly received letters indicating they would lose unemployment benefits after an overworked VA staff member in Seattle lost track of records they had submitted. VA auditors took a sampling of 132 employment questionnaires and determined that one-fifth of the veterans had been sent letters indicating a reduction or cancellation of benefits, even though they had mailed forms that should have allowed them to continue receiving money. The VAOIG report is available on the Depart
  6. Mark – Urbandale, Iowa: I had a service-related injury that worsened over time. In 1994, I was awarded 100 percent V.A. benefits. When I inquired with Social Security back then, I was told I didn’t qualify due to my V.A. benefits. I accepted the response. I figured they should know. I felt bad about even asking, but I inquired, because I had paid in since I was 16. Yesterday, my nephew told me that that wasn’t true. So I called today, and they said I didn’t qualify, because I haven’t worked in the last five years. (Of course I haven’t — I am disabled.) I don’t know if the law has changed since
  7. Why is it so easy for VA to ignore their own regulations and force veterans to get evidence for combat conditions? 3.304 Direct service connection; wartime and peacetime. (a) General. The basic considerations relating to service connection are stated in §3.303. The criteria in this section apply only to disabilities which may have resulted from service in a period of war or service rendered on or after January 1, 1947. (b) Presumption of soundness. The veteran will be considered to have been in sound condition when examined, accepted and enrolled for service, except as to defects, infirmitie
  8. Years ago when I was doing my own research on my medical health, I contacted the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for as much information they could help me with and this is what they sent me. I was just cleaning my PC and thought that this may help other veterans. Of course there is a lot more on the site but I think this is a good start. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/ http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/vaccinations-medications.asp http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/sources/vaccinations.asp Hope this helps
  9. Just got new update in the mail. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/docs/gulfwar/gulf-war-newsletter-march2015.pdf
  10. http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/new-va-scandal-cbs-news-finds-thousands-of-vets-benefit-claims-discarded/
  11. It is shameful that veterans of the United States military have to wait months, and sometimes more than a year, to begin receiving the benefits they are owed after their years of service. Yet that is the case. Almost 900,000 veterans across the country currently have claims pending for disability, pension or education benefits; nearly 600,000 of those claims are considered backlogged by the Department of Veterans Affairs — meaning they have already taken more than 125 days to process. According to a report released in March by the Center for Investigative Reporting, the average time a vet
  12. The Social Security Administration plans to streamline its review of disability claims for veterans starting next month, shaving weeks off the process by which it determines benefits, officials are set to announce Wednesday. The Woodlawn-based agency says it will expedite claims for former service members who already have been deemed fully disabled by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, alleviating a bureaucratic nightmare for veterans who sometimes waited years to get a decision about their eligibility for benefits. Carolyn W. Colvin, the acting commissioner of Social Security, is se
  13. http://veteransforcommonsense.org/?p=3143 (91outcomes.com - June 5, 2014) - A Military Times article today cites VA data showing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has denied nearly 80 percent, or four out of five Gulf War Illness disability claims denied. [1] Today’s breaking news article also shows more than half of veterans denied for Gulf War Illness claims have been approved by VA for other conditions, demonstrating a VA bias against approving Gulf War Illness claims long alleged by ill Gulf War veterans. A full 38 percent (38%) of veterans filing Gulf War Illness claim
  14. http://veteransforcommonsense.org/ A new investigative report by NextGov’s Bob Brewin (“Hundreds of thousands of VA disability claims not processed”) shows that at least 228,000 veterans’ claims have been dropped by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) because they weren’t completed in time.
  15. Just Part of the Story. http://www.newsweek.com/sick-soliders-gulf-war-illness-clue-mystery-their-cells-238850 Experts suspect a variety of toxins could be linked to Gulf War Illness—from pesticides to the anthrax vaccine—but one likely culprit, Golomb says, is something that wasn’t an enemy weapon, or even an accidentally released chemical: the PB pill. The PB pill was given to troops by the U.S. Armed Forces in case of possible exposure to nerve agents—it was a preventative. The cure may have made them sick.
  16. Disability examinations of Gulf War veterans have unique requirements because this group of veterans is eligible for compensation not only for disability due to diagnosed illnesses, but also for disability due to undiagnosed illnesses. An undiagnosed illness is established when findings are present that cannot be attributed to a known, clearly defined diagnosis, after all likely diagnostic possibilities for such abnormalities have been ruled out. Examiners should follow the guidelines in the "Handout of Instructions for Compensation and Pension Examinations" but will also need to request more
  17. http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/2012_13_GWVI_TF_Annual_Report_Final.pdf Didn't have chance to read it all and just passing on.
  18. Disabled veterans might face new way to file claims By ruperte14·January 23, 2014·No comments Regional·Tagged: Department of Veterans Affairs, Disability, Veterans By Logan Hendrix The days of submitting disabilities claims on scraps of paper might be ending for veterans, including more than 800,000 in Virginia. A new proposal by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs would require veterans to use a standardized claim form. One veterans group says this will make the application process more difficult for disabled persons. VA Spokeswoman Genevieve Billia says the current application
  19. WASHINGTON — As Department of Veterans Affairs physician Nancy Klimas told an agency panel Tuesday about the many successful ways her clinic has been treating Gulf War illness, veterans have responded with a combination of hope and anger. The hope came because her clinic appears to be making headway in using research-based methods to treat veterans with the disease, which consists of symptoms ranging from headaches to memory loss to chronic fatigue, and plagues one in four of the 697,000 veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War against Iraq. The anger came because, although Klimas had been usin
  20. WASHINGTON — With Congress back this week, veterans groups are vowing to resume their fight against trims to military retirement benefits. But what they’re really fighting for is relevancy, and to make sure the country hasn’t forgotten about them. Military advocates worry that Congress’ willingness to attack veterans’ retirement checks shows that lawmakers — and perhaps the public — have already moved on from the wars of the last decade, and that the sacrifices and promises made will be forgotten. “This is what happens when you have an unengaged population whose focus starts to shift away,”
  21. More than 171,000 military retirees and family members booted from Tricare Prime on Oct. 1 when the Defense Department cut coverage areas for its managed health program could get their old health plans back under the compromise 2014 defense bill under consideration in the House and Senate. The bill contains a "one-time election to continue enrollment in Tricare Prime" for affected beneficiaries — a proposal floated in May by Reps. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and John Kline, R-Minn., after constituents in their districts learned they would lose the option to stay in Prime. The $632.8 billion com
  22. Proposed Information Collection (Open Burn Pit Registry Airborne Hazard Self-Assessment Questionnaire) Activity: Comment Request https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/06/05/2013-13224/proposed-information-collection-open-burn-pit-registry-airborne-hazard-self-assessment-questionnaire
  23. http://www.military.com/benefits/2013/06/13/55k-retirees-due-back-pay-might-never-see-it.html
  24. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/31/reporter-explains-complete-dysfunctionality-of-veterans-affairs-disability-backlog/ During an appearance on MSNBC, Aaron Glantz of the Center for Investigative Reporting explained why the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was failing to process so many disability benefits claims. “The central problem facing the VA is that they’re not able to deal with this flood of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans coming home at the same time that a lot of Vietnam veterans are finally being allowed to claim illnesses caused by Agent Orange,” he said. “This is a p
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