VA Renews Partnership With IHS to Help Native American Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has announced that it is renewing its partnership with the Indian Health Service (IHS) to increase access to care for Native American and Alaska Native veterans. They are looking to improve access to Native American veterans who often suffer high barriers to accessing care, while also integrating the two healthcare systems to facilitate care. They are also looking to expand enrollment in the systems to help vulnerable populations better access the care they need.

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Five Ways To Maximize Your Chances At Obtaining VA Disability Benefits

If you are applying for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (also known as the VA), you may have questions about the process and what you should do. Fortunately, for most people the process is relatively simple, provided you follow certain basic steps. Here are five ways you can maximize your chances at getting VA disability benefits:

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Presumptive Period for Gulf War Veterans Extended Until 2026

In a recent press release, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it would be extending the presumptive period for veterans of the Persian Gulf War until December 31, 2026. This extension gives these veterans more time to apply for disability benefits if they are suffering from unspecified medical issues with no definitive diagnosis. It also means they may be able to recover benefits they might previously have been owed due to not having been properly diagnosed with a medical condition.

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VA Begins Administering COVID-19 Booster Shots to Vulnerable Vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun the process of administering booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine for vulnerable veterans. This program has been put into place after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot, to help veterans who are at higher risk due to coronavirus infection. Booster shots for other vaccines, including those created by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are still under review, but are also expected to be offered once they are authorized.

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Five Service-Related Disabilities That May Not Appear Right Away

Typically, when someone becomes disabled as a result of their military service, it is fairly obvious how they got their disability. However, a surprising number of veterans can spend months or years seemingly fine, only to manifest a service-related disability a long time afterwards. Here are five service-related disabilities that often do not appear right away:

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Suicide Rate for Veterans Dropped in Latest Annual Report

In their most recent annual report on the suicide rate of veterans, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has announced that the suicide rate is on the decline, at the highest rate since 2001. This decline is seen as a result of efforts made by the VA to tackle the difficult issues of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems that are common among veterans. However, more work needs to be done for veterans who still struggle with their mental health after returning to civilian life. Continue reading “Suicide Rate for Veterans Dropped in Latest Annual Report”

Why You Might Be Eligible for VA Disability Benefits and Not Realize It

If you are a veteran suffering from a severe medical condition, you may have considered applying for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) previously. In fact, you may already have applied but been turned down. However, despite this, you may still be eligible for benefits (or, if you already have benefits, you may be entitled to more than you currently receive). Here are a few reasons why you might be entitled to VA disability benefits and not realize it:

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VA Appoints Twenty New Judges to Hear Veterans’ Appeals

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has appointed twenty new judges to its Board of Veterans’ Appeals. These new judges will hear appeals from veterans looking to have their application for veterans’ disability benefits for review, as well as appeals from veterans looking to have their disability rating increased. These new judges will help to address the substantial backlog of cases that is hindering veterans’ ability to get access to their benefits. Continue reading “VA Appoints Twenty New Judges to Hear Veterans’ Appeals”

Why Should You Get Your Disability Rating Reviewed?

Any veteran who becomes disabled as a result of their benefits is potentially eligible for veterans’ disability benefits through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA). The benefits they receive is dependent on their disability rating, which is originally determined when they first get approved for benefits. However, a disability rating is not always static, and can be changed on review. So why should someone consider getting their disability rating reviewed? Continue reading “Why Should You Get Your Disability Rating Reviewed?”

Understanding the Impact of Agent Orange on Disabled Veterans

When it comes to disabled veterans from the Vietnam War, few topics cause as much controversy as Agent Orange. The substance is blamed on a variety of medical conditions that Vietnam veterans suffer to this day, with some disabled veterans still struggling for recognition for their medical conditions. But what exactly is Agent Orange, and how did it become such a source of contention? Continue reading “Understanding the Impact of Agent Orange on Disabled Veterans”