Soldiers Using Mortars Suffer From Undiagnosed TBIs

Soldiers who use mortars in the army have found they may be suffering from traumatic brain injuries (also known as TBIs), despite assurances to the contrary. However, the Army has denied that these injuries are occuring, resulting in their problems remaining undiagnosed. This, in turn, has put up barriers to soldiers getting the care they need to treat their ongoing neurological issues resulting from their military service.

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VA to Expand CHAMPVA Benefits for Family of Veterans

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has announced that it is expanding access to its Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) program. The expansion will allow family members of veterans, as well as primary family caregivers, to access expanded mental health benefits, contraceptive services, and audio-only telehealth. This will help the families of veterans to better care for themselves, which in turn will improve the lives of veterans with families.

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VALife Brought Life Insurance to 31,000+ Veterans in 2023

The new life insurance program issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), known as VALife, has brought life insurance to more than 31,000 veterans since it began in January 2023. Thanks to this program, veterans (particularly veterans with disabilities) now have easier and better access to life insurance benefits. This can help veterans cover the expenses related to end-of-life care, as well as funeral costs.

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VA Lost 120,000 Online Disability Claims

According to a recent article in the Military Times, more than 120,000 online disability claims were lost by the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA). While the department has worked quickly to try to fix the issue, tens of thousands of applications still remain in limbo.  Although this is a relatively small number of applications compared to the whole, VA leadership has said that it remains unacceptable, and some critics are worried about the scope of the problem.

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Five Things Veterans Need to Know About Psychological Disabilities

When people discuss disabled veterans, often the focus tends to stay on physical disabilities, which are more obvious and pronounced. However, the psychological impact of military service can be just as disabling as any physical injury, leaving veterans struggling to hold down a job or care for their basic needs. Here are five things veterans need to know about psychological disabilities:

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Navy, DOJ Announce Plans to Fast-Track Camp Lejeune Claims

The United States Navy and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) have announced they will be creating a new process to fast-track claims from veterans and their families who were sickened by exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. The new process, when it is put into place, will give certain people much faster access to settlement payouts for certain diseases. It is estimated that this could help tens of thousands of victims suffering from severe or chronic medical issues due to water contamination at the infamous Navy base.

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Five Things You Need to Know About Burn Pit Exposure

Over the course of many veterans’ times in the United States military, they may have been exposed to the toxic smoke from burn pits. These pits are often used by the military to dispose of just about everything, from regular garbage to discarded munitions and everything in between. Here are five things you need to know about burn pit exposure if you are a veteran:

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NIH and VA Announce Study of “Gulf War Syndrome”

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and National Institute of Health (NIH) have announced they will be conducting a five-year long study into the condition known as Gulf War Illness, or Gulf War Syndrome, as it is commonly known. This study is meant to look into the varied symptoms of the illness, which affects nearly a third of the 700,000 people who served during the Gulf War. The goal is to uncover the cause of the disease, and develop treatments for those who have suffered with disabilities related to Gulf War Syndrome.

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VA to Award $16 Million to Adaptive Sports Programs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has announced that it will award $16 million in grants to adaptive sports programs to assist disabled veterans around the country. These grants are intended to help more than 13,000 veterans participate in programs that will allow them to improve their lives and help manage their disabilities. This same program aided 108 organizations throughout all 50 states, as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, in 2022.

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What is PTSD, and Why Are Veterans At Such High Risk of It?

No population in America is at higher risk of suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than veterans. This psychological disorder causes countless problems for those who suffer from it, and veterans in particular can struggle against its effects due to difficulties seeking and obtaining treatment. But what exactly is PTSD, and why are veterans at such high risk of getting it?

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