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Outgoing VA Secretary Bob McDonald determined there is sufficient scientific and medical evidence to establish a “strong association” between exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and eight medical conditions.
“We have a responsibility to take care of those who have served our nation and have been exposed to harm as a result of that service,” McDonald said, adding that the VA’s decision will make it easier for veterans “to receive the care and benefits they earned.”
A proposal in the Connecticut General Assembly would expand the veterans who are eligible for certain state benefits.
The bill would allow veterans, who received a discharge other than dishonorable as a result of being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury, to qualify for state veterans' benefits.
Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday, after more than a year of work, finalized rules that will allow potentially thousands of veterans stationed at the base — or surviving spouses — to receive automatic benefits if they have been diagnosed with one of eight diseases.
Cleveland Clinic chief Toby Cosgrove has withdrawn his name from consideration as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a post that would have put him in charge of the health care and benefits of more than 20 million U.S. veterans, a source familiar with the matter said.
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On Oct. 7, 2001, the U.S. and British militaries began a bombing campaign against Taliban and al Qaeda targets in Afghanistan. Six months later, after the fall of the Taliban regime and Osama bin Laden’s escape into neighboring Pakistan, President George W. Bush, speaking at the Virginia Military Institute, evoked the foreboding history of military intervention in the so-called Graveyard of Empires, saying, “It’s been one of initial success followed by long years of floundering and ultimate failure. We’re not going to repeat that mistake.”
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump's flair for connecting with veterans won him an overwhelming share of their votes, but the durability of the alliance is already being tested as Trump's search for a Veterans Affairs secretary veers in a direction that has alarmed some of America's most influential retired soldiers.
Under pressure from conservative activists, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and organizations funded by the Koch Brothers, Trump is contemplating choosing an agency
More than four decades have passed since the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ended and the last American troops left the country. Yet, for veterans of the war – and in some cases, their next of kin – the impact of that service on their well-being is still being determined, particularly for those exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange.
But despite the law and an April U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims ruling that came down on a Minnesota veteran's side, the department said it shouldn't be held responsible for veterans' emergency bills when they have another insurance provider.
Military service members who retire—either after at least 20 years of military service under the longevity-based retirement program or early because of a disability—are eligible for retirement annuities from the Department of Defense (DoD). In addition, veterans with medical conditions or injuries incurred or that worsened during active-duty military service may be eligible for disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Until 2003, military retirees eligible for disability compensation could not receive both their full retirement annuity and their disability compensation. Instead, they had to choose between receiving their full retirement annuity from DoD or receiving their disability benefit from VA and forgoing an equal amount of their DoD retirement annuity; that reduction in the retirement annuity is typically referred to as the VA offset. Because the retirement annuity is generally taxable and disability compensation is not, most retirees chose the second alternative.
In addition, VA may supplement the regular disability compensation payments for veterans whom it deems unable to engage in substantial work. To qualify for those supplemental benefits, termed individual unemployability (IU) payments, veterans must have low earnings and generally must be rated between 60 percent and 90 percent disabled. A veteran qualifying for the IU supplement receives a monthly disability payment equal to the amount that he or she would receive if rated 100 percent disabled. In 2015, for veterans who received the supplement, it boosted monthly VA disability payments by an average of about $1,250. In September 2015, about 350,000 veterans received IU payments.