VA Benefits

Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses and VA Benefits

Are you a Gulf War veteran? The 2012-13 Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force Report (PDF) details VA’s improvements in health care and services for 1990-91 Gulf War Veterans.

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Taking Care of Veterans’ Caregivers

News from the VA on taking care of our veterans’ caregivers.

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New VA Health Identification Card

The New Veteran Health Identification Card is coming soon! That’s right, a new card is in production and will replace existing cards for 4 million veterans

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Removal of Penalty for Breaking VA Appointments

The Department of Veterans Affairs has changed their rules on veterans missing appointments. The earlier rule dropped veterans from receiving VA care if they missed two appoints. The new rule was published in the Federal Register and takes effect on Feb 7, 2014.

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Mental Health Care

The VA issued a directive earlier this year that deals with presumptive eligibility for Psychosis and other mental illness.

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VA Health Care Eligibility Update

An update from the VA on Affordable Health Care impact on Tricare For Life veterans… Priority category three veterans–those with VA disability ratings of 10 to 40 percent–will continue to receive cost-free VA care for any condition. Even if eligible for TRICARE-for-Life, they will not be impacted by the reimbursement changes planned for some other TFL beneficiaries who receive VA care. The only VA costs Priority 3 users face is a co-payment of $8 on outpatient medications for non-service-connected conditions.

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VA Fully Developed Claims

You have heard the stories, and they are many, about VA claims taking forever. There are many reasons, but a primary reason is that claims are filed with incomplete information. Some make a statement of effect on the veteran, but don’t support the claim with factual information.

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Veterans Skeptical About VA Backlog Decision

Havelock News reports today on concerns about the VA’s plan to solve the claims backlog. Thomas Brennan of Halifax Media reported, “A local veterans organization is skeptical about a recent decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to target claims older than a year for completion by 2015. Veterans whose claims fall in that time frame will be given a provisional rating and will have one year after receiving the rating to provide additional information before the VA issues a final decision…”

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VA Battles Claim Backlog With Change in Adjudication

The Columbus Dispatch is carrying a story today by Chris Adams of McClatchy Newspapers. It reports that there is a change in how the VA is tackling the huge backlog of VA claims…

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VA Disability Claims Backlog

A senator from North Carolina is calling on the VA for action in clearing up a logjam at the Veterans Benefits Administration office in Winston-Salem that has led to the second-longest wait time in the southeast region. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., says…

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