Posted by qmtroy on October 10, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

By:  Bob Berwin

The Department of Veterans Affairs said it processed more than 1.3 million disability compensation and pension claims in fiscal 2014, which ended last week. That’s the highest number in history, surpassing last year’s record-breaking production by more than 150,000 claims.


The quality of claims decisions increased along with the number of claims processed, VA said.


The accuracy of VA decisions rose from 83 percent in...

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The Four Biggest Challenges the Next VA Secretary Faces

Posted by qmtroy on August 1, 2014 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

By Jordain Carney

National Journal

June 30, 2014


Former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama's nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary

Charles Dharapak/AP

We now know who will inherit the broken Veterans Affairs Department, but fixing the agency's bureaucr...

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Homeland Security Police Caught Harassing Sick Veterans

Posted by qmtroy on June 29, 2014 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (1)

June 13, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

SAN DIEGO – Veterans were horrified while seeking VA health care on Wednesday when approached by Homeland Security police in an Operation Shield exercise. The exercise was for the purpose of “presence deterrence” at a VA health care facility in San Diego. Many veterans’ legal advocates are concerned about what this “presence deterrence” actually means and what it seeks to accomplish for veterans needing care.


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After veteran Daniel Somers's suicide, his family has a new mission: Improve VA services

Posted by qmtroy on August 28, 2013 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

By Steve Vogel, Published: August 23

Shortly before his death on June 10, Army veteran Daniel Somers wrote a note for his family, asking his wife, Angel, to share it as she saw fit.

“I am left with basically nothing,” he typed on his laptop at their Phoenix townhouse. “Too trapped in a wa...

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Claims Initiative Fact Sheet

Posted by qmtroy on April 29, 2013 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is implementing an initiative to expedite compensation claims decisions for Veterans who have waited one year or longer. Effective April 19, the VA will begin to make provisional decisions on the oldest claims in inventory, which will allow Veterans to begin collecting compensation benefits more quickly, if eligible. This initiative provides a one-year safety net to submit further evidence should it becom...

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Committee examines Affordable Care Act's impact on veterans without insurance

Posted by qmtroy on April 28, 2013 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held an oversight hearing yesterday, April 24, on the strategic and policy implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on veterans eligible for and engaged with health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Committee members examined the potential impact of the law and VA’s efforts to understand, implement, and meet the ACA’s requirements.


“The implementation ...

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VA's ability to quickly provide benefits plummets under Obama

Posted by qmtroy on March 20, 2013 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Aaron Glantz Reporter

The Department of Veterans Affairs has failed to provide key information to Congress and the public that shows the agency’s ability to quickly provide service-related benefits has virtually collapsed under President Barack Obama.

Internal VA documents, obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting and authenticated by the agency, reveal that delays newly returning veterans face...

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Rules Eased for Veterans? Brain Injury Benefits

Posted by qmtroy on March 6, 2013 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)


The Department of Veterans Affairs will propose new regulations on Friday that will make it easier for thousands of veterans to receive health care and compensation for certain illnesses that have been linked to traumatic brain injury.

The regulations, which will be published on Monday in the Federal Register, lists Parkinsonism, unprovoked seizures, certain dementias, depression and hormone deficiency diseases related to the hypothalamus, pituitary or ad...

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VA Veteran Suicide Report

Posted by qmtroy on February 19, 2013 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a comprehensive report on veterans who die by suicide. The report indicates the estimated total number of veterans who have died by suicide has increased. VA has implemented comprehensive suicide prevention initiatives, including a toll-free Veterans Crisis Line, placement of suicide prevention coordinators at all VA medical centers and large outpatient facilities, and improvements in case management and reporting. Information from the report is...

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VA Hires More Mental Health Professionals to Expand Access for Veterans Part of Comprehensive Effort to Boost Mental Health Services

Posted by qmtroy on February 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it has made significant progress in providing increased access to mental health care services for our Nation’s Veterans by hiring new mental health professionals. Last year, Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced a goal to hire 1,600 new mental health clinical providers and 300 administrative support staff. The President’s Aug. 31, 2012, Executive Order requires the positions to b...

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