WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it will extend the healthcare enrollment application period for one year to approximately 545,000 living Veterans that have pending incomplete enrollment applications.
Canandaigua, NY – Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson today announced improvements to enhance and accelerate progress at the Veterans Crisis Line, which serves as a life-saving resource for Veterans who find themselves at risk of suicide.
FARGO, N.D. – The Fargo VA Health Care System and Veterans Benefits Administration will hold a Veterans Townhall and Claims Clinic, March 17, in the Grand Forks County Office Building in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The Townhall, which is open to Veterans and the general public, will be hosted by the Fargo VA HCS Director, Lavonne Liversage, and VBA Veterans Service Center Manager, Paula Heitmann.
The purpose of the Townhall is to share information, hear feedback, and answer questions about VA health care and benefits.
FARGO, N.D. – The Fargo VA Medical Center will host a Heart Health Fair and Go Red for Women expo on Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the medical center’s 3rd floor auditorium.
The Heart Health Fair is an effort to raise awareness of heart and vascular disease for all Veterans while the Go Red for Women expo, an American Heart Association program, places special emphasis on heart disease in women Veterans. The event is free and open to all VA-enrolled Veterans.
On October 1, 2015, Veteran Affairs Commissioner Lonnie Wangen was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel the highest title of honor bestowed by the commonwealth of Kentucky honoring those who have dedicated their lives to civic service. Commissioner Wangen was nominated for this award as a result of his dedication to the service of veterans on a national level through his involvement in many organizations.
Congress has included billions of dollars of funding to the VA, earmarked to provide funding for a new treatment regiment for Hepatitis C, limiting side effects and increasing the likelihood of curing the disease in veterans. Vietnam era veterans are diagnosed Hepatitis C at over double the rate of civilians, showing a clear need for innovative and effective treatment.
This funding is a huge success for the treatment of these veterans and hope to improve the high numbers of veterans suffering from Hepatitis C.
On November 25, 2015, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2016 sunset the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP). The REAP program was originally created to provide benefits to members of the Reserve components who were called or ordered to active service by the President or Congress in response to a war or declared national emergency.
REAP served to bridge the education benefit gap between those eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve and those serving in the Reserve component who were called to active duty but were not eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve. Long story short … the Post-9/11 GI Bill in many ways has replaced REAP because it has also closed this gap by providing eligibility for certain Reserve and National Guard members called to active duty. This will impact students right away.
VA Plans to Propose Expanded Disability Benefits Eligibility for Veterans Exposed to
Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it plans to propose expanded disability compensation eligibility for Veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court held in Obergefell v. Hodges that the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state. Accordingly, VA now recognizes all same-sex marriages without regard to a Veteran’s state of residence.