Craig Newmark, founder of advertising Web site Craigslist, has agreed to serve on the VA blue-ribbon panel that will evaluate ideas to improve disability claims processing time and provide greater transparency for veterans.
National Commander Clarence Hill says he is pleased VA has acknowledged herbicide Agent Orange as a culprit in three more illnesses plaguing Vietnam vets: Parkinson’s disease, hairy cell leukemia and ischemic heart disease.
Earlier this year, it was found that unclean medical equipment at VA medical facilities might have infected thousands of patients with disease. VA has been investigating since February.and reports that the health risk has been addressed.
Six contracts have been awarded worth $153.7 million to build new health-care facilities and expand existing services that provide care to veterans in the Biloxi, Miss., area, which was devastated by hurricanes in 2005.
President Obama meets privately with National Commander David K. Rehbein on Aug. 4, pledged to keep the VA medical system essentially as is - quelling fears that it would be absorbed into a national system.