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VA has stayed the adjudication of new claims based on exposure to Agent Orange; it says that new regulations on presumptive medical conditions need to be finalized.
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Landmark law provides budget appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs one year in advance, assuring timely delivery of funding.
After a long campaign by The American Legion, the Senate passes a bill to provide advance funding for the VA health-care system.
Thousands of veterans are improperly billed for their VA health care because of the agency’s inefficient and error-prone billing system, according to a congressional probe of the issue.
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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.
In his 2009 “state of the VA” address to Congress, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki focused on the disability claims backlog, access to the VA health-care system, and the homeless veterans issue.
The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that will provide retroactive payments to servicemembers who suffered traumatic injury while on active duty, Oct. 7, 2001, to Nov. 30, 2005.
VA is creating more facilities for homeless veterans with $17 million in grant money going to 19 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Veterans from across the United States will compete for medals in music, dance, drama, creative writing and visual arts at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in San Antonio.
VA has created a new office to help survivors of U.S. veterans and servicemembers with their benefits. The office can modify programs, benefits and services – or create new ones.