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VA Extends Record of Transparency with First-Ever Posting of Annual Nursing Home Ratings

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Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) extended its unprecedented 18-month record of transparency disclosures by making public for the first time its annual nursing home ratings. View the ratings here.

Brothers Like These

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Brothers Like These

 

Living among us are an estimated 250,000 Vietnam Veterans whose lives have in many ways been defined by PTSD from combat. Untold numbers carry less obvious emotional, mental or moral wounds. They were changed forever by their service to our country as young men. Many of these men are needing to come to terms with and reconcile what they’ve buried inside for 50 some years. They are in increasing numbers and are finally ready to talk about what they’ve carried, its impact on them and their families.

Gulf War Follow-up Study

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GW Burn Pits

 

The Follow-up Study of a National Cohort of Gulf War and Gulf Era Veterans is the third in a series of surveys that examines the health of Veterans who deployed to the Gulf War in 1990-1991 and Veterans who served elsewhere during the same period. The current survey examines trends in health status over time. The results of this study will help VA to better understand the health consequences of military deployment and to guide delivery of health care.

Army Veteran got his life – and his daughter back – thanks to VA’s Compensated Work Therapy program

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Vet Gets Life Back

 

Across from Craig Robbins’ desk in his large office in the VA Palo Alto carpentry building is a picture of his daughter at her eighth grade graduation. For Robbins, pictured above, that photo is more than office décor, it’s a reminder of what pushed him to change his life for the better years ago.

Treating Post-traumatic Nightmares in the Military: Imagery Rehearsal Therapy Man laying down with eyes open with an alarm clock

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Treating PTSD Nightmares

 

Nightmares and PTSD

Nightmares are one of the hallmark symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), though post-traumatic nightmares may exist independently and do not equate to a diagnosis of PTSD. Post-traumatic nightmares may be described as lengthy, detailed dreams in which the story line evokes intense fear, anxiety or other negative emotions. Many patients report that these nightmares involve trying to avoid or cope with some horrific danger that closely resembles a specific traumatic event.

Vet With 2 Double-Lung Transplants Pushes Congress to Act on Burn Pits

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Burn Pit Lung Transplant

 

"You smelled it every day, and then you'd get these dust storms that just pushed it all around," former Army Staff Sgt. William Thompson said of the fumes and clouds of muck that came off the big burn pit at Camp Victory and other U.S. bases in Iraq.

Medical Conditions That May Prevent You From Joining the Military

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Medical Exam

 

Below you will find details from the Army's "Standards of Medical Fitness." These standards generally apply to all other branches as well. Remember that most of these conditions are NOT necessarily permanently disqualifying, but they are red flags!

VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals resolves record number of claims to date for FY 2018

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Claim Files

 

Underscoring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) pledge to reduce the wait time for those appealing disability benefits claims, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, as of May 27, has signed more than 53,650 decisions to date in fiscal year (FY) 2018, which is approximately 86 percent more than the 28,839 decisions signed through the same period last year.

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