Since the late 1990s, military mental health care providers have been routinely embedded into expeditionary units for the purpose of recognizing signs of problems early, fostering prevention and early intervention efforts, increasing access to care, and making military units more comfortable with the idea of seeking mental health care. The movement to embed mental health assets has accelerated in recent years, building on previous successes.
Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced steps that it is taking as part of an aggressive new approach to produce rapid improvements at VA’s low-performing medical facilities nationwide.
Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the Director of the Roseburg VA Health Care System, Doug Paxton, has stepped down and an interim replacement has been named. This is a step aimed at improving care for Veterans served by Roseburg, which remains one of VA’s 15 lowest performing facilities.
Twelve-year-old Preston Sharp was originally inspired to recognize Veterans buried at private cemeteries in his hometown of Redding, California. It didn’t take long before his efforts expanded to surrounding communities, and now in as many states as possible. Sharp says that people should not only recognize Veterans on holidays, but also every day.
Under President Trump’s leadership, VA is engaged in the largest transformation and modernization effort in decades. As part of this effort, the department is tackling head-on issues that have lingered for years, including accountability, whistleblower protection, improving transparency and customer service for Veterans and expanding suicide prevention and mental health care services.
Depression is known to be one of the most common disabilities Veterans are facing today. It is more than just a feeling of sadness. It can alter a person’s mood, cause disturbances in concentration, sleep, activity level, interests, appetite and social behavior. Depression is a disability that can be treated; however, it is more often a life-long condition making it hard for Veterans to live daily life.
When a Veteran files a claim, he or she assumes that the laws and processes the VA governs itself by are uniform across the country. After all, other federal laws are relatively uniform across the land. While there are slight variations of interpretation from one circuit court to another, unless that interpretation varies greatly, they are usually close interpretations based on the communities they serve. However, this is not the case with VA law. How each regional office interprets the laws they are governed by has a huge effect on whether Veterans are awarded their benefits.
“The claim for service connection for [your disability here] remains denied because the evidence submitted is not new and material.” Have you ever read those words when looking at your rating decision from the VA? New and material. The evidence you submitted may very well be new evidence, and it may be material to you, so what does the VA mean when they talk about new and material evidence?
February is American Heart Month. VA Women's Health Services in collaboration with the American Heart Association is joining this national movement to raise awareness and education about heart disease and stroke among women Veterans.
The Department of Defense (DOD), through a joint initiative with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has launched a new web-based tool that will provide customized guidance to Veterans who desire to upgrade or change the conditions of their military discharge.