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USA TODAY Investigation: VA knowingly hires doctors with past malpractice claims, discipline for poor care

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Neurosurgeon John Henry Schneider racked up more than a dozen malpractice claims and settlements in two states, including cases alleging he made surgical mistakes that left patients maimed, paralyzed or dead.

U.S. Army Now Taking Applicants With Histories Of Mental Illness, Drug Abuse And Self-Mutilation

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People with a history of mental illness, drug abuse and self-mutilation can now apply to serve in the U.S. Army, according to a report on Sunday, which emerged as a former Air Force recruit’s mass shooting at a Texas church continues raising questions about the military’s handling of mental health problems.

Successful DoD-VA Program for Wounded, Ill, Injured Service Members Marks 10th Anniversary

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10th Anniversary

 

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) marked the 10th anniversary of the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES), a program developed by both organizations to streamline the disability evaluation process for wounded, ill and injured service members being medically discharged from military service.

VA took years to review complaints against doctors in some cases, watchdog says

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Veterans Affairs medical centers failed to report disciplinary action taken against doctors, which could have increased the risk that America’s veterans received “unsafe care,” according to a report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

VA to Provide Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Some Veterans with Chronic PTSD

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Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) as a treatment option for a small number of Veterans with persistent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms resistant to standard options.

VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card

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Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans — yet another action honoring their service.

How to Read VA Diagnostic Code

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If you have been granted service connection for a disability by the VA, you will have received a rating sheet which breaks down the different aspects of your claim. Today we are going to talk about one small, but important, part of that rating sheet – the four-digit diagnostic code assigned to your disability. This diagnostic code is important because it tells you exactly what aspects of your disability the VA took into account when it assigned you a rating. This can be useful in the future if you plan on appealing a rating decision because it tells you what the VA is looking for when it rates your particular disability.

Sleep Disorders – Are they Service Connectable?

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Sleep Disorders

 

Many Veterans experience sleep disorders that may be attributable to either their military experiences or secondary to another condition that may be service-connectable. In this blog, we will explore various types of sleep disorders and what conditions they may be linked to.

How the Appeals Process Works and Why It Can Take So Long

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Hurry up and wait.  Every current and prior service member knows this famous motto, no matter what branch they served in.  Unfortunately, this way of life does not end after separation from the military if you plan on filing a claim for disability with the VA.  Wait times for receiving an initial decision on your claim can take about a year or more, and if you need to appeal the decision, it can be multiple years before you begin receiving monetary benefits.  Knowing the details of how the appeals process works can help to alleviate some of the frustrations when it comes to the waiting game with the VA.

VA Pledges to Stop Covering Up Its Doctors' Bad Behavior

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The Veterans Affairs Department  pledged to boost its oversight and reporting of poorly performing doctors, telling lawmakers at a congressional hearing Wednesday it was already taking steps to fix the lack of accountability first identified in a watchdog investigation unveiled this week.

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