In the fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget, President Trump is proposing a total of $198.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The thousands of U.S. military personnel and private contractors whose health was compromised by the dense black smoke of burn pits - and who were then denied proper treatment - may finally be vindicated by a recent court ruling.
A scathing report released Wednesday found “serious derelictions” in a 10-day, $122,000 business trip the secretary of veterans affairs took to Europe, which included airfare for his wife and extensive sightseeing.
WASHINGTON – Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tickets and airfare for his wife during a European trip last summer that cost taxpayers more than $122,000, according to a VA inspector general report released Wednesday.
From distance runners to cyclists, the stories of 10 women Veteran athletes will be displayed at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers around the country in March, to coincide with Women’s History Month.
Today VA announced that the department’s Chief of Staff Vivieca Wright Simpson has elected to retire following the release of a VA Inspector General investigation on Wednesday.
Diabetes Mellitus Type II (DMII) is one of the 41 diseases that the VA has included on its list of presumptive illnesses due to Agent Orange and other types of herbicide exposure. To see more on qualifying conditions click here. In other words, if you developed DMII and were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service in Vietnam during the period January 9, 1962, through May 7, 1975, or you served in a unit in or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) anytime between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971, you do not have to prove a connection between the disease and your military service to be eligible to receive VA disability compensation. VA presumes a service-connected relationship exists, based on certain eligibility criteria that DMII or adult-onset diabetes is associated with exposure to Agent Orange. That being said and as if diabetes weren’t enough, there are diseases that are secondary to DMII. In other words, there are diseases that could develop due to having DMII. Some common complications that can develop from DMII are:
The VA is an expert at complicating things to the point that the average person has difficulty understanding the processes without the help of a VSO or, after a decision, an attorney. VSOs can assist during the filing of a claim, but it takes an attorney who is accredited in VA law to understand the intricacies of the VA legal system. Requests for Reconsideration are a perfect example of how the VA has created a legal system that is unique. See our Video Blog on Appeal v. Reconsideration.
The VA defines a mentally incompetent person as one who because of injury or disease lacks the mental capacity to contract or to manage his or her own affairs, including disbursement of funds without limitation. Such a determination can be made by the raters in your VA Regional Office but requires corroboration by a medical authority.
Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced several events in celebration of African American History Month.