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VA Paid $2.2B in Benefits for New Agent Orange Claims

More than $2.2 billion in retroactive benefits has been paid to nearly 89,000 Vietnam War veterans and their survivors for claims relating to Agent Orange exposure, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said Wednesday. In Aug. 2010, VA added ischemic heart disease, hairy cell leukemia and other B-cell chronic leukemias and …

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VA Makes Effort to Enhance Women Veterans Healthcare Services

The Department of Veterans Affairs is making an effort to provide enhanced healthcare services to women veterans. The VA will be collecting their input to customize care for thousands of women vets. Representatives at the department’s Health Resource Center are reaching out to the vets nationwide and asking them about …

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Administration Reveals Plan to End Homelessness

To curb homelessness, the head Cabinet secretaries from the U.S. Inter-agency Council on Homelessness proposed a strategy that would develop partnerships among the government and outside organizations to help put an end to the issue. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Secretary of Health and …

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Public Service Recognition Week

Next week is a week dedicated to celebrating those who serve in the government. It was started in 1985, and activities are held nationwide to honor the men and women who work in public service, whether in federal, state, local, or county government. PSRW is a week to educate citizens …

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Plans to Increase Federal Hiring of Veterans

After the members of the Interagency Council met on December 11th, 2009 they decided to push for more hires of veterans by federal agencies. The meeting was co-chaired by Hilda Solis, the Secretary of Labor, Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and John Berry, the director of the Office …

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