Tag Archives: Veterans Affairs Department

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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Obama Promises Vet Support in Speech

President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday to not shoulder the burden of meeting the nation’s fiscal challenges onto veterans. AFPS reports Obama made the remarks during a speech at the American Legion National Convention in Minneapolis. The Veterans Affairs Department has received budget increases since Obama took office in Jan. 2009. …

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VA Announces GI Bill Changes

Changes to the Post 9/11 GI Bill in October will allow eligible veterans to pay more for education and training programs, a Veterans Affairs Department official said Thursday. Keith Wilson, VA’s director of education service, said programs not leading to college degrees are now eligible. AFPS reports flight programs, correspondence …

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President Announces Vet Workforce Initiatives

President Barack Obama announced Friday a series of administration initiatives to help veterans find jobs once they return to the U.S. AFPS reports the president proposed a series of tax credits for companies hiring veterans, including an increase to the existing tax credit for hiring disabled veterans. The Returning Heroes …

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Obama Signs Legislation Expanding Veterans’ Health Services

President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed legislation that will expand health services, including mental health and counseling services, to veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Called the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, the new legislation also eliminates co-payments for veterans who are catastrophically disabled, increases housing …

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VA Department Uses Olympics as Recruiting Outlet

With TV commercials airing during the Olympics and a $12.4 million ad campaign in English and Spanish, the Department of Veterans Affairs hopes to reach out to and recruit 105,000 new employees within the next two years, according to The Washington Post. According to VA Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould, …

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Electronic Health Records Pilot Program in San Diego

In Southern California there are about 450 veterans that have been signed up to be “guinea pigs” to test how the VA Department can improve healthcare by using electronic health records. The project was done through the VA Department and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. Back in November 2009, letters …

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VA Security Scholarship Program Delayed

The Veterans Affairs Department has delayed the security scholarship program until 2011. The program will reimburse many employees for the doctoral studies costs. It was first enacted in 2006, and is now a year away from completion. According to Federal Computer Week, it was first put into place because there …

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