Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) led 77 Members in sending a letter to President Trump calling on him to "take corrective action and bring an end to the suffering of thousands of severely ill veterans exposed to Agent Orange."
In their letter, Members call on the president to accept scientific evidence and add bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, parkinsonism, and hypertension to the Department of Veterans' Affairs list of presumptive conditions related to … Read More
Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) released the following statement to mark the five year anniversary of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act's passage.
"Five years ago, Congress passed the Clay Hunt SAV Act-- key legislation to reduce veteran suicide. Our hope was that the bill would memorialize Clay Hunt, a Marine veteran who died by suicide in 2011, but unfortunately, this well intentioned effort hasn't done enough to reduce v… Read More
Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) released the following statement after the President's FY 2021 budget request.
"This administration will tout a 12% increase in the VA budget but ignores a much worse reality-- this budget will lead to less food on the plates of struggling veteran families, no new vouchers for homeless veterans, and millions of veterans cut off from key social programs targeted by the President.
"Despite significant investments in mental … Read More
VA's "GI Bill College Comparison Tool" - https://www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool
DoE's "College Scorecard" - https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/
Veteran Education Success Top Ten Tips for student veterans - https://veteranseducationsuccess.org/top-ten-tips/
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it plans to propose expanded disability compensation eligibility for Veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
From 1953 to 1987, water sources at the base were contaminated with industrial solvents that are correlated with certain health conditions. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald decided to propose presumptions of service connection for certain conditions as… Read More
The unemployment rate for veterans dropped to a seven-year low in August, and the rate for Iraq and Afghanistan war-era veterans fell to the lowest level since federal officials started tracking that population.
The news came the same day that Bureau of Labor Statistics officials announced the national unemployment rate in August had dropped to its lowest level since 2008, before President Obama took office.
Analysts have cautioned against making long-term assumptions based on the monthly … Read More