Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the VA Office of Inspector General (IG) released a report on the tragic veteran suicide at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center in March 2019.
"After 3 suicides on VA property in 5 days in April, I directed this Committee to address the national crisis of veteran suicide and made it this Committee's top priority. We took immediate steps, held hearings, and passed 5 bills to addres… Read More
Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Cali.) issued the following statement after President Trump announced a memorandum discharging the student debt of totally and permanently disabled veterans.
"Disabled veterans have given more than their fair share in service to our country-- they should be recognized for their sacrifice. While today's announcement is laudable, it is frustrating that the Administration and Secretary DeVos have dragged their feet instead of wo… Read More
Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-MT), House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA), Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Member Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), and House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to VA today following a damning report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) outlining errors in VA's processing of non-VA emergency care claims. The OIG found that in 2017 VA inap… 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/
American Association of Community Colleges' reliable, non-profit, community college search engine - https://www.aacc.nche.edu/Pages/CCFinder.aspx… Read More
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