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01.05.16 • Press Release

VA Plans to Propose Expanded Disability Benefits Eligibility for Veterans Exposed to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune

Washington, D.C. - 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 … Read More

09.04.15 • Press Release

Veterans jobless rates drop to historic lows

Washington D.C. - 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 … Read More

03.03.15 • Press Release

House votes give VA chief power to recoup executive bonuses

Washington D.C. - The House passed a bill late Monday that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary to recoup bonuses from senior executives implicated in manipulating patient wait-time data last year and other wrongdoing. The vote rekindles debate on Capitol Hill over accountability in the VA following the worst scandal in its history and moves the focus to the Senate, where a similar bill was introduced last year but failed to pass. News that the senior federal … Read More

01.08.15 • Press Release

Clay Hunt veteran suicide bill returns in new Congress

Washington D.C.- A bill to overhaul veteran suicide prevention programs is getting another chance in Congress after being scuttled last month by a retiring Senate budget hawk. The Clay Hunt SAV Act, named after a Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder who committed suicide, was reintroduced Wednesday by a group of House lawmakers and was expected to be filed in the Senate soon. It calls for a one-stop website with suicide prevention resources for veterans, more Department of … Read More

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