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VA to Tackle Care for Long Covid

The Department of Veterans Affairs has just published "Whole Health System Approach to Long Covid," a holistic guidebook for the treatment of veterans suffering with long Covid.... — Updated 10/4/2022

 

Extension for Debt Hardship Relief Period

If you owe benefit debts to the Department of Veterans Affairs, your hardship relief period, previously set to expire on Sept. 30, has been extended to Dec. 31. Those types of... — Updated 9/27/2022

 

Homeless Veterans Still Need Help

Right about now the weather is cooling off. Or, if it hasn't, it soon will. Before we know it, hard winter will be upon us. As of this year, there are 38,000 homeless veterans who w... — Updated 9/20/2022

 

The VA OIG Strikes Again

I have the utmost respect for the VA Office of Inspector General and even more respect now. It appears they'll go after anyone breaking the law, bending the rules, doing wrong ...... — Updated 9/13/2022

 

Finding Employment in the Civilian World

If you’re a veteran or are just about to leave the service, one thing that might be on your mind is future employment in the civilian world. What are you going to do for work? How do you fill out an application when you don’t k... — Updated 9/6/2022

 

Veterans Service Organizations

If you're a veteran, are you in a veterans service organization? There are four groups, and while they differ in their origins, they all have the same goal: to help veterans. The... — Updated 8/30/2022

 

Veterans Service Organizations

If you're a veteran, are you in a veterans service organization? There are four groups, and while they differ in their origins, they all have the same goal: to help veterans. The... — Updated 8/23/2022

 

Could it be PTSD?

Do you ever wonder if you possibly have PTSD? The Department of Veterans Affairs has created a very short PTSD screening webpage designed to see whether any symptoms you have could... — Updated 8/9/2022

 

$240 Million Worth of Fraud

The owner of several construction companies has been nailed for fraud. His crime: Defrauding the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) program for the purpose of grabbing up government contracts that he wasn’t... — Updated 7/26/2022

 

Doing It on Your Own

The headline of this column could actually be "What to do when your local veterans group doesn't step up to help other veterans." Because, yeah, it happens. Mostly it's for... — Updated 7/19/2022

 

Caregiver Reassessments Paused

If you're a family caregiver, or if you're a veteran receiving family care services, heads up: The Department of Veterans Affairs is suspending the annual reassessments for those... — Updated 7/12/2022

 

New Covid Rules at VA Medical Facilities

The Department of Veterans Affairs has just instituted a three-tier safety program to keep veterans, visitors and staff safe from COVID at medical facilities. Starting in May the Ve... — Updated 7/5/2022

 

OIG Finds Lax Security at VA Mail Pharmacies

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General performed IT security inspections at two outpatient VA mail-order pharmacies to see if they were meeting federal secur... — Updated 6/28/2022

 

Step Up to Help Your Fellow Vets

What are you doing this summer? If you have spare hours or days, consider stepping up to help your fellow veterans. Stand Downs are a good place to start. Stand Downs were started... — Updated 6/21/2022

 

Homeless Vet Falls Through the Cracks

The Department of Veterans Affairs creates numerous programs to deal with homeless veteran populations - and this is all well and good. But it's the individual homeless vet who can... — Updated 6/14/2022

 

Most VA, DoD Health Records Aren't Accurate

It can be a big problem when you need medical care and the electronic health records sent from one provider to another contain inaccuracies. Unfortunately, a Department of Defense Inspector General audit showed this is happening... — Updated 6/7/2022

 

10-Foot Stack of Mail Sits Unopened at VA

Imagine a pile of mail heaped 10 feet high sitting unopened for 10 months. That's what was found in the basement of a rented Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Atlanta.... — Updated 5/31/2022

 

A Jumble of Wait Times for VA Medical Care

A recent audit by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General outlined what so many of us already knew -- that it's difficult to understand the wait times... — Updated 5/24/2022

 

The VA Releases Its Equity Action Plan

In response to Executive Order 13985, the Department of Veterans Affairs has now released its Equity Action Plan. The order, signed in January 2021, was intended to bring equity to... — Updated 5/17/2022

 

Second Chances for Incarcerated Veterans

We recently had Second Chance Month, courtesy of a presidential proclamation. Its goal was to “provide meaningful redemption and rehabilitation for formerly imprisoned persons.” It requires, per the proclamation, a holistic... — Updated 5/10/2022

 

Can VA Puppy Program Help Combat PTSD?

The Department of Veterans Affairs has published its plan for starting up a pilot program for the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers for Veterans Therapy Act. In the PAWS Act, the VA will do a five-year pilot program to... — Updated 4/26/2022

 

More VA Scammers Nabbed by OIG

The Department of Veterans Affairs investigative arm has been busy. Thanks to the VA's Office of Inspector General, a group of Georgia men have been convicted of stealing monthly... — Updated 4/19/2022

 

Patient Surveys Show VA Hospitals Improving

In the latest Medicare Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems patient survey, the Department of Veterans Affairs outperformed community hospitals in 10 of... — Updated 4/13/2022

 

The Stress of IBD

Coming on the heels of a stressful two years of pandemic, the Department of Veterans Affairs has aligned with a website dedicated to those who suffer from stress-related... — Updated 4/5/2022

 

Contaminated Drinking Water at U.S. Bases

We've known for years about the dry-cleaning chemicals and leaking fuel tanks contaminating the water at Camp Lejeune. It went on for decades (1953-1987) with multiple generations... — Updated 3/29/2022

 

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