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Life Insurance From the VA

As of now, for the first time in 50 years, the Department of Veterans Affairs is opening up enrollment in Veterans Affairs Life Insurance, aka VALife. Veterans who are age 80 or und... — Updated 12/28/2022

 

Dirty Water Flows Downhill

It's not enough that I spent part of my childhood on a base that ended up as a Superfund site. This week I discovered that my current town, where I've lived for many years, has... — Updated 12/20/2022

 

Two Tasks to Start the Year

In a matter of weeks, we'll have a new year when, ideally, we'll have more control over our lives. Here are two things we can all do to start with a clean slate. Clean out your... — Updated 12/13/2022

 

Were You Stationed at Fort Ord?

I remember Fort Ord as a beautiful place to live, with perfect weather and the ocean right over the sand dunes. It was idyllic. But now over a thousand veterans have developed... — Updated 12/6/2022

 

Adaptive Sports

The Department of Veterans Affairs has given out $16 million in grant money to organizations that provide adaptive sports opportunities to disabled veterans all over the country, th... — Updated 11/29/2022

 

The PACT Act and You

The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics, also known as the PACT Act, adds a number of important modifications to veteran health... — Updated 11/22/2022

 

Health Record System Delayed ... Again

The Department of Veterans Affairs' electronic health record system will be delayed. Instead of putting out a shoddy product, the VA has elected to halt deploying the system until... — Updated 11/15/2022

 

A monk walks into a beer garden ...

It's always amazing what thieves think they can get away with, especially when the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General starts looking their way. Here are two... — Updated 11/8/2022

 

Expanded Help for Veteran Caregivers

The Department of Veterans Affairs is giving a helping hand to veteran caregivers of all eras. The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) has been... — Updated 11/1/2022

 

Changes for VA Small Businesses

If you hope to set up a business as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) or a veteran-owned small business (VOSB), your verification will no longer be done by... — Updated 10/25/2022

 

Medical Scammers Caught

Thieves must think they're smarter than the rest of us. Until they're caught, that is, and have to give up all their ill-gotten gains and spend time behind bars. Here are a few... — Updated 10/11/2022

 

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

 

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