WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs opposes a bill that would extend disability benefits to Navy veterans from the Vietnam War who served at sea and claim they were exposed to Agent Orange because the evidence of exposure is uncertain and the cost could reach nearly $1 billion, a top VA official said Wednesday. 

The measure, proposed by Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., would “extend the presumption of Agent Orange exposure to all veterans who served on ships in the ‘territorial seas’ of the Republic of Vietnam.” Veterans advocacy groups say that deployment on ships during the Vietnam War is enough to warrant a lower threshold to qualify for service-related disability benefits.   More

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  • To spot suicidal veterans, VA turns to predictive analytics tool
    The VA has launched the Recovery Engagement And Coordination for Health Veterans Enhanced Treatment Program, also known as REACH VET, to pinpoint veterans with suicidal thoughts and intervene immediately. More

    How Trump's management order gives VA 'air cover'
    The VA is planning big organizational changes under President Donald Trump's executive order on reforming the executive branch, according to a senior official. More

    Some VAs Are Dropping Veteran Caregivers From Their Rolls
    By the time they cut her from the program, Alishia Graham was angry, but not surprised. Her postman delivered the news in February. More

    Heath insurance plan for veterans seemingly violates 'Obamacare' rule, veteran says
     The Affordable Care Act requires insurance plans cover children up to the age of 26 under their parents plan. So why does one plan, offered by the U.S. Military for veterans families, seemingly violate the law? More

    Can The New Veterans Affairs Yelp App Fix The Agency Or Is It More Hot Air?
    The VA recently announced they spent taxpayer dollars developing a Yelp app for veterans that should help fix VA.   More

    Veteran deaths account for 18% of U.S. suicides
    In 2014, veterans accounted for 18 percent of all suicides in the United States, but made up only 8.5 percent of the population. More

    New VA secretary “begs” for more power to fire delinquent federal workers
     I had my share of doubts when President Trump decided to put David Shulkin in charge of the VA  More

    Veteran says military records will lead to better medical treatment
    The Gary Deloney and John Olsen Toxic Exposure Declassification Act could help doctors treat veterans who may have been exposed to materials such as biological and chemical weapons.  More

    Another VA Whistleblower Alleges Retaliation for Exposing Corruption
    Fox News has reported that another doctor has claimed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has retaliated against him after he revealed wrongdoings at the hospital for which he works.  More

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