Having Trouble With The VA? You Might Consider Calling Congress


My congressional office recently wrapped up a case for a World War II veteran who saw his delayed appeal approved shortly after contacting me, generating a substantial new monthly payment and back pay of over $32,000. My constituent knew something that I want all of America’s valued veterans to know: They can and should contact their congressional representatives for assistance navigating challenges with the Department of Veterans Affairs and receiving the benefits they earned through their service and sacrifice.

While your representative might not serve on the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, all members of Congress employ staff who serve as liaisons between veterans and the VA. When veterans experience trouble with claims or issues involving VA benefits or health care, these designated caseworkers work to ensure that each case receives full and fair consideration based on VA policies. Caseworkers are empowered to place inquiries and request that cases be noted with “congressional interest” on behalf of the elected representatives for whom they serve

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More Legionnaires' Cases At IL Veteran's Home, Chicago Hospital
 The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Christmas Eve confirmed two related cases of Legionnaires' disease at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) in Chicago. 

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Among them are changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill for Purple Heart recipients, reservists and dependents — all of which start in August.
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As of Dec. 20, the VA was processing about 5,900 completed applications. More than 45,000 veterans have emailed the VA to express interest in the card, spokesman Curt Cashour said.

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Lawmakers have again eased rules regarding troops seeking commercial drivers licenses, part of an ongoing effort to help veterans use their military skills for post-service jobs.On Thursday, in pre-recess work, House lawmakers easily passed the “Jobs for our Heroes” act, 
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Veterans may get virtual exams by cell phone in future
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You can now manage your primary care and certain specialty care VA appointments online at participating VA facilities. You will need a Premium My HealtheVet Account to use online scheduling.​
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There are countless studies that show the risk of suicide is higher among those who served in the military when compared to civilians.​