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VA to stop covering service dogs for veterans with mental disabilities
The Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer cover the cost of service dogs assigned to people with mental disabilities, such as post traumatic stress disorder.
The differences in Veterans Day, Memorial Day
Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Both holidays were established to recognize and honor the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, is set aside as a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.
VA’s guaranteed home loans for vets hits the 20 million mark
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced it has guaranteed 20 million home loans since its home loan program was established in 1944 as part of the original GI Bill of Rights for returning World War ll veterans.
Courts designed for helping, treating vets meet with success
When a veteran returns home from war, they trade adrenaline-soaked firefights for mall shopping and combat patrols for classrooms. When life screeches to a relative halt, there tends to be a common question among vets, now what?
Army addressing women’s health needs through urinary device
It’s happened untold times to female troops over the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s not just uncomfortable, its a health hazard. Suppressing urination, limiting fluids to avoid having to go and primitive bathroom facilities have all contributed to a high rate of urinary tract infections suffered by deployed women.
VA launches effort to battle diabetes in veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs on Oct. 5th announced the implementation of a pilot version of the Diabetes Prevention Program, a program promoted nationally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aimed at reducing the number of veterans who develop diabetes. It will provide veterans with another tool to help lead a healthier, fuller life.
Report released on lavish spending by VA officials
Investigators looking into lavish spending for a pair of Veterans Affairs training conferences in 2011 found evidence that department employees improperly accepted gifts, wasted hundreds of thousands on unneeded expenses and exhibited serious management weaknesses in handling taxpayer dollars.
VA working on VRAP requests for 2013
The Department of Veterans Affairs has approved applications for all 45,000 slots available in fiscal year 2012 under the successful Veterans Retraining Assistance Program and is in the process of approving applications for a total of 54,000 slots available in FY 2013.
Austin center announces two grants to fund veterans’ services
Austin-based Texas Legal Services Center recently announced the receipt of two critical grants funding veterans’ services. TLSC provides availability of legal services to low-income Texans.
Collaborative effort has goal of finding jobs for veterans
September brings “Hiring Our Heroes” across the United States, a collaboration among the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, VA and the White House will bring events to cities throughout the U.S. to help veterans find work through this program.
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