Military Update: VA Secretary David J. Shulkin will decide “on or before” Nov. 1 whether to add to the list of medical conditions the Department of Veteran Affairs presumes are associated to Agent Orange or other herbicides sprayed during the Vietnam War, a department spokesman said Tuesday in response to our enquiry.
If you have recently received a favorable decision from the VA on your Agent Orange claim, you may think that the long fight with the VA is over. But before you decide whether or not to appeal the decision, you will want to be sure that the VA got both the disability rating and the effective date correct. Perhaps the most complicated issue when it comes to Agent Orange-related claims are the special effective date rules (found in 38 C.F.R. 3.816) that apply to some Veterans as a result of the Nehmer class action lawsuit. Note that the special Nehmer effective dates apply only to Veterans who served on the landmass of Vietnam or its inland waterways (hopefully soon to include Da Nang Harbor).
The VA process from start to finish can be a very long road. However, once benefits are granted with the proper effective date and rating there can still be more involved and it is important to understand proper VA procedures to be prepared. Unfortunately, the VA may believe a reduction ought to take place after a rating has been assigned to a service-connected disability. To prevent reductions from being implemented lightly, they are only permitted when the legal guidelines have been satisfied.
When it comes to treating pain and substance abuse, the Department of Veterans Affairs is recognized by many as a leader in the pain management field and the responsible use of opioids across the VA healthcare system.
VA leaders and others from federal agencies, the Department of Defense, Veterans service organizations and nonprofit organizations met recently to discuss military to civilian transition and how to better serve those preparing to return to civilian life.
VA is the largest health care system in the country with the most vital job there is: taking care of our nation’s Veterans. Because of its sometimes-overwhelming size and breadth of services, VA realizes that the most important moments actually rest in those small and focused one-on-one interactions between Veterans and VA employees. It is these moments that define the direction VA should head, and it is the people involved in them that need to lead us there.
There is nothing quite like the mouth-watering smell and taste of a grilled meal. However, some grilled meals have the potential to put quite a damper on health goals. Small, healthful changes to your grilling routine can improve your overall health.
No two patients are exactly alike. For some, extensive care is required, while for others less is more. It all depends on the person and the condition. That’s why it’s important to personalize treatment based on individual needs and preferences.
VA has facilities not only in every state, but in every U.S. territory. With 168 medical centers and 1,055 outpatient clinics, you’re sure to find endless opportunities to serve in a location that suits you best—from the big city to the countryside. Our rural facilities provide an unprecedented quality of life for VA employees, featuring safe and tight-knit communities, pristine natural beauty and a slower pace of life. The cost of living is remarkably low compared to major cities, and with fewer distractions, you’ll discover more opportunity to delve into what matters most to you.