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VA Announces Leadership Changes at Roseburg (Oregon) Medical Center

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Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the Director of the Roseburg VA Health Care System, Doug Paxton, has stepped down and an interim replacement has been named.  This is a step aimed at improving care for Veterans served by Roseburg, which remains one of VA’s 15 lowest performing facilities.

12-year-old Preston Sharp’s campaign to honor Veterans recognized by president, VA leaders

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Twelve-year-old Preston Sharp was originally inspired to recognize Veterans buried at private cemeteries in his hometown of Redding, California. It didn’t take long before his efforts expanded to surrounding communities, and now in as many states as possible. Sharp says that people should not only recognize Veterans on holidays, but also every day.

Statement by VA Secretary David Shulkin — State of the Union

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Under President Trump’s leadership, VA is engaged in the largest transformation and modernization effort in decades. As part of this effort, the department is tackling head-on issues that have lingered for years, including accountability, whistleblower protection, improving transparency and customer service for Veterans and expanding suicide prevention and mental health care services.

Depression and the VA

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Depression is known to be one of the most common disabilities Veterans are facing today. It is more than just a feeling of sadness. It can alter a person’s mood, cause disturbances in concentration, sleep, activity level, interests, appetite and social behavior. Depression is a disability that can be treated; however, it is more often a life-long condition making it hard for Veterans to live daily life.

Gulf War Veterans Face Bigger Challenges With Claims Process

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Bigger Challenge

 

When a Veteran files a claim, he or she assumes that the laws and processes the VA governs itself by are uniform across the country. After all, other federal laws are relatively uniform across the land. While there are slight variations of interpretation from one circuit court to another, unless that interpretation varies greatly, they are usually close interpretations based on the communities they serve. However, this is not the case with VA law. How each regional office interprets the laws they are governed by has a huge effect on whether Veterans are awarded their benefits.

New and Material Evidence

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“The claim for service connection for [your disability here] remains denied because the evidence submitted is not new and material.”  Have you ever read those words when looking at your rating decision from the VA?   New and material.  The evidence you submitted may very well be new evidence, and it may be material to you, so what does the VA mean when they talk about new and material evidence?

New Online Tool Will Provide Veterans With Customized Instructions for Discharge Upgrade Process

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The Department of Defense (DOD), through a joint initiative with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has launched a new web-based tool that will provide customized guidance to Veterans who desire to upgrade or change the conditions of their military discharge.

VA’s National PTSD Brain Bank Collaborates With PINK Concussions Group

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PTSD Brain Bank

 

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a collaboration between its National Center for PTSD and the nonprofit organization PINK Concussions, encouraging women to donate their brains for the purpose of research of the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Dallas VA expands Veteran access, choice with new evening health care option

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U.S. Army Veteran Brett Baker didn’t have to take any time off from his job to meet with his new primary care provider at Dallas VA Medical Center on an unseasonably cold Tuesday. Baker also secured a prime parking spot and enjoyed a line-free clinic check-in process within mere minutes, thanks to an innovative evening and night primary care option: Bravo Clinic.

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