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DoD Offers Wellness Resources for the Military Community During PTSD Awareness Month

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PTSD Awareness

 

Between 2004 and 2012, the percentage of all active-duty service members with a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) increased from 1 to 5, the Institute of Medicine reports. Furthermore, the report stated that in 2012, “13.5 percent of U.S. Army service members had PTSD, as did 10 percent of Marines, 4.5 percent of Navy personnel, and 4 percent of Air Force personnel. The same year, more than half a million veterans of all eras sought care for PTSD through VA (the Department of Veterans Affairs’) health care services—making up 9.2 percent of all VA users.”

PVA “Cautiously Optimistic” on New VA Patient Record System

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Medical Records

 

Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) today expressed restrained yet hopeful support of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin’s announcement the VA will adopt the same Electronic Health Record (EHR) System currently used by the Department of Defense (DOD) to maintain veteran healthcare data.

New VA initiative focuses on combating fraud, waste and abuse

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VA News Release

 

VA announced it will launch the “Seek to Prevent Fraud, Waste and Abuse” (STOP FWA) initiative that will capitalize on existing departmental activities that prevent or identify prevent fraud, waste and abuse, as well as ensure a consistent approach to prevent fraud, waste and abuse risk management as a way to centralize organizational resources.

Shulkin unveils sweeping reforms for VA programs, operations

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WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin outlined an ambitious reform of nearly every aspect of his often-criticized department during a “State of the VA” address at the White House on Wednesday, calling it a sign of the president’s commitment to helping veterans.

VA appeals reform bill strips due process from Veterans

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strips due process

 

With a burgeoning Veterans Affairs (VA) appeal backlog Congress and the VA, as well as a few Veterans Service Organizations, have been trying to develop a proposal to streamline the process and attack the appeals backlog. Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (HR 2288) that recently passed the House was the result. As often happens when something is drafted by committee, the result is less than stellar. In this case, HR 2288 strips important due process rights from Veterans.

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