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VA Seeking Comment on Waiving Copayments for Veterans at High Risk for Suicide
Veterans
VA Seeking Comment on Waiving Copayments for Veterans at High Risk for Suicide
2022-01-05 22:44:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veteran Affairs is seeking public comment on a proposal to waive copayments for medications and health care services for veterans who have been identified as being at a high risk for suicide. According to a... Read More

Veterans
Herrell Wants Faster Process for Getting Service Dogs to Vets in Need
2021-11-12 16:47:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-N.M., is urging her colleagues to support the Veterans’ Affairs Canine Reporting Act of 2021, which would speed up the process for America's veterans who need service dogs from the VA.  "Tragically, since the Vietnam... Read More

Veterans
Biden Salutes Troops as 'Spine of America' on Veterans Day

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden saluted the nation’s military veterans as “the spine of America” on Thursday as he marked his first Veterans Day as president in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. "There's nothing low risk or... Read More

In The News
Biden Announces Effort to ID Toxic Air Issues in Veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, whose son Beau was an Iraq war veteran, is using his first Veterans Day in office to announce an effort to better understand, treat and identify medical conditions suffered by troops deployed to toxic... Read More

Food Insecurity
Congress Seeks to Serve More Food to Veterans Who Served the US
2021-11-10 21:20:48
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Navy veteran Tim Keefe told a congressional panel Wednesday about how he was willing to give his life for his country when he enlisted in the military. After he left the Navy, he had trouble finding a sandwich... Read More

Veterans
How the Mission Act is Negatively Impacting Veteran Access to Health Care
2021-11-10 18:59:34
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The Mission Act was launched in 2019 to protect veterans' access to health care, but now health policy experts are finding that the legislation may actually be preventing access. “Veterans who need to go to [into] the community... Read More

Veterans
How Telehealth is Helping Address Veteran Food Insecurity
2021-10-13 15:23:22
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted veterans' access to food, leading to greater food insecurity, and according to officials from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, telehealth is now helping to combat the issue.  “The COVID-19 pandemic certainly... Read More

Veterans
VA, Veterans Bracing for 9/11 Anniversary Against Backdrop of Afghanistan Withdrawal
2021-08-13 15:45:25
by Dan McCue

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the Department of Veterans Affairs and many of the Iraq and Afghanistan-era war veterans they serve are bracing for a surge in the need for mental health and post-traumatic stress care. In response,... Read More

Veterans
VA Rolls Out New Options to Help Veterans Avoid Foreclosure
2021-07-23 20:06:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering a new COVID-19 Refund Modification option to assist Veterans who require a significant reduction in their monthly mortgage payments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases, veterans can receive a... Read More

Veterans
Murray: More Attention Must Be Paid to Long-term Care Needs of Veterans
2021-06-10 11:21:45
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Sen. Patty Murray, a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, is pushing for future investments in long-term care, improving VA’s relationship with state veterans homes, and expanding the care veterans residing in state-run veterans homes receive.... Read More

Mental Health
Texas Approves Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Study for Veterans with PTSD
2021-05-25 23:09:48
by Alexa Hornbeck

AUSTIN, Texas-- In Texas this week, a bipartisan bill to develop a study on the use of psychedelic therapy to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate.  “We are losing over 20 veterans a day... Read More

Veterans
Veterans Needed in Registered Apprenticeships
2021-03-31 14:47:20
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - If 94% of individuals completing a Registered Apprenticeship program through the Department of Labor are retained by their employers, U.S. Navy Officer Michael Pruitt asked yesterday, why are there not more veterans or transitioning military service members taking... Read More

Veterans
IAVA Celebrates Senate Passage of Landmark Women Veterans Legislation
2020-12-10 18:49:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America on Thursday cheered Senate passage of the Deborah Sampson Act, which directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out the three-year pilot program to assess how best to provide assistance... Read More

In The News
Blumenthal, Tillis Help Veterans With Legal Claims Against VA
2020-11-13 14:59:08
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., members of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees, introduced the Brian Tally VA Employment Transparency Act, bipartisan legislation requiring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs... Read More

Veterans
Sen. Cortez Masto Celebrates Passage of Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act
2020-11-12 21:11:24
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., celebrated the recent passage of the bipartisan Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act, included in a package of veterans’ legislation, the Veterans’ COMPACT Act.  The Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act, co-introduced by Sen.... Read More

Employment
Census Report Reveals Post-9/11 Vets Earn More, Work More Than Non-Vets
2020-11-11 21:10:24
by Sara Wilkerson

A new report from the U.S Census Bureau details the employment patterns of the 3 million post 9/11 veterans in the country from 2014 to 2018. The report shows that this growing veteran population is earning more and working longer... Read More

House Watch
NY-22: Anthony Brindisi (D)
2020-11-02 04:55:59
by TWN Staff

About Brindisi: Elected in 2018, Anthony Brindisi has been an outspoken advocate for his district. As an independent voice and a tireless supporter of Upstate New York’s working families, Brindisi has developed a record of working with anyone, at any... Read More

House Watch
CA-39: Young Kim (R)
2020-10-30 20:04:39
by TWN Staff

About Kim: Young Kim came to this country as an immigrant and through hard work and determination achieved the American Dream. As an immigrant, small-business owner, and mother, Kim spent her career fighting to give all Americans a chance to... Read More

Senate Watch
MI Senate: John James (R)
2020-10-28 13:51:05
by TWN Staff

About James:  John James is running for U.S Senate to represent the state of Michigan. At the age of 17, James volunteered to serve his country in the military. After graduating from West Point in 2004, the candidate became a... Read More

Veterans
Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Gain Support in Congress
2020-09-24 14:11:00
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel sought assurances Wednesday that veterans’ claims of illnesses from exposure to toxins in the Middle East will be addressed promptly. A House Veterans Affairs subcommittee was responding to a National Academy of Sciences report this... Read More

Political News
Lincoln Project Unveils Veteran Coalition Opposing Trump's Re-Election
2020-09-01 17:16:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Lincoln Project, a group of prominent Republicans working to prevent the re-election of President Donald Trump and members of Congress who support him, unveiled a coalition of veterans, members of the military and individuals from the national... Read More

Veterans
From Defeat to a First-Ever Bill: How Veterans Are Fighting Back on Toxic Exposure

WASHINGTON — When Rosie Torres first knocked on Congress’ doors almost a decade ago, asking for help for her husband and other veterans who became sick following exposure to military burn pits, she gained little traction. What she heard: More... Read More

Veterans
Census Bureau Finds High Disability Rates Among Post 9-11 Vets
2020-06-04 20:58:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - America's veteran population is changing, with its overall size declining, the number of women in its ranks on the rise, and a generation of Post 9-11 vets who are far more likely to suffer from a service-connected disability... Read More

2020 Elections
Congress Members Call for Safe Voting for Veterans During the Pandemic
2020-05-15 19:55:04
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - At a time when experts instruct at-risk persons to avoid large crowds and to social distance to protect their health, the United States’ electoral process is getting more attention than ever.  Senator Jon Tester, D-Mont., Senator Tammy Duckworth,... Read More

Veterans
Veterans Group Calls for Inquiry After Report Charges Mismanagement
2020-05-12 21:33:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America called on Congress and the Inspector General of Veteran Affairs to look into VA oversight of state-run veterans homes in the wake of a ProPublica investigation casting light on the grave consequences... Read More

Veterans
Schumer Calls on VA to Explain Use of Unproven Drug on Vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it allowed the use of an unproven drug on veterans for the coronavirus, saying patients may have been put at unnecessary risk. Sen. Charles... Read More

Veterans
President Signs Cunningham/Katko Bill Establishing Virtual VA Claims Hearings
2020-04-15 23:12:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has signed into law bipartisan legislation that enables veterans to virtually attend Department of Veteran Affairs claims hearings from home. The legislation was introduced by Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C, and John Katko, R-N.Y. in October.... Read More

Veterans
IAVA Expands Effort to Provide Timely Help to Vets During Pandemic
2020-04-15 18:51:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is expanding its highly regarded rapid response program to provide aid and comfort to even more veterans during the coronavirus pandemic. Newly rebranded as the IAVA's "Quick Reaction Force," the initiative... Read More

Veterans
Veterans Groups Ask That Members Be Allowed to Join COVID-19 Fight
2020-04-02 17:24:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A pair of veterans service organizations are calling on Congress and the National Governors Association to re-examine the nation's current medical credentialing system to allow veterans with medical experience to join in the fight against COVID-19. Both the... Read More

Employment
O'Halleran, A Warrior for Job Creation, Seeks Solar Energy Training for Veterans
2020-03-19 15:02:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., is no stranger to fighting to create jobs and a stronger economy for all Americans. His latest effort in this area is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation to foster workforce training for transitioning military personnel in... Read More

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