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

WASHINGTON -- The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted veterans' access to food, leading to greater food insecurity, and according to officials... Read More

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

2021-08-24 20:02:10
by Victoria Turner
Veterans Need to Be Part of the Fight to Preserve Democracy, Voting Rights According to Advocates

Jake Harriman, a veteran Marine who was deployed abroad for almost 15 years, did not recognize the country he left... Read More

Jake Harriman, a veteran Marine who was deployed abroad for almost 15 years, did not recognize the country he left to fight for when he returned to the U.S. in 2015.  During two combat tours in Iraq, the now CEO... Read More

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

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the Department of Veterans Affairs and many of the Iraq and Afghanistan-era war... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering a new COVID-19 Refund Modification option to assist Veterans who require... Read More

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

2021-06-24 14:44:15
by Daniel Mollenkamp
VA Data Outlines Its Role In COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON- The Department of Veterans Affairs released data about its involvement with the national coronavirus response. According to the data,... Read More

WASHINGTON- The Department of Veterans Affairs released data about its involvement with the national coronavirus response. According to the data, it provided thousands of personal protective equipment, admitted hundreds of non-veterans to its facilities, and performed thousands of tests across... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - Sen. Patty Murray, a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, is pushing for future investments in... Read More

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

2021-05-06 21:42:03
by Victoria Turner
House Panel Discusses VA Diversification Efforts

WASHINGTON - By late 2020 over 2800 formal Equal Employment Opportunity complaints of discrimination - by race, gender, sexual orientation,... Read More

WASHINGTON - By late 2020 over 2800 formal Equal Employment Opportunity complaints of discrimination - by race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and more - were submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The fact that there are that... Read More

2021-03-31 19:41:10
by TWN Staff
Kilmer, McMorris Rodgers Push to Honor Vietnam Veterans

WASHINGTON - Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., are leading a bipartisan effort to award so-called “Dust... Read More

WASHINGTON - Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., are leading a bipartisan effort to award so-called “Dust Off” crews of the Vietnam War with the Congressional Gold Medal.  Dust Off crewmembers - helicopter air ambulance pilots, crew... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - If 94% of individuals completing a Registered Apprenticeship program through the Department of Labor are retained by their... Read More

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

2021-03-25 15:00:04
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Revolutionary 3D Printed Hearing Aid Marks a Milestone in Veteran Care

CHARLESTON, S.C.- The VA says that a recent approval granted to them for a 3D printed hearing aid is an... Read More

CHARLESTON, S.C.- The VA says that a recent approval granted to them for a 3D printed hearing aid is an early step in establishing a way to provide inexpensive, patient-led care for veterans that suffer from unique maladies.  The U.S.... Read More

2021-03-11 19:15:11
by TWN
Changing Military Fuels IAVA Fight for New Veterans' Needs

WASHINGTON – It used to be that veterans’ organizations were simply part of the landscape of small-town America.  You might... Read More

WASHINGTON – It used to be that veterans’ organizations were simply part of the landscape of small-town America.  You might cross the threshold of an American Legion or VFW hall as a child – somehow most likely in connection with... Read More

2021-02-22 18:57:03
by TWN Staff
IAVA Protecting Veterans from Predatory Schools

NEW YORK - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America kicked off veteran education week this morning, continuing a six-week... Read More

NEW YORK - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America kicked off veteran education week this morning, continuing a six-week campaign to highlight the priority issues of its members. Over the course of this week, IAVA is highlighting its advocacy... Read More

2021-01-06 14:29:20
by Reece Nations
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Denounce VA’s COVID Response

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America CEO Jeremy Butler issued a statement Tuesday condemning Department of Veterans Affairs officials in... Read More

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America CEO Jeremy Butler issued a statement Tuesday condemning Department of Veterans Affairs officials in response to the administration’s handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Butler’s statement was released in response to a MilitaryTimes report... Read More

2021-01-05 19:00:19
by Sara Wilkerson
IAVA Praises Passage of Bipartisan Backed NDAA

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting 9/11 veterans, recently praised the 116th Congress... Read More

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting 9/11 veterans, recently praised the 116th Congress for backing the National Defense Authorization Act. The passage of the NDAA comes after Congress recently overrode President Trump’s veto... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America on Thursday cheered Senate passage of the Deborah Sampson Act, which... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., celebrated the recent passage of the bipartisan Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act,... Read More

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

2020-11-10 21:58:28
by Dan McCue
Veterans Group Sees Ally In Biden on Toxic Exposure Issue

WASHINGTON - The head of the nation's largest advocacy group for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans predicted Tuesday that 2021... Read More

WASHINGTON - The head of the nation's largest advocacy group for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans predicted Tuesday that 2021 will be a very good year for those who have long sought comprehensive aid for soldiers harmed by burn pit... Read More

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

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel sought assurances Wednesday that veterans’ claims of illnesses from exposure to toxins in the Middle... Read More

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

Veterans Need Help to Quit Smoking. Smoking Alternatives Can Help.

As a veteran advocacy organization, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) focuses on non-partisan priority issues all Americans can... Read More

As a veteran advocacy organization, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) focuses on non-partisan priority issues all Americans can support, like combating veteran suicide and access to post military education. These priorities are driven by veteran responses to IAVA’s... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America called on Congress and the Inspector General of Veteran Affairs to look... Read More

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

2020-04-06 20:59:16
by Dan McCue
Federal Workers Can Sue Over Any Age Bias In Employment Action

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Age Discrimination and Employment Act allows federal employees to sue... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Age Discrimination and Employment Act allows federal employees to sue over any age bias inferred by an adverse employment action -- even when that bias isn't the driving factor behind... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - A pair of veterans service organizations are calling on Congress and the National Governors Association to re-examine the... Read More

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

2019-12-05 17:09:23
by Dan McCue
Dept. of Veteran Affairs Launches Artificial Intelligence Institute

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has established a National Artificial  Intelligence Institute in an effort to further advance... Read More

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has established a National Artificial  Intelligence Institute in an effort to further advance the health and well-being of veterans. In a statement, the department said the new Institute will incorporate input from veterans... Read More

2019-11-15 22:36:08
by Dan McCue
Brindisi Proposal to Increase Women Veterans' Access of VA Services Passes House

WASHINGTON - A proposal by Rep. Anthony Brindisi that the VA's Women Veterans Call Center be transformed into an online,... Read More

WASHINGTON - A proposal by Rep. Anthony Brindisi that the VA's Women Veterans Call Center be transformed into an online, one-stop-shop for women veterans' benefits has been passed in the House. Brindisi's bill, H.R. 2972, was included in The Deborah... Read More

Why We Call It ‘Veterans Day’ And Not Armistice Day — Or Veterans’ Day

If you don’t have social media, don’t know why Monday is a federal holiday or have otherwise been living under... Read More

If you don’t have social media, don’t know why Monday is a federal holiday or have otherwise been living under a rock, Monday is Veterans Day. That’s Veterans Day — as opposed to Veteran’s Day, Veterans’ Day, Armistice Day or... Read More

2019-11-07 22:04:55
by Dan McCue
VA Unveils Video Series to Help Vets File Disability Claims Online

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has rolled out a new video tutorial aimed at helping veterans file... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has rolled out a new video tutorial aimed at helping veterans file disability compensation benefits claims online. The tutorial tells veterans how they can learn about and apply for benefits earned using... Read More

2019-07-26 19:32:02
by Sean Trambley
VA to Repay $100 Million in Home Loan Fees Erroneously Charged to Veterans

In the wake of a scathing, bipartisan letter from lawmakers, the Department of Veterans Affairs says it will refund $100... Read More

In the wake of a scathing, bipartisan letter from lawmakers, the Department of Veterans Affairs says it will refund $100 million in fees erroneously charged to thousands of exempted veterans who participated in the VA Home Loan Program. In June,... Read More

2019-07-12 20:34:45
by Sean Trambley
House Passes Legislation to Expand STEM Scholarship Program for Veterans

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of... Read More

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** In June, legislation passed the House to expand veterans’ access to the Edith Nourse Rogers... Read More

2019-07-02 20:12:16
by Sean Trambley
New Legislation Will Make It Easier For Veterans In Crisis To Get Help

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 20 veterans and military members die by suicide every day across... Read More

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 20 veterans and military members die by suicide every day across the United States, and suicide rates are nearly two times higher for veterans than for non-veteran adults.  These tragic statistics... Read More

2019-06-26 21:15:12
by Dan McCue
Courts Must Continue to Defer to Agency's Interpretation of Regulations

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a series of legal precedents instructing courts to defer... Read More

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a series of legal precedents instructing courts to defer to an agency's interpretation of its own regulations. The ruling, written by Justice Elena Kagan, is a significant development in... Read More

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