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VA Rolls Out New Options to Help Veterans Avoid Foreclosure
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

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

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

Murray: More Attention Must Be Paid to Long-term Care Needs of Veterans
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

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

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

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

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

Veterans Needed in Registered Apprenticeships
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IAVA Celebrates Senate Passage of Landmark Women Veterans Legislation
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

Sen. Cortez Masto Celebrates Passage of Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act
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

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

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

Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Gain Support in Congress
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

Veterans Need Help to Quit Smoking. Smoking Alternatives Can Help.
Opinions
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 support, like combating veteran suicide and access to post military education. These priorities are driven by veteran responses to IAVA’s... Read More

Biden Lays Memorial Wreath in First Public Event Since Virus
Political News
Biden Lays Memorial Wreath in First Public Event Since Virus

Joe Biden emerged Monday from his stay-at-home lockdown after more than 10 weeks to mark Memorial Day with a tribute to veterans. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and his wife, Jill, visited the Veterans Memorial Park at the Delaware Memorial... Read More

Veterans Group Calls for Inquiry After Report Charges Mismanagement
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

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

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

Veterans Groups Ask That Members Be Allowed to Join COVID-19 Fight
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

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

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

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

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
Veterans
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 a rock, Monday is Veterans Day. That’s Veterans Day — as opposed to Veteran’s Day, Veterans’ Day, Armistice Day or... Read More

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

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

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

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

Pelosi: Extra Veterans Health Care Funds Needed in Debt Deal
Veterans
Pelosi: Extra Veterans Health Care Funds Needed in Debt Deal

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Saturday pressing for added funds to help veterans see private doctors as part of any deal to raise the debt ceiling and tight appropriations caps. Pelosi’s letter... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wounded Warrior Project Regains Growth
Veterans
Wounded Warrior Project Regains Growth

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — After a financial free fall, Wounded Warrior Project has steadied its operation and is back to seeing growth in donations for its mission to help those injured while serving after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. It’s... Read More

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