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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Supreme Court Says 40-Foot-Tall Cross on Public Land in Maryland Can Stay
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Says 40-Foot-Tall Cross on Public Land in Maryland Can Stay
2019-06-21 12:47:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A large, cross-shaped memorial to the dead of World War I that has stood in the grassy median of a local roadway for nearly a century, can stay right where it is, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday.... Read More

Veterans Are Being Denied This GI Bill Benefit If They Work in Cannabis
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Veterans Are Being Denied This GI Bill Benefit If They Work in Cannabis

WASHINGTON — For 75 years, veterans purchasing a home have been able to count on help with their home loans from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — home loans backed by the VA are one of the core benefits... Read More

This Memorial Day, Veterans Take on Another Threat: Rising Cancer Deaths in the Ranks
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This Memorial Day, Veterans Take on Another Threat: Rising Cancer Deaths in the Ranks

WASHINGTON — On Memorial Day 2013, Coleen Bowman was a new widow. Her husband had died four months earlier and she wanted support to face that first military holiday of remembrance. So she registered for TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program... Read More

Cunningham, Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect VA Facilities Plagued by Flooding
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Cunningham, Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect VA Facilities Plagued by Flooding
2019-05-22 14:50:59
by Dan McCue

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., have introduced bipartisan legislation to address chronic flooding that places Veterans Affairs medical facilities at risk on a regular basis. The bill the representatives filed Tuesday, called the VA Community Infrastructure Act,... Read More

House Passes Luria Sponsored Bill to Extend Agent Orange Exposure Benefits to Navy Vets
Veterans
House Passes Luria Sponsored Bill to Extend Agent Orange Exposure Benefits to Navy Vets
2019-05-16 21:40:06
by Dan McCue

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Tuesday co-sponsored by Representative Elaine Luria to extend disability benefits to Vietnam-era Navy veterans who have fought for years to prove they were exposed to the chemical herbicide Agent Orange. Luria, a... Read More

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Launches Bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force
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House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Launches Bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force
2019-05-03 20:19:07
by Dan McCue

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Thursday launched a new bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force to promote inclusivity and equitable access to resources, benefits, and healthcare to the more than two million women veterans living in the United States. The... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Introduced in House to Protect Veterans’ Cannabis Treatment Options
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Bipartisan Bill Introduced in House to Protect Veterans’ Cannabis Treatment Options
2019-03-15 22:58:49
by TWN Staff

Representative Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Don Young, R-Alaska, have introduced the bipartisan Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act (H.R.1687). The bill would protect veterans' cannabis treatment options and their ability to be employed by the federal government.... Read More

Repay Veterans Benefits – With Interest, Duckworth Says
Veterans
Repay Veterans Benefits – With Interest, Duckworth Says

Secretary Robert Wilkie and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has come under fire in recent weeks for the delinquent payments of benefits due to as many as 82,000 student veterans.  The backlog of “Forever GI Bill” benefits, which escalated in ... Read More

Commentary: This Is a Time for Everyday Heroes
Veterans
Commentary: This Is a Time for Everyday Heroes

“Not all heroes wear capes.” This Veterans Day, I have a new spin on that popular saying: Not all American heroes wear camouflage. I appreciate the high regard most Americans have for us veterans in the post-9/11 era, but the ... Read More

Too Few Doctors and Nurses for Veterans in Some Areas
Veterans
Too Few Doctors and Nurses for Veterans in Some Areas

As the nation prepares to honor its veterans Nov. 12, many veterans in rural areas and some cities still face long wait times for health care because there aren’t enough doctors, nurses and support staff to provide it. Almost... Read More

Campaign Ad: Scott Peters for Congress - “Looking Out for Us” [CA-52]
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Campaign Ad: Scott Peters for Congress - “Looking Out for Us” [CA-52]

This week, the Scott Peters for Congress campaign released their second ad of 2018: “Looking Out for Us.” The ad features San Diego resident and Navy Veteran Kevin Inman, who uses the Housing and Urban... Read More

Inside the Veteran Candidate Network Fighting to Remake the Democratic Party
Veterans
Inside the Veteran Candidate Network Fighting to Remake the Democratic Party

Eight days after a Republican super PAC publicized confidential records of a CIA officer-turned-congressional candidate, national security experts were still seething... Read More

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