Veterans Benefits

VA required thousands of ‘unwarranted reexaminations’ for vets getting disability benefits

Veterans shouldn’t have to jump unnecessary hoops to get the benefits they deserve.<p>But the Department of Veterans Affairs is doing that to thousands of disabled veterans and wasting millions of dollars in the process.<p>A report by VA’s Office of Inspector General says employees required veterans to …

U.S. Politics

Telephone Company Retirees Gathering in Hauppauge

The Association of BellTel Retirees is hosting a meeting August 21st to discuss important retirement concerns—including protecting pensions and …

Retirement

VA Implements More 'Forever GI Bill' Benefit Provisions

On Aug. 1, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented 15 more provisions of the Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017, …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Veteran launches proposed class-action lawsuit over disability benefit formula

A former member of the Canadian Forces is suing the federal government, alleging the formula used to calculate long-term disability payments only …

Canadian Politics

Paid Sick Leave Proposal Draws Packed S.A. Council Chamber

Aug 9, 2018<p>By Morgan Montalvo<p>WOAI News<p>San Antonio’s City Council Chamber was full to near-overflowing Wednesday evening with supporters and opponents …

San Antonio

Iraq veteran vowed to 'kick the s**t' out of Downing Street for messing with his benefits

A former soldier who was fed up with problems over his benefits threatened to go to Downing Street and “kick the s**t” out of them.<p>Sunderland’s …

Downing Street

Rep. Kane Achieves Perfect Voting Record For Annual Session

She cast votes this session on a number of key policy issues, including legislation to expand opioid prevention and treatment options.<p>SHREWSBURY, …

Sexual Harassment

Ask Larry: Can I Get Spousal Benefits Now?

Social Security may be one of your largest assets. What and when you collect will make a huge difference to your lifetime benefits.<p>Today’s post addresses when spousal benefit can become available, the effect of filing early on later widow(er)’s benefits, how remarriage can affect divorced spousal …

Retirement

Woman pleads guilty to stealing federal benefits

A Massachusetts woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $300,000 in federal Social Security and veterans' benefits to which she was not …

Corruption

Debt Piled On Your Children And Their Children: Thanks Trump!

The $1 trillion-plus annual Trump budget deficits that are about to start will soon create huge policy challenges for future generations of …

Economics

VA urges Senate to sink ‘Blue Water Navy’ bill and its disability benefits

Federal Department of Veterans Affairs officials say they strongly oppose passage of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act (HR 299).<p>The measure …

Veterans

Fourth annual Purple Heart Recognition Ceremony held in Springboro

Warren and Butler County Veterans Services hosted the fourth annual Purple Heart Recognition Ceremony Sunday.<p>“This event publicly recognizes our …

Veterans

Veterans who drank contaminated water at Camp LeJeune to receive disability benefits - CBS News

Veterans who drank contaminated water at Camp...

Veterans

Letters: O'Connor is best choice for 12th District veterans

I am writing to follow up the Wednesday story "Will GOP vote in special election?"<p>As a veteran with more than 35 years of service in the United …

Homelessness

Commentary: Strides made on VA reforms, but there’s more work to do

<i>Editor’s note: The following is an opinion piece. The writer is not employed by Military Times and the views expressed here do not necessarily</i> …

Health Care

Is Brad Jones Perfect? As A Matter Of Fact, Yes

House minority leader's streak now stands at 7,075 consecutive roll call votes since taking office.<p><i>A release from the office of House Minority Leader</i> …

Veterans

Veteran against veteran: A new battle on Capitol Hill pits Agent Orange funding against low-cost mortgages

A new battle on Capitol Hill is pitting Vietnam veterans against more recent service members.<p>The Senate is currently considering the Blue Water Navy …

Vietnam Veterans

Senators Back Agent Orange Benefits. The VA Is Not Convinced

‘Blue water’ bill would extend disability benefits to more Vietnam vets<p>The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee seems poised to advance a popular …

Politics

Turmeric may prevent non-alcoholic liver disease

In a study, rats that had curcumin extract showed less inflammation, fewer markers for illness and a smaller free radical imbalance.

Liver Disease

China helps military veterans find jobs, set up businesses - Xinhua

BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities have issued a guideline to help military veterans find jobs or set up businesses.<p>The guideline, drawn …

Veterans

Government officials raise questions about Blue Water Veterans benefits

Department of Veterans Affairs officials said Wednesday “the science is not there” to provide Blue Water Navy Veterans with disability benefits.<p>The …

Veterans

VA officials strongly oppose Congress’ Blue Water Navy benefits fix

WASHINGTON — Administration officials strongly opposed legislative plans to extend disability payouts to roughly 90,000 veterans who claim exposure …

Vietnam War

VA Pushes Back on Blue Water Navy Veterans Act

The Blue Water Navy Veterans Act would extend VA benefits to nearly 90,000 veterans who believe that they were exposed to Agent Orange or other …

Military

Sign Up For Services At Summer Block Party

Need a copy of your birth certificate? A new library card? Or to apply for services? It will be available all in one place!<p>WALNUT CREEK, CA — The …

Contra Costa County

LAPD changes in tactics and weaponry, Sacramento partners for remote-control driving, the greatest LA sports rivalries

The city of Sacramento is the first in the state to partner with a remote-control driving company. And, we visit the central branch of the L.A. …

Remote Controls

VA: Science Doesn't Support Agent Orange Claims from 'Blue Water' Vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs opposed a bill Wednesday that has overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and Senate to extend Agent Orange …

Military

Massachusetts Senate joins House in rejecting Gov. Charlie Baker's welfare changes

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate on Monday night joined the House in rejecting Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed welfare changes.The House and Senate, …

Health Care

Veterans Ombudsman says Ottawa is ignoring key recommendations, making vets wait to have treatments covered

Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman says significant gaps remain in the financial security promised to men and women who retire from the Canadian Armed Forces, especially those who leave with a service-related injury.<p>Guy Parent, who has served as ombudsman for nearly eight years, says successive …

Canada

New VA Secretary Faces 400,000-Case Appeals Backlog, IT Delay

Among the many challenges facing new Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie is the long-standing backlog in disability claims …

U.S. Military

IRS Announces 130,000 Combat-Injured Veterans May Be Owed Tax Refunds

[id=1]<p>The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that tax relief is available – retroactively – for veterans who received disability severance pay after January 17, 1991, and included that amount as income on their taxes. Approximately 130,000 separated military members who received …

U.S. Dept. of Defense