VA

Veterans Benefits Banking Program

250k Vets Receiving Mailed Payments, VA Offering Free Banking Program

Many Veterans, particularly older ones, receive their monthly benefits in the form of a paper check, or pre-paid debit card. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs(VA) has announced these are costly, and unreliable. As a result, they established the Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP). The Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Benefits, Dr Paul Lawrence …

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Congressman Ruiz

Congressman Flames The VA Over Burn Pit Neglect

A congressional hearing today about burn pits went up in flames for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A large portion of the VA’s argument was clearly aimed at stonewalling efforts to pass new health care. Additionally, they claimed there was not enough science to link specific health issues to toxic exposure. If a Veteran …

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Gratitude to the Post 9/11 Veterans

Every generation of veterans respects and appreciates the generations of veterans that have come before us. There is no question that their sacrifices made our military, and nation, what it is. However, what about the gratitude to the generations that come after? That generation is that of Post 9/11 veterans. Respect Due No conversation among …

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Burn Pits 360: NDAA 2020 just the beginning

On Tuesday, we had Rosie Torres with Burn Pits 360 Veterans Organization on a special American Grit Live.  There, we talked about the NDAA 2020 getting approved and what it means for the fight against burn pits.  Burn Pits 360 is currently working with Jon Stewart, several Veteran Service Organizations, and Grunt Style to come …

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VA finally admitting they have a problem to fix

Receiving care from a Veterans Affairs’ facility can be frustrating on many levels.  It always feels like there are a million patients and one provider.  Then, when you finally get in to see that provider, they are so overwhelmed they barely pay attention to your specific needs and just diagnose you with the first thing …

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Is Veteran’s Affairs oversharing your health records?

Recently, Veteran’s Affairs sent messages out to all registered personnel letting them know a new policy will be set in place as of January 2020.  This policy will allow the VA to share your medical record with “participating community care providers” and they will not need prior written consent from you to do so each …

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letters

This Veteran Dying from Cancer Wants to Read your Letters

It all started with a simple newspaper ad from a Veteran looking to connect with the outside world from his hospital room. James Wiitamaki put out the ad, hoping to receive a few kind words of support from strangers. Instead, when his great-niece Brenna Glodowski posted his ad on Facebook, the request quickly went viral. …

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maggots

Veteran Dies after MAGGOTS found in wound, 4 VA Employees Resign Immediately

It’s a story that will make your stomach crawl and your blood boil. Four employees at the Talihina Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs have resigned after Owen Reese Peterson was found dead with maggots crawling in his wound. It was confirmed that the maggots were present in that wound before the death of the veteran, but …

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hotline

VA Suicide Hotline Workers Ignore One-Third of Calls

The former head of the VA’s suicide hotline said that more than one-third of the VA suicide hotline’s calls roll over to undertrained staff at backup centers because workers want to “leave early.” Greg Hughes, former director of the VA’s Veterans Crisis Line, said that poor work habits and other problems at the VA are to …

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HIV

VA Hospital May Have Exposed 1,800 Veterans To HIV

A St. Louis Veteran’s Administration hospital may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to HIV and other diseases in 2010. The story, which broke six years ago on CNN, has been trending widely today and yesterday throughout the veteran community because it appears that many veterans never knew that it had happened. The John Cochran VA …

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