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VA plans expansion of benefits for disability claims for conditions related to certain toxic exposures
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VA plans expansion of benefits for disability claims for conditions related to certain toxic exposures

VA announced today two major decisions related to presumptive conditions associated with Agent Orange and particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia. Agent Orange VA will begin implementing provisions of the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Public Law 116-283), adding three conditions to the list of those presumptively associated...

Women Veterans, work and a post-COVID world
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Women Veterans, work and a post-COVID world

It is not much of a stretch to say that the pandemic has impacted everyone, in ways big and small. Yet, there are some eye-opening numbers about how women, in particular, have been affected. Female participation in the workforce has dropped to levels not seen since the early 1980s. More than 2.5 million women left...

DAV volunteers clean, highlight American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
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DAV volunteers clean, highlight American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

In a positive sign of returning to pre-pandemic normalcy, Disabled American Veterans volunteers met May 22 to clean the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C. This was the group’s first volunteer cleaning effort since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The volunteers were from DAV Chapter 10 out of Arlington-Fairfax in Virginia. A volunteer...

Veterans Legacy Memorial preserves Veterans’ legacies to honor their service and sacrifice
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Veterans Legacy Memorial preserves Veterans’ legacies to honor their service and sacrifice

In 2019, NCA launched the Veterans Legacy Memorial, our nation’s first digital platform dedicated entirely to more than 3.7 million Veterans interred in VA’s national cemeteries, each with a memorial page dedicated to preserving their legacy. The pages display each Veteran’s military service data and cemetery resting place information. Last year, NCA added the ability for...

Bone health information for Veterans
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Bone health information for Veterans

Osteoporosis is concerning for many women, especially post-menopause. It can also affect men later in life. Osteoporosis is not a normal part of aging; it is a metabolic disease altering the density and quality of bone leading to higher risk for fractures and associated complications, including pain, loss of independence and decreased quality of life....

Veterans in Congress come together for Operation Gratitude to thank deployed troops
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Veterans in Congress come together for Operation Gratitude to thank deployed troops

Members of Congress who have served in the military joined Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit dedicated to forging bonds between Americans and the U.S. military, on Tuesday to help assemble care packages for deployed service members during Military Appreciation Month. Nearly 20 veteran members of the congressional For Country Caucus, as well as Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis Richard McDonough and dozens of...

Veterans Affairs to reconsider Agent Orange claims for certain Vietnam veterans
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Veterans Affairs to reconsider Agent Orange claims for certain Vietnam veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs will automatically reconsider Agent Orange benefits claims for certain Vietnam veterans that were previously denied. Those who served in the offshore waters of Vietnam during the Vietnam War, also known as “Blue Water veterans,” were previously denied compensation for Agent Orange exposure. After numerous court filings, the veterans were finally made...

It’s all about the Veterans: Why physicians choose VA
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It’s all about the Veterans: Why physicians choose VA

When we ask physicians why they work at VA, their answers run the gamut – flexibility, a supportive atmosphere, loan repayment, the chance to research and teach, and more time to spend with patients. But there’s one common theme we hear again and again from our doctors about why they have chosen VA. It’s all...

5 transgender Az veterans discuss abuses, how political changes can alter lives
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5 transgender Az veterans discuss abuses, how political changes can alter lives

Rachel StapholzCronkite News BY Rachel Stapholz The status of transgender members of the armed forces has shifted dramatically in the past decade as President Joe Biden and his two predecessors issued conflicting orders defining and redefining the eligibility of transgender Americans to serve their country. Five days after taking office in January, Biden signed an...

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