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American Veterans Complaints About Response Time

VA backlogs and wait times are a consistent  cause for American Veterans complaints. Vets in need of care  cite long waits at the VA.  Currently there are more than 70,000 veteran disability claims that are backlogged in Veterans Affairs processing centers, seven months after department officials missed their public goal of getting the number down to zero. VA Acting Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy said that figure includes a substantial number of claims left ...
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Homeless Veterans Numbers Down by Half

The good news is that the number of homeless veterans in America is down significantly since 2010. According to HUD and the VA the number is 47% overall and some states are even better than that.  Minnesota reports homelessness is down 57% for veterans there. HUD’s annual Point-in-Time (PIT) estimate of America’s homeless population, communities across the country repor...
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Aid for Older American Veterans with TBI

Studies on American veterans with TBI - traumatic brain injury - reveal that they may be at greater risk for developing dementia later in life. One such study published in July 2014 issue of Neurology, examined more than 188,000 American Veterans over the age of 55 for nine years. During that time, 16 percent of the vets with a past diagnosis of TBI developed dementia, compared wi...
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Changes to Alaskan Veteran Benefits

    A new director has been appointed over VA benefits for the offices in Portland and Anchorage. William F. Streitberger, a Navy vet himself, has worked in VA regional offices in Hartford Connecticut. The new position will put him in charge of over 400,000 former service members and dependents living in Oregon and Alaska, distributing over $20 million in monthly benefits. Even though administrative functions are based in the Portland office, vets in Alaska...
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American Veterans Groups Fight Federal Hiring Cuts

American Veterans Groups are not pleased with the Senate's attempt to cut Federal hiring advantages for vets. Back in 2014 President Obama's push to hire more veterans in government positions was not popular with everyone. The fact that American Veterans were getting preference led to resentment between civil employees and vets. Now Congress has stepped in to this sensitive issue.  The Senate version of the military policy bill  would knock out some of their advanta...
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