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The Veterans Affairs Department is quickly running out of money in its Choice program account, one of several funding streams VA uses to pay for veterans to receive community health care. This development with the Choice program is only the latest of a series of pain points for the department and Congress. Yet VA Secretary David Shulkin said it only emphasizes the urgency of redesigning and simplifying the Choice program in the near future. (more)

Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee Jack Reed (D-RI), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Tim Walz (D-MN), and several others to criticize President Trump and his Republican allies in Congress for attempting to impose a tax hike on millions of Veterans’ healthcare. Despite the President’s campaign pledge to “ensure our Veterans get the care they need wherever and whenever they need it,” a last-minute amendment made to the Republican healthcare repeal plan late Monday night would make Veterans ineligible for health care tax credits that could help them afford private health insurance. (more)

Let’s give a shout out to AMVETS for speaking out against cuts to benefits for severely disabled elderly veterans while Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and American Legion (Legion) were silent today. (more)

No Veteran Should Be Without a Place to Call Home. VA is committed to ending homelessness among Veterans. (more)

The executive order is focused on improving “accountability and whistleblower protection” at VA by creating an office dedicated to that purpose and the position of special assistant to the secretary who will report directly to the secretary and serve as executive director of the office. (more)

Judicial Watch announced that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) for information regarding an agreement to turn a VA campus in Los Angeles into permanent housing for homeless veterans. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (No. 1:17-cv-00994)). (more)

Discover information and Veterans’ stories of recovery tailored to you. (more)

I visited New York City’s VA Medical Center 3 years ago. I’d been a veteran for 5 months and lived in the city for a week or so before receiving an email from the VA instructing me to check in with my new primary care provider to see someone for my freshly diagnosed PTSD. (more)

“It was a bad idea to begin with, unworkable and essentially uncaring for almost a quarter of a million veterans over the age of 62,” said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America, referring to a provision in the President’s $186.5 billion budget proposal for FY18 that would take thousands of dollars in Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits from the most vulnerable of veterans. “Now the administration has seen the light and retreated from their poorly-reasoned plan.” (more)

Have big improvements started to happen in the lives of veterans since U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin began running the VA? Not widely reported in mainstream media are reports that veterans are still dying in VA parking lots from unknown causes and suicide. (more)

VA values your commitment as a partner in our pledge to care for those who have “borne the battle.” We have several support and service options designed with you in mind. The programs are available both in and out of your home to help you care for yourself and the Veteran you love. (more)

It’s time to rethink a veteran disability system that “incentivizes disability,” Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said during a Friday forum in Washington, the same day President Trump signed new VA accountability legislation. (more)

Fiscal Year 2018 Veterans Affairs Budget Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin testified before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee on President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget request. With assistance on program specifics from several of his undersecretaries, Secretary Shulkin talked about the expansion and increased funding request for the Veterans Choice Program as well as steps his department was taking to continue to increase efficiencies and decrease processing and wait times for veterans seeking care. The second panel comprised veterans service organization representatives who provided their assessments of the budget request, and cited areas they felt still needed to be addressed or improved. (more)

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday shelved a proposal that would have cut the Individual Unemployability benefit for elderly and disabled veterans. “To withdraw this benefit from people who rely on that money would be very difficult to do,” VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin said at a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing. (more)

VA Secretary David Shulkin has told congressional committees in recent weeks he supports a change in law to expand the post-9/11 caregiver program so that its cash stipend and menu of support services can benefit caregivers to severely injured veterans from earlier generations. (more)

The VA was scolded by both parties over its budget Wednesday as lawmakers scurried to find a fix to an unexpected shortfall of more than $1 billion that would threaten medical care for thousands of veterans in the coming months. (more)

Your source for healthy information from U. S. Department of veteran Affairs (more)

This Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their hometown who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington. (more)

VVA applauds Chairman Roe for standing firm in his belief that the GI Bill should be a benefit that doesn’t go away after some arbitrary time limit,” said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America. “The current GI Bill fails many who need it most, including those unable to use the benefit within the 15-year window and those who have been robbed of the benefit due to an administrative discharge,” noted Rowan. (more)

On June 14, 2017, Vietnam Veterans of America National President, John Rowan will be testifying before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee regarding the Administrations Fiscal Year 2018 Budget for Veterans’ Programs and Fiscal Year 2019 Advance Appropriations Requests (PDF)