The Department of Veterans Affairs said it has enough money to process veterans’ claims for pensions, compensation, education and vocational rehabilitation programs through late October, but a prolonged shutdown would suspend those programs once the money runs out.
Many people assume that the nation’s 12.5 million non-elderly veterans receive health benefits through the VA. But only two-thirds of those veterans are eligible for VA health care and only one-third are enrolled.
Many former service members have access to health care through the VA, private insurance or other programs. But having so many choices can also lead to fragmented care.
Female veterans are more likely to smoke, be overweight or obese and have heart disease compared to civilian women and women in the National Guard or Reserves, even when controlling for access to health care, according to a new study.
The Institutes of Medicine kicked off its yearlong study of cognitive rehabilitation therapy on Monday, a process that will help the Pentagon decide whether its health plan will cover the treatment for troops who have suffered brain injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan
Wounded congresswoman may receive cognitive rehabilitation therapy, a treatment that the Pentagon’s Tricare insurance plan denies to thousands of injured troops. Top brain specialists have endorsed the approach, but Tricare officials have said that scientific evidence does not justify providing it comprehensively to troops.
A key congressional oversight committee announced today that it was opening an investigation into the basis of a decision by the Pentagon’s health plan to deny a type of medical treatment to troops with brain injuries.
Community services for vets with PTSD. Spinal fluid test predicts Alzheimer’s disease. Hospitals and nursing homes found to be shortchanging staff on overtime pay.
Senators press military leaders to improve efforts to address traumatic brain injuries, suicide and other wounds suffered by soldiers returning from wars.
The military is failing to diagnose brain injuries in troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom receive little or no treatment.
The US Veterans Affairs Administration said today it is expanding a pilot program designed to streamline the disability evaluation process over the next several months to 17 additional military installations, including the Naval Medical Center in Bremerton.
The goal of the pilot is to test “a new process that eliminates duplicative, time-consuming and often confusing elements [...]