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  • Army Should Consider PTSD in Gauging How It Discharges Vets, Lawsuit Says

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    A federal lawsuit alleges the U.S. Army has issued less-than-honorable discharges for potentially thousands of service members without adequately considering the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions.

    Stephen Kennedy and Alicia Carson, two Army veterans from Connecticut who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said in a lawsuit filed Monday that they were wrongly denied honorable discharges.

    They said a review board set up to give veterans a second chance often doesn't do an adequate job in considering PTSD and related conditions.

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  • Veterans Administration, CVS Test Program to Reduce Wait Times

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    WASHINGTON — Some ailing veterans can now use their federal health care benefits at CVS “MinuteClinics” to treat minor illnesses and injuries, under a pilot program announced Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    The new program, currently limited to the Phoenix area, comes three years after the VA faced allegations of chronically long wait times at its centers, including its Phoenix VA medical center, which treats about 120,000 veterans.

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  • There's a Plan in Congress to Start Charging Troops For Their GI Bill Benefits

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    WASHINGTON — A congressional proposal to make service members buy into their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits surprised veterans groups on Tuesday, with advocates divided over whether it amounts to a long-term fix for the benefit or an unfair bill for veterans. 

    “This new tax on troops is absurd,” said Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander Brian Duffy in a statement. “Ensuring veterans are able to successfully transition back to civilian life after military service is a cost of war, and not a fee that Congress can just pass along to our troops.

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  • VA: GI Bill processing delays impacts 11,000 beneficiaries

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    Sommona Ada is a graduate student at the University of North Texas who’s been paying for school with the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits she earned after 11 years in the U.S. Air Force and reserves.   

    But Ada hasn’t been able to re-enroll in classes for the next eight-week term at the UNT Health Science Center because the Department of Veterans Affairs hasn’t paid her bill. Nor has she received her housing stipend since January, she said.   

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  • VA: GI Bill processing delays impacts 11,000 beneficiaries

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    Sommona Ada is a graduate student at the University of North Texas who’s been paying for school with the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits she earned after 11 years in the U.S. Air Force and reserves.   

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  • Veterans Affairs budget is in line to grow by 6 percent

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs, the second-largest federal agency with 313,000 civilian employees and a far-flung hospital system, is one of the few corners of the government that would see its budget grow in the next fiscal year — by 6 percent.

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  • VA to start offering mental health care to 'bad paper' veterans

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    WASHINGTON -- Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said his department will start offering mental health services for veterans with other-than-honorable dismissals as soon as possible, saying the issue is too important to wait for congressional intervention. 

    “We have some authorities to do that,” he told members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Tuesday night. “So many veterans are just disconnected from our system. The 20 a day committing suicide are not getting the care they need. 

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  • What's in the VA secretary's 10-point plan to reform his department?

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    WASHINGTON — In appearances before veterans groups this week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin is outlining his 10-point plan for reforming department operations and offerings, with a heavy emphasis on VA medical improvements.

    The plan is separate from the 10-point VA plan President Trump unveiled on the campaign trail last summer, but includes some of the same themes of accountability and a more customer-service focus for department employees. 

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  • Study Confirms Post-9/11 GI Bill Is A Good Investment For America

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    Student Veterans of America and other veterans groups are lobbying Congress to continue funding the post-9/11 G.I. Bill.
     
    In the first six years after the rollout of the multibillion-dollar Post-9/11 GI Bill, more than half of the veterans using the education benefit completed their degrees. Through September 2015, about 453,000 degrees were earned.
     

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  • It's official: Military exchanges plan to offer online access to veterans by Nov. 11

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    The military exchanges have the green light to open their online doors to veterans by Nov. 11, an idea initially proposed by a top exchange official nearly three years ago. 
     
    Defense Department officials notified the congressional oversight committees Jan. 11 of their intent to open up the military exchange online shopping benefit to all honorably discharged veterans. On Jan. 18, a memorandum went out with guidance for the military departments to implement the program by Nov. 11.  
     

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