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  • VA to review 24,000 brain injury diagnoses

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    Some post 9/11 veterans with traumatic brain injuries who were denied disability compensation by VA between 2007 and 2015 have another chance to receive their benefits.

    The Veterans Affairs Department announced Wednesday that more than 24,000 veterans could qualify to receive another medical exam for brain injury without having to refile a claim.

    Their compensation will be awarded back to the date of the initial claim if they are found to have experienced a TBI.

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  • DoD: Help is on the way for critical new retirement choices

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    Defense officials are developing four courses to educate the military community about new retirement plan options for the 1.6 million service members who will make big decisions starting in 2018 — about whether to opt in to the new retirement system or stay with the current system.

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  • Report Finds Sharp Increase in Veterans Denied V.A. Benefits

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    Joshua Bunn was a rifleman in one of the bloodiest valleys in Afghanistan, where his infantry unit killed hundreds of enemy fighters and lost more comrades than any other battalion in the Marine Corps in 2009.

    “We were so far out in Taliban country we rarely got resupply,” Mr. Bunn, 27, said in an interview from his apartment in Jonesboro, Ark. “We just got rockets and small-arms fire every day.”

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  • VA Offers Special Pension Benefit To Disabled Vets And Spouses

    Type of content: News

    The VA’s “Aid & Attendance” pension benefit offsets financial burdens felt by disabled veterans or surviving spouses.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a relatively unknown pension benefit called “Aid & Attendance” that helps offset the cost of living for disabled veterans who can’t work, or surviving spouses who require long-term care.

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  • Combat vets can apply for VA health care by phone

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    Combat veterans waiting for the Veterans Affairs Department to approve their applications for VA health care can now call VA to complete the process.

    VA officials announced Wednesday the department is allowing veterans to apply for VA health benefits by phone instead of being required to fill out a paper application.

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  • DoD official: Extend vets' Military OneSource access

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    Troops need a longer safety net of eligibility for Military OneSource's free benefits after they leave the military, according to a defense official.

    “We want to extend it from 180 to 365 days to give people that pad of settling into a life, and then when you hit those barriers, circle back to Military OneSource,” said Rosemary Williams, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy. She and others briefed Acting Army Secretary Patrick Murphy, his wife, Jenni, and members of his staff about Military OneSource on Thursday.

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  • New law will cut off unemployment pay for GI Bill users

    Type of content: News

    Department of Labor officials are moving to cut off unemployment checks for  veterans attending college on the GI Bill after lawmakers quietly approved the cost-cutting move last December.

    But exactly when and how the change will take place remains a frustrating mystery to federal and state officials and to veterans advocates who unsuccessfully argued against the idea.

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  • New York Launches Veterans App

    Type of content: News

    The New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs unveiled its new mobile app to help the state’s 900,000 vets connect to important state and federal programs.

    With a simple download, users can get assistance finding housing, getting a job, finding education, navigating benefits, and connecting with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Gene Loparco, an Air Force veteran who served in the Vietnam War, works with a number of local veterans’ organizations. He recommends all vets get acquainted with the services available to them, and says the app is an easy way to do it.

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  • The Pentagon wants to make even more changes to troops' retirement plan

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    Veterans always get the same annual cost-of-living increase as Social Security recipients. But there’s no guarantee that will continue.

    That’s why lawmakers are again pushing for new legislation that would permanently tie together the two rate increases, and thus avoiding a potential payout hiccup if congressional politics stalls what is normally routine business.

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  • Lawmakers push to link veterans' COLA with Social Security

    Type of content: News

    Veterans always get the same annual cost-of-living increase as Social Security recipients. But there’s no guarantee that will continue.

    That’s why lawmakers are again pushing for new legislation that would permanently tie together the two rate increases, and thus avoiding a potential payout hiccup if congressional politics stalls what is normally routine business.

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