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March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to recognize and support the more than 5.3 million Americans who are living with traumatic brain injury-related (TBI) disabilities, including thousands of military service members and veterans. Those suffering from traumatic brain injury can display a wide variety of symptoms based on the severity of the injury. Common signs and symptoms include headache or neck pain; memory loss; slowness in thinking, speaking, acting, or reading; getting lost or easily confused; fatigue...

Reimbursement of Travel Costs for VA Medical Care

Eligible Veterans may be provided mileage reimbursement or, when medically indicated, special mode transport (e.g. wheelchair van, ambulance) when traveling for approved VA medical care. Mileage reimbursement is 41.5 cents per mile and is subject to a deductible of $3 for each one-way trip and $6 for a round trip; with a maximum deductible of $18 or the amount after six one-way trips (whichever occurs first) per calendar month. The deductible may be waived when travel is in relation to a VA compensation or pension examination;...

Locked in a VA Clinic…Talk About Long Wait Times

"Never leave anyone behind" is a mantra members of the military know very well. Unfortunately, it doesn't always get applied, as was evidenced when a veteran was left locked in a waiting room in a VA hospital on Monday. Jeff Duck, a Marine Corps veteran, went to the VA Outpatient Clinic in Volusia County, Florida, to see a doctor about getting a medication refilled. He was sent to a waiting room where he waited...and waited...and waited... After an exceedingly long wait and with no one else in the waiting room with him,...

Filing a Claim for Non-VA Care

The VA may authorize veterans to receive care at a non-VA health care facility when the needed services are not available at the VA health care facility, or when the veteran is unable to travel the distance to the VA health care facility, or in the case of an emergency. Non-VA care must be authorized by VA in advance. Veterans may also obtain services not covered in the benefits package through private health care providers at their own expense. In limited circumstances, VA may authorize payment for health care services...

Agent Orange Registry Health Exam for Veterans

The VA's Agent Orange Registry health exam alerts veterans to possible long-term health problems that may be related to Agent Orange exposure during their military service. The registry data helps VA understand and respond to these health problems more effectively. Contact your local VA Environmental Health Coordinator about getting an Agent Orange Registry health exam. About the Agent Orange Registry Health Exam This comprehensive health exam includes an exposure history, medical history, physical exam, and any tests...

Congress Favors Unionized Gov’t Workers Over Funding Disabled Vets and Education Benefits

While the well-connected public employees union workers got a nice, fat payoff Friday, America’s disabled veterans and those looking to attend school on promised GI Bill benefits still have to wait on pins and needles. The House voted overwhelmingly to award unearned back pay to government workers furloughed due to the government shutdown. Both the President and the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – NV) have expressed support. But the Democratic-controlled Senate still refuses to consider a House bill that funds key veterans’...

Compensation for Atomic Veterans

Q: I have a friend who was in the USAF in the 1950′s and participated in nuclear tests in the desert near Las Vegas, NV. Since that time he has had over 30 skin surgeries. He believes the skin surgeries are related to the nuclear tests, but he has not made any inquiries. He has civilian insurance and has used it for his medical bills. Can anyone tell me if he should report this to the VA or any other government agency? Should he need medical help, would the VA provide it?   A: Monthly VA payments of up to $2,673 are...

Veteran Health Registries

Certain veterans can participate in a VA health registry and receive free medical examinations, including laboratory and other diagnostic tests deemed necessary by an examining clinician. VA maintains health registries to provide special health examinations and health-related information. To participate, contact the nearest VA health care facility or visit: http://www.va.gov/environagents/.   Gulf War Registry: For Veterans who served on active military duty in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War, which began in 1990 and continues...

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