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VA Official Outlines Progress in Reducing Claims Backlog

VA Official Outlines Progress in Reducing Claims Backlog.  A senior Veterans Affairs Department official today outlined progress made by the Veterans Benefits Administration in reducing the backlog of veterans’ disability compensation and pension claims by

Guard Bureau Chief Plans Town Hall Meeting on Facebook.  The chief of the National Guard Bureau is hosting his first Facebook town hall meeting on the National Guard’s 377th birthday this week.  People can submit questions in the comments section on Army Gen. Frank J. Grass’s Facebook page, or they can vote for questions they want answered during the session by “liking” them.  In the live, online meeting that starts at


DVBIC Webinar Examines Integrative Medicine for TBI Treatment.  The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) will host its final 2013 webinar, “The Role of Integrative Medicine in the Treatment of TBI,” from 1-2:30 p.m. (EST) Dec. 18.  Integrative medicine is a medical approach that combines


Senior officials outline path ahead for US forces in Afghanistan.  During testimony at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday, senior U.S. officials outlined the path ahead for U.S. forces in Afghanistan and discussed the risks of not getting a Bilateral Security Agreement signed quickly.


Top US general: Negotiations done on Afghan deal.  America’s top military officer warned the withdrawal of most U.S. and allied forces from Afghanistan by the end of next year could reverse gains made in the war against the Taliban and further destabilize the region.


Lawmakers budget deal restores some sequester funds.  After months of inaction, congressional negotiators moved with surprising speed in announcing a budget deal late Tuesday that would restore tens of billions of dollars to defense and non-defense programs removed by the cuts known as sequestration.


House votes to dig up veteran involved in homicide.  U.S. News & World Report he House passed legislation Wednesday that instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to unearth the remains of an Army veteran …


Editorial: VA must keep pace.  Hyperlink to Article The Daily Reflector:  The new Greenville Veterans Administration Health Care Center is on track to begin offering services to area veterans next month. The project is among VA expansions happening nationwide, which many observers including some in Congress expect will fall woefully short of meeting the coming demand.


Claims errors, long appeals still haunt disabled veterans.  Hyperlink to Article Washington Examiner:  Mistakes and years-long appeals continue to haunt veterans seeking disability benefits even as the Department of Veterans Affairs achieves some success in reducing the backlog of initial claims, key senators warned a top agency official Wednesday.


State veterans getting boost to pursue education.  Hyperlink to Article Register Herald: State military veterans who want to earn college degrees are getting a boost from West Virginia Bridging the Gap, a program designed to open doors to higher education for both veterans and non-veterans alike.

VAs Use of Reverse-Auction Contracts Comes Under Attack.  Hyperlink to Article   Government Executive: The use of so-called reverse auctions to lower contracting costs at the Veterans Affairs Department and General Services Administration came under tough scrutiny on Wednesday at a House joint committee hearing.


VA Helps Develop An Artificial Hand That Can Feel.  Hyperlink to Article NextGov:  Over the past few years, artificial hands have come a long way in terms of dexterity. They can grasp, shake hands, point, and, usefully, make the “come hither” gesture.


Horton project complete.  Suffolk News-Herald With $3.3 million from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery … In a news release, Paul Galanti, commissioner of the Virginia Department of …


Brain Injuries Tied to PTSD in Marines .  U.S. News & World Report  (HealthDay News) — Active-duty Marines who suffer a traumatic brain injury … The study by Kate Yurgil, of the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare … jittery and always on alert, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


Report: VA lobotomized 2000 disturbed veterans.   Even the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it possesses no records detailing the


The Lobotomy Files: Forgotten Soldiers.   Hyperlink to Article Wall Street Journal:  Roman Tritz’s memories of the past six decades are blurred by age and delusion. But one thing he remembers clearly is the fight he put up the day the orderlies came for him. “They got the notion they were going to come to give me a lobotomy,” says Mr. Tritz, a World War II bomber pilot. “To hell with them.”


Veterans Voice Concerns At Dorn VA Town Hall.  Hyperlink to Above Article WLTX-TV (Video):  Over the past few weeks Columbia’s VA hospital has experienced issues with its operating rooms, but area veterans also have concerns with the services they’re getting at VA clinics across the Midlands.


Appeals court upholds prison term for state worker.  San Antonio Express  Tiller pleaded guilty to fraudulently collecting disability benefits while working at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and later at the Kansas Department of …


State officials: Albuquerque company illegally targets veteran pensions.  Hyperlink to Article KOAT-TV (Video):  New Mexico state financial analysts have uncovered an investment scheme which preys on veterans’ pension and disabilities payments.


Google helps pay for holiday wreaths on Arlington graves.  A major donation by Google and smaller donations from a number of individuals will assure that nearly 120,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery will be decorated with holiday wreaths this season.


 Disabled veterans build new lives with Homes for Heroes program.  Hyperlink to Article  Through the “Homes for Heroes” program, homeless veterans with physical or mental disabilities will have a place to lay their heads and hang their hats by Christmas at an 18-unit Union City building made possible through the funding and cooperation of numerous agencies.