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Information on pre-need burial eligibility determination

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented the pre-need burial eligibility determination program to assist anyone who would like to know if they are eligible for burial in a…

How to get your Veteran Health Identification Card

The Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) provides: • Increased security for your personal information — no personally identifiable information is contained on the magnetic stripe or bar code. • Unique…

‘Use Your Voice’ urges veterans to speak up about mental illness

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that, as part of its recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, it is promoting “Use Your Voice,” a national awareness…

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation information

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military servicemembers who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of veterans whose…

New VA regulations in effect relating to diseases associated with Camp Lejeune water

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C.,…

Addiction recovery methods found useful in treating some veterans with PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can feel like a loosely defined group of symptoms similar to those of grief, fear, anxiety and insecurity — something that happens to someone else, or…

Addiction recovery methods found useful in treating some veterans with PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can feel like a loosely defined group of symptoms similar to those of grief, fear, anxiety and insecurity — something that happens to someone else, or…

A look at four basic VA disability ratings

There are four basic types of 100 percent disability ratings: • Combined: When a veteran’s service-connected disabilities combine to 100 percent, that individual may work full time if so desired.…

What is the VA’s duty in corroborating in-service stressors for PTSD claims of noncombat veterans?

Generally, there are two types of claims for service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those involving combat veterans and those involving noncombat veterans. A combat veteran is defined as a veteran…

VA researcher working to improve HIV care for rural veterans

Dr. Michael Ohl of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Iowa City VA Health Care System is creating a model titled Telehealth Collaborative Care to improve the quality of care…

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