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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…

VA to provide disability benefits for diseases related to Camp Lejeune water

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp…

VA announces call center to help veterans with Choice Program billing issues

Veterans can now work directly with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to resolve debt-collection issues resulting from inappropriate or delayed Choice Program billing. In step with MyVA’s efforts to…

Veterans Crisis Line improves service with new call center opening

The Department of Veteran Affairs cut the ribbon recently for its new Veteran Crisis Line (VCL) satellite office in Atlanta allowing the life-saving hotline to expand capacity by nearly 600…

Veteran health benefits copays explained

While many veterans qualify for free health care services based on a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) compensable service-connected condition or other special eligibilities, most veterans are required to…

VA national cemeteries now offering pre-need eligibility determinations

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced it now provides eligibility determinations for interment in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Through the Pre-Need Determination…

Disability compensation benefit and eligibility explained

Disability compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to veterans who are at least 10 percent disabled because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active…

Camp Lejeune: past water contamination

From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene…

Information about VA disability compensation

Disability compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to veterans who are at least 10 percent disabled because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active…