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Questions and answers about Veterans Choice Program

The Veterans Choice Program (VCP) is a benefit that allows eligible veterans to receive health care from a community provider rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to…

Taking a look at VA disability ratings of 100 percent

There are four basic types of 100 percent disability ratings according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): The full version of this story is available in the print…

VA health care improving for New Mexico veterans

The following was written by Andrew Welch, director of the New Mexico VA Health Care System. The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition…

VA secretary formalizes expansion of emergency mental health care to former service members with other-than-honorable discharges

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released finalized plans that lay the framework for providing emergency mental health coverage to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges.…

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…

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