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VA mandates overtime to increase production of compensation claims decisions

SUN Columnist As part of its ongoing effort to accelerate the elimination of the disability compensation claims backlog, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it is mandating…

Emergency care in non-VA facilities

By Raymond Taylor SUN Columnist Guidelines and recommendations for emergency care in non-VA facilities are summarized as follows. A medical emergency is when you have an injury or illness that…

VA Claims Initiative fact sheet

SUN Columnist The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is implementing an initiative to expedite compensation claims decisions for veterans who have waited one year or longer. Effective April 19, the…

PTSD update and information for veterans

SUN Columnist Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after a person has been through a traumatic event. A traumatic event is something terrible and scary that someone sees, hears about…

VA to expedite claims decisions for certain veterans

SUN Columnist The Department of Veterans Affairs announced it is implementing an initiative to expedite compensation claims decisions for veterans who have waited one year or longer. Effective now, VA…

Updates on VA Claims Backlog

With the backlog of compensation claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs having ballooned in recent years, one would expect major veterans service organizations to be among VA’s harshest critics.…

Funeral honors for non-hero vets?

“Bear in mind that most veterans did nothing heroic. They served, and that’s laudable, but it hardly seems necessary to provide them all with military honors after they have died.”…

Process cuts Post-9/11 GI Bill claims processing times

SUN Columnist As part of its ongoing transformation from paper-based to electronic claims processing, the Department of Veterans Affairs has continued to improve the automated payment of benefits for veterans…

VA strives to aid veteran-owned small businesses

SUN Columnist To speed eligibility determinations of veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) for Department of Veterans Affairs’ “Veterans First” contracts, VA will allow applicants the opportunity to correct minor deficiencies before…

Civilian furloughs expected to be hit hard

SUN Columnist Most of the 800,000 Department of Defense civilian employees will see their workweeks shortened and their pay cut by 20 percent from late April through September if Congress,…