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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,…

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program update

SUN Columnist This was received from Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Undersecretary for Economic Opportunity Veterans Benefits. “Many of you were instrumental in helping us get the word out (thank you).…

VA hires more mental health professionals

SUN Columnist The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has made significant progress in providing increased access to mental health care services for our nation’s veterans by hiring…

Ground broken for Colorado Freedom Memorial

SUN Columnist After 12 years of fund-raising, research and planning, the Colorado Freedom Memorial finally broke ground Saturday. More than a hundred people, including veterans, community members and families of…

VA grants will improve health care access for women veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded 33 grants to VA facilities for projects that will improve emergency health care services for women veterans, expand women’s health education programs for…