5th Annual Veterans Job and Benefits Fair

5th Annual Veterans Job and Benefits Fair. Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Although this is a Veterans fair, it is also open to the general public. This resource fair will offer a variety of services from local to federal governments. Service providers and employers will be available to answer questions in the process of programs particular to their industry. Read more [...]

CVO and the VA Budget for 2013 by Bruce E. Parry, CVO Chair

The Obama Administration Budget proposed for 2013 for the VA is $140.3 billion. $76.3 billion is for mandatory benefits such as disability compensation and pensions. The remaining $64 billion is for discretionary spending, primarily for medical care.* The discretionary spending amount represents a 4.5% increase from the current year. This is more than $4 billion less than the major veterans organizations call for in The Independent Budget. Read more [...]

Full federal funding of VA health care – including mental health care for all veterans without further payment.

Mandatory VA Healthcare Funding: Currently, VA healthcare is funded through a process that requires Congressional debate every year. This means that the VA healthcare budget is a political football tossed back and forth year after year. Over the last five years, a movement has grown to make VA healthcare funding what is called an “entitlement.” In Congressional jargon, an entitlement is something that is automatically funded unless Congress takes action, the exact opposite of what happens now. Instead of being an annual political football, VA healthcare would be funded by a formula. Read more [...]

Equality of women’s benefits and healthcare

1. Methods to outreach to women veterans are ineffective without public advertisement. Congress must create legislation that allows the VA to conduct public outreach to the underserved women veterans. • Thousands of women nationwide are unaware of their VA status. Due to limited healthcareenrollment of women veterans; gender specific healthcare services i.e. mammograms are out sourced to private facilities. 2. VA must do more to provide women veterans with preventive heath care education and increase services for awareness and care for reproductive concerns. 3. VA must do more prevention care for older women veterans. Read more [...]

Obama: New PTSD rules ‘long overdue step’

Washington (CNN) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs is making it easier for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder to get benefits, a development President Barack Obama calls a "long overdue step." In his weekly address Saturday, Obama said Veterans Affairs will launch new rules for easing PTSD documentation requirements starting next week. Current department rules require veterans to document events like firefights or bomb explosions that could have caused the disorder. Such documentation was often time-consuming and difficult, and sometimes was impossible. Read more [...]