Published: May 23, 2013
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers unhappy with the continued claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs are now pushing for a new commission to find new solutions to the problem.
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., are sponsoring a bill to create a 15-person panel to weigh in on the VA’s claims processing and evaluation. The commission would exist for 180 days, and offer a series of recommendations to more quickly get veterans their benefits payouts.
Published: May 7, 2013
WASHINGTON — U.S. News and World Report for the first time has included analysis of online degree programs for veterans in its 2013 college rankings, out today.
Researchers in recent years have included online-only programs in their annual report, but said they included the veteran-specific rankings in recognition of the challenges that population faces.
Published: May 2, 2013
WASHINGTON — Student veterans having trouble getting through the Department of Veterans Affairs benefits helplines now have another resource for their GI Bill problems.
On Wednesday, The Veterans of Foreign Wars and Student Veterans of America launched their new “1 Student Veteran” program, designed to provide answers and assistance on a host of benefits issues for veterans attending college.
Published: April 29, 2013
Veterans Affairs deputy secretary W. Scott Gould has resigned.
The news was first reported by Federal News Radio.
Published: April 26, 2013
WASHINGTON — Everyone wants to end the backlog problem. Just make sure you’re in the right fight on social media.
Veterans advocates have been using the Twitter hashtags #EndTheVABacklog and #EndTheBacklog for the last several months, hammering home the lengthy waits some former troops face in getting their disability benefits.
Published: April 24, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Call it a grim consequence of more than a decade of unconventional war: Americans who lost a limb in combat overseas have a wealth of advice for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, many of whom are just coming to grips with an amputated leg or arm.
Here’s a look at some of the reaction and advice out there so far, with a common theme of painful changes but also a hopeful future.
The runners with the D.C. chapter of Red, White & Blue run in front of the Lincoln Memorial Wednesday in support of the people affected by the Boston Marathon bombing. Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes
Published: April 18, 2013
WASHINGTON — Awash in red shirts and with several sporting Boston logos, members of the local chapter of Team Red, White & Blue ran more than three miles Wednesday along the National Mall in support of those affected by the bombing of the Boston Marathon.
Team RWB is an organization whose mission it is to enrich the lives of veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
Published: April 16, 2013
WASHINGTON — Organizers with Team Red, White and Blue are planning “response runs” in cities throughout the country this week in the aftermath of the attack on Boston Marathon runners on Monday.
The group, which brings veterans and civilians together through sports, had 17 members participating in the Boston event. Late Monday, group officials said all were unharmed by the two bomb blasts.
Published: April 10, 2013
WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials hope the number of pending veterans compensation claims will start to drop sometime this fall, and are confident they can eliminate the backlog in 2015.
In a budget briefing with reporters Wednesday, Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey said she expects to see the drop in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, which starts Oct. 1.
Published: April 5, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The number of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan war eras who have found post-military jobs topped 2 million for the first time last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The monthly employment report also showed the number of veterans from any era working in America today rose above 11 million in March, the first time it has reached that mark since August 2009.