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Veterans Benefits

Seniors and Veterans Deserve a Raise

Nancy Altman | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Nancy Altman

As a member of Congress and the head of a social security advocacy group, we believe that it's time to take action to ensure that seniors, veterans, workers who have been forced to stop work as the result of serious and permanent disabilities, and others receive a badly needed raise.

Why Veterans Groups Are Worried About Privatization Of The VA

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics

Top Republicans’ growing support for privatization of the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system is frightening some veterans groups...

Helping Veterans Face a Web of Legal Crises

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 11.16.2015 | New York
New York Legal Assistance Group

I wish these stories were unique, but they are not. Many veterans that I represent are living on the street, victims of domestic violence, overwhelmed with debt that accumulates while they wait for benefits to be processed, and involved in the criminal justice system

The Shameful Senate Vote That Denied Gay Veterans the Benefits They Earned

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Forty-two Republicans, none of whom even bothered to speak in opposition, voted to continue discrimination, and my amendment was defeated. Some of those Republicans had previously voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, so they retreated from their earlier stand against workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans.

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Rejects Extending Veterans Benefits To Married Gay Couples And Their Kids | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate quietly rejected legislation Thursday that would have extended certain veterans' benefits to married same-sex couples and the...

Investigative Reporter Alissa Figueroa Exposes Stunning Flaws in Veterans' Benefits System

Joshua Kors | Posted 02.28.2015 | Media
Joshua Kors

Figueroa's four-part series has ripped the cover off a corrupt branch of the veterans' benefits system, transforming the national conversation about why so many of our soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan are being denied disability benefits and medical care.

Burial and Memorial Benefits Available to Veterans

Jim T. Miller | Posted 12.01.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

The Veterans Administration offers a number of burial and memorial benefits to veterans if their discharge from the military was under conditions other than dishonorable -- which will need to be verified.

Laura Bassett

Republican Bill Excludes Fertility Treatments For Vets With Genital Wounds | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

Republicans in the Senate on Thursday blocked a $21 billion veterans' benefits bill that was broadly supported by veterans' advocates and offered a le...

Michael McAuliff

Key GOP Senator Predicts Iran Sanctions Won't Get A Vote | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is admitting that the GOP push to attach Iran sanctions to a veterans benef...

Keep Your Promise: A Left-Right Coalition to Help Veterans and Cut the Debt

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Some people are under the impression that cutting unnecessary Pentagon spending is a non-starter with all Republicans, or almost all of them. But in the recent past, there has been a substantial group of Republicans in the House who were willing to vote to cut the Pentagon budget.

Complex Veterans Benefits Cases Require Common Sense Approach

Bill Lawson | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Bill Lawson

Complex medical cases demand human reasoning and judgment to achieve true accuracy. Strict adherence to rules-based algorithms and checklists has already left too many veterans shortchanged in their benefits.

One Woman's Nightmare, Another's Scrap of Hope?

Alissa Fleck | Posted 01.31.2014 | Impact
Alissa Fleck

And for those whose stories will still never be heard, hopefully voices like Temple's rising to the top will help alleviate some of their suffering too.

Many Veterans Missing Out on Benefits

Terry Savage | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Terry Savage

On Veteran's Day, let's salute those -- young and older -- who have kept our country safe. And let's remind them of the many benefits they should access. That's the way our truly thank them for their service. And that's The Savage Truth.

Keeping Our Promise to Veterans

Bill Lawson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bill Lawson

Congress must keep all its promises to veterans. Congress must meet the basic necessities of life for all of the women and men who gave just short of their lives for us all. Congress can and must authorize advance appropriations for all veterans programs.

Broken Congress Turns Its Back on America's Veterans and Military Families

John Walsh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John Walsh

True leadership requires putting your state and nation ahead of yourself. It means having the courage to do what's right -- not what their party leaders tell them to. It means honoring our responsibilities -- especially to our military heroes, their families, our children and our seniors.

Backlogs For Veterans Could Grow Under Shutdown

Stateline | Pamela M. Prah | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Amanda Terkel

Veterans Say House GOP's Piecemeal Approach To Ending Government Shutdown Not Enough | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some of the most visible victims of the government shutdown have been America's veterans. The shutdown is exacerbating the Department of...

Many Veterans' Caregivers Cut Out From Federal Benefit

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — John Thomas Doody was in a coma and on a ventilator, but his mom refused to follow a doctor's advice and put the Iraq war veteran i...

Christina Wilkie

AWESOME: Tammy Duckworth Rips Contractor Claiming Veterans Disability | Christina Wilkie | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a veteran of the Iraq War, dramatically chastised a federal contractor who claimed that a h...

What VA Is Getting Right

Kayla Williams | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Kayla Williams

Rather than only sharing bad news when it pops up, we should also spread the success stories about what the Department of Veterans Affairs is getting right and urge veterans to seek the care and benefits they have earned.

Command Sgt. Major Tim Walz's New Mission: Getting Disability Benefits to Wounded Soldiers

Joshua Kors | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Joshua Kors

Congressman Tim Walz is on a mission. More than seven years after hanging up his National Guard uniform, Walz is fighting for a group of veterans few have ever heard of: wounded soldiers discharged with "personality disorder."

Law School Clinics Help Veterans Escape Backlog

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 05.27.2013 | College

NORFOLK, Va. -- Dustin Allison was riding in an armored vehicle at the head of a convoy in Iraq one morning in 2007 when an improvised explosive devic...

Will Wrigley

Senators To Obama: End Veterans Benefits Backlog | Will Wrigley | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The majority of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday, urging his "direct and public involvement" in fixing ...

Cut Social Security & Veterans' Benefits? Cut the Pentagon Instead

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Say what you want about President Obama's proposal to cut Social Security and veterans' benefits with the "chained CPI." He did accomplish one thing for liberals that they often have a hard time doing on their own. He united them -- in opposition to his proposal.

Jon Hammers Obama On VA Benefits: 'That Is F*cking Criminal'

Posted 03.28.2013 | Comedy

Jon Stewart gave the Obama administration a stern talking-to on Wednesday, accusing the president of failing wounded veterans. And on this one issue, ...