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Veterans Benefits

Laura Bassett

Republican Bill Excludes Fertility Treatments For Vets With Genital Wounds

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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, ...

New Report Prompts Accusations That Administration Is Failing Veterans

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

The Department of Veterans Affairs is failing to keep up with a torrent of benefits claims, and the backlog leaves many service members high and dry f...

How Many Wakeup Calls Will It Take For Vets To Get The Help They Deserve?

Posted 02.22.2013 | Impact

By Sean J. Miller, TakePart Corey Wynn was among the thousands of returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who had trouble finding work after le...

Keeping Funeral Costs Affordable

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business
Jason Alderman

The death of a loved one is always upsetting, but you may be able to ease your family's emotional and financial burdens by planning ahead.

VA Backlog Processing Claims, a Call for Reinforcements

Shad Meshad | Posted 03.16.2013 | Impact
Shad Meshad

What kind of nation asks men and women to put their lives on hold and in jeopardy, promising them medical care and benefits, and then fails to deliver that care when it's most needed?

How to Show Veterans Our Appreciation

J. Kelly Conklin | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
J. Kelly Conklin

Veterans Day was never a day celebrated in my home. No flags adorned our front door or appeared on our car bumpers. You would think I was raised by un-American pacifists. You'd be wrong.

It's Long Past Time to Admit: The Military Solution in Afghanistan Has Failed

Robert Greenwald | Posted 12.05.2012 | World
Robert Greenwald

Co-authored by John Amick Sunday, October 7, marks the 11th anniversary of the Afghanistan war, now the longest war in U.S. history. This date pr...

World War II Veteran Dies While Waiting For VA Benefits

Posted 10.01.2012 | Impact

A World War II veteran who fought with the U.S. army and invaded Normandy on D-Day died while waiting for his benefits to go through. Richard Scot...