Texas lawmakers file bill to assist vets in rural areas get to appointments
Two pieces of legislation that will help rural Texas veterans and others are making their way through the U.S. House and Senate. U.S. Reps. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, and Rick Larsen, D-Everett, introduced House Resolution 3720, “The Rural Veterans Travel Enhancement Act”, to help veterans living in rural areas get... Read more
Army Veteran sentenced for faking blindness to get $70,000 benefits
WICHITA, Kan. — An Army veteran from Reno County was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $70,000 in restitution for benefits he received by pretending to be blind. U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said Army Veteran, 62-year-old Billy J. Alumbaugh, of Turon, was sentenced Wednesday for... Read more
Social Security Administration paid $38 million to dead veterans
The Social Security Administration paid out nearly $38 million to veterans that were already dead, according to an Inspector General report released last week. The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration found a systematic problem in which the SSA continues to send payments to veterans after they were... Read more
Veterans Affairs to pay veteran $500,000 to settle suit over treatment
The Department of Veterans Affairs is paying an Iowa veteran $550,000 to settle his allegation that he suffered life-shortening heart damage because of a three-year delay in treatment. The treatment for John Porter, 68, of Greenfield, sued last year in federal court in Des Moines after he says VA... Read more
Afghanistan veterans reassured by Trump reversing calls for exit
Many veterans who fought in America’s longest war say it’s reassuring that President Donald Trump reversed his past calls for a speedy exit from Afghanistan and won’t pull troops out under a strict deadline. They don’t want the sacrifices they’ve made to be in vain, though some worry the... Read more
Brockton, Mass VA has stepped up security following veteran’s death
Following the overdose death of a Mississippi Marine Corps veteran at the Brockton Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in March, U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch said hospital administrators have assured him they’ve taken steps to improve security at the Belmont Street facility. But, the drug that caused the incident, fentanyl, is... Read more
Veterans get unlimited access to college under Trump legislation
(AP) Military veterans are getting unlimited access to college assistance under legislation President Donald Trump has signed into law. The Forever GI Act removed a 15-year limit on using the benefits, effective immediately. The measure increases financial assistance for National Guard and Reserve members, building on a 2008 law... Read more
New Mexico Veterans Affairs office denies 90 percent of Gulf War claims
A Veterans Affairs office in New Mexico during the 2015 fiscal year denied more than 90 percent of benefit claims related to Gulf War illnesses, marking the ninth-lowest approval rating among VA sites nationwide, according to a federal report. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Albuquerque office denied 592... Read more
Veterans suing Pentagon for exposure of military service on massive scale
A veterans organization is suing the Pentagon for exposing private details about troops’ military service on “a truly massive scale,” due to lax security on one of its websites. The lawsuit filed by Vietnam Veterans of America charges that a Defense Department website “is currently exposing private details about... Read more
Congress approves Bill to address the ongoing VA Claims backlog
Congress has sent the president a bill aimed at trimming a rapidly growing backlog of veterans’ disability claims. The House approved the bill by voice vote Friday during a brief session, sending the measure to President Donald Trump. The House is on recess, but a handful of lawmakers gaveled the... Read more