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Entries Tagged ‘Department of Veterans Affairs’

VA Allows Doctors to Discuss Medical Marijuana with Patients

By Debbie Gregory. Advocates of medicinal marijuana use for veterans believe in its effectiveness in treating chronic pain. Now the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has authorizes its physicians and care teams to speak openly with veteran patients about their marijuana use. Currently, VA doctors cannot prescribe medical cannabis, but thanks to VHA Directive 1315, […]

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Pentagon Plans Changes to Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability

By Debbie Gregory. While most people know that the GI Bill is administered and paid for through the Department of Veterans Affairs, what most people probably don’t know is that the Defense Department controls the transferability of the benefit. And the DoD is planning some changes to that transferability. The transferability option under the Post-9/11 […]

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VA Faces Challenges to Implement “Forever” GI Bill

By Debbie Gregory. The Department of Veterans Affairs has said it is facing problems implementing some parts of the Harry J Colmery GI Bill, better known as the “Forever GI Bill”. Recently separated veterans may be getting inaccurate information about their education benefits in the mail, potentially causing “mass confusion” among veterans about their eligibility […]

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Merger of VA and DoD Health Systems Being Considered

By Debbie Gregory. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides healthcare to veterans through medical centers and clinics owned and run by the federal government, although veterans can also see private doctors through the Choice if VA wait times are too long. The Department of Defense provides healthcare to current servicemembers, retirees and their families […]

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Lawmakers Want to Reduce the Number of VA Facilities

By Debbie Gregory. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs are taking a hard look at VA facilities across the country to determine which ones have been outlived their usefulness. Many aging and underused facilities could be subject to closure. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said that the […]

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