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Entries Tagged ‘Department of Veterans Affairs’

Homeless Veterans Fastest Growing Segment Is Female Veterans

By Debbie Gregory. When most people picture a veteran, it’s a male. And the same holds true for homeless veterans. But the truth is that the Department of Veterans Affairs has found that female veterans, including those with children, are the fastest-growing share of homeless veterans. Female veterans are two to four times as likely […]

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Here is What’s In Store for the New Head of the VA

By Debbie Gregory. Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the president’s appointed White House physician who drew national attention when he complimented President Trump on his “incredibly good genes,” has been tapped to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs — pending approval by the Senate. This leadership post has been described as one of the most difficult […]

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Pairing Pups and Veterans with PTSD

By Debbie Gregory. With an increase in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnoses within the veteran community, the Department of Veterans Affairs is joining forces with non-profit Canine Companions to study how service dogs might be able to aid those struggling with the disorder. The joint pilot program is launching at Canine Companions’ Northwest Training Center […]

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Court Ruling finds Military Burn Pits Caused Lung Disease in Troops

By Debbie Gregory. National Guard veteran Amie Muller succumbed to pancreatic cancer in February, 2017.  She believed her illness was a result of deployments to Iraq and exposure to burn pits. Muller battled to win recognition from the United States government for victims of the burn pits. A recent court ruling that came too late […]

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More Veterans Need to Opt-in to VA’s Test Plan To Fix Appeals

By Debbie Gregory. Any time a veteran files a claim for disability that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rejects, they have the right to appeal. But the average wait before a final decision is six years — and one service member has even waited 25 years. As a result, the number of pending appeals has increased […]

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