VA Issues Warning to Military Home Buyers About False Advertising

    Colleagues and Fellow Veterans, The VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) lowers your interest rate by refinancing your existing VA home loan. During FY17, VA guaranteed over 190,000 home loans under this program. In FY 2017, there were nearly 1,500 lenders that participate in the VA Home Loan program. Regrettably, some lenders [...]

TAKE ACTION: What is H.R.303 and Why You Care

Guest blog by: Kade Patterson  H.R.303 allows veterans with disabilities to receive retirement pay and disability compensation Our Veterans with disabilities and their families need you! Please, reach out to your elected officials and make sure they have Veterans best interest at heart! The H.R.303 bill being proposed will allow for the receipt of both [...]

PAWS Act Seeks to Help Veterans With PTSD Get Service Dogs

Source: http://freebeacon.com/ A bill introduced to the House of Representatives on Wednesday would create a program to help connect veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with service dogs. The Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act, introduced by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), would establish a pilot program within the Veterans Administration. That program would provide a [...]

House passes flurry of veterans bills, bigger deal could be looming

Source: http://www.militarytimes.com/ Lawmakers could be headed toward a veterans omnibus bill covering a host of health, education and employment issues after House members passed a package of nine veterans-themed measures Tuesday evening. The flurry of legislation came after a day of debate and discussion about veterans issues on the House floor. All of the measures were passed [...]

Veterans Choice program hurting some vets’ credit scores

Source: http://www.militarytimes.com/ Some veterans are seeing their credit ruined by using the Veterans Choice health program because the Veterans Affairs Department is not reimbursing participating physicians promptly, forcing them to bill their veteran patients who often can’t pay. Veterans advocates and House lawmakers said Thursday that veterans using the community care program face long delays in treatment and bad credit [...]

Meet a Dole Caregiver Fellow: Precious Goodson

When Precious’ husband, Leonard returned from Afghanistan with chronic and severe PTSD, Precious resigned from her beloved 10-year teaching career to become her husband’s full-time caregiver. Leonard was medically retired from the Army after 16 years of active duty service and tours in support of both Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. As a Dole [...]

New VA Choice program proposed to improve vets’ access to private care

source: http://www.militarytimes.com/ Acknowledging that the Veterans Affairs Department's private health care referral system is "too complicated” and “saddled with a confusing array of authorizations and mechanisms,” VA officials pressed lawmakers Wednesday to consider streamlining several programs into a single initiative designed to improve veterans access to medical services. The ambitious plan would combine seven VA community health care programs, including [...]

After years, VA now considering PTSD as factor in discharges

Source: http://www.stripes.com/ PHILADELPHIA — Von Wiggins laughed at the small troubles he got into back in his Army days. "One time I was hanging around the female barracks (at Fort Meade) and I didn't leave when they told me to," he recalled last week over breakfast near his home in Rhawnhurst. It was around 1971. He [...]

5 Common Myths About Veterans and Military Families

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ This week we celebrate 22 million living veterans who span generations, conflicts and all U.S. states and territories. Less than eight percent of our country's population, though, has ever worn a uniform, leaving millions of civilians to get to know vets and military families through the news and through interactions in our communities. Veterans [...]

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