Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – July 11 2013

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1.VA-DOD Cooperation Accelerating Claims Handling, Officials Say.  Senior officials from the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs assured Congress today that they are closing in on solutions that will alleviate the backlog of veterans’ health benefit claims and streamline processing of current and future claims.  Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology …
 2.DVBIC July Webinar: Determining Symptom Credibility in Neuropsychological Testing.  The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) will host its next webinar, “Assessment of Effort and Validity in Neuropsychological Testing: The Importance of Determining Symptom Credibility” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (EDT) July 17.  One of the challenges that health
 3.Basking Ridge Man Charged With Selling Drugs at VA Medical Centers.  Patch.com
The seven men, listed below, were taken into custody Tuesday by special agents of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General and the FBI, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said. Five were arrested at the Lyons facility, one at an …
 4.Monitoring Social Media Could Help Suicidal Veterans.  TechNewsDaily  According to a 2012 report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about 14.3 percent of vets commit suicide. The national average for all Americans is well below 1 percent. Chris Poulin, the project’s principal investigator, hopes that the …
 5.U Nursing School gets grant to help veterans.  Minneapolis Star Tribune  A $5.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced last month made the partnership possible. The money will allow the school and the Minneapolis VA to add 10 faculty members to coordinate the program and work with the students …
 6.$4.4 million grant awarded to state for NLR Veterans Cemetery expansion.  THV 11  Tom Paquelet, a project manager and architect with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemetery Grant Service, will formally recognize the award of $4,470,187 in grant funding to the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs …
 7.Biden says China cyber-theft must stopVice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that China’s rise is good for the U.S. and the world but Chinese theft of U.S intellectual property must stop.
8.   Health centers to help uninsured Americans gain affordable health coverage.  Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $150 million in grant awards to 1,159 health centers across the nation to enroll uninsured Americans in new health coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act.
9.   Pentagon eyes trimming list of areas rating imminent danger payTop defense officials will meet as early as Thursday to discuss trimming the list of countries where servicemembers’ paychecks are pumped up by imminent danger pay.
10.   DOD, VA pressed on creating electronic medical recordsLawmakers on Wednesday lamented stagnation in creating lifelong electronic medical records for troops and veterans, decrying a lack of leadership on the issue from the Defense Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the White House.

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