Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – December 12, 2013


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1.VA Official Outlines Progress in Reducing Claims Backlog.  A senior Veterans Affairs Department official today outlined progress made by the Veterans Benefits Administration in reducing the backlog of veterans’ disability compensation and pension claims by …
2.   Guard Bureau Chief Plans Town Hall Meeting on Facebook.  The chief of the National Guard Bureau is hosting his first Facebook town hall meeting on the National Guard’s 377th birthday this week.  People can submit questions in the comments section on Army Gen. Frank J. Grass’s Facebook page, or they can vote for questions they want answered during the session by “liking” them.  In the live, online meeting that starts at …
3.   DVBIC Webinar Examines Integrative Medicine for TBI TreatmentThe Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) will host its final 2013 webinar, “The Role of Integrative Medicine in the Treatment of TBI,” from 1-2:30 p.m. (EST) Dec. 18.  Integrative medicine is a medical approach that combines …
4.   Senior officials outline path ahead for US forces in AfghanistanDuring testimony at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday, senior U.S. officials outlined the path ahead for U.S. forces in Afghanistan and discussed the risks of not getting a Bilateral Security Agreement signed quickly.
5.   Top US general: Negotiations done on Afghan dealAmerica’s top military officer warned the withdrawal of most U.S. and allied forces from Afghanistan by the end of next year could reverse gains made in the war against the Taliban and further destabilize the region.
6.   Lawmakers’ budget deal restores some sequester fundsAfter months of inaction, congressional negotiators moved with surprising speed in announcing a budget deal late Tuesday that would restore tens of billions of dollars to defense and non-defense programs removed by the cuts known as sequestration.
7.House votes to dig up veteran involved in homicide.  U.S. News & World Report he House passed legislation Wednesday that instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to unearth the remains of an Army veteran …
8.   Editorial: VA must keep pace.  Hyperlink to Article The Daily Reflector:  The new Greenville Veterans Administration Health Care Center is on track to begin offering services to area veterans next month. The project is among VA expansions happening nationwide, which many observers — including some in Congress — expect will fall woefully short of meeting the coming demand.
9.   Claims errors, long appeals still haunt disabled veterans.  Hyperlink to Article Washington Examiner:  Mistakes and years-long appeals continue to haunt veterans seeking disability benefits even as the Department of Veterans Affairs achieves some success in reducing the backlog of initial claims, key senators warned a top agency official Wednesday.
10.  State veterans getting boost to pursue education.  Hyperlink to Article Register Herald: State military veterans who want to earn college degrees are getting a boost from West Virginia Bridging the Gap, a program designed to open doors to higher education for both veterans and non-veterans alike.


HHS announces Affordable Care Act mental health services fundingHHS plans to issue a $50 million funding opportunity announcement to help Community Health Centers expand services to people living with mental illness, and drug and alcohol problems.  Read the News Release


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