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38 U.S.C. & 511 V.A. Secretary New Fuhrer

Before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, read 38 USC § 511, here it is; “ (a) the Secretary shall decide all questions of law and fact necessary to a decision by the Secretary under a law that affects the provision of benefits by the Secretary to veterans or the dependents or survivors of veterans.

Re-Birthing Common Sense with Personal Responsibility and Tom Petty

We may have democracy; or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.

It’s Always About The Money So On With This REVOLUTION!

As the August 2nd deadline fast approaches to raise the government-borrowing limit, President Obama called on Congress two days before this Independence Day to make a deal and announced, “Nothing can be off-limits. We've got to cut the deficit.”

Updated – Even VFW Opposes Tea Partier Michele Bachmann’s Proposed $4.5...

"I want her to look those disabled veterans in the eye and tell them their service and sacrifice is too expensive for the nation...

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News 1. A Government Witch Hunt for Veterans Begins Anew—A scare report in Stars and Stripes by Leo Shane...

A Government Witch Hunt for Veterans Begins Anew

Just when you thought is was safe to go back to the VA come signs the water is not inviting for veterans looking to...

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News 1. In 2010, More U.S. Service Members Took Their Own Lives Than Were Killed in Combat. After noting that...

Patty Murray Looks to Become Next Chair of Senate VA Committee

Update: Veterans for Common Sense exec director, Paul Sullivan, says of Sen. Patty Murray becoming chair: "One word will do for  Murray: 'Fantastic!'"  Senator Patty Murray will...

Veterans, The Military, and Religious Freedom

Rightwing, sectarian Christians are embedded at the DVA,  the Pentagon, all branches of the U.S. military, and the military academies. They want Christian armed forces. And they have...

United States Air Force Responds in Defense of Christian Dominionists and...

Updated: The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and its allies waged a new line of attacks towards Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, the Superintendent of the U.S. Air...

DoD Starts Implementing Pre-Deployment Health Exams—14 Years Late

After 14 Years, Pentagon Finally Complies with Law Passed as "Lesson Learned" from Military's Failure to Care for Gulf War Veterans By Bob Brewin in...

Vets for Common Sense Reacts to New VBA Appts and Million-claim...

Widely regarded as the most effective and honest veterans' advocacy organization, Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) expressed cautious optimism today on news of two new Veterans...

Paul Sullivan: Beware veterans and your families: The ax is lifted...

A warning from Veterans for Common Sense. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Full Committee September 30, 2010 Statement of Paul Sullivan Executive Director, Veterans for Common Sense Veterans for Common Sense...

DoD Faces Growing Mental Health Problem of Active-duty Personnel

(Via Government Executive Magazine) - During the past decade 767,290 active-duty military personnel have received a diagnosis for a mental health disorder, according to...

Rates of PTSD Among Veterans Still Rising; BrightHub Flubs Stats

(BrightHub.com) - The rates of PTSD in Iraq war veterans are high, and these numbers will only increase. Furthermore, they don’t include the number...

Vets for Common Sense: Shocking New Mental Health Stats Obtained Under...

- Costs of wars are huge and tragic. Will GOP and Tea Party refuse our veterans and families? - By Jamie Reno San Diego, CA (Home Post)...

Fixing the VA and VBA: An Ongoing Campaign

- Following a string of successes ranging from PTSD to expanded Agent Orange presumtives, the fight to creating new veteran-friendly agencies continues. Faster than...

Troops with combat stress discharged, not treated, Senator Bond charges

he military has been discharging troops who are suffering from combat stress, instead of providing treatment, according to Missouri Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond and several veterans advocates

VCS to Testify on Cost of Wars on Sept. 30

Just as mainstream media is finally figuring out that the Global War on Terror has divided the Obama administration on issues surrounding Afghanistan Woodward...

Vets Group Says Move Forward Fast on Agent Orange Presumptives

- Veterans for Common Sense thanks VA Secretary Shinseki for moving forward with presumptives for Vietnam War veterans - Via Veterans for Common Sense  Veterans for Common...

Will VA be Ready for 240,000 Agent Orange Claims

 - The Dept of Veterans Affairs should clarify what a new, second Agent Orange claim contract is all about. Will VA and IBM be ready...

Insider: The DoD and Brass Don’t Know and Don’t Care about...

 -  " was going to be different, and that it was going to be house-to-house and urban combat. And that type of warfare requires...

Vets for Common Sense and Religious Freedom Org Slam Christian Proselytizing...

- Attempts to reverse the Dr. Sally Satel-Dallas Theological Seminary School of Treatment for PTSD—stressing belief in a Christian God over disability benefits and professional medical...

Obama Cabinet No-Shows for Veterans Panel Spring to Life on Death...

- Growing scandal has insurance companies and cabinet officials running for cover. “We are disappointed so many administration officials appear to have been asleep...

New PTSD Rules Hailed by Veterans for Common Sense

Veterans for Common Sense Petitions VA to Improve PTSD Benefits From CNN: WHITFIELD: So is this good news in your view? SULLIVAN: This is great news and...

Ten Things We Should Have Remembered on Memorial Day

This essay by Nora Eisenberg was sent to Veterans Today by Paul Sullivan, and our friends, over at Veterans for Common Sense (VCS). Nora notes...

New VA Benefits Claim Form: Just Six Pages

Say good-bye to the 26-page-long benefits claims form from hell. Is this the beginning of a veteran-friendly U.S. Dept of  Veterans Affairs? Are they listening?...

For Memorial Day, Remember Our Living Veterans In Need

This Memorial Day message comes from Veterans for Common Sense (VCS). Although not an anti-war Veterans group in the true sense of the word,...

Veterans aren’t lying about PTSD

The Wisconsin State Journal and many newspapers across the country ran an article by national Associated Press writer Allen Breed this month disparaging veterans' disability benefits.

UPDATE: Veterans for Common Sense (VCS)

The May 19th update from Paul Sullivan and our friends at Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) contains several news clips of high value. Veterans...

PTSD Continues as Veteran Bashing Grows

As the political fallout continues over Allen Breed's AP hit job published over the weekend asserting that U.S. veterans and reformist DVA elements effectively collude to commit...

U.S. Troops Are Technically War Criminals, Fearing Hostile VA

Just off the phone with a veteran who told me U.S. soldiers and Marines often take pictures in war zones of enemy dead in...

AP: VA System Is ‘Too Easy’ for Veterans to File Claims!!

As PTSD claims soar, the systemic problem at the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs is the ease with which veterans file for disability benefit...

Veterans Face Two-Front War: A Response from the DVA

Last month, Veterans Today ran a piece on the effort of veterans service organizations impeding veterans from getting legal assistance against the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs, an agency ranging...

National memberships in veteran service orgs are down

The headline above is from the last sentence of a piece this week in the Jackson County Chronicle (Wisconsin). Hard-core veterans' advocates know why. So do...

Vets for Common Sense: VA Claims Process Broken, Fix It

Veterans for Common Sense: Fix Broken VA Claims System Now! - Via Veterans for Common Sense Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) Appears Before "Claims Summit 2010"...

VFW’s Tradewell Betrays Veterans … Again

Thomas J. Tradewell Sr., a Republican flack who heads the Veterans for Foreign Wars (VFW), has an unusual give-away when he's lying. His mouth...

VA Underestimating Iraq and Afghanistan Casualties

Although the somewhat finished product looks nothing like the Mandatory Funding of the VA that most Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) flaunted as a few...

Veterans for Common Sense: Rebuild the VA

Paul Sullivan, Executive Director, Veterans for Common Sense (VCS), testified Feb. 4 before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee about President Barack Obama's proposed budget...