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Lawmakers seek to fix Veterans Affairs $1 billion budget gap | Editors Pick | lmtribune.com

Lawmakers seek to fix Veterans Affairs $1 billion budget gap

By HOPE YEN of the Associated Press Jun 22, 2017 0 WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs was scolded by both parties over its budget Wednesday as lawmakers scurried to find a fix to an unexpected shortfall of more than $1 billion that would threaten medical care for thousands of veterans in the coming months. Under repeated questioning, VA Secretary David Shulkin acknowledged the department may need emergency funds.

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Attention Veterans: Imposter phone line attempting to access credit card information from Choice Program users – VAntage Point

Attention Veterans: Imposter phone line attempting to access credit card information from Choice Program usersVeterans Choice Program phone number is 1-866-606-8198 10

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Cross-country horseback rider finishing dad’s bucket list

KINGMAN – Cliff Romberger served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971 and died in 2015 of a brain disease as a result of exposure to Agent Orange. He was a lifelong horseman and never fulfilled his last bucket list item: to ride coast to coast on horseback. His son is now fulfilling that wish.

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Chairman Roe: PTSD is a Treatable Condition


Chairman Roe: PTSD is a Treatable Condition

Washington, June 7, 2017 | For more information, contact: Tiffany Haverly, (202) 225-3527
Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), held a hearing to promote wellness and healing for veterans experiencing PTSD.
Opening Remarks As Prepared for Delivery

During the Civil War, it was called “soldier’s heart.”

During World War I, it was called “shell shock.”

During World War II, it was called, “battle fatigue.”

Today, we know it as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and last fiscal year alone almost six hundred thousand veterans sought care for it from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

During today’s hearing, we are going to discuss whether the current system of VA health care services and benefits effectively promotes wellness and supports veterans with PTSD in seeking treatment.

– See more at: https://veterans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=1783#sthash.sUNQipC4.dpuf

Source: Chairman Roe: PTSD is a Treatable Condition

Shulkin offers first glimpse at new VA Choice plan

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin offered the first glimpse of his plan to redesign the current Veterans Choice Program. He’s calling it the Veterans’ Coordinated Access Rewarding Experience (CARE) Program, and under the new initiative, veterans would no longer access community providers based on a set of arbitrary, administrative rules.

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