The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wants to help Veterans understand their options under the health care law (Affordable Care Act). VA has an awareness campaign and a website, to let Veterans and other beneficiaries know what the health care law means for them and their families. Veterans and beneficiaries receiving healthcare from VA will see no change in their benefits or out-of-pocket costs when the requirement to have health care coverage takes effect next year.
Key points for Veterans about the health care law:
Key points for family members of Veterans who are not eligible for VA health care:
For information about VA health care and the Affordable Care Act, VA encourages Veterans and family members to visit the newwebsite, or call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. or Saturdays from 11a.m. to 3 p.m., Eastern Time. The new website includes a Health Benefits Explorer, where Veterans can learn about the benefits they can receive if they enroll in VA care.
The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Women Veterans met in Washington, DC, September 23-25, 2014. The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Secretary of Veterans Affairs regarding the needs of women Veterans with respect to health care, rehabilitation, compensation, outreach, and other programs and activities administered by VA designed to meet such needs. Read more »
On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, the White House honored ten leaders who are “Women Veteran Leader Champions of Change.” The event recognized women Veteran industry leaders, highlighting their incredible contributions to our nation's business, public, and community service sectors. Read more »
Employment Tip - State Grassroots Veteran Employment Programs
Oftentimes, strategies that increase Veteran employment the most are shaped at the local community level. This is one of the reasons why the Department of Veterans Affairs partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program. The U.S. Chamber works with state and local Chambers and businesses to hire Veterans right in their own communities. There are a number of innovative State programs making a positive impact on Veteran employment. Some examples include:
View programs and services for Veterans. These are great examples of public and private entities coming together to make a difference for our Veterans and their families.
VA Processes Nearly All Disability Claims Pending Over 2 Years, Moves to Complete Those Older Than 1 Year — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that as a result of the initiative launched in April to expedite disability compensation claims decisions for Veterans who have a waited a year or longer, more than 65,000-claims — or 97 percent of all claims over two years old in the inventory — have been eliminated from the backlog. (6/20/13)
Women Veteran Profile, prepared by the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics. View the report.
On July 15 - 17, 2011, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs held its fifth National Training Summit on Women Veterans in Washington, DC at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill. The event drew nearly 700 participants, including women Veterans, active duty military women, guard and reserve forces, representatives from Veterans Service Organizations and nonprofit agencies, as well as VA staff who serve women Veterans--convened to discuss issues facing women Veterans and women service members. Watch video highlights from The Summit. Visit the Summit Web page for more.
The study “Long-Term Health Outcomes of Women Veteran’s Service During the Vietnam Era” otherwise known as HealthViEWS (the Health of Vietnam Era Women’s Study ) is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This study will seek to contact approximately 10,000 women to participate in a mail survey, a telephone interview, and a medical records review. The study aims to determine: the prevalence of lifetime and current psychiatric conditions including PTSD among women who served during the Vietnam Era; the physical health of women who served during the Vietnam Era; and the level of current disability in women who served during the Vietnam Era. For more detailed information on the study, please call the Perry Point Coordinating Center at (800) 949-1003 ext. 6122 or ext. 5291.
Lioness, a documentary that takes an intimate look at war through the eyes of U.S. military women, follows five female Army support soldiers who served together for a year in Iraq supporting Marine Corps units in direct ground combat. Visit the Lioness Web site for more information.*†
Did you know you may be eligible for a special monthly compensaton? VA broadened its coverage of special monthly compensation for women Veterans who suffered loss of breast tissue related to their military service. The benefit covers those losing 25 percent or more tissue from a single breast or from both breasts in combination. It includes loss by mastectomy or partial mastectomy, or following radiation treatment. In addition to breast tissue loss, special monthly compensation rates also apply when a Veteran experiences loss of a reproductive organ or its use. Women Veterans with service-connected breast tissue loss who are not receiving the special monthly compensation should contact VA (800-827-1000) to find out if they are eligible.
Visit the Veterans Benefits Administration Web site for to learn more.
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