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Big education changes

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs faces an Aug. 1 deadline to implement changes to its GI Bill program approved by Congress earlier this year.   Congress in January approved the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, named for former

Bill would address issues with Veterans Crisis Line

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Bill would address issues with Veterans Crisis Line

WASHINGTON - Two lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday in response to multiple watchdog reports of deaths after calls were mishandled by the Veterans Crisis Line.  The bill, titled the Revising and Expediting Actions for the Crisis Hotline (REACH) for Veterans Act, would require an independent agency to evaluate the training for

Honor Flights to resume

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Honor Flights to resume

WASHINGTON - The Honor Flight Network, which sends veterans to tour war memorials in Washington, D.C., will restart flights in August after a 16-month suspension during the coronavirus pandemic.   Flights will resume Aug. 16, said Carol Harlow, communications officer for the Honor Flight Network.   "We have been monitoring closely the

Masks off for the vaccinated

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Masks off for the vaccinated

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer require masks or social distancing at its 155 national veterans cemeteries for people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The VA is also lifting its restrictions on gathering sizes at funeral services starting May 26. The new rules go into

‘Historic opportunity’

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‘Historic opportunity’

WASHINGTON - The House and Senate are making coordinated efforts to help veterans suffering from illnesses believed to be caused by toxic exposure during overseas deployments. Lawmakers have introduced two dozen bills this congressional session to address the difficulty these veterans face in securing benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Tell them about you

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Tell them about you

WASHINGTON - The Smithsonian Institution is collecting stories from 2020, and historians want service members and their families to share theirs. The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is urging Americans to share photos, videos and written stories of 2020 - a historic year that the institution assumes will be of

How vets get vaccinated

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How vets get vaccinated

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs released a final plan Dec. 15 detailing the order in which veterans and staff will receive coronavirus vaccines as doses become more widely available. The VA is undertaking a plan to distribute vaccines to more than 418,000 employees and 10 million enrolled patients -

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