National News

(updated 01/10/2018)

2018 Information

January Information

VA Clears The Air On Doctors Talking To Veterans About Marijuana Use
Applications accepted for 2018 National Veterans Wheelchair Games
Comprehensive Healthcare Inspection Program Review of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, San Antonio, Texas
Share you health records electronically- Website
VA to take immediate actions on timely payments to community providers

2017 Information

VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) FAQs
VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) website
Military Sexual Trauma
Increases to TRICARE pharmacy copayments coming Feb. 1, 2018
UW, VA study looks at fish oil to prevent Alzheimer's disease
Senate Bill S. 2105, concede herbicide exposure to all veterans who served at any military installation in Thailand during the Vietnam Era for purposes of determining their eligibility for VA benefits.

Tricare Changes effective Jan 1, 2018

VA announces rollout and application process for new Veterans ID Card

White House VA Hotline now fully staffed and operational around the clock to serve nation’s Veterans

Financial literacy resources available for Veterans and Service members-FLEC (Financial Literacy and Education Commission) to assist with financial education, benefits and services

Older News

Are you getting all of the benefits that you're entitled to?

Benefits from Other Federal Agencies

Service Connected Matrix

Non Service-Connected Matrix

Special Circumstance Matrix

VA Information

New database provides info on VA health care providers

Army to begin providing medical care to volunteers who participated in chemical and biological substance testing

VA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warn against home loan refinancing offers that sound too good to be true

Choice Program

VA Choice Program Brouchere

VA Choice Program Information Page

Veterans CARE (Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences) Act

South Texas VA Key Numbers

Other Information

TRICARE enrollments shifting from fiscal to calendar year starting in January 2018

Flu Shots and Walgreens

S. 946, the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2017

H.R. 1279, the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act

Forever Bill (Public Law 115-48) provision that requires the VA to reconsider previously denied claims for World War II veterans who were exposed to several types of mustard gases

VA Claims Submission Option to Complete Claims within 30 Days - Decision Ready Claims

H.R. 2452 - Addresses gender disparities and improve and expand programs and services for women veterans provided by the VA

TriCare Prescription Refill Information

Military Caregiver Virtual Peer Forums - (2nd & 4th Thursday of the month)

HB 2288 Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017

Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 - Forever GI Bill

Here's what you should know

1. There’s no longer an expiration date.
2. Purple Heart recipients will get more benefits.
3. More people are eligible for Yellow Ribbon.
4. There’s some extra money — and time — for STEM degrees.
5. Vets hurt by school shutdowns will get benefits back.

about the new Forever GI Bill!

6. The VA will measure eligibility for benefits differently.
7. Reservists can count more of their service toward eligibility.
8. Housing stipends will decrease slightly.
9. Benefits can get transferred after death.
10. Surviving family members will get more money, but less time.

H.R. 1329
Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2017

H.R. 1005
To improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans

H.R. 1725
The Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017

Senate Bill S. 683
Nursing home care to veterans with service-connected conditions....... Click for more information

DAV 2017 Legislature Goals

Allow VA to assist caregivers who are supporting the needs of veterans

HR. 95
Authorizing the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay for or provide child care for veterans
traveling to and returning from a VA facility

VA Pension Information