VA Eliminates Copayment For In-Home Video Telehealth Care.– Beginning May 7, 2012 the Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer charge Veterans a copayment when they receive care in their homes from VA health professionals.
For more information about telehealth visit http://telehealth.va.gov
Two Korean War MIAs Identified. – The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced the identification of the remains belonging to two soldiers missing in action since the Korean War. Returned home are: Army Pfc. Richard E. Clapp of Seattle, Washington and Army Cpl, James L. Larkin of Kirkwood. Missouri.
VA To Increase Mental Health Staff By 1900. – Responding to the increasing need of returning Veterans, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Erik K. Shinseki announced that the department would add approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as 300 support staff
to its existing staff of 20,950, as part of a review of its mental health operations.
Fibromyalgia In Gulf War Veterans. – Gulf War Veterans who develop fibromyalgia do not have to prove a connection between their illnesses and military service to be eligible to receive VA Disability Compensation. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) must have emerged during active duty in the Southeast Asia Theatre of Operations or by Dec. 31, 2016, and be at least 10% disabling.
VOW Act Website Launched – On April 17th, VA launched the VOW to Hire Heroes
Act website. The site provides comprehensive information on all aspects of the VOW Act to include details about Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), tax credit for employers, vocational rehabilitation services, the transition assistance program, and Department of Labor resources for Veterans. Qualified will be able to apply for the VRAP program directly from the site starting May 15, 2012. Fro more information go to http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOW/.
Budget Cuts Placing a Strain on Active Duty Careers – Budget cuts required by law are cutting short the careers of many active duty servicemen. It has been suggested that one path to continuing one’s career is to join an Active Duty Reserve Component. Google: “ Active Duty Reserve” for information.