DAV is always working on behalf of veterans and their families, because the world of veterans’ legislation never slows down. The DAV Services Bulletins updates you on the latest improvements in the world of veterans’ care programs. The Services Bulletins are an easy, effective way to know what DAV and the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Treasury, Labor and more are doing to improve the lives of America’s heroes.

2014

Service Bulletin – April 2014

VA is rolling out newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification Cards.

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2013

Service Bulletin – October 2013

In recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Month, VA is mobilizing people and organizations nationwide to support veterans in crisis and spread the word about VA mental health services.

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Service Bulletin – June 2013

VA and Veterans Service Organizations Joint Initiative to Reduce Claims Backlog

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Service Bulletin – April 2013

VA announced April 19, 2013 it is implementing an initiative to expedite compensation claims decisions for veterans who have waited one year or longer

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2012

Service Bulletin — December 2012

VA Proposes TBI Benefit Expansion, Million Veteran Program’s 100,000th Volunteer, VA Registers “GI Bill” Trademark, “Expanded VGLI Coverage, Indian Health Service, New Women Veterans Campaign, Department of Labor, Department of Treasury, National Service Department Program Updates

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Service Bulletin — October 2012

VA and DOD to Fund $100 Million PTSD and TBI Study, Veterans Retraining Program, Online Toolkit for Mental Health Providers, Initial Review of Evidence Legislation, Expanding Rural Burial Options, Improved eBenefits, DoD Safe Helpline App, National Service Department Program Updates

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Service Bulletin — June 2012

VA Research on Gulf War Vets, Veteran Retraining Program, Retroactive Agent Orange Claims Processing Update, DAV National Service Department Program Updates

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Service Bulletin — April 2012

New Operating Model for Disability Claims, VA Releases Gulf War Task Force Report, Disability Benefits Questionnaires, New Army Website Resources, Grants for Homeless Vets

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Service Bulletin — February 2012

Cost of Living Adjustments, VA Introduces Suicide-Prevention Text Messaging, New Law Increases Veterans’ Insurance Coverage, VA Settles With Mortgage Banks, VA Home Loan Program, Extends Service Connection Period for Gulf War Vets, eBenefits Portal Expansion

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2011

Service Bulletin — December 2011

Clothing Allowance Amendment, Genitourinary Injury Insurance, Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance, Spouse Telephone Support Program, Homeless Prevention Funding, Women Veterans’ Stories, Department of Labor Initiatives

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Service Bulletin — October 2011

VA Launches Childcare Pilot, Retroactive Benefits for TSGLI, Polytrauma Care Documentary Debuts, Post-9/11 GI Bill Enhancements, Homeless Women Vets, Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims

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Service Bulletin — June 2011

“PTSD Coach” Smartphone App, Expanded Housing for Homeless Vets and Families, Retroactive Benefits for Non-OIF/OEF Injuries, Hickey Sworn In as Under Secretary for Benefits, Retroactive Stop Loss Pay Deadline Extended, TBI Mobile App, Employment Grants for Homeless Vets, Housing for Homeless Vets

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Service Bulletin — April 2011

Appeals Regulation Amendments, VetSuccess Outreach, Third-Party Pharmacy Billing Process, Post-Incarceration Health Care, New Paralympic Veterans Benefit, Social Security Disability Benefits, Career Transition, Stand Down Grants for Homeless Vets

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Service Bulletin — February 2011

Korean Agent Orange Regulation, New Caregiver Benefits, Caregiver Support Line and Web Site, Automation of Educational Benefits, Social Security Disability Benefits, Vietnam Commemoration Program

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2010

Service Bulletin — December 2010

VAntage Point Blog, Support for Families of Low-Income Vets, Performance and Accountability Report, Standard Payment Rates for non-VA Care, Employers’ Veterans Hiring Toolkit

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Service Bulletin — October 2010

Presumptive Agent Orange Disabilities, Gulf Oil Crisis Outreach, Presumptive Illness Regulation for Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan Vets, Veterans Relationship Management, Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay Extension, Mortgage Forebearance, Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims

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Service Bulletin — June 2010

Homeless Veteran Hotline, Medication Copays, Shorter VA Claims Forms and Processes, Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims

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Service Bulletin — April 2010

Herbicide Exposure Illnesses, Gulf War Veterans Presumptive Disabilities for Infectious Diseases, Wounded Warrior Web Site Upgrade, Head-Injury Evaluations, New Social Media Policy, Grant Competition for Homeless Vets, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

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Service Bulletin — February 2010

Advance Education Payments, Prescription Copayment Freeze, Insurance Dividend Distribution, “Brown Water” Vietnam Naval Operations, Caregiver Network for Military Families, Social Security Disability Benefits, Compassionate Allowance Conditions

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2009

Service Bulletin — December 2009

Copayment Refunds, VA Surveys Veteran Households, Vietnam-Era Women Vets, Disability Evaluation System Pilot Expansion, Avoiding Foreclosure, Agent Orange Presumption to Parkinson’s, B Cell Leukemia and Ischemic Heart Disease, Sexual Assault Task Force Findings and Recommendations, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans, Discharge of Title IV Student Loans

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Service Bulletin — October 2009

Osteoporosis Presumption of Service Connection, Prescriptions by Non-VA Physicians, VA Innovation Competition Program, Colleges and Universities Partner with VA, $75 Million for HUD-VASH, Health Study, VA Reopening Enrollment, Compensation and Pension Service, Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Patriot Express Loan Initiative, ‘How to Win Federal Contracts’

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Service Bulletin — June 2009

VA Enrollment Expansion, Post-9/11 GI Bill Applications, Schools Partner in Yellow Ribbon Program, Vet Success Web Site, PMC Consolidation, VA Brain Injury and Recovery Lab, Web Site for College Counselors, Accreditation of Agents and Attorneys, Burial Flag Application, Program to Fight Stigma of Psychological Health Care, Homeowners Assistance Expansion, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, GAO Reports

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Service Bulletin — April, 2009

Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Endoscopy Reprocessing, National Safety ‘Step-Up,’ Transcription Services Contract, Filipino Veterans Benefits, VA Life Insurance, VA Fast Letter, 2008 Sexual Assault Report and Awareness Campaign, End of Stop Loss, GAO Report

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Service Bulletin — February 2009

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shinseki, VA Insurance Dividends, Employment Opportunities, Travel Reimbursement Increase, Rural Veteran Healthcare, Training Letter, Fast Letters, Expedited Disability Evaluation, Psych/TBI Outreach, Electronic Support System, Labor Dept. Employer Survey, GAO Report

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2008

Service Bulletin — October 2008

Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Disaster Relief, DAV Second Life, Combat Related Special Compensation, Concurrent Retirement Disability Payment, Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, GAO Reports, Fast Letters, Filing Deadline Amendment, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Evaluation of Scars, Evaluation of TBI

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Service Bulletin — June 2008

Disaster Relief, Benefits and Facilities Expansions, Women’s and Gulf War Outreach, Mortgage Support, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Coordination, Fast Letters, Private Headstone or Marker Regulations, Precedent Opinions, Retirement Account Review, SSA Expediting Applications

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Service Bulletin — April 2008

VA Benefits Chief Dunn, Veterans Stimulus, SGLI and VGLI Premium Reductions, Fast Letters, Veterans Education Regulation, Retroactive Payments

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Service Bulletin — February 2008

VA Suicide Hotline, Dental Care for Vets, Medical Statements and Forms Provision, DEA Benefit Expansion, Vocational Rehab and Employment, Fast Letters, Training Letters, Dependent Educational Assistance, Gov’t-Furnished Headstone and Marker Regulation, Evaluation of Scars, TBI Evaluations, Gulf War Compensation, Precedent Opinions, Court of Appeals for Veterans, Camp Lejeune Water Study, SSA Expediting Applications

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