Intro

Welcome to our Big News section for all the latest news concerning Military Disability.

We'll do our best to keep you up to date on everything that could affect your disability. Since the majority of our news will cover legal issues that can be dragged out for a long time, if you'd like an update on an issue, let us know, and we'll do what we can.

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This page is strictly for the latest and upcoming news. If you are looking for specific information about the disability system or your disability, see our Military Disability Blog: Advice From the Big Guy or our website, www.MilitaryDisabilityMadeEasy.com, for all the answers you'll need.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

VA’s National Veteran Health Equity Report Aims to Improve Health Care

Earlier this month, the Association of American Medical Colleges recognized the VA for its initiatives to improve health care equity among veterans through the VA’s National Veteran Health Equity Report.

This new report contains information designed to help clinicians better understand the many and varied factors which need to be considered when treating veterans.

It is already being used by health care providers to recognize and understand the often-complicated health concerns affecting this diverse patient group and to help create individual treatment goals geared toward reducing disparities in care.

The report closely examines how veterans’ social, economic, and geographic conditions impact their health care, including the special concerns faced by veterans in rural settings.

The information in the VA’s National Veteran Health Equity Report can now be used by clinicians to develop more effective personal treatment plans and ensure that VA health care reflects not only the needs but also the preferences of our veterans.

Monday, December 12, 2016

New Law to Improve the Veterans Crisis Line

On November 28, 2016, the President signed the No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act into law. This new law requires that the Secretary of the VA develop and enforce a plan to make sure that each phone call, text, or any other type of message received by the Veterans Crisis Line is answered by a person in a reasonable amount of time, even at backup call centers.

As we reported last March, the Veterans Crisis Line has had its problems, with reports of calls going to backup centers or even voicemail. The VA has been working to resolve these problems and improve its Crisis Line services by expanding or creating new call centers, hiring more responders, and providing additional training, among other things.

This new law helps to solidify these changes by requiring the VA Secretary to develop ways to not only improve performance but to measure whether those improvements are actually being made and whether they are making a difference.  

The Veterans Crisis Line is a valuable and effective resource for those who are struggling. The holidays can be a very difficult time of year for veterans and/or their family members. Fortunately, help IS available. If you are a veteran in crisis or know someone who is, please call 1-800-273-8255 and then press 1, text 838255, or go to www.VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat to chat online

The Veterans Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day. The Veterans Center Combat Call Centers are also available 24/7 to combat veterans or service members serving in a combat area. These call centers are staffed by other combat veterans. Call 1-877-WAR-VETS (927-8387).

Don’t hesitate to reach out—remember one small act can make all the difference.