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Veterans Affairs: "Gray Area Retirees"-- Issues and Related Legislation

Veterans Affairs: "Gray Area Retirees"-- Issues and Related Legislation

Date: June 21, 2010
Creator: Weimer, Douglas R.
Description: The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a broad range of benefits and services to American veterans and to certain members of their families. In addition, the Department of Defense (DOD) offers a variety of benefits to veterans who are also military retirees. When members of the National Guard or the Reserve who have not yet reached age 60 retire (usually after at least 20 years of service), however, they are not entitled to certain federal benefits, including health care. These military retirees are commonly known as "Gray Area Retirees" (GARs). These persons may not necessarily meet the relevant statutory definition of "veterans" for VA benefit purposes, nor are they eligible for DOD health benefits until they are eligible for military retired pay at age 60. This report examines the current VA and DOD benefit eligibility for members of the National Guard and the Reserves. It also examines the benefit status and situation of GARs.
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Veterans Medical Care: FY2011 Appropriations

Veterans Medical Care: FY2011 Appropriations

Date: July 27, 2010
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides benefits to veterans through three major operating units, one of which is the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), on which this report focuses. This report will track the FY2011 appropriations process for funding VHA, and will be updated as legislative activities warrant.
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Veterans' Benefits: Burial Benefits and National Cemeteries

Veterans' Benefits: Burial Benefits and National Cemeteries

Date: August 30, 2010
Creator: Morman, Armaad R.
Description: This report provides a descriptive analysis of both nonmonetary and monetary burial benefits and national cemeteries. This report addresses congressional and constituent issues such as who is eligible to receive burial benefits; who can be buried in a national cemetery; what plans does the Department of Veterans Affairs have to build new or expand existing national cemeteries; and what benefits does the VA provide, among others.
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Survivor Benefits for Families of Civilian Federal Employees and Retirees

Survivor Benefits for Families of Civilian Federal Employees and Retirees

Date: October 28, 2010
Creator: Isaacs, Katelin P.
Description: This report discusses federal employees with permanent appointments that may be eligible for retirement and disability benefits under either the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).
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The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010

Date: August 2, 2010
Creator: Dortch, Cassandria
Description: This report identifies and examines selected changes that the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 makes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other GI Bills, including expanded eligibility.
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"Who is a Veteran?"-- Basic Eligibility for Veterans' Benefits

"Who is a Veteran?"-- Basic Eligibility for Veterans' Benefits

Date: January 23, 2014
Creator: Moulta-Ali, Umar
Description: This report examines the basic eligibility criteria for VA administered veterans' benefits, including the issue of eligibility of members of the National Guard and reserve components.
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Health Care for Rural Veterans: The Example of Federally Qualified Health Centers

Health Care for Rural Veterans: The Example of Federally Qualified Health Centers

Date: January 13, 2014
Creator: Heisler, Elayne J.; Panangala, Sidath Viranga & Bagalman, Erin
Description: This report discusses considerations that may arise during possible attempts to increase collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and describes policy levers Congress might use to encourage VA-FQHC collaboration. These approaches might also be employed to encourage collaboration between the VA and other types of facilities that may serve rural veterans.
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Veterans Affairs: Health Care and Benefits for Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

Veterans Affairs: Health Care and Benefits for Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

Date: August 25, 2008
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga & Weimer, Douglas Reid
Description: This report provides an overview of health care services and disability compensation benefits available to Vietnam veterans, Children of Vietnam Era veterans, and non-Vietnam veterans exposed to herbicides. This is followed by a discussion of litigation pertaining to Navy veterans of the Vietnam Era who served offshore and were never physically present on Vietnamese soil. The report concludes with a discussion of epidemiologic research conducted to study the health effects of Agent Orange and dioxin exposure on Vietnam veterans.
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The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (Post-9/11 GI Bill): Primer and Issues

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (Post-9/11 GI Bill): Primer and Issues

Date: July 28, 2014
Creator: Dortch, Cassandria
Description: This report provides a description of the eligibility requirements, benefit availability, benefit payments, participation, and obligations of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The report also describes a few issues that may be addressed by Congress.
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TRICARE and VA Health Care: Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

TRICARE and VA Health Care: Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Date: April 22, 2013
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga & Jansen, Don J.
Description: This report addresses key questions concerning how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system.
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