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

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

Date: May 25, 2016
Creator: Szymendera, Scott D.
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. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a broad range of benefits to U.S. Armed Forces veterans and certain members of their families. Among these benefits are various types of financial assistance, including monthly cash payments to disabled veterans, health care, education, and housing.
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Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Date: April 21, 2016
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V.
Description: This report provides responses to frequently asked questions about health care provided to veterans through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). It is intended to serve as a quick reference to provide easy access to information. Where applicable, it provides the legislative background pertaining to the question.
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Health Care for Dependents and Survivors of Veterans

Health Care for Dependents and Survivors of Veterans

Date: March 3, 2016
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V.
Description: This report discusses the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA), which is primarily a health insurance program where certain eligible dependents and survivors of veterans receive care from private sector health care providers. The report provides information regarding eligibility requirements, available benefits, and payment structures.
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Veterans' Benefits: Burial Benefits and National Cemeteries

Veterans' Benefits: Burial Benefits and National Cemeteries

Date: March 11, 2016
Creator: Szymendera, Scott D.
Description: This report provides a descriptive analysis of both nonmonetary and monetary burial benefits and national cemeteries. It addresses congressional and constituent issues.
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Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization: Background and Issues for Congress

Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: April 4, 2016
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report provides background information and issues for Congress on the sustainment and modernization of the Coast Guard's polar icebreaker fleet. Congress's decisions on this issue could affect Coast Guard funding requirements, the Coast Guard's ability to perform its polar missions, and the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base.
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Expedited Removal Authority for VA Senior Executives (38 U.S.C. § 713): Selected Legal Issues

Expedited Removal Authority for VA Senior Executives (38 U.S.C. § 713): Selected Legal Issues

Date: March 4, 2016
Creator: Nicola, Thomas J.
Description: This report discusses selected legal issues relating to the authority for summary removal of individuals in senior executive positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Veterans' Health Care Issues in the 109th Congress

Veterans' Health Care Issues in the 109th Congress

Date: June 27, 2005
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V.
Description: This report provides an overview of major issues facing veterans' health care during the 109th Congress. The report's primary focus is on veterans and not military retirees.
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Military Retirement: Major Legislative Issues

Military Retirement: Major Legislative Issues

Date: October 21, 2003
Creator: Goldich, Robert L.
Description: This report discusses various proposed changes to the military retirement system, which includes benefits for retirement after an active or reserve military career, disability retirement, and survivor benefits for eligible survivors of deceased retirees. Major issues include whether some or all military retirees should be allowed to receive both military retired pay and any VA disability compensation to which they are otherwise entitled -- referred to as "concurrent receipt" -- whether some military personnel should be entitled to military retired pay with less than 20 years of service, and whether many more personnel should serve well past the 20-year point before retiring.
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Veterans' Pensions: Fact Sheet

Veterans' Pensions: Fact Sheet

Date: February 26, 2001
Creator: Snook, Dennis W. & Alice D. Butler
Description: This report discusses veterans' pensions, which are monthly cash payments made to qualified veterans or survivors so that their total income from all countable sources reach specified annual levels and are administered by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
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GI Bills Enacted Prior to 2008 and Related Veterans' Educational Assistance Programs: A Primer

GI Bills Enacted Prior to 2008 and Related Veterans' Educational Assistance Programs: A Primer

Date: January 29, 2016
Creator: Dortch, Cassandria
Description: This report describes the GI Bills enacted prior to 2008. Although participation in the programs has ended or is declining, the programs' evolution and provisions inform current policy. Included is a description of the eligibility requirements, eligible programs of education, benefit availability, and benefits. The report also provides some summary statistics, comparisons between the programs, and brief discussions of related programs.
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The Veterans Health Administration and Medical Education: A Fact Sheet

The Veterans Health Administration and Medical Education: A Fact Sheet

Date: January 19, 2016
Creator: Heisler, Elayne J. & Panangala, Sidath V.
Description: This report supplies facts about the Veterans Health Administration and its medical education. It describes the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its involvement in the medical training of health care professionals. The report also gives details on the VA's academic affiliations, its funding of physician training, and its ongoing graduate medical education (GME) expansion. Figure 1 on page 3 shows the amount the VA spent on education and training from FY2010 to FY2015.
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Health Care for Veterans: Suicide Prevention

Health Care for Veterans: Suicide Prevention

Date: February 23, 2016
Creator: Bagalman, Erin
Description: This report focuses on suicide prevention activities of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VHA's approach to suicide prevention is based on a public health framework, which has three major components: (1) surveillance, (2) risk and protective factors, and (3) interventions.
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Vocational Rehabilitation Grants to States: Program Overview

Vocational Rehabilitation Grants to States: Program Overview

Date: June 26, 2013
Creator: Collins, Benjamin
Description: This report provides an overview of the federal vocational rehabilitation (VR) grant program and the associated state programs.
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Military Support to the Severely Disabled: Overview of Service Programs

Military Support to the Severely Disabled: Overview of Service Programs

Date: March 29, 2007
Creator: Henning, Charles A.
Description: The Department of Defense (DOD) and each of the military services have established new programs to care for the severely disabled, ensuring rehabilitative assistance and easing the transition back to civilian life. Congress has followed these initiatives with interest and recently directed DOD to develop policies and procedures to standardize these programs. This report examines the background for the new initiatives and provides a status of each program, including contact information.
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Veterans and Homelessness

Veterans and Homelessness

Date: May 9, 2011
Creator: Perl, Libby
Description: The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have brought renewed attention to the needs of veterans, including the needs of homeless veterans. Homeless veterans initially came to the country’s attention in the 1970s and 1980s, when homelessness generally was becoming a more prevalent and noticeable phenomenon. This report defines the term “homeless veteran,” discusses attempts to estimate the number of veterans who are homeless, and presents the results of studies regarding the demographic characteristics of homeless veterans as well as those served in VA homeless programs. The second section of this report summarizes the available research regarding the overrepresentation of both male and female veterans, who have been found to be present in greater percentages in the homeless population than their percentages in the general population. The third section of this report discusses programs to fund services and transitional housing specifically for homeless veterans.
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Veterans Issues in the 105th Congress

Veterans Issues in the 105th Congress

Date: November 11, 1998
Creator: Snook, Dennis W.
Description: This report focuses on policies, programs, and benefits of interest to veterans. Included are discussions of issues before the 105th Congress, and the current status of major legislation.
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Veterans’ Medical Care: FY2008 Appropriations

Veterans’ Medical Care: FY2008 Appropriations

Date: January 22, 2008
Creator: Panagala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report discusses the veterans' health benefits. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides benefits to veterans who meet certain eligibility rules. Benefits to veterans range from disability compensation and pensions to hospital and medical care. The VA provides these benefits through three major operating units: the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), and the National Cemetery Administration (NCA).
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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: January 27, 2012
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V. & Jansen, Don J.
Description: This report addresses key questions concerning the impact of enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the TRICARE and VA health care programs. To provide some context to this discussion, the report begins with a brief overview of the two health systems and eligibility for care under each system.
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Military Health Care: The Issue of “Promised” Benefits

Military Health Care: The Issue of “Promised” Benefits

Date: February 10, 2000
Creator: Burrelli, David F.
Description: In the debate over the Department of Defense policy on military health care benefits, many military personnel and retirees say that they were promised “free health care for life” when they entered the armed forces. What benefits are available and who is eligible to receive these benefits are matters determined by Congress. This report discusses the issue of “promises” of lifetime health care benefits made to military retirees.
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Department of Veterans Affairs FY2016 Appropriations: In Brief

Department of Veterans Affairs FY2016 Appropriations: In Brief

Date: November 9, 2015
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V.
Description: This report discusses budget issues for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which provides a range of benefits and services to veterans who meet certain eligibility rules.
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Expedited Removal Authority for VA Senior Executives (38 U.S.C. § 713): Selected Legal Issues

Expedited Removal Authority for VA Senior Executives (38 U.S.C. § 713): Selected Legal Issues

Date: November 10, 2015
Creator: Nicola, Thomas J.
Description: This report discusses selected legal issues relating to the authority for summary removal of individuals in senior executive positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: FY2009 Appropriations

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: FY2009 Appropriations

Date: September 17, 2008
Creator: Else, Daniel H.; Scott, Christine & Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report is a guide to one of the regular appropriations bills that Congress considers each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House and Senate Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittees. It summarizes the status of the bill, its scope, major issues, funding levels, and related congressional activity, and is updated as events warrant.
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Overview of Filipino Veterans' Benefits

Overview of Filipino Veterans' Benefits

Date: October 10, 2008
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga; Scott, Christine & Davis, Carol D.
Description: This report defines the four specific groups of Filipino nationals who served under the command of the United States. It also outlines the Rescission Acts of 1946, benefit changes since 1946, current benefits for Filipino veterans by group, and recent legislative proposals and legislation.
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Disability Evaluation of Military Servicemembers

Disability Evaluation of Military Servicemembers

Date: October 21, 2008
Creator: Scott, Christine; Panangala, Sidath V. & Henning, Charles A.
Description: This report is intended as a primer to describe disability evaluation in general, including evaluations used by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in addition to civilian evaluations used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and by workers' compensation programs.
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