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Overview of the Appeal Process for Veterans' Claims

Overview of the Appeal Process for Veterans' Claims

Date: April 29, 2013
Creator: Shedd, Daniel T.
Description: This report covers the current appeal process for veterans benefit claims. It ends with a description of current proposed legislation to alter the process.
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Veterans' Benefits: The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Duty to Assist Claimants

Veterans' Benefits: The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Duty to Assist Claimants

Date: September 26, 2014
Creator: Shedd, Daniel T.
Description: This report analyzes court decisions that have examined the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA's) obligation to assist veterans during the claims process.
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Agent Orange: Veterans' Complaints Concerning Exposure to Herbicides in South Vietnam

Agent Orange: Veterans' Complaints Concerning Exposure to Herbicides in South Vietnam

Date: June 25, 1982
Creator: Smith, Pamela W.
Description: From 1962 to 1971, the United States Air Force (USAF) sprayed various herbicide mixtures (chemicals that kill plants) in South Vietnam. The purpose of the spraying was to defoliate jungle growth to deprive the Communist forces of ground cover, and to destroy enemy crops to restrict food supplies. The most extensively used of these herbicide mixtures was known as Agent Orange, a 50:50 mix of two common herbicides called 1,4,5-T and 2,4-D (2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid). The third chemical present in the mixture in small amounts was TCDD, an inevitable by-product of the manufacture of 2,4,5-T. This chemical, called tetrachlorodibenzo-para-dioxin or simply "dioxin," is highly toxic to laboratory animals when administered in its pure form. CRS has been unable to locate any report of a human death from exposure to pure TCDD. This report discusses the human health effects that have occurred from exposure to TCDD, as well as related Congressional concerns.
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A Brief History of Veterans' Education Benefits and Their Value

A Brief History of Veterans' Education Benefits and Their Value

Date: June 25, 2008
Creator: Smole, David P. & Loane, Shannon S.
Description: This report reviews the evolution of veterans' education benefit programs and describes the types of education benefits that have been made available under these programs. It also examines how changes in the estimated value of these benefits compares with changes in average college prices, and provides a discussion of the interaction between veterans' education benefits and federal student aid benefits made available under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended.
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A Brief History of Veterans' Education Benefits and Their Value

A Brief History of Veterans' Education Benefits and Their Value

Date: July 3, 2008
Creator: Smole, David P. & Loane, Shannon S.
Description: This report reviews the evolution of veterans' education benefit programs and describes the types of education benefits that have been made available under these programs. The first section provides an historical overview of education benefits for military veterans, beginning with the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 (GI Bill of Rights). The second section is an analysis of the estimated value of veterans' education benefits relative to average college prices. This section focuses on the estimated value of veterans' education benefits and college prices at four-year public and private institutions, and two-year public institutions. The final section briefly examines the interaction between veterans' education benefits and federal student aid benefits authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended.
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Appropriations for FY1999: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Appropriations for FY1999: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Date: November 9, 1998
Creator: Snook, Dennis W
Description: Appropriations are one part of a complex federal budget process that includes budget resolutions, appropriations (regular, supplemental, and continuing) bills, rescissions, and budget reconciliation bills. This report is a guide to one of the 13 regular appropriations bills that Congress passes each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House and Senate Subcommittees on VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations.
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Appropriations for FY2000: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Appropriations for FY2000: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Date: December 7, 1999
Creator: Snook, Dennis W
Description: Appropriations are one part of a complex federal budget process that includes budget resolutions, appropriations (regular, supplemental, and continuing) bills, rescissions, and budget reconciliation bills. This report is a guide to one of the 13 regular appropriations bills that Congress passes each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House and Senate Subcommittees on VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations.
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Veterans and Smoking-Related Illnesses: Congress Enacts Limits to Compensation

Veterans and Smoking-Related Illnesses: Congress Enacts Limits to Compensation

Date: August 13, 1998
Creator: Snook, Dennis W
Description: None
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Veterans Issues in the 105th Congress

Veterans Issues in the 105th Congress

Date: June 12, 1998
Creator: Snook, Dennis W
Description: None
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Veterans Issues in the 107th Congress

Veterans Issues in the 107th Congress

Date: March 15, 2002
Creator: Snook, Dennis W
Description: None
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