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Veterans Health Care: Project HERO Implementation

Veterans Health Care: Project HERO Implementation

Date: February 3, 2010
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report first provides a brief overview of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system, followed by a overview of Project HERO (Healthcare Effectiveness through Resource Optimization). Second, it discusses the current fee basis care process, as well as the implementation of Project HERO. The report concludes with a discussion of observations on the implementation of Project HERO based on Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Humana Veterans Healthcare Services (HVHS) perspectives.
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Veterans Health Administration: Community- Based Outpatient Clinics

Veterans Health Administration: Community- Based Outpatient Clinics

Date: January 28, 2010
Creator: Viranga Panangala, Sidath
Description: This report provides an overview of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rationale in establishing Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), describes how they are managed and administered, discusses medical services provided at CBOCs, and summarizes what is known about the quality and cost of providing care in CBOCs compared to primary care clinics at VA Medical Centers. Lastly, it describes the process for developing a new CBOC.
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Concurrent Receipt: Background and Issues for Congress

Concurrent Receipt: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: January 22, 2010
Creator: Henning, Charles A.
Description: This report addresses the two primary components of the concurrent receipt program: Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) and Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP). It reviews the possible legislative expansion of the program to additional populations and provide several potential options for Congress to consider.
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Veterans Medical Care: FY2010 Appropriations

Veterans Medical Care: FY2010 Appropriations

Date: January 21, 2010
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V.
Description: This report focuses on funding for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The VHA is primarily a direct service provider of primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services to veterans through the nation's largest integrated health care system. Eligibility for VA health care is based primarily on previous military service, disability, and income.
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CRS Issue Statement on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations

CRS Issue Statement on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations

Date: January 15, 2010
Creator: Else, Daniel H.; Panangala, Sidath Viranga & Scott, Christine
Description: The closing, reduction in scope, or expansion of military installations on domestic soil and overseas, the privatization of government-built military housing, the provision of benefits and medical care to eligible veterans, and the redeployment of military units to the United States from overseas garrisons have drawn congressional attention in recent sessions. The funds to support all of these activities are provided by the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act debated annually in both chambers.
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CRS Issue Statement on Veterans' Benefits

CRS Issue Statement on Veterans' Benefits

Date: January 13, 2010
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom are the largest sustained ground combat missions undertaken by the United States since the Vietnam War. Over 1.7 million service members have been deployed to these two theaters of operation. Since FY2002, more than 1.0 million veterans have left active duty making them potentially eligible for benefits and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Obama Administration has begun the process of drawing down forces from Iraq and surging the number of combat forces in Afghanistan. These factors will have a continued impact on VA health care, disability, education, vocational rehabilitation, employment and housing benefits. The 2nd Session of the 111th Congress will continue to focus on the treatment and compensation of this latest generation of veterans as well as aging veterans from previous conflicts.
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U.S. Periods of War

U.S. Periods of War

Date: January 7, 2010
Creator: Salazar Torreon, Barbara
Description: This report lists the beginning and ending dates for "periods of war" found in Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations, dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It also lists and differentiates other beginning dates given in declarations of war, as well as termination of hostilities dates and armistice and ending dates given in proclamations, laws, or treaties.
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Traumatic Brain Injury: Care and Treatment of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans

Traumatic Brain Injury: Care and Treatment of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans

Date: November 25, 2009
Creator: Corby-Edwards, Amalia K.
Description: This report provides a review of traumatic brain injury (TBI) as an illness, its prevalence among veterans, current activity to address the issue in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and current policy issues.
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Veterans Affairs: Basic Eligibility for Disability Benefit Programs

Veterans Affairs: Basic Eligibility for Disability Benefit Programs

Date: November 25, 2009
Creator: Weimer, Douglas Reid
Description: This report examines the eligibility criteria and the fundamentals of the VA-administered disability benefit programs and related issues. It supplements and condenses the relevant materials that are available from the VA and its website. It also provides specific citations for further information and more in-depth analysis of information contained herein.
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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: October 30, 2009
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V. & Weimer, Douglas R.
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 the recent litigation pertaining to Navy veterans of the Vietnam Era who served offshore and were never physically present on Vietnamese soil.
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Health Reform and the 111th Congress

Health Reform and the 111th Congress

Date: October 14, 2009
Creator: Chaikind, Hinda
Description: This report presents basic background information on health insurance that may be useful to legislators considering health insurance reforms. It describes health insurance reform approaches and provides brief descriptions of health insurance reform bills introduced in the 111th Congress.
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Veterans Benefits: Federal Employment Assistance

Veterans Benefits: Federal Employment Assistance

Date: October 6, 2009
Creator: Scott, Christine
Description: This report provides a brief overview of federal programs and policies specifically targeted to help veterans seeking employment in the civilian economy.
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Veterans' Benefits: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for Survivors

Veterans' Benefits: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for Survivors

Date: August 19, 2009
Creator: Scott, Christine
Description: This report outlines the eligibility requirements and benefit levels for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and related policy issues.
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Veterans' Benefits: Benefits Available for Disabled Veterans

Veterans' Benefits: Benefits Available for Disabled Veterans

Date: July 31, 2009
Creator: Scott, Christine & Davis, Carol D.
Description: This report provides information on benefits for disabled veterans, including eligibility, history, and the application process. Information regarding spending and the beneficiaries of these benefits is in the Appendix to this report.
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Veterans and Homelessness

Veterans and Homelessness

Date: June 26, 2009
Creator: Perl, Libby
Description: The current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have brought renewed attention to the needs of veterans, including the needs of homeless veterans. As the number of veterans increases due to the current wars, there is concern that the number of homeless veterans could rise commensurately. The current economic downturn also has raised concerns that homelessness could increase among all groups, including veterans. Several issues regarding veterans and homelessness have become prominent, in part because of the current conflicts, which this report discusses in detail.
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Concurrent Receipt: Background and Issues for Congress

Concurrent Receipt: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: May 21, 2009
Creator: Henning, Charles A.
Description: This report addresses the two primary components of the concurrent receipt program: Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) and Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP). It reviews the possible legislative expansion of the program to additional populations and provide several potential options for Congress to consider.
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Advance Appropriations for Veterans' Health Care: Issues and Options for Congress

Advance Appropriations for Veterans' Health Care: Issues and Options for Congress

Date: April 28, 2009
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V.
Description: This report discusses issues regarding authorization of an advanced appropriation for certain medical care accounts of the Veterans Health Administration.
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Veterans' Benefits: Pension Benefit Programs

Veterans' Benefits: Pension Benefit Programs

Date: March 23, 2009
Creator: Scott, Christine & Davis, Carol D.
Description: This report describes several pension benefit programs for veterans and their families, including the eligibility criteria and current benefit levels.
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Veterans' Benefits: The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

Veterans' Benefits: The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

Date: March 12, 2009
Creator: Scott, Christine & Davis, Carol D.
Description: This report describes Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service (VR&E) program services available to veterans with service-connected disabilities and to their families. It provides information about eligibility and entitlement, the application process, and resources available through other agencies. A brief history of the program is also provided.
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Overview of Filipino Veterans' Benefits

Overview of Filipino Veterans' Benefits

Date: February 20, 2009
Creator: Scott, Christine; Viranga Panangala, Sidath & Davis, Carol D.
Description: This report defines the four specific groups (Regular Philippine Scouts, Commonwealth Army of the Philippines, Recognized Guerilla Forces, and New Philippine Scouts) 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, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, P.L. 111-5).
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Veterans Affairs: The Appeal Process for Veterans' Claims

Veterans Affairs: The Appeal Process for Veterans' Claims

Date: February 6, 2009
Creator: Weimer, Douglas R.
Description: This report discusses the appeal process for veterans who are denied veteran's affairs claims. It ends with discussion of legislation considered in the 111th Congress to modify the process.
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Disability Evaluation of Military Servicemembers

Disability Evaluation of Military Servicemembers

Date: January 27, 2009
Creator: Scott, Christine; Panangala, Sidath V.; Henning, Charles A. & Szymendera, Scott
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. It also describes the DOD and VA disability rating processes in greater detail as well as recent congressional and executive actions and recommendations regarding DOD and VA disability evaluations.
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Veterans' Benefits: Benefits Available for Disabled Veterans

Veterans' Benefits: Benefits Available for Disabled Veterans

Date: January 27, 2009
Creator: Scott, Christine & Davis, Carol D.
Description: This report provides information on benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) specifically created to assist disabled veterans. It disucsses the benefits' eligibility, history, and the application process. An appendix provides information regarding spending and the beneficiaries of these benefits.
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Veterans Affairs: Basic Eligibility for Disability Benefit Programs

Veterans Affairs: Basic Eligibility for Disability Benefit Programs

Date: November 19, 2008
Creator: Weimer, Douglas Reid
Description: This report examines the eligibility criteria and the fundamentals of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-administered disability benefit programs and related issues. It supplements and condenses the relevant materials that are available from the VA and its website. It also provides specific citations for further information and more in-depth analysis of information contained herein.
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