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Veterans' Benefits: Pension Benefit Programs

Veterans' Benefits: Pension Benefit Programs

Date: June 29, 2015
Creator: Meyerson, Noah P. & Davis, Carol D.
Description: This report describes several pension benefit programs for veterans and their families, including the eligibility criteria and current benefit levels, and provides data on the number of pension beneficiaries and average annual benefit amounts for FY1999 through FY2013.
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Who is a "Veteran"?--Basic Eligibility for Veterans' Benefits

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

Date: June 26, 2015
Creator: Meyerson, Noah P.
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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FY2016 NDAA: A Comparison of House and Senate Provisions for Military Retirement Reform

FY2016 NDAA: A Comparison of House and Senate Provisions for Military Retirement Reform

Date: June 4, 2015
Creator: Kamarck, Kristy N.
Description: This report discusses the military retirement system, which is a funded, noncontributory, defined benefit system that provides a monthly annuity to servicemembers after 20 years of qualifying service.
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Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Date: April 30, 2015
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
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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Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: FY2015 Appropriations

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: FY2015 Appropriations

Date: April 20, 2015
Creator: Else, Daniel H.; Panangala, Sidath V. & Moulta-Ali, Umar
Description: This report discusses the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which provides funding for the planning, design, construction, alteration, and improvement of facilities used by active and reserve military components worldwide.
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Veterans and Homelessness

Veterans and Homelessness

Date: March 25, 2015
Creator: Perl, Libby
Description: The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan brought renewed attention to the needs of veterans, including the needs of homeless veterans. Researchers have found both male and female veterans to be overrepresented in the homeless population, and, as the number of veterans increased due to these conflicts, there was concern that the number of homeless veterans could rise commensurately. This report discusses the various aspects of this issue.
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Health Care for Veterans: Traumatic Brain Injury

Health Care for Veterans: Traumatic Brain Injury

Date: March 9, 2015
Creator: Bagalman, Erin
Description: This report focuses on current efforts of the VA's Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to understand, identify, and treat Traumatic brain injury (TBI) among veterans.
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Veterans' Benefits: The Impact of Military Discharges on Basic Eligibility

Veterans' Benefits: The Impact of Military Discharges on Basic Eligibility

Date: March 6, 2015
Creator: Moulta-Ali, Umar & Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report discusses the discharge or separation requirement for veteran status or, more specifically, how the VA assesses character of service to determine whether a former servicemember's separation from the military can be considered other than dishonorable.
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Veterans' Benefits: Pension Benefit Programs

Veterans' Benefits: Pension Benefit Programs

Date: February 13, 2015
Creator: Moulta-Ali, Umar & Davis, Carol D.
Description: This report describes several pension benefit programs for veterans and their families, including the eligibility criteria and current benefit levels, and provides data on the number of pension beneficiaries and average annual benefit amounts for FY1999 through FY2013.
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Health Care for Veterans: Suicide Prevention

Health Care for Veterans: Suicide Prevention

Date: January 30, 2015
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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Veterans Affairs: Presumptive Service Connection and Disability Compensation

Veterans Affairs: Presumptive Service Connection and Disability Compensation

Date: November 18, 2014
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga; Shedd, Daniel T. & Moulta-Ali, Umar
Description: This report discusses presumptive service connection, its legislative history, and current challenges in making evidence-based determinations of presumptions. It also discusses the Agent Orange Act (P.L. 102-4) and suggests implications of the process established by the act for future presumptive service-connected determinations.
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Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange: Legislative History, Litigation, and Current Issues

Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange: Legislative History, Litigation, and Current Issues

Date: November 18, 2014
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga & Shedd, Daniel T.
Description: This report provides an overview of how Congress and the judiciary have addressed the concerns of Vietnam-era veterans and briefly describes some of the current issues raised by Vietnam-era veterans.
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Veterans and Homelessness

Veterans and Homelessness

Date: November 13, 2014
Creator: Perl, Libby
Description: The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan brought renewed attention to the needs of veterans, including the needs of homeless veterans. Researchers have found both male and female veterans to be overrepresented in the homeless population, and, as the number of veterans increased due to these conflicts, there was concern that the number of homeless veterans could rise commensurately. This report discusses the various aspects of this issue.
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When Will DOD Modernize its Electronic Health Records Systems?

When Will DOD Modernize its Electronic Health Records Systems?

Date: November 13, 2014
Creator: Jansen, Don J.
Description: This report discusses the Departments of Defense (DOD) efforts to mover from joint single integrated electronic health record to an "off-the-shelf" acquisition and VA announced it would pursue an "open-source" strategy.
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SBA Veterans Assistance Programs: An Analysis of Contemporary Issues

SBA Veterans Assistance Programs: An Analysis of Contemporary Issues

Date: October 23, 2014
Creator: Dilger, Robert J. & Lowry, Sean
Description: This report opens with an examination of the current economic circumstances of veteran-owned businesses drawn from the Bureau of the Census 2007 Survey of Business Owners, which was administered in 2008 and 2009, and released on May 17, 2011. It also provides a brief overview of veteran employment experiences, describes the employment assistance programs offered by several federal agencies to assist veterans in their transition from the military to the civilian labor force, and examines related Small Business Administration (SBA) initiatives such as business development programs, efforts to assist veterans' access to capital, and veteran contracting programs.
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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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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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Improving Health Care Access for Veterans: H.R. 3230

Improving Health Care Access for Veterans: H.R. 3230

Date: July 16, 2014
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report provides a brief comparison of the Senate ("Senate Bill") and House ("House Bill") provisions that would provide expanded authority to the VA to provide care to veterans through non-VA health care providers and facilities. This report compares only major provisions contained in Title III of the Senate version and Sections 2 and 3 of the House Version of H.R. 3230.
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SBA Veterans Assistance Programs: An Analysis of Contemporary Issues

SBA Veterans Assistance Programs: An Analysis of Contemporary Issues

Date: June 5, 2014
Creator: Dilger, Robert J. & Lowry, Sean
Description: This report opens with an examination of the current economic circumstances of veteran-owned businesses drawn from the Bureau of the Census 2007 Survey of Business Owners, which was administered in 2008 and 2009, and released on May 17, 2011. It also provides a brief overview of veteran employment experiences, describes the employment assistance programs offered by several federal agencies to assist veterans in their transition from the military to the civilian labor force, and examines related Small Business Administration (SBA) initiatives such as business development programs, efforts to assist veterans' access to capital, and veteran contracting programs.
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The Number of Veterans That Use VA Health Care Services: A Fact Sheet

The Number of Veterans That Use VA Health Care Services: A Fact Sheet

Date: June 3, 2014
Creator: Bagalman, Erin
Description: This report provides data on the number of veterans and VA health care users, and discusses the allegations of long delays in treatments.
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Veterans' Medical Care: FY2015 Appropriations

Veterans' Medical Care: FY2015 Appropriations

Date: May 15, 2014
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
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.
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Federal Holidays: Evolution and Current Practices

Federal Holidays: Evolution and Current Practices

Date: May 9, 2014
Creator: Straus, Jacob R.
Description: This report discusses the creation of federal holidays, how holidays affect employee pay, and recent holiday legislation.
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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: April 2, 2014
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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Veterans' Medical Care: FY2014 Appropriations

Veterans' Medical Care: FY2014 Appropriations

Date: April 1, 2014
Creator: Panangala, S. 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.
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