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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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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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Veterans' Benefits: The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

Veterans' Benefits: The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

Date: March 26, 2012
Creator: Collins, Benjamin
Description: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment for veterans (VR&E) is an entitlement program that provides job training and related services to veterans with service-connected disabilities. In cases where a disabled veteran is not able to work, the VR&E program provides independent living services to help the veteran achieve the highest possible quality of life. The VR&E program is administered by the Veterans Benefit Administration, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In FY2012, the VA estimates that VR&E benefits will cost $516 million, subsistence allowances for eligible veterans will be an additional $433 million, and administrative costs will total $204 million.
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Veterans' Benefits: The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

Veterans' Benefits: The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

Date: January 11, 2011
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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Veterans Benefits: Federal Employment Assistance

Veterans Benefits: Federal Employment Assistance

Date: January 4, 2011
Creator: Scott, Christine
Description: There are federal employment and training programs and policies specifically targeted to help veterans seeking employment in the civilian economy. These programs and policies also assist servicemembers as they prepare to leave the military. Some of these programs help veterans secure employment specifically with the federal government and federal contractors. This report provides a brief overview of these programs and policies.
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SBA Veterans Assistance Programs: An Analysis of Contemporary Issues

SBA Veterans Assistance Programs: An Analysis of Contemporary Issues

Date: September 4, 2012
Creator: Dilger, Robert Jay & Lowry, Sean
Description: Report that contains an examination of the current economic circumstances of veteran-owned businesses, available employment assistant programs offered by several federal agencies to assist veterans in their transition from the military to the civilian labor force, and veteran business development programs.
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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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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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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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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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Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs

Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs

Date: February 20, 2014
Creator: Collins, Benjamin; Dilger, Robert Jay; Dortch, Cassandria; Kapp, Lawrence; Lowry, Sean & Perl, Libby
Description: This report discusses veterans' employment trends and programs. The first section presents data on veterans' employment outcomes, identifying recent trends, and discussing issues to consider when interpreting veterans' employment data. The following sections present brief discussions of existing programs that provide employment-related services to veterans. These services are divided into (1) general programs that are broadly available to veterans, (2) programs that target veterans with service-connected disabilities, and (3) competitive grant programs that provide additional employment-related services to veterans but may be limited in scope or availability.
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Credit for Military Service Under Civilian Federal Employee Retirement Systems

Credit for Military Service Under Civilian Federal Employee Retirement Systems

Date: December 30, 2010
Creator: Isaacs, Katelin P.
Description: Federal employees with permanent appointments earn pension benefits under one of two retirement plans. Employees hired after 1983 participate in the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS). Employees hired before 1984 participate in the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) unless they elected to transfer to the FERS during open seasons held in 1987 and 1998. This report discusses the changes in legislation that allowed veterans who subsequently became civilian federal employees to count their years of active-duty military service toward retirement eligibility and pension benefits under CSRS.
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Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs

Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs

Date: January 10, 2013
Creator: Collins, Benjamin; Bradley, David H.; Dilger, Robert Jay; Dortch, Cassandria; Kapp, Lawrence; Lowry, Sean et al.
Description: Veterans' employment outcomes in the civilian labor market are an issue of ongoing congressional interest. This report offers introductory data on veterans' performance in the civilian labor market as well as a discussion of veteran-targeted federal programs that provide employment-related benefits and services.
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Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs

Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs

Date: October 23, 2012
Creator: Collins, Benjamin; Bradley, David H.; Dortch, Cassandria; Kapp, Lawrence & Scott, Christine
Description: This report discusses veterans' employment trends and programs. The first section presents data on veterans' employment outcomes, identifying recent trends, and discussing issues to consider when interpreting veterans' employment data. The following sections present brief discussions of existing programs that provide employment-related services to veterans. These services are divided into (1) general programs that are broadly available to veterans, (2) programs that target veterans with service-connected disabilities, and (3) competitive grant programs that provide additional employment-related services to veterans but may be limited in scope or availability.
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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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The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): A Private Cause of Action

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): A Private Cause of Action

Date: October 29, 2010
Creator: Mason, R. Chuck
Description: This report discusses the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), the purpose of which is to provide for, strengthen, and expedite the national defense by protecting service members, enabling them to "devote their entire energy to the defense needs of the Nation." This report also discusses related legislation, such as the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010, which clarifies certain SCRA protections.
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The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): A Private Cause of Action

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): A Private Cause of Action

Date: January 24, 2011
Creator: Mason, R. Chuck
Description: This report discusses the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and related legislation, such as the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010, which clarifies certain SCRA protections.
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Veterans Affairs: The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims— Judicial Review of VA Decision Making

Veterans Affairs: The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims— Judicial Review of VA Decision Making

Date: February 11, 2011
Creator: Reid Weimer, Douglas
Description: This report discusses legislation enacted by the 111th Congress to address funding, operations, and benefit appeal procedures within the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims (CAVC).
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Veterans Affairs: Historical Budget Authority, Fiscal Years 1940 Through 2010

Veterans Affairs: Historical Budget Authority, Fiscal Years 1940 Through 2010

Date: January 20, 2011
Creator: Scott, Christine
Description: This report provides information on the historical budget authority of the Department of Veterans Affairs (formerly the Veterans Administration) for FY1940 through FY2010. Budget authority is presented in both current dollars and constant 2010 dollars (i.e., inflation-adjusted).
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Veterans Affairs: Historical Budget Authority, FY1940-FY2012

Veterans Affairs: Historical Budget Authority, FY1940-FY2012

Date: June 13, 2012
Creator: Scott, Christine
Description: This report provides information on the historical budget authority of the Department of Veterans Affairs (formerly the Veterans Administration) for FY1940 through FY2012.
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Veterans Affairs: The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims—Judicial Review of VA Decision Making

Veterans Affairs: The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims—Judicial Review of VA Decision Making

Date: March 28, 2011
Creator: Reid Weimer, Douglas
Description: This report discusses legislation enacted by the 111th Congress to address funding, operations, and benefit appeal procedures within the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims (CAVC).
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Veterans' Benefits: Current Life Insurance Programs

Veterans' Benefits: Current Life Insurance Programs

Date: October 18, 2010
Creator: Scott, Christine
Description: This report provides information on the current Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) life insurance programs available for servicemembers and veterans, management and administration issues, and associated policy issues and legislation.
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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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Legal Issues Related to Proving “Service Connection” for VA Disability Compensation: Statutory Presumptions

Legal Issues Related to Proving “Service Connection” for VA Disability Compensation: Statutory Presumptions

Date: March 3, 2011
Creator: Reid Weimer, Douglas
Description: This report provides a basic overview of various statutory presumptions that help veterans substantiate a service-connected claim for disability compensation.
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