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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: October 18, 2010
Creator: Nichols, James E.
Description: This report focuses on several statutory presumptions that relate to the second element of a service-connected claim for disability compensation, and synthesizes the legal principles that guide the Department of Veterans Affairs' application of the statutory presumptions during the claims adjudication process. Specifically, this report will discuss the "presumption of soundness," the presumption of aggravation of a pre-existing injury or disease, the "line of duty" presumption, and finally, the "combat veteran" presumption, all of which are codified at Title 38 of the United States Code.
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Veterans Medical Care: FY2011 Appropriations

Veterans Medical Care: FY2011 Appropriations

Date: November 15, 2010
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides benefits to veterans through three major operating units, one of which is the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), on which this report focuses. This report will track the FY2011 appropriations process for funding VHA, and will be updated as legislative activities warrant.
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Educational Assistance Programs Administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Educational Assistance Programs Administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Date: March 15, 2011
Creator: Dortch, Cassandria
Description: This report provides a detailed description of the six educational assistance programs that are available to veterans or other eligible individuals through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Although the programs are administered by the VA, some of the funding for the programs is provided by the Department of Defense (DOD), which transfers monies from its education trust fund to the VA for disbursement.
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Veterans Affairs Beneficiary Travel Program: Questions and Answers

Veterans Affairs Beneficiary Travel Program: Questions and Answers

Date: March 25, 2011
Creator: Stoesen, Lyn
Description: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers a Travel Beneficiary Program to help alleviate the costs of travel to medical appointments for eligible veterans. This report offers an overview of the benefit and includes a question-and-answer section with basic information about eligibility, the types of travel covered and how benefits are calculated, and how to apply for the benefit. The report also includes an appendix containing a review of major legislative and regulatory changes to the benefit since its inception in 1940 through the most recent changes enacted in 2010.
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Veterans' Benefits Issues in the 109th Congress

Veterans' Benefits Issues in the 109th Congress

Date: August 4, 2006
Creator: Graney, Paul J
Description: None
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Veterans Affairs: Basic Eligibility for Disability Benefit Programs

Veterans Affairs: Basic Eligibility for Disability Benefit Programs

Date: September 28, 2005
Creator: Weimer, Douglas Reid
Description: None
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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: October 22, 2012
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 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: September 21, 2012
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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Military Benefits for Former Spouses: Legislation and Policy Issues

Military Benefits for Former Spouses: Legislation and Policy Issues

Date: January 12, 2011
Creator: Burrelli, David F.
Description: The purpose of this report is to provide a general discussion of legislative provisions and proposals relating to the military benefits for former spouses.
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Veterans Affairs Beneficiary Travel Program: Questions and Answers

Veterans Affairs Beneficiary Travel Program: Questions and Answers

Date: February 7, 2011
Creator: Stoesen, Lyn
Description: This report offers an overview of the Travel Beneficiary Program for veterans and includes a question-and-answer section with basic information about eligibility, the types of travel covered and how benefits are calculated, and how to apply for the benefit.
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