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Expedited Removal Authority for VA Senior Executives (38 U.S.C. § 713): Selected Legal Issues

Expedited Removal Authority for VA Senior Executives (38 U.S.C. § 713): Selected Legal Issues

Date: November 10, 2015
Creator: Nicola, Thomas J.
Description: This report discusses selected legal issues relating to the authority for summary removal of individuals in senior executive positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: FY2009 Appropriations

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: FY2009 Appropriations

Date: September 17, 2008
Creator: Else, Daniel H.; Scott, Christine & Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report is a guide to one of the regular appropriations bills that Congress considers each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House and Senate Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittees. It summarizes the status of the bill, its scope, major issues, funding levels, and related congressional activity, and is updated as events warrant.
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Overview of Filipino Veterans' Benefits

Overview of Filipino Veterans' Benefits

Date: October 10, 2008
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga; Scott, Christine & Davis, Carol D.
Description: This report defines the four specific groups 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.
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Disability Evaluation of Military Servicemembers

Disability Evaluation of Military Servicemembers

Date: October 21, 2008
Creator: Scott, Christine; Panangala, Sidath V. & Henning, Charles A.
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.
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Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization: Background and Issues for Congress

Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: November 20, 2015
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report provides background information and issues for Congress on the sustainment and modernization of the Coast Guard's polar icebreaker fleet. Congressional decisions on this issue could affect Coast Guard funding requirements, the Coast Guard's ability to perform its polar missions, and the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base.
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Department of Veterans Affairs FY2016 Appropriations: In Brief

Department of Veterans Affairs FY2016 Appropriations: In Brief

Date: October 22, 2015
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report discusses budget issues for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which provides a range of benefits and services to veterans who meet certain eligibility rules.
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Veterans and Homelessness

Veterans and Homelessness

Date: November 6, 2015
Creator: Perl, Libby
Description: This report discusses the various aspects of the issue 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.
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Department of Veterans Affairs FY2016 Appropriations: In Brief

Department of Veterans Affairs FY2016 Appropriations: In Brief

Date: November 18, 2015
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V.
Description: This report discusses budget issues for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which provides a range of benefits and services to veterans who meet certain eligibility rules.
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Veterans' Benefits: An Overview of Benefits for Disabled Veterans

Veterans' Benefits: An Overview of Benefits for Disabled Veterans

Date: August 21, 2008
Creator: Miller, St Jalisa E.; Scott, Christine & Davis, Carol D.
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.
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Veterans' Benefits: The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

Veterans' Benefits: The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

Date: August 21, 2008
Creator: Crane, Beverley A.; 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 a brief history of the program as well as information about eligibility and entitlement, the application process, and resources available through other agencies.
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Expedited Removal Authority for VA Senior Executives (38 U.S.C. § 713): Selected Legal Issues

Expedited Removal Authority for VA Senior Executives (38 U.S.C. § 713): Selected Legal Issues

Date: August 21, 2015
Creator: Nicola, Thomas J.
Description: This report discusses selected legal issues relating to the authority for summary removal of individuals in senior executive positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Section 707 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act, P.L. 113-146, enacted on August 7, 2014, created this authority by adding Section 713 to Title 38 of the United States Code. It authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to remove an individual in a senior executive position from federal service or transfer him or her to a position in the General Schedule if the Secretary determines that the individual's performance or misconduct warrants removal.
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VA Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1994), as Reported to the House

VA Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1994), as Reported to the House

Date: July 27, 2015
Creator: Nicola, Thomas J.; Carey, Maeve P.; Isaacs, Katelin P.; Schwemle, Barbara L. & Shimabukuro, Jon O.
Description: This report describes the VA Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1994) as reported to the House by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs on July 23 2015 and compares it to current law where appropriate.
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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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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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Who Is a "Veteran"?--Basic Eligibility for Veterans' Benefits

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

Date: August 19, 2015
Creator: Szymendera, Scott D.
Description: This report examines the basic eligibility criteria for Veterans' Administration (VA) benefits, including the eligibility of members of the National Guard and reserve components.
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Veterans' Benefits: Pension Benefit Programs

Veterans' Benefits: Pension Benefit Programs

Date: September 9, 2015
Creator: Szymendera, Scott D. & Davis, Carol D.
Description: This report discusses selected veteran pension programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This report also discusses the eligibility criteria and current benefit levels of these programs and provides data on the number of pension beneficiaries and average annual benefit amounts for FY1999 through FY2013.
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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' 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: 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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Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3230; P.L. 113-146)

Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3230; P.L. 113-146)

Date: August 27, 2015
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V.; Carey, Maeve P.; Dortch, Cassandria & Heisler, Elayne J.
Description: This report begins with a brief overview of the legislative history that lead up to the enactment of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-146), and discusses subsequent amendments to the act. The Act was largely in response to issues pertaining to delays in patient care and patient wait time manipulation at various Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system facilities.
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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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Veterans Affairs: Benefits for Service-Connected Disabilities

Veterans Affairs: Benefits for Service-Connected Disabilities

Date: May 15, 2008
Creator: Weimer, Douglas Reid
Description: This report describes disability compensation, which is a benefit Congress provides to American veterans and their dependents through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Disability compensation is a monthly cash benefit program for veterans currently impaired from past service-connected activities.
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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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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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