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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
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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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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Overview of the Appeal Process for Veterans' Claims

Overview of the Appeal Process for Veterans' Claims

Date: July 16, 2012
Creator: Shedd, Daniel T.
Description: This report covers the current appeal process for veterans benefit claims. It ends with a description of current proposed legislation to alter the process.
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Veterans Affairs: Basic Eligibility for Disability Benefit Programs

Veterans Affairs: Basic Eligibility for Disability Benefit Programs

Date: February 24, 2011
Creator: Weimer, Douglas Reid
Description: This report examines the eligibility criteria and the fundamentals of the Department of Veterans Affairs-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 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 Affairs: The Appeal Process for Veterans' Claims

Veterans Affairs: The Appeal Process for Veterans' Claims

Date: January 24, 2011
Creator: Reid Weimer, Douglas
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 Affairs: The Appeal Process for Veterans' Claims

Veterans Affairs: The Appeal Process for Veterans' Claims

Date: April 7, 2011
Creator: Reid Weimer, Douglas
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 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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Veterans Affairs: Presumptive Service Connection and Disability Compensation

Veterans Affairs: Presumptive Service Connection and Disability Compensation

Date: March 28, 2011
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga; Scott, Christine; Reid Weimer, Douglas & Moulta-Ali, Umar
Description: The purpose of this report is to examine the very complex and sometimes controversial policy issue of establishing presumptive service connection. The material in it is based in large part on VA’s “Analysis of Presumptions of Service Connection,” and IOM’s “Improving the Presumptive Disability Decision-Making Process for Veterans” reports.
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Veterans' Medical Care: FY2012 Appropriations

Veterans' Medical Care: FY2012 Appropriations

Date: August 1, 2011
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report focuses on the 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. Veterans generally must enroll in the VA health care system to receive medical care. Eligibility for enrollment is based primarily on previous military service, disability, and income. VA provides free inpatient and outpatient medical care to veterans for service-connected conditions and to low-income veterans for nonservice-connected conditions.
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