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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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Disability Benefits Available Under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Veterans Disability Compensation (VDC) Programs

Disability Benefits Available Under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Veterans Disability Compensation (VDC) Programs

Date: September 12, 2012
Creator: Moulta-Ali, Umar
Description: This report seeks to clarify why one group of individuals with disabilities may be eligible for benefits under Veteran's Disability Compensation (VDC), but ineligible for benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) (and vice versa), through a description and comparison of several distinguishing characteristics of the SSDI and VDC programs. This report concludes with a discussion of the challenges facing the administration of both programs, including processing delays for pending claims and appeals.
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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: Benefits Available for Disabled Veterans

Veterans' Benefits: Benefits Available for Disabled Veterans

Date: January 23, 2012
Creator: Scott, Christine; Davis, Carol D. & Perl, Libby
Description: This report provides information on these benefits to assist disabled veterans, including eligibility, history, and the application process. Information regarding spending and the beneficiaries of these benefits is in the Appendix to this report.
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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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VA-Home Loan Guaranty Program: An Overview

VA-Home Loan Guaranty Program: An Overview

Date: January 12, 2011
Creator: Foote, Bruce E.
Description: Report containing a summary of the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program.
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Veterans' Medical Care: FY2014 Appropriations

Veterans' Medical Care: FY2014 Appropriations

Date: August 14, 2013
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. Eligibility for VA health care is based primarily on previous military service, disability, and income.
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Veterans' Benefits: Current Life Insurance Programs

Veterans' Benefits: Current Life Insurance Programs

Date: January 4, 2011
Creator: Scott, Christine
Description: Report providing 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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Veterans' Benefits: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for Survivors

Veterans' Benefits: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for Survivors

Date: January 4, 2011
Creator: Scott, Christine
Description: This report outlines the eligibility requirements and benefit levels for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and related policy issues.
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Veterans' Benefits: Burial Benefits and National Cemeteries

Veterans' Benefits: Burial Benefits and National Cemeteries

Date: January 4, 2011
Creator: Scott, Christine
Description: Report providing a descriptive analysis of both nonmonetary and monetary burial benefits and national cemeteries.
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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 and Homelessness

Veterans and Homelessness

Date: November 29, 2013
Creator: Perl, Libby
Description: This report discusses several issues relating to homelessness among veterans, which has become more prominent since the beginning of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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"Leahy Law" Human Rights Provisions and Security Assistance: Issue Overview

"Leahy Law" Human Rights Provisions and Security Assistance: Issue Overview

Date: January 29, 2014
Creator: Serafino, Nina M.; Beittel, June S.; Ploch Blanchard, Lauren & Rosen, Liana
Description: This report provides background on the Leahy laws, including a brief history of their legislative development; an overview guide to the standards and processes used to "vet"--that is, review and clear--foreign military and other security forces for gross violations of human rights; and a brief review of salient issues regarding the provisions of the laws and their implementation.
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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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Unemployment Compensation (Insurance) and Military Service

Unemployment Compensation (Insurance) and Military Service

Date: February 6, 2014
Creator: Whittaker, Julie M.
Description: This report discusses unemployment compensation for Ex-Service members (UCX), which provides income support while former active duty military personnel or reservists released from active duty search for work. The report addresses funding for this service, who is entitled to UCX benefits, and Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) and the Extended Benefits (EB) payments, which a servicemember receives when regular unemployment benefits are exhausted.
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Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Date: February 25, 2014
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga & Bagalman, Erin
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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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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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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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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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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"Who is a Veteran?"-- Basic Eligibility for Veterans' Benefits

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

Date: January 23, 2014
Creator: Moulta-Ali, Umar
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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Health Care for Rural Veterans: The Example of Federally Qualified Health Centers

Health Care for Rural Veterans: The Example of Federally Qualified Health Centers

Date: January 13, 2014
Creator: Heisler, Elayne J.; Panangala, Sidath Viranga & Bagalman, Erin
Description: This report discusses considerations that may arise during possible attempts to increase collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and describes policy levers Congress might use to encourage VA-FQHC collaboration. These approaches might also be employed to encourage collaboration between the VA and other types of facilities that may serve rural veterans.
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Veterans Affairs: Health Care and Benefits for Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

Veterans Affairs: Health Care and Benefits for Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

Date: August 25, 2008
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga & Weimer, Douglas Reid
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. This is followed by a discussion of litigation pertaining to Navy veterans of the Vietnam Era who served offshore and were never physically present on Vietnamese soil. The report concludes with a discussion of epidemiologic research conducted to study the health effects of Agent Orange and dioxin exposure on Vietnam veterans.
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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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