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Veterans Affairs: Basic Eligibility for Disability Benefit Programs

Description: This report examines the eligibility criteria and the fundamentals of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-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.
Date: November 19, 2008
Creator: Weimer, Douglas Reid
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans Medical Care: FY2009 Appropriations

Description: This report provides a brief background on the veterans' health care system, followed by a discussion of the FY2009 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) budget request, and House and Senate Appropriation Committee action. The report concludes with a discussion of major VHA budget issues.
Date: July 29, 2008
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans Medical Care: FY2009 Appropriations

Description: This report provides a brief background on the veterans' health care system, followed by a discussion of the FY2009 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) budget request, and House and Senate Appropriations Committee action. The report concludes with a discussion of major VHA budget issues.
Date: September 22, 2008
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

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.
Date: April 30, 2015
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans Affairs: Basic Eligibility for Disability Benefit Programs

Description: This report examines the eligibility criteria and the fundamentals of the VA-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.
Date: November 25, 2009
Creator: Weimer, Douglas Reid
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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

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.
Date: March 15, 2011
Creator: Dortch, Cassandria
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

GI Bills Enacted Prior to 2008 and Related Veterans' Educational Assistance Programs: A Primer

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.
Date: October 22, 2012
Creator: Dortch, Cassandria
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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

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.
Date: October 18, 2010
Creator: Nichols, James E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans Affairs: Basic Eligibility for Disability Benefit Programs

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.
Date: February 24, 2011
Creator: Weimer, Douglas Reid
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans Affairs Beneficiary Travel Program: Questions and Answers

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.
Date: March 25, 2011
Creator: Stoesen, Lyn
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans Affairs: Presumptive Service Connection and Disability Compensation

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.
Date: March 28, 2011
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga; Scott, Christine; Reid Weimer, Douglas & Moulta-Ali, Umar
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans' Medical Care: FY2012 Appropriations

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.
Date: August 1, 2011
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans Medical Care: FY2011 Appropriations

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.
Date: November 15, 2010
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans Medical Care: FY2011 Appropriations

Description: This report discusses the FY2011 appropriations process for funding the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides benefits to veterans through three major operating units, including the VHA.
Date: March 21, 2011
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (Post-9/11 GI Bill): Primer and Issues

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.
Date: September 21, 2012
Creator: Dortch, Cassandria
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

SBA Veterans Assistance Programs: An Analysis of Contemporary Issues

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.
Date: October 23, 2014
Creator: Dilger, Robert J. & Lowry, Sean
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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

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.
Date: August 21, 2015
Creator: Nicola, Thomas J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department