March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to recognize and support the more than 5.3 million Americans who are living with traumatic brain injury-related (TBI) disabilities, including thousands of military service members and veterans. Those suffering from traumatic brain injury can display a wide variety of symptoms based on the severity of the injury. Common signs and symptoms…

Reimbursement of Travel Costs for VA Medical Care

Eligible Veterans may be provided mileage reimbursement or, when medically indicated, special mode transport (e.g. wheelchair van, ambulance) when traveling for approved VA medical care. Mileage reimbursement is 41.5 cents per mile and is subject to a deductible of $3 for each one-way trip and $6 for a round trip; with a maximum deductible of $18 or the amount after six one-way…

Locked in a VA Clinic…Talk About Long Wait Times

“Never leave anyone behind” is a mantra members of the military know very well. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always get applied, as was evidenced when a veteran was left locked in a waiting room in a VA hospital on Monday. Jeff Duck, a Marine Corps veteran, went to the VA Outpatient Clinic in Volusia County, Florida, to see a doctor about…

Filing a Claim for Non-VA Care

The VA may authorize veterans to receive care at a non-VA health care facility when the needed services are not available at the VA health care facility, or when the veteran is unable to travel the distance to the VA health care facility, or in the case of an emergency. Non-VA care must be authorized by VA in advance. Veterans may also…

Agent Orange Registry Health Exam for Veterans

The VA’s Agent Orange Registry health exam alerts veterans to possible long-term health problems that may be related to Agent Orange exposure during their military service. The registry data helps VA understand and respond to these health problems more effectively. Contact your local VA Environmental Health Coordinator about getting an Agent Orange Registry health exam. About the Agent Orange Registry Health Exam…

Compensation for Atomic Veterans

Q: I have a friend who was in the USAF in the 1950′s and participated in nuclear tests in the desert near Las Vegas, NV. Since that time he has had over 30 skin surgeries. He believes the skin surgeries are related to the nuclear tests, but he has not made any inquiries. He has civilian insurance and has used…

Veteran Health Registries

Certain veterans can participate in a VA health registry and receive free medical examinations, including laboratory and other diagnostic tests deemed necessary by an examining clinician. VA maintains health registries to provide special health examinations and health-related information. To participate, contact the nearest VA health care facility or visit: http://www.va.gov/environagents/.   Gulf War Registry: For Veterans who served on active…