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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs
In his news conference last week, President Obama painted the specter of a society crumbling through no fault of his own. However, ultimately, he decides which activities to shut down as the debt ceiling is reached. The ease and petulance of his decisions becomes evident when knowing the federal government continues to receive billions of dollars in tax payments each day and still funds more than 80 percent of federal activities.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it's adding staff and installing new managers at its Baltimore regional office to reduce a large backlog of claims from Maryland veterans. The changes stem from a General Accountability Office report that found the Baltimore office had the nation's highest percentage of backlogged cases and the highest rate of errors.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is being tight-lipped about the quality of care 450,000 veterans in Maryland are receiving.
Honor Flights bring veterans from around the country to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials of the wars in which they fought. The current focus is on World War II veterans and any veteran who has a terminal illness.
Unemployed veterans may be heading back to school en masse under a federal program to get out-of-work veterans trained and back into the job market.
Dear Sgt. Shaft: I understand that Virginia now offers a property tax exemption for disabled veterans. What is the procedure for establishing this eligibility?
Dear Sgt Shaft: In regard to your recent advice to a vet concerning concerning Agent Orange, enlarged prostate and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are not presumptive conditions associated with this defoliant. If these conditions were diagnosed on active duty, however, then that is another story. Also, any one with boots on the ground is considered to have been exposed to AO for VA compensation purposes.
A lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses the federal government of misusing a 390-acre plot of land in Los Angeles that was donated some 130 years ago for facilities to house veterans who need care after traumatic military experiences.
A 6-year-old girl is recovering after surgeons reattached her left hand, severed when it was caught in a loop of jump rope that had snagged on the axle of her mother's car.
Military veterans are being buried at such a rapid rate that national cemeteries use heavy equipment to make room. An average of 1,800 veterans die each day, and 10 percent of them are buried in the country's 125 national cemeteries, which are expected to set a record with 107,000 interments, including dependents, this year.
A coalition of injured Iraq war veterans is accusing VA Secretary Jim Nicholson of breaking the law by denying them disability pay and mental health treatment.