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Veterans Health Administration to Hold Virtual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Sessions for Veterans

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is conducting virtual diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) listening sessions during August and September from eight separate locations. The meetings, which will be held as WebEx events, support Executive Order 13985 on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government. Each of the eight locations will execute six virtual sessions to gather feedback on veterans’ experiences and perceptions related […]

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Recall on Sleep Apnea Devices Affects 300,000 veterans

On June 14, 2021, Philips Respironics, a major manufacturer of Positive Airway Pressure devices, better known as CPAP or BiPAP, announced a recall of 4 million of these devices. This announcement can be located (HERE). The recall is due to the breakdown of the foam used to reduce sound and vibration that could break loose and travel through the air hose and covers 95 percent of the Philips devices issued since 2009. According to the […]

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VA to Begin Claims Processing for Particulate Matter Exposure

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the immediate processing of disability claims for asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis based on presumed particulate matter exposure during military service in Southwest Asia and other specified areas. The conditions resulting from the exposure must have been manifested within ten years of a qualifying period of military service. A VA internal process reviewed scientific evidence that concluded that particulate matter pollution is associated with respiratory conditions for veterans […]

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American Forces Travel Extends Online Privileges to Veterans

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today a landmark policy change that will allow the 16 million U.S. veterans access to the American Forces Travel (AFT) website. According to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Patricia Montes Barron, veterans will join the 10 million active duty, Guard, and reserve service members, family members, DoD civilians, and other patrons who are already receiving this benefit. On average, customers save 35-40 percent […]

Lonnie Bedwell To Be Featured Tomorrow Night on “Breaking Bobby Bones”

Lonnie Bedwell, National Geographic 2015 Adventurer of the Year, award winning author, motivational speaker, and member of the Blinded Veterans Association’s (BVA) Indiana Regional Group, will appear in one of two Sunday, June 27 (tomorrow) episodes of National Geographic’s new series “Breaking Bobby Bones.” The Bones-Bedwell episode will air at either 10:00 or 10:30pm Eastern Daylight Time. The series, a brainchild of television and radio personality Bobby Bones himself, tests his personal motto of “fight, […]