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Navy Veterans' Organizations Suing VA Over Agent Orange Exposure During Vietnam War

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 8/9/2013

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In a heroic attempt to right an administrative wrong, two Navy veterans' organizations are suing the Department of Veterans Affairs and Secretary Eric Shinseki over the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Specifically, the suit alleges that the medical benefits that the VA offers does not cover treatments for conditions stemming from exposure to the lethal weapon.

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VA Secretary's Ambitious Plan to Overhaul Claims System Shows Promise

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 5/23/2013

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Surprising or not, the Department of Veterans Affairs kept physical, paper files on each and every claim made by a veteran, and because the record keeping is cumbersome and archaic, many question why the VA has stuck to such an outdated claims system for so long, especially with the recent uptick of veterans needing support and services.

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VA Releases Draft Report on Current State of Gulf War Veterans' Health

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 5/16/2013

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Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a draft report from the Gulf War Veterans' Illness Task Force on the current state of Gulf War Veterans' health in the hopes to gather public opinion and comments in an on-going effort to improve the quality of medical care and types of medical services offered. Further, the draft report calls for an improvement in addressing the medical needs of Gulf War Veterans with “multi-symptom” illnesses and expanding the scope of clinical studies.

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Former UK Merchant Navy Man Another Victim of Asbestos on Ships

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 11/2/2012

Michael Stevens, a former member of the Merchant Navy, died from repeated asbestos exposure and subsequent malignant mesothelioma. He was 83.

Similarly to the Merchant Marine in the United States, the Merchant Navy operates on behalf of the United Kingdom. Formerly established and nationally recognized by King George V after World War I, the Merchant Navy served a pivotal role not only in the Great War but also in World War II. These privately operated vessels supported the Royal Navy's efforts during times of conflict.

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VA Set to Begin CT Lung Cancer Screenings in Veterans After Success in Medical Trial

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 8/29/2012

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking an active role in the early detection, and ultimately, treatment of lung cancer in veterans. Inspired by the success of the National Cancer Institute's National Lung Screening Trial, the VA is in the beginning stages of implementing CT scans.

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Victory for Camp Lejeune Veterans As Obama Signs New Health Care Bill

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 8/10/2012

On Monday, President Barack Obama signed a new health care bill that will finally give Marine Corps veterans and their families from North Carolina's Camp Lejeune some much needed relief and recognition. The "Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012” [HR 1627] will provided necessary health benefits for veterans and their families suffering from medical conditions caused by water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

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Great Gift Ideas for Active Duty Military

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 11/30/2011

Now’s the time to start planning for sending gifts to your husband, wife, son or daughter that’s serving overseas. With only a handful of days left before the shipping deadline, getting great ideas for gifts may be difficult, especially if you’re like the rest of us, juggling holiday events, wrapping other presents and attending festive functions.

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Make Your Dollars Work: Top Rated Veterans’ Charities

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 10/25/2011

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there that are preying on the public’s goodwill towards veterans and other military service members. Though charity schemes aren’t limited to just veterans’ groups, many organizations claim to support veterans’, offer resources and services really do not.

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Online Communities for Veterans

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 9/23/2011

There’s an entire world online for veterans to be a part of. From discussion groups and forums to social networking sites specifically created for veterans of different combat situations and branches.

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12 Simple Ways to Honor Veterans and Active Service Members

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 9/19/2011

It doesn’t matter what you believe or what your political views are, our veterans and active men and women in the service deserve our collective thanks.

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About Doug

  • 17 Year Navy Veteran
  • Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class, Surface Warfare Qualified (1986-1992)
  • Served on The USS Coontz DDG-40 and the USS Spartanburg County LST-1192
  • Awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for service in Desert Storm and Desert Shield

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