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Doug Karr

Petty Officer Second Class, United States Navy Veteran

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

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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by a veteran, and because the record keeping is cumbersome and archaic, many question why the VA has stuck to such an outdated claims system for so long, especially with the recent uptick of veterans needing support and services.

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Former UK Merchant Navy Man Another Victim of Asbestos on Ships

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

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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Great Gift Ideas for Active Duty Military

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

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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Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

Online Communities for Veterans

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

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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VA updates information on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses

The Dept. of Veteran Affairs has released additional information for veterans with Gulf War Illness, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Gulf War. For those vets who served but do not yet receive the Gulf War Review newsletter [download it here], here’s some important information:

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Like Asbestos, Hexavalent Chromium is a "Ticking Time Bomb" for Veterans

Think of hexavalent chromium and you may recall the movie Erin Brockovich. But the health consequences of exposure to this harmful contaminant are more devastating than anything you have seen in the movies.

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VA: Crews on Several Naval Ships Were Exposed to Agent Orange, Herbicides

The Agent Orange Exposure Compensation & Pension Service has reportedly collected data that confirms exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides on at least sixteen U.S. naval vessels during the Vietnam War.

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