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What's in the News

Legislation and Benefits:

  • VA Budget Increase: President Biden has proposed a $30 6 billion budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for fiscal year 2024, a 10% increase over the previous year. PACT Act Expansion: Congress has expanded the PACT Act to include more veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during military service. Forever GI Bill: The Department of Defense has extended the Forever GI Bill to cover all veterans who have at least one day of active duty service.

Healthcare:

VA Wait Times Reduced: The VA has made progress in reducing wait times for appointments and surgeries. Mental Health Expansion: The VA has launched new initiatives to expand mental health services for veterans, including a 24/7 crisis line. *Telehealth Improvements: The VA is expanding telehealth capabilities to make it easier for veterans to access care from home.

Employmentand Education:

  • Veteran Employment Initiative: The Biden administration has launched an initiative to connect veterans with high-quality employment opportunities.

  • GI Bill Expansion: Congress has extended the GI Bill for Reservists and National Guard members who have served at least two years. *College Credit for Military Training: The VA is now recognizing more military training and experience for college credit.

OtherNews:

  • Veteran Homelessness: The VA has reported a decrease in the number of veterans experiencing homelessness. Suicide Prevention : The VA has increased its efforts to prevent veteran suicides through outreach and support programs. Veteran-Owned Business Support: The Small Business Administration is providing support and resources to veteran-owned businesses.

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