VA Releases Survivors Quick Start Guide

Part of VA’s Welcome Kit, the Survivors quick start guide begins with a step by step checklist for preparing, applying for, and following up on the available benefits. The guide also helps families identify VA Survivor benefits and services they may be eligible for.

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VA shares electronic health records

Previously, VA required you to provide written authorization for VA to release your electronic health information to your community care provider. Starting in January, 2020 – VA will automatically share your health information with your community provider, requiring no action on your part. 

You can opt out of of sharing automatically if you wish. THERE IS NO SEPTEMBER 30TH DEADLINE TO OPT OUT.

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VA strengthens Caregiver Support Program

VA has announced improvements to the Caregiver Support Program and a timeline for expanding the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. VA is expanding the program in accordance with the VA MISSION Act of 2018. The first phase of the program expansion will occur once the VA Secretary has certified that VA’s new caregiver information technology system is fully implemented, which could be as early as the Summer of 2020.

National Resource Directory

Did you know the National Resource Directory has more than 14,000 vetted resources available to you right now? Featured Resource: National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) delivers training, employment, career, and business services while promoting innovation in workforce development, in particular with the employment of Veterans.

Mesothelioma Information

Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor that is caused by inhaled asbestos fibers and forms in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Symptoms can include shortness of breath and chest pain. The life expectancy for most mesothelioma patients is approximately 12 months after diagnosis. Treatment may improve prognosis and can include surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.