veterans

Researchers Work to Prevent Past Neglect of Veterans

Nov 1, 2013

An estimated 2.3 million men and women have served during the nation’s last 12 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. And as they transition out of the military, the veterans will need care for immediate and long-term conditions like post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

And many from health care professionals to retired military are concerned that the neglect of past veterans is not repeated with this new generation.

Even though the Affordable Care Act was signed into law three years ago, confusion over what it does and doesn’t do has reached a fever pitch, with both deliberate and accidental misunderstandings careening around the Internet.   Fact-checking organizations are trying to keep up.

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

Thanks to a federal program, Chris Ott of Tampa gets a stipend of about $2,000 per month to stay home and care for her son, a Marine veteran who was paralyzed and nearly blinded in the war in Iraq, the Associated Press reports. The rules of the program allow caregiver stipends only for injuries that occurred since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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While in Orlando at the Disabled American Veterans national convention over the weekend, President Barack Obama noted the progress that’s been made on disability claims at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Veteran Trains for Wheelchair Games

Jul 12, 2013

Ten years ago, Dwayne Scheuneman was competing on the wheelchair racing circuit when he went looking for some cross-training in the off season. The Navy veteran started wheelchair dancing and never returned to the track, until this year.

Having the 33rd annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games hosted in the Tampa Bay region was too delicious of an opportunity to pass up.

Scheuneman plans to compete in the 100, 200 and 400 meter races to be held at Jefferson High School track and he’ll play Quad Rugby, the wheelchair form of rugby.

Tampa VA Doctor Wins Award for Type 2 Diabetes Research

May 24, 2013

The top medical researcher in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs works at Tampa’s James A. Haley VA Hospital.

Dr. Robert Farese won the 2012 William Middleton Award, which is given for outstanding biomedical research, for his investigation into the causes and possible cure of Type 2 diabetes.

When the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing recently, members expressed concern that veterans might not qualify for subsidies for the new health insurance marketplaces if they were enrolled in VA health coverage.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

After backlash erupted when the Department of Veterans Affairs made it tougher to navigate through red tape to get benefits, the agency said it would stop enforcing that rule. But a federal judge says the VA has continued to unfairly deny claims for medical care and other services, and has threatened action against the agency if it doesn’t change its practices, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.  

 

The VA and the Jewish system are working together to cut costs and keep veterans in their homes longer.

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