"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."
President George Washington
Retiring judge calls VA appeals system a ‘Tragedy’:
We have all complained about the VA appeals system and we all said that it is a nightmare. Maybe someone will now listen to us since a retiring judge says the same thing; it is too bad he didn't say something while he was on the bench.
As reported on March 12 by Nikki Wentling for Stars and Stripes, the retiring chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims told lawmakers that the VA appeals system is “ancient” and “inefficient” and in need of drastic change. While testifying before a House Appropriations subcommittee, Chief Judge Robert Davis said the pressure on VA employees to get through a large backlog of benefits claims leads to poor decision- making and a high number of appeals. Davis, a Navy veteran, has held a seat on the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims for nearly 15 years. The court, often referred to as “Veterans Court,” provides veterans an impartial review of decisions made by the VA Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
VA to offer new nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression:
The VA announced March 19 that its healthcare providers will now be able to offer the newly approved Spravato nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression. The treatment will be made available to veterans based on their individual medical needs, combined with providers’ clinical assessments. The move follows the March 5 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Spravato (esketamine) nasal spray. Spravato was approved for use in conjunction with an oral antidepressant for the treatment of treatment-resistant depression in adults.
Aid & Attendance benefit:
There appears to be some consusion about the Aid and Attendance benefit, specifically, who is eligible for this benefit. You must be a wartime veteran, notice the word, "wartime"; it does not mean that you had to be in a combat zone but it does mean that you had to serve during a period of war.
Wartime veterans and their surviving spouses, 65 years and older, may be entitled to a tax-free benefit called Aid and Attendance provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
The Benefit is designed to provide financial aid to help offset the cost of long-term care for those who need assistance with the daily activities of living such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring.
American Veterans Aid, a private company, is dedicated to helping war era veterans and their surviving spouses receive this Benefit which they so deserve
Where CYBERCOM wants to expand the mission force::
Details regarding specific programs and dollar amounts for Department of Defense cyberwarriors are becoming clearer amid recently released budget documents.
The requests for fiscal 2020, released March 18, provide insight into the direction of certain programs and where U.S. Cyber Command is looking to spend to equip its cyber mission force.
Despite having its own unique acquisition authority, Cyber Command as a combatant command relies on the services to procure systems, infrastructure and tools as executive agents (the Air Force being the primary executive agent for most CYBERCOM systems).
As has also been outlined in previous budget requests, Cyber Command seeks to develop and expand infrastructure and capabilities under four broad areas: joint common services, joint access platforms, joint tools and joint analytics.