VA and VVA Present: Age-Friendly Care Options Available at VA

As we get older, our health care needs may change. Learn how VA’s age-friendly programs – designed around your wants and needs – can help support you at every stage of life.

VA is partnering with Vietnam Veterans of America on April 6, at noon (ET), for a Facebook Live Event that will showcase how VA is improving and expanding age-friendly health care resources for older Veterans.

During the event, VVA and VA’s Geriatrics and Extended Care team will discuss various programs and services available – including home and community services, residential settings and nursing homes, long term care options and more.

To join, visit VVA’s Facebook page on April 6, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. ET

Veteran Phishing Warning

If you receive a suspicious email from the Department of Veterans Affairs, DO NOT open the email or click on any attachments or links. VA does not send emails asking for personal information, threatening emails, or emails claiming to take adverse actions on claimants or beneficiaries (jail or lawsuits). If you receive any of these emails or are in doubt about any communications appearing to be from VA, please contact VA directly at 1 (800) 827-1000.

Phishing is a type of cyber-attack where the attacker sends a message designed to deceive a person and convince them to reveal sensitive information to the attacker. It is the most common means attackers use to gain unauthorized access to a device to obtain sensitive information.

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VA will propose adding rare cancers to the presumed service-connected list as related to military environmental exposure

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs intends to propose adding certain rare respiratory cancers to the list of presumed service-connected disabilities in relation to military environmental exposure to particulate matter.

VA determined through a focused review of scientific and medical evidence there is biologic plausibility between airborne hazards, specifically particulate matter, and carcinogenesis of the respiratory tract, and that the unique circumstances of these rare cancers warrant a presumption of service connection.

Based on these findings, VA’s Secretary is proposing a rule that will add presumptive service connection for several rare respiratory cancers for certain Veterans. The cancers under consideration include:

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VA proposes updates to rating schedule for respiratory, auditory and mental disorders

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing changes to the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities specifically pertaining to the respiratory, auditory and mental disorders body systems.

The proposed updates to the rating schedule for these conditions will enable VA to incorporate modern medical data and terminology to provide Veterans with more accurate and consistent decisions.

“Veterans who currently receive compensation for a service-connected condition in these body systems will not have their disability rating impacted when the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities is updated,” said Thomas Murphy, Northeast district director, performing the delegable duties of the undersecretary for benefits. “Updating the rating schedule allows Veterans to receive decisions based on the most current medical knowledge relating to their condition.”

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Faith Leaders hosting legal advice clinics

The Knoxville Bar Association is pleased to announce that a Faith and Justice Legal Advice Clinic will be held on February 12, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 9919 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN.  The goal of the Faith and Justice Alliance is to build a coalition of faith leaders in the Knoxville area and to host legal advice clinics at places of worship to give people a less intimidating environment to talk to a lawyer. Participants in the Faith & Justice Alliance will invite congregants from their churches, synagogues, and mosques to bring their legal questions as well. 

Please feel free to print and share a copy of our flyer for this event.

The Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance is a project of the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission.  In the Knoxville area, the program is coordinated by the Knoxville Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, the University of Tennessee College of Law, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, and the generous lawyers, law students, and others volunteering their time and talent.  This is a general advice and referral clinic with volunteers prepared to advise on a wide variety of legal issues, including family law, landlord/tenant, bankruptcy, criminal defense, consumer protection, contract disputes, child support, and personal injury, among other issues.

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Welcome Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation

We are pleased to announce the first Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation in Minnesota to the VMFC network, Fort Snelling Memorial Chaple Foundation, Fort Snelling, Minnesota. Thank you Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. and Lay Leader Bev Johnson for joining our mission. Blessing to good health

VA telehealth and telecounseling is available and a good way to help veterans who are isolated and alone during this crisis. Please click here to learn more about the VA’s Video Connect Help Desk Support.

Welcome Cease-Fire Ministries

We are pleased to announce the FIRST Veteran/Military Friendly Ministry in the state of Nebraska to the VMFC network, Cease-Fire Ministries, Harvard, Nebraska. Thank you Minister Steven W. Dillman for joining our mission. Blessing to good health

VA telehealth and telecounseling is available and a good way to help veterans who are isolated and alone during this crisis. Please click here to learn more about the VA’s Video Connect Help Desk Support.

Welcome Hawker United Church of Christ Beaver Creek, Ohio

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, Hawker United Church of Christ in Beaver Creek Ohio. Thank you Senior Pastor David J. Williamson and Lay Leader Bob Gambrell for joining our mission. Blessing to good health

VA telehealth and telecounseling is available and a good way to help veterans who are isolated and alone during this crisis. Please click here to learn more about the VA’s Video Connect Help Desk Support.

New presumptives

Dear Veteran,  

You may be eligible for newly enacted service-connected benefits.  

Over the course of the last six months, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun processing service-connected disability claims for six new presumptive conditions related to environmental exposures during military service. We request your help in making more Veterans aware of these newly added presumptive conditions to help them file a claim and obtain any earned benefits. 

In May 2021, VA started implementing provisions of the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA), adding bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinsonism to the list of medical conditions presumptively associated with exposure to Agent Orange. A few months later VA added asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis (to include rhinosinusitis) on a presumptive basis based on particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia and certain other areas.  

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Welcome Westside Baptist Church Madisonville TN

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Lead Congregation to the VMFC network, Westside Baptist Church Madisonville Tennessee . Thank you Pastor Dwight Torbett for joining our mission. Blessing to good health

VA telehealth and telecounseling is available and a good way to help veterans who are isolated and alone during this crisis. Please click here to learn more about the VA’s Video Connect Help Desk Support.