VA plans expansion of benefits for disability claims for conditions related to certain toxic exposures

New evaluation process to be applied in identifying future presumptive conditions

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today two major decisions related to presumptive conditions associated with Agent Orange and particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia.

Agent Orange

VA will begin implementing provisions of the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Public Law 116-283), adding three conditions to the list of those presumptively associated with exposure to herbicide agents, more commonly known as Agent Orange. Those conditions are bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinsonism.

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Welcome Emmanuel A.M.E. Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation in February 2021 to the VMFC network, Emmanuel A.M.E. Church, Portsmouth, VA. Thank you Reverend Granger Flythe and Lay Leader Annette Brown Boyce 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 Cumberland A,M.E. Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation in February 2021 to the VMFC network, Cumberland A.M.E. Church, Georgetown, SC. Thank you Reverend Effson Bryant 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 Lemoore First United Methodist Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Lead Congregation in 2021 to the VMFC network, Lemoore First United Methodist Church, Lemoore, CA. Thank you Reverend Dr. Dennis Hutson 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 Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, the Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland. Thank you Rabbi Chesky Tenebaum Raymond and Lay Leader Erwin Burtnick 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. Mitzvah!

Veteran of the Potawatomi Nation receives medal posthumously

On Sunday December 13, 2020 Vet to Vet Tennessee received the following note from Navy Veteran Gayle Malone about her uncle who served in the Korean War Veteran.

Thank you so much for expediting the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal for my uncle Martin Hughes Hackler that my mother, Stella L. Malone requested.  As a Navy veteran myself, I know that my uncle would have treasured this.  My family is of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and at our last ceremony on the banks of the Tennessee River, we had a group photo taken while we honored Uncle Marty.  With the magic of Photo Shop, my niece was able to add a faint image of him with the medal attached to his ribbon shirt regalia.  From left to right, the image includes his grandson Chris, grandson Rob, granddaughter Kenyon, niece Gayle (me), sister Stella (my mom), daughter Becky, great niece Jessica, and of course, Uncle Marty himself.  Again, thank-you so much.”  Regards, Gayle Malone

We are grateful to your uncle for his service and sacrifice and thankful that you family still remembers his service. Thank you.

Welcome All Souls’ Episcopal Church San Diego

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, All Souls’ Episcopal Church, San Diego, CA. Thank you Reverend Joe Dirbas and Lay Leader Dan Garcia 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.

When COV-19 vaccine comes, VA will be ready

Planning is underway at VA to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available. VA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a phased plan based on five core ethical pillars: safety, maximizing the benefit of the vaccine, equity, fairness and transparency.

Veteran and employee safety remain our #1 priority. The plan takes into consideration a number of risk factors, including risks of acquiring infection, severe illness and death if infected, and transmitting the disease, as well as the risk to essential workers, including health care personnel. Continue reading

Welcome St Mark’s Episcopal Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Lead Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, Saint Mark’s Episcopal of San Diego California. Thank you Reverend Hannah Wilder and Lay Leader Debbie Kistler 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 St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, Saint Margaret’s Episcopal Church of Palm Desert California. Thank you Reverend Andrew Butler and Lay Leader Debbie Jansma 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.