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  • Veterans' Access to Medical Marijuana Hinges on Monday Vote

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    A measure allowing veterans easier access to medical marijuana garnered bipartisan support in Congress last year and nearly became law. A vote on Monday could be the end of the line this year in another attempt to pass it.

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  • Congressman wants 'second chance' for veterans facing deportation

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    WASHINGTON – One Democrat on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is seeking a second chance for veterans who were convicted of crimes and face the possibility of deportation.

    Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., introduced legislation late Thursday to have the Department of Homeland Security consider a veteran’s moral character and honorable service above a criminal conviction when reviewing naturalization applications.

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  • Lawmakers reach initial deal to expand GI education bill

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    WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached initial agreement on the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade, removing a 15-year time limit to tap into benefits and boosting money for thousands in the National Guard and Reserve.

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  • VA Employee Disciplinary Actions Are Now Public Information

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs made public July 7 a list of employee terminations, demotions, and suspensions that it will update weekly, which agency officials said is an attempt at transparency following action by Congress to give the VA secretary unprecedented disciplinary power.

    Veterans and anyone else interested can now see a list of disciplinary actions taken against VA employees since President Donald Trump took office Jan. 20. 

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  • Lawmakers to take on veterans issues after weeklong recess

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    WASHINGTON — As they return this week from a July Fourth break, lawmakers are set to discuss Department of Veterans Affairs health care, its 2018 budget, how veterans are affected by the opioid crisis and how the VA handles claims for Gulf War Illness – all while facing a short timeframe to do something about quickly diminishing funds in the VA Choice program.

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  • NC releases new benefits guide for veterans, active military

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Veterans and active military in North Carolina will have access to a new benefits guide launching this Independence Day weekend.

    The North Carolina Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs produced a resource guide with details about programs available to those who served and their families.

    The 140 page booklet has sections on employment, healthcare, education, disability benefits, and much more.

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  • Gov. Wolf Signs Bill Protecting Veterans, Will Sign New Animal Rights Bill Wednesday

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    Governor Tom Wolf signed the "stolen valor" bill into law Tuesday, a move that lawmakers say will protect benefits for Pennsylvania veterans. The governor has plans to sign another piece of legislation Wednesday protecting animal rights.

    The "stolen valor" bill, introduced by Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/Washington), prohibits the fraudulent representation of military service or military decorations to obtain money, property, or other benefits.

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  • Trump signs VA bill to protect whistle blowers, expedite firing of problem worker

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    WASHINGTON — President Trump signed legislation Friday designed to protect whistleblowers while making it easier to fire problem employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    The "VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017" makes permanent an office created by a Trump executive order earlier this year to look into claims made by whistleblowers and to protect them from retaliation.

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  • VA standardizing caregiver plan before opening to older vets

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    VA Secretary David Shulkin has told congressional committees in recent weeks he supports a change in law to expand the post-9/11 caregiver program so that its cash stipend and menu of support services can benefit caregivers to severely injured veterans from earlier generations.

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  • Proposal Extends IVF, Adoption Help for Injured Veterans

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    Veterans with reproductive injuries will be able to access fertility help and have some adoption expenses covered after 2018 if a funding proposal goes forward.

    The funding bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs approved by a House committee last week gives the agency approval to continue funding in-vitro fertilization after the current 2018 expiration. A 2016 law lifted a longtime ban on the coverage but is set to expire at the end of 2018 if Congress takes no further action.

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