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  • Brains of veterans near bomb blasts appear to age faster

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    U.S. veterans who were nearby to bomb blasts in Iraq and Afghanistan appear to experience faster brain aging, according to a new study.

    The study, which is the first to examine the longer-term brain health of veterans exposed to bomb blasts, was published this week in Brain: A Journal of Neurology.

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  • Civilian doctors not adequately trained to treat veterans, new survey finds

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    A survey of nearly 150 U.S. physicians who frequently treat veterans found civilian doctors aren't adequately trained in health issues related to military service, according to research published today in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

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  • State VA group has new guide to veterans’ services

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    RALEIGH – The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs has released a  package of veteran services and resources specifically tailored to the state’s 800,000 veterans and their dependents.

    For the past 15 months, the division has restructured its outreach capabilities while building new technology services, providing veterans, their family members and transitioning military personnel with the most up-to-date resources and information.

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  • VA’s ‘Grand Challenge’: Open-Source Prosthetic Limbs for Veterans

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to build better prosthetics. And it wants your help.

    Last week, VA’s Center for Innovation launched its three-month Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies. The aim of the series is to build a suite of special prosthetics and other state-of-the-art technologies to support wounded veterans in their day-to-day lives.

    The center chose a total of five challenges, including a “smart” medication pill box, a device for dulling tremors and a specialized gaming console to improve hand-eye coordination.

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  • Rural Veterans In Need Of Care Face Uncertainty, Isolation

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    Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan living in rural areas face unique challenges when trying to receive care through the VA.

    For rural veteran Mickey Ireson, appointments at the Department of Veterans Affairs are a source of apprehension and stress, rather than relief. In early April, the former Marine infantryman received a call from the VA telling him that his evaluations for mental health and dental work had been scheduled at the Omaha, Nebraska, office.

    Ireson lives three hours away in Hastings.

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  • VA, Congress work to change VA Choice eligibility

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    Congress and the Veterans Affairs Department are working to change eligibility rules and open the VA Choice program to veterans who can't get needed medical care at their closest VA facility.

    Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, said lawmakers and VA officials are working to change the regulation that bars veterans from using the private care program if they live within 40 miles of a VA clinic, even if that facility does not offer the services the veteran needs.

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  • VA to offer one-stop website for all veterans benefits

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    Veterans will soon be able to log in to just one website to manage their benefits, apply for doctors' appointments, and determine their eligibility for programs.

    Tom Allin, the first chief veterans experience officer at the Veterans Affairs Department, said in an interview with Federal Times the website will go live around May 20, but will first be open to around 50 veterans to help beta test the navigation, fonts and organization of the new portal.

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  • Veterans face long drives for care despite new program

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    Second in a series by 9 News to highlight access to VA healthcare:

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    KUSA - Southern Colorado veterans frequently have to drive an eight-hour round trip to Albuquerque's VA Hospital for medical care, despite a new program aimed at improving access for rural veterans.

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  • Veterans' Medical Care To Expand Under Air Force, VA Pact

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    DAYTON (AP) -- An agreement aimed at helping decrease wait times for veterans seeking medical care has been forged between Air Force and Veterans Affairs officials in Ohio.

    The five-year agreement signed recently by Wright-Patterson Air Force Medical Center and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials allows VA medical facilities in Ohio to send veterans to Wright-Patterson's medical center for inpatient or outpatient services. Officials hope it will significantly increase the number of VA patients who can seek treatment at the hospital.

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  • Most veterans say new program offers no choice

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    KUSA - At the weekly Pagosa Springs Veterans for Veterans meeting, nearly everyone in attendance said they should qualified for the Veterans Choice Card program, but a 9Wants to Know review of Veterans Affairs data shows only a handful have managed to get an appointment.

    "The Veterans Choice Card is so hard to use," said Archuleta County Veterans Service Officer Raymond Taylor. "The veteran gets frustrated so quickly that they are not going to try to use it," he added.

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