VA News and Open Thread: 22 November 2010


Hi, everybody. As we move toward this week’s holiday, here are some links you might find useful. Feel free to use this thread to sound off on the news stories below or let us know what else is on your mind.

With the dedication of a new 239,000-square-foot building, Fort Worth, Texas now has the largest VA outpatient clinic in the country.

If you’ve seen the current benefits handbook for Vets, you know there’s a lot of information that isn’t terribly easy to sift through. Now, VA is launching a pilot program to produce personalized health benefits handbooks. These will be tailored to your service, your location, and more.

Say you’re in a rural area and driving a hundred miles to see your doctor is a hassle. Or you need to see a specialist who’s at another hospital. Now, many VA physicians can conduct video evaluations over a computer–much like you’d talk to someone face-to-face using Skype or Yahoo Messenger. It’s called “telehealth.”

The Puerto Rico outpatient clinic is expanding.

Flu season is fast approaching, so be sure to get your shot!


Brandon Friedman


  1. Rene R. Ortega    

    Stall tactics, and red tape equals frustration which prompts the question, to be or not to be? I am a religious man so I choose to be.

  2. Bob G.    

    If a veteran has an assigned claim number, that means he should already be registered into “The System”. There shouldn’t be any need to have to go to a Regional Office in person to prove who you are a second time. Is this just another stall tactic to deprive the veterans of knowing the status of their claim?

  3. Curtis Finney    

    I have been told after trying to activate an ebenifits premium account that I would have to go to my RO to sign up for this. My RO is 180 miles from my home. This is a bunch of crap. Why can’t you sign up on-line.

  4. Dave    

    Congratulations! Team work always pays off.

  5. Claudio Alpaca    

    Also if holidays are difficulkt moments of life for people who suffer, as are the veterans, I wish to alls You serenity and an happy thanksgiving.
    Sincerily Claudio Alpaca
    Pieve di Teco, 24.11.2010

  6. Dan Goff    

    The #1 item most requested by our deployed men and women in the armed services is a handwritten letter of support. Know of a deployed military member in harms’ way? If not, sign onto and find an individual, unit, squadron, etc to support while they are deployed. Thank you for your service and Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Jaclyn    

    Congratulations on being nominated to the Best Government Resources category in the Best of the Web! Keep up the good work!

  8. Jon Anderson    

    My car shop gives me estimates on cost and time required to fix the car.Why doe the VA refuse to even try giving vets estimates( example: when can I expect my first check? Why must we be left so long in the dark? I believe you have the statistics we want, why won’t you release them?

    Jon AndersonPNR

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