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  • rare respiratory cancers

VA will propose adding rare respiratory cancers to the presumed service-connected list

By |March 1st, 2022|37 Comments

On March 1, VA announced its intention of adding nine rare respiratory cancers to the list of presumed service-connected disabilities in relation to exposure to toxic chemicals in the air, water, or soil for Veterans who served any amount of time in the Southwest Asia theater of operations.

  • National Engineers Week

A spotlight on the Rogers STEM Scholarship during National Engineers Week

By |February 21st, 2022|Comments Off on A spotlight on the Rogers STEM Scholarship during National Engineers Week

National Engineers Week was first celebrated in 1951, dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing interest in careers in engineering and technology. This week, VA is celebrating engineers and engineering technicians and their positive contributions to the quality of life by promoting the importance of a technical education.

  • VASRD updates to body systems

VA proposes updates to disability rating schedules for respiratory, auditory and mental disorders body systems

By |February 15th, 2022|354 Comments

In late 2017, VA began a multi-year effort to revise and update the VASRD, or VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities. The VASRD’s 15 body systems had seen periodic rating criteria updates, but this continuing effort reflects the first comprehensive review since 1945. Today, VA announced its eighth update: respiratory, auditory, and mental disorders body systems.

  • Exposed to hazardous contaminants?

Disability compensation available for Veterans exposed to hazardous materials

By |February 15th, 2022|7 Comments

Exposure to contaminants or environmental hazards poses a major health concern for Veterans of all eras. If you served in Iraq, Afghanistan or other areas and believe you were exposed to hazardous materials – including particulate matter, burn pits and others – disability compensation and other VA benefits for related illnesses or conditions may be available for you.

  • honoring Career and Technical Education Month

Celebrating skilled trade workers for Career and Technical Education Month

By |February 1st, 2022|Comments Off on Celebrating skilled trade workers for Career and Technical Education Month

February is Career and Technical Education Month, VA’s Education Service wants to celebrate the importance of skilled trade workers by highlighting the alternative education paths that we offer our Veterans, service members and their beneficiaries.

  • 2021 was a tough year, but a lot of good happened, too, especially at VA. Here's what VA accomplished and how it served Veterans in 2021.

How VA served Veterans in 2021

By |January 4th, 2022|31 Comments

Many people would like to forget 2021. It was a tough year, but a lot of good happened, too, especially at VA. The department is committed to making 2022 even better, and to do that, we’re taking a quick look back at what it accomplished and how it served Veterans in 2021.