Weekly veteran news brief

March 24, 2017


Hi everyone,

I have just a few key items to share this week.

Senators Collins, Hirono Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Preserve VA Nursing Home Care Coverage for Tens of Thousands of Veterans

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) introduced the bipartisan Keeping Our Commitment to Disabled Veterans Act to preserve nursing home care for tens of thousands of veterans nationwide. Senator Angus King (I-ME) was a cosponsor of the legislation.

The bill would extend for an additional year the existing authority under law that requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide nursing home care for veterans with a 70 percent or more service-connected disability rating. Under current law, this authority will expire on December 31, 2017. On average, 161 Maine veterans receive care through this authority at VA and private facilities in the state.


King Reintroduces Legislation to Overhaul Broken VA Appeals Process

Bill would replace archaic system with one that provides veterans with clear choices to help expedite review of their appeal for benefits

The VA released its own this press release (VA and GAO Agree: Appeals Reform Needed) acknowledging the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report, “VA Disability Benefits: Additional Planning Would Enhance Efforts to Improve the Timeliness of Appeals Decisions.”


VA, DOD study a major breakthrough for understanding PTSD

Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) recently released findings of a new study called Prospective Post-Traumatic Stress disorder Symptom Trajectories in Active Duty and Separated Military Personnel, which examines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms in Veterans, compared with active-duty populations.


IRS Reminds Seniors to Remain on Alert to Phone Scams during Tax Season

With the 2017 tax season underway, the IRS reminds seniors to remain alert to aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents. The callers claim to be IRS employees, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

As always, I am eager to hear from you. Thank you for all that you are doing! Please feel free to call or write.


Best Regards,

Teague Morris
Outreach Director | Senator Angus S. King, Jr., Maine
4 Gabriel Drive, Suite 3 | Augusta, ME 04330
Tel: 207-622-8292 | Tel:1-800-432-1599| Cell: 207-252-8997
Fax: 207-621-0286 |teague_morris@king.senate.gov

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