The Washington Post reports that a federal government shut down could affect the Department of Veterans Affairs’ benefits programs and its efforts to decrease veteran disability claims backlogs. Read more.
CBS News reports that the number of narcotics being proscribed by the VA is up 259 percent in the last 11 years—and veterans are dying of accidental overdose of narcotic painkillers at a higher rate than non-veterans. Read more.
eWEEK reports that the VA is conducting a study to see whether iPads with apps designed to manage veteran care will help post-9/11 veteran caregivers. The goal is to provide family caregivers with better support, according to the VA director of Web and mobile solutions. Read more.
Bloomberg Businessweek reports that malpractice payouts by the VA to veterans were higher in 2012 than they have been in 12 years. Read more.
The Air Force Times reports that the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans increased to 10 percent in August. Read more.
The Washington Post reports that in reaction to the Supreme Court decision involving the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this summer, President Obama announced Wednesday that same-sex married couples would receive the same veterans’ benefits as married couples of the opposite sex. The new policy only applies to couples living in states that recognize same-sex marriage. Read more.
The Associated Press reports that Army Sgt. Ty Carter received the Medal of Honor from President Obama on August 26 for his heroism during one of the most difficult battles of the war in Afghanistan. On Oct. 3, 2009, Carter and his 53 troops successfully fought against about 300 Taliban. Carter suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome and hopes to help Americans better understand what many veterans are going through. Read more.