NBC Washington reports that the Department of Veteran Affairs reduced the veterans’ claims backlog by 900 cases between October 1 and October 16 despite the government shutdown. Read more.
CNN reports that the Wounded Warrior Project plans to spend $20 million to provide almost 40,000 post-9/11 veterans with $500 stipends if the government shutdown causes a stall in payment of veteran’s benefits. Read more.
USA Today reports that the Department of Veteran Affairs will have to suspend the processing of veterans’ claims for pensions, compensation, education, and vocational rehabilitation if the government shutdown lasts beyond late October. Read more.
A new report by the American Legion says that the Department of Veteran Affairs and Department of Defense treatments for traumatic brain injury are not well defined and those for PTSD are inadequate, according to the Marine Corps Times.