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VA’s new appeal process promises to be quicker. But will it be better?https://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/VA’s-new-appeal-process-promises-to-be-quicker--But-will-it-be-better.aspx2/19/2019 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleVA’s new appeal process promises to be quicker. But will it be better?MILITARY TIMES --- A friend called Army veteran Ryan Gallucci last year, worried just before a scheduled court date to appeal a Department of Veterans Affairs decision to deny him part of his disability payouts.
3-D printing parts? Helping veterans? Serving the community? All in a day's work for Terry Hillhttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/3-D-printing-parts-Helping-veterans-Serving-the-community-All-in-a-day's-work-for-Terry-Hill-.aspx2/19/2019 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News Article3-D printing parts? Helping veterans? Serving the community? All in a day's work for Terry HillFORBES --- US Army combat veteran Terry Hill gained valuable exposure to 3-D printing – also known as additive manufacturing (AM) – in his first post-service job with a global aerospace company, leading their robotic welding and AM efforts.
More vet housing dedicated by dignitaries in Palo Altohttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/More-vet-housing-dedicated-by-dignitaries-in-Palo-Alto.aspx2/19/2019 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleMore vet housing dedicated by dignitaries in Palo AltoPATCH PALO ALTO --- A new Fisher House in the Bay Area was dedicated today by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Dave Coker, President of Fisher House Foundation, and Thomas J. Fitzgerald III, Director of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.
Vets housing rights bill introduced by Calif. Senator Hillhttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/Vets-housing-rights-bill-introduced-by-Calif--Senator-Hill.aspx2/19/2019 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleVets housing rights bill introduced by Calif. Senator HillPATCH SAN CARLOS --- California Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has introduced a bill designed to give new life to legislative efforts to end housing discrimination against veterans and military personnel.
11 years in jail for ex-Veterans Affairs official in disabled vet fraud schemehttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/11-years-in-jail-for-ex-Veterans-Affairs-official-in-disabled-vet-fraud-scheme.aspx2/18/2019 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News Article11 years in jail for ex-Veterans Affairs official in disabled vet fraud schemeWTOP --- A former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs official has been sentenced 11 years in prison for a $2 million bribery scheme involving a program for disabled military veterans.
VA launches collaborative training initiative to improve customer service for veteran claims and appealshttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/VA-launches-collaborative-training-initiative-to-improve-customer-service-for-veteran-claims-and-appeals-.aspx2/17/2019 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleVA launches collaborative training initiative to improve customer service for veteran claims and appealsLAKE COUNTY NEWS --- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it recently launched a new customer service training initiative for employees to improve VA’s claims and appeals process.
Vets groups recommend VA budget increase to handle expansion of private carehttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/Vets-groups-recommend-VA-budget-increase-to-handle-expansion-of-private-care.aspx2/15/2019 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleVets groups recommend VA budget increase to handle expansion of private careSTARS AND STRIPES --- As the Department of Veterans Affairs works toward expanding its use of private-sector doctors, three veterans groups proposed this week that the White House and Congress approve a budget for private care in 2020 ...
A D-Day veteran faced an unattended burial. 500 strangers showed up to honor his servicehttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/A-D-Day-veteran-faced-an-unattended-burial--500-strangers-showed-up-to-honor-his-service.aspx2/15/2019 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleA D-Day veteran faced an unattended burial. 500 strangers showed up to honor his serviceTASK & PURPOSE --- D-Day veteran James McCue died a hero. About 500 strangers made sure of it. "It's beautiful," Army Sgt. Pete Rooney said of the crowd that gathered in the cold and stood on the snow Thursday during McCue's burial.
The VA is paying for a top official’s cross-country commutehttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/The-VA-is-paying-for-a-top-official’s-cross-country-commute.aspx2/15/2019 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleThe VA is paying for a top official’s cross-country commutePRO PUBLICA --- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid $13,000 over a three-month period for a senior official’s biweekly commute to Washington from his home in California, according to expense reports obtained by ProPublica.
Covering the lives of veterans, revered but often forgottenhttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/Covering-the-lives-of-veterans,-revered-but-often-forgotten-.aspx2/14/2019 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleCovering the lives of veterans, revered but often forgottenNEW YORK TIMES --- Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. How was it that I had never heard of burn pits?

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