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Veterans and survivors have filed more than 500,000 toxic exposure-related benefits claims under the PACT Act

VA announced that Veterans and their survivors have filed more than 500,000 claims for toxic exposure-related benefits under the PACT Act since President Biden signed it into law Aug. 10, 2022. To date, VA has awarded more than $1 billion in earned benefits to Veterans and survivors who filed PACT Act-related claims. 

Budget Cut Proposals Would Hurt Veterans

While the President’s Budget details a plan to honor our country’s sacred obligation to care for America’s Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors, the proposal to cut a broad range of critical programs by 22% would threaten critical services for Veterans – both at VA and across the federal government.

VA, NIH launch study of Gulf War Illness

The Department of Veterans Affairs and National Institutes of Health began a joint, five-year study that aims to explain the chronic symptoms of Gulf War Illness. The study may lead to more definitive diagnostic criteria for Gulf War Illness, development of new diagnostic testing, and potential treatments.

VA and AFGE reach tentative agreement to better serve Veterans and support VA employees  

VA reached a tentative agreement with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) – the union that represents more than 291,000 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees – on a master bargaining agreement.

VA waives copayments for eligible Native American/Alaska Native Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that eligible American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans are no longer required to make copayments for health care and urgent care received through VA.


Biden says debt default deal ‘very close’ while deadline now set at June 5

President Joe Biden said a deal to resolve the government’s debt ceiling crisis seemed “very close” late Friday, even as the deadline for a potentially catastrophic default was pushed back four days until a week from Monday.

New construction, falling population could combine to end California’s housing crisis

This month Californians worried about the cost of housing were offered the rarest of gifts: a glimmer of hope. New numbers released by the Newsom administration show that California added homes to its housing stock at a faster clip than any time since the Great Recession — 123,350 additional units, or an increase of 0.85%.

White House vows more federal aid to reduce homelessness in 5 cities and California

Five major U.S. cities and the state of California will receive federal help to get unsheltered residents into permanent housing under a new plan launched Thursday as part of the Biden administration’s larger goal to reduce homelessness 25% by 2025.

California orders Los Angeles County to close ‘unsuitable’ youth prisons within 60 days

Los Angeles County has two months to move about 300 young people out of its troubled juvenile halls after California regulators on Tuesday determined the facilities are “unsuitable for the confinement of youth.”