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    Veterans Disability Compensation, Secretary Shinseki

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testified about his decision to expand Agent Orange disability benefits to veterans. He emphasized the research linking Vietnam veterans'…

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    Veterans' Mental Health Care

    Veterans, mental health advocates , and Veterans Affairs (VA) officials testified on their efforts to improve access to and the quality of mental and physical health care services for…

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    Disabled Veterans

    Officials from the Disabled American Veterans organization outlined their 2014 legislative priorities at a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees. In opening…

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    Veterans Affairs Secretary Nomination Hearing

    General Eric Shinseki testified about his nomination as secretary of Veterans Affairs. Among the topics he addressed were the quality of medical care for veterans, long waits to…

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    Fiscal Year 2014 Veterans Affairs Budget Request

    Secretary Eric Shinseki and other officials testified before on the president’s fiscal year 2014 budget request. The Veterans Administration was requesting $152.7 billion,…

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    Veterans Affairs Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request

    Secretary Eric Shinseki and five other Veterans Affairs officials testified on their department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request. The request totaled $163.9 billion, with $68.3…

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    Veterans' Mental Health Care

    Witnesses testified veterans' access to mental health care. They talked about the results of a report which concluded that veterans had to wait nearly two months for access to mental…

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    Veterans Affairs Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

    Secretary Shinseki, other department undersecretaries, and independent veterans groups representatives testified on the Department of Veterans Affairs fiscal year 2013 budget…

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    Homelessness Among Veterans

    Witnesses testified on the progress of the Veterans Administration’s 5-year plan to end homelessness among veterans, particularly female veterans.

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    Veterans Disability Evaluation System

    Witnesses testified on the backlog of military disability claims. They focused on the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) and the length of time veterans had to wait to…

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    Veterans' Organizations Legislative Priorities

    Witnesses testified on the legislative priorities of veterans' service organizations.
    Senator Lugar introduced James Koutz, the new national commander of the American Legion, who presented…

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    Veterans Affairs Disability Compensation, Physicians Panel

    Physicians who analyzed the research involving Agent Orange and heart disease testified about their findings. 

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    Fiscal Year 2007 State Department Budget

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2007 State Department budget. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testified about a number of funding requests…

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    Veterans' Disability Ratings

    The Senate Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs Committees held a joint hearing on the Defense and Veterans Affairs Departments' disability rating systems and the transition of service…

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    Health Costs for Veterans

    The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing to assess the long-term financial costs of caring for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and wounded warriors. Witnesses said that while…

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    Unemployment Among Veterans

    Witnesses testified on a bill to address high unemployment among military veterans. The proposed legislation established training and assistance programs for veterans entering the…

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    Veterans Data Privacy Breach

    Secretary Nicholson and other officials testified about a recent security breach at the Department of Veterans Affairs in which computer records containing personal information of 26.5…

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    Veterans' Hospitals Consolidation and Closure

    Witnesses testified about a proposal to scale back, consolidate or close selected Veterans' Administration health care facilities.

    Mr. Alvarez is former Deputy Director of the…

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    Veterans' Affairs Secretary Nomination Hearing

    Mr. Nicholson testified about his qualifications and nomination to head the Department of Veterans Affairs. Among the issues he addressed were the potential demands on the…

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    Veterans Affairs Secretary Nomination

    Dr. Peake was introduced by Senator Inouye and former Senator Dole, both combat veterans, who urged his confirmation. Dr. Peake, a physician, testified about his…

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