This week at American Veteran we will discuss VA's recent changes to policies on PTSD claims processing. This morning VA officially announced changes waiving additional evidence requirements for veterans seeking service connection for PTSD. We will discuss in depth on this blog, but in the meantime, to read VA's Q&A on the PTSD changes, Click Here.
This week we will also be sending the summer issue of American Veteran magazine to the printer for delivery in time for the 66th annual AMVETS National Convention next month in Louisville, Ky. As we finalize this magazine, you may not see as frequent of updates on the American Veteran blog. However, we continue to invite your feedback and any submissions of photos and stories you would like us to consider for publication in the magazine or on the blog.
As convention draws closer, we will also post an update on the 2010 AMVETS Symposium for 21st Century Veterans. Submissions for participants are due to AMVETS National Legislative Director Ray Kelley as soon as possible to ensure that veterans receive all necessary materials prior to arriving in Lousiville. More to come this week.
On Capitol Hill this week Congress is back in session after the Fourth of July recess, and American Veteran will be following hearings in both the Senate and House committees on Veterans Affairs. On Wednesday, The Senate will hear testimony on VA's current efforts to alleviate the VA claims backlog--AMVETS' top legislative priority for 2010--and the House will hear testimony on VA's suicide prevention efforts--one of AMVETS National Commander Duane Miskulin's personal priorities for 2010.
Details on each hearing, including updates on witnesses, links to testimony and live video feeds will be available on this blog Wednesday morning.
On Thursday, VA's update on its study of service dog benefits for physically and psychologically wounded veterans is due to Congress. As the leader in advocating for veterans' service dogs, AMVETS will be watching closely, with updates posted to the American Veteran blog.
As always, let us know how we're doing and check back regularly for updates.