J.R. Smith


A year into COVID pandemic, veterans halls ‘barely hanging’ on

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Paul Guilbeault knew the writing was on the wall for the last Veterans of Foreign Wars post in this city south of Boston when businesses across Massachusetts were ordered to close as the coronavirus pandemic took hold last March.   Within six months, the 90-year-old Korean War vet was proven …

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Skepticism surrounds VA promise to draw down backlog of compensation and pension exams

Veterans Affairs officials are confident they will be able to reduce the backlog of hundreds of thousands of compensation and pension exams by this fall, but watchdog groups are expressing more skepticism that such a goal is realistic.   “Yes, they have increased examiners across the nation, but the new alternate methods tend not to be as …

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VA’s Next Challenge

Veterans Affairs officials still have millions of coronavirus vaccines to distribute in coming months, but they are already warily eyeing the next massive medical challenge to follow: making up millions of medical appointments for veterans who have put off routine and specialty care because of virus concerns.   “We’ve had massive amounts of health care deferred,” said …

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VA Suspends Debt Collection

VA Secretary Denis McDonough tours a pharmacy storage area at the VA medical center in Washington, D.C., while receiving a briefing from local officials about coronavirus protocols on Feb. 10, 2021. (Robert Turtil/Veterans Affairs) Veterans Affairs officials will extend their suspension of debt collection on benefits overpayments and medical co-pays through September, officials announced on …

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The Warriors Journey

The Veterans Ranch is proud to announce its partnership with The Warrior’s Journey. This is another awesome resource for Veterans and their families to utilize to get the help that they need. The Veterans Ranch looks forward to a long, happy, and healthy relationship with this great organization for years to come. You can click …

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