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What information and high-value data should we provide to make our agency more accountable, improve public knowledge of our work, and create economic opportunity? How can we make information and data available in a timely and accessible manner?
(@jjt1953)

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Laws & Requirements for Veterans & especially Disabled Veterans

Why don't OPM follow-up on the Laws, Requirements, etc that are presently in place. Examples would be 38USC Section 4214, 5CFR Part 720 Subpart C, etc. Why is it that people who are neither a Veteran nor a Disabled Veteran are over seeing these Laws, Requirements, etc? In most cases these people are from another EEO Group and when asking questions on Veterans and Disabled Veterans Laws, Requirements, etc are being... more »

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(@james.blankenship1)

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Do you know what research is being done at your VA?

I would like to see a link from our VA Intranet homepage to a site that tells what research is being done at each VA, with the title of the study, name of the P.I. and contact information. It is hard for the public and clinicians to find out about what research is being done, how to get involved, or who to contact. Having a link may improve involvement, which in turn will raise the quality and quantity of research coming... more »

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(@lermaj)

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POST 9/11 GI Bill lack of Information shame on Veterans Affairs

Greetings My name is Jimmy Lerma, On September 11 2001, I was in recruit training for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). We were informed of the tragedy that accrued that day but were unable to see any outside news until the following sunday. In Feb 2003 my unit and I were deployed to Iraq, I returned home from Iraq on June 22 one month earlier than my unit due to the death of my grandmother, the women that... more »

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(@peterl)

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Making VA medical information available to community doctors

Five million vets have access to the best medical records system in the world, but community docs can't access veterans' VA medical records. 1) create a portal for community docs using any flavor of VistA to look at/log into a vet's records (with appropriate permission), so every treating doc can use the same record. 2) create a portal to popHealth http://projectpophealth.org/index.html so community doctors using... more »

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(@patrickdodd)

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Stop discriminating against women veterans

Jennifer C. Schingle wrote on a subject I previously phoned Peter DeFazio about, that is the higher burden of proof women veterans have relative to their male counterparts filing disability claims. Fusing on PTSD as a result of combat exposure and military sexual trauma (MST). Although the VA regulations regarding disability benefits for PTSD are gender neutral as written, they have a disparate impact on female veterans.... more »

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(@smallrevolution)

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stop denying justified claims

In litigating with veterans, the government more often than not takes a position that is substantially unjustified...70 percent of the time...that is the denial was unjustified, thus the V.A. has to pay the veterans' attorneys fees. Now, as many veterans do not challenge a denial it is estimated that as many as 90% of of the decisions made by the Board of Veterans Appeals are not very good. Not only did they wrongly... more »

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(@smallrevolution)

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Why is V.A. destroying documents to avoid filling F.O.I.A.s?

While the "Open and transparent government" propaganda goes on, the V.A. is destroying documents subjected to F.O.I.A. to cover up neglect and abuse of veterans. Also, the V.A. seems to be denying claims that it knows are valid, failing to diagnose PTSD. http://www.vawatchdog.org/10/nf10/nffeb10/nf022710-1.htm So, when does the open and transparent part start, and can we expect the V.A. to release rather than destroy... more »

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(@rkem90)

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VA claims status.

Let's face it, trying to find out anything about the status of your claim is frustrating and time consuming. Not only that, the time it takes the VA to process a claim is rediculous. Why can't you check the status and find out what is happening with your claim on line? Social Security has it set up that way and the Office of Personnel Management has thier process set up so you can manage your account on line too, once... more »

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(@dalewhi2)

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contracting proceedures

I live in a very rural area and recently in busopps the va visn 20 sent out a solicitation for clinics or hospitals to provide primary care. an application by a local hospital was submitted but when we tried to find out how many applied we were told NO you can not know that??? we did not ask who just how many. we called the VAMC in Spokane and when we told the contractor that he said I could throw your application out... more »

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(@agrooms1)

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Education Benefits

It would be really helpful to have a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility available to both students and Veteran's Affairs Coordinators of their school available online. I am a work study for my school's VA Coordinator and there seems to be an issue on getting students to bring in the copy that is mailed to them. They either lose it or can't find a way to request a copy.

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(@jferr0)

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Congress staffers need to tell vets about this new website.

I had a question for my congressman as to why the train no longer goes past the Coatesville, Pa. VA Med Center and instead stops at the previous stop. The staffer had no idea what I was talking about and referred me to a staffer at the subject hospital. He advised it was an unpopular stop! Neither told me about this site, I think because they didn't know or care. I don't think they want empowered vets running wild on... more »

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