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Congress Pushes to Expand, Focus Burn Pits Treatment Research

(Washington – May 3, 2019) – A bipartisan group of Congressional representatives has called for the creation of a new treatment research program relevant to veterans with toxic wounds resulting from exposure to massive open-air burn pits in Iraq, Afghanistan, … Continue reading

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97 Members of Congress push for Gulf War Illness treatment research funds

(Washington – April 4, 2019) – With scientific advances now regularly breaking related to Gulf War Illness, 97 members of Congress pushed this week for more treatment research for the debilitating condition that affects as many as one in three veterans of the 1991 Gulf War.

Led by Representatives Gregorio Sablan (D-N. Marianas) and retired Lt. General Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), the bipartisan group of 97 members of the U.S. House sent the letter to the defense appropriators calling for “the necessary resources to continue this vital and effective” Gulf War Illness treatment research funding.

“By congressional design, [it] is a unique medical research program narrowly focused on the vision of improving the health and lives of Veterans with Gulf War Illness,” they wrote, calling it “a model of how to conduct treatment­ oriented research to address a challenging illness” that “is succeeding where earlier programs failed.”

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U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Jerry Moran Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Access to Chiropractic Health Care for Current and Former Military Personnel

Bipartisan bill requires TRICARE to cover chiropractic services for military retirees and members of the National Guard and Reserve WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) today introduced bipartisan legislation to expand chiropractic health services … Continue reading

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Veterans for Common Sense plus 26 VSO’s oppose Dept. of Education rule that protects predatory for-profit schools over student veterans 

(Washington, D.C. – August 31, 2018)  Today, 27 veteran and military service organizations  including Veterans for Common Sense, AMVETS, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Student Veterans of America (SVA), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) submitted a public comment opposing key … Continue reading

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80 Organizations urge U.S. Dept. of Education to implement a strong borrower defense rule

(Washington, DC – August 31, 2018) — Yesterday, 80 organizations and advocates working on behalf of student servicemembers and veterans submitted joint comments to the U.S. Department of Education on the proposed negotiated rulemaking to rewrite the borrower defense rule.  The … Continue reading

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Home-health provider cuts off services to veterans when the VA fails to pay its bills; Veterans for Common Sense weighs in

(Londonderry, N.H. – August 14, 2018) — The Boston Globe today highlighted the serious negative effects on veterans of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) failing to pay its bills from healthcare providers, in an article entitled, “Home-health provider … Continue reading

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Veterans for Common Sense plus 41 VSO’s oppose VA plan to waive federal ethics law for for-profit colleges

 (Washington, DC – June 20, 2018) — Today, 42 veterans and military service and other organizations including Veterans for Common Sense sent a letter (available here) to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) opposing VA’s plan to waive federal ethics law for … Continue reading

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VCS assists with Burn Pits Policy Recommendations in Testimony

Veterans for Common Sense has assisted Burn Pits 360 in policy recommendations for the written statement for the record for a Congressional hearing entitled: “An Assessment of the Potential Health Effects of Burn Pit Exposure among Veterans.” Burn Pits 360 … Continue reading

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Attorney who led VCS lawsuit against VA for veterans honored in series of articles about his legacy

A series of articles on toxic exposures in the June issue of The American Legion Magazine pays tribute to attorney Gordon Erspamer, whose many landmark cases in his distinguished career  included leading the Veterans for Common Sense lawsuit in 2007 against the … Continue reading

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VCS Advocacy for Gulf War Veterans Highlighted in Three News Stories

A trio of Texas news articles highlights Gulf War veterans’ ongoing struggles with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the leading advocacy by Veterans for Common Sense on their behalf. A pair of May 12, 2018 news stories reported: … Continue reading

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