Author Archives: Team VCS

New analysis by Brown University: Iraq War cost $5.6 trillion

An article by Brown University Costs of War project director Stephanie Savell reports a new comprehensive estimate for how much the war on terrorism has cost the U.S.: $5.6 trillion, “a counterpoint to the relatively limited estimates issued by the Pentagon…”

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36 Veterans & military organizations advocate with U.S. Senate regarding Higher Education Act

This week, thirty-six veterans service organizations (VSO’s) and Military Service Organizations (MSO’s) including Veterans for Common Sense avocated with the U.S. Senate regarding the Higher Education Act and provisions important to veterans and military service members. The letter, with earlier … Continue reading

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VA launches welcome kit to guide Veterans to the benefits and services they’ve earned

SOURCE:  VAntage Point, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs This is where Veterans should start. VA’s onboarding process can be overwhelming at times. Veterans who have visited a VA outreach booth, VA eligibility office, or have gone through a Transition Assistance … Continue reading

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An Increase in “Bad Paper” Discharges Since 9/11 Leaves Many War Veterans Without Help

New report highlights how veterans with higher needs may be adversely impacted PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A new report released this week examines the lives of war veterans who are issued “bad paper,” or Other Than Honorable discharges from … Continue reading

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VCS Expresses Concern about End to VA Data Report

(Washington, DC – June 9, 2017) — In a news story published this week, Veterans for Common Sense expressed concern regarding plans by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to end a national data report used internally and by … Continue reading

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VCS Calls for Continued Defense Medical Research Funding

(Washington, June 8, 2017) – Veterans for Common Sense today joined with more than 100 organizations in calling on Congress to provide continued support for the “critical and highly successful defense health research programs” of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) directed … Continue reading

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VA Claims Errors Leave One in Every Seven Veterans Shortchanged

(Washington – June 7, 2017) — The Boston Herald today reported higher than average error rates on veterans’ disability claims at one regional office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  (“Errors Leave Veterans Shortchanged“, June 7, 2017, by Jack Encarnacao). The … Continue reading

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VCS Urges a Strong Borrower Defense Regulation to Protect Veterans and Servicemembers

(Washington, June 6, 2017) – Veterans for Common Sense today joined with nearly 30 national veterans service organizations and other education coalition allies in calling on Congress that the Borrower Defense Regulation not be watered down or delayed. The regulation, scheduled to … Continue reading

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VCS Calls on Education Secretary for For-Profit School Reforms

(Washington, May 4, 2017) – Veterans for Common Sense today joined with more than two dozen veterans service organizations and other education coalition allies in calling on U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to provide openness, transparency, and an … Continue reading

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BOSTON HERALD: “VA errors ‘an absolute travesty’”

(Washington, April 30, 2017) — The first of a Boston Herald two-part series published today highlighted ongoing errors in processing of veterans’ service-connected disability claims at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office in Boston, Mass. According to the … Continue reading

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