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Morning Muster: 1/29/2015 VA counts homeless, suicide bill vote Monday, book helps with veterans disability benefits

A United Launch Alliance  Atlas V rocket carrying the third Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy creates a light trail as it lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41.  (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the third Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy creates a light trail as it lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

Senate votes on Clay Hunt bill Monday; VA participates in homeless count; vets may face old traumas during end-of-life care; Reid bill allows retirement, disability benefits; military retirement moves toward 401k; VA to build homeless housing on LA campus; legislation would keep adult children on VA insurance; Miller bill protects VA whistle blowers; Congress accuses VA of withholding information; Colorado wants $1.1 billion for Aurora VA hospital; new book helps with disability claims

The Senate will vote Monday on the Clay Hunt veterans suicide prevention bill, reports The Hill’s Martin Matishak.

VA participated in a national count of homeless vets Wednesday. Last year’s count found 49,993 homelessness veterans in one night—a 33-percent decrease since 2010, VA reports.

War veterans entering hospice care may also face old traumas, possibly for the first time, reports NPR’s Quil Lawrence.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada has reintroduced a bill that allows vets to collect full retirement and disability benefits, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Steve Tetreault.

A plan to be released today pushes for something closer to a 401K for military retirement, reports Military TimesAndrew Tilghman.

 VA plans to build housing for homeless veterans on its campus in West Los Angeles, reports CBS Los Angeles @CBSLA. This comes after VA settled a lawsuit with vets who said the property should not be used for a baseball stadium and a hotel laundry.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, has proposed legislation that would allow children of disabled vets to stay on their parents’ VA insurance until they reach age 26, reports The Associated Press.

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Florida, has introduced a bill to protect VA whistleblowers, reports The Hill’s Lydia Wheeler.

Lawmakers accused Veterans Affairs of withholding information during a hearing Wednesday, reports Stars & Stripes’ Heath Druzin.

Colorado legislators want $1.1 billion for the Aurora VA hospital, reports 7News’s Deb Stanley.

A new book promises to help veterans file a disability claim with Veterans Affairs. Jon Macintosh interviewed 2,000 vets to write VA Disability Claim, reports LawyersandSettlements.com‘s Brenda Craig.

Bergmann & Moore, LLC, is a national law firm dedicated to serving the needs of veterans in compensation claims before and against the Department of Veterans Affairs. The firm’s partners are former VA attorneys who are very familiar with the VA system. Bergmann & Moore handles all kinds of cases, but has a concentration in claims involving PTSD, military sexual trauma, Gulf War illness and complex medical issues, such as brain cancer or degenerative issues, veterans exposed to Agent Orange often face. For more information, to submit news or to sign up for an email version of this blog, contact Kelly Kennedy at kkennedy@vetlawyers.com.

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