veterans affairs

Nine rare cancers tied to burn pit exposure added to VA benefits list

BY: - April 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is adding nine rare respiratory cancers linked to burn pit exposure to the list of illnesses eligible for disability and health benefits. President Joe Biden, who has said his son Beau Biden’s exposure to toxic fumes from the pits could have led to his death, announced the policy change […]

Sen. Brown visits Chillicothe in bid to keep VA hospital open

BY: - April 15, 2022

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has proposed closing its hospital in Chillicothe as part of a system-wide review to streamline services. The facility serves a broad swath of Appalachian Ohio. In its place, the VA plans to build an outpatient clinic nearby and rely on larger facilities in Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati handle excess […]

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Nan Whaley unveils plan for Appalachia

BY: - March 25, 2022

While Gov. Mike DeWine delivered his state of the state address, Democratic hopeful Nan Whaley was in Chillicothe laying out her vision for Appalachian Ohio. She spoke Thursday alongside Mayor Luke Feeney of Chillicothe and Athens mayor Steve Patterson. Whaley’s plan would direct investments to the 32-county region in South and Eastern Ohio to address […]

VA eyes major changes in health care system as veterans flock to the South, Southwest

BY: - March 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday began the years-long process of restructuring its nationwide health care network, an endeavor that will require the president and Congress to sign off before it could begin. The restructuring would mean the closures or consolidations of some medical facilities, likely provoking opposition from communities and […]