Veterans Affairs

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut has introduced a bill that would require the VA to pay for disability compensation for 1,600 veterans who were exposed to radiation in Palomares, Spain.

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When two Air Force planes collided in 1966, they released hydrogen bombs that sprinkled plutonium all over the Spanish countryside. Victor Skaar and nearly 1,600 service members got sick after cleaning the spill.

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The Long Island congressional delegation wants the Veterans Administration to either demolish or repurpose several vacant and aging buildings at the Northport VA Medical Center.

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The U.S. House of Representatives Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island on Tuesday. The center has been under scrutiny for alleged negligence and misconduct that has affected patient care.

Cassandra Basler

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut met today in West Haven with Veterans Affairs workers to learn more about Veteran Peer Specialists.

Veteran Peer Specialists are trained to talk with their fellow veterans who need help getting services at the VA, especially mental health treatment.

Dan Marcai served in Afghanistan and now works as veteran peer specialist for a supportive housing program in Newington. He told Blumenthal today that he’s helped fellow veterans with PTSD who sometimes hesitate to trust counselors at the VA.