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Federal Employees Should Work From Home

There has been much research done on employees working from home. More work is accomplished by employees working from home. They don't want the privelage takin away so they work harder and usually put in more time. Also, makes the employee have less stress of trying to get to work.

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Colleges Should Charge In-State Tuition for GI Bill

I have to admit that recently my family was the subject of an unknown to us huge waste of government money. Since my wife and I are both veterans, our tuition is paid through the GI Bill. Since we don't receive the bill for our tution, we never knew we were being charged as out of state residents, even though we were both living in my home of record state.

It wasn't until my wife's GI Bill ran out that we said, hey,... more »

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Share Medical Records Electronically

VA doesn't obtain medical records from DoD hospitals and medical facilities electronically. Additionally, VA will order tests that have already been done at a DoD medical facility. Sharing records and tests electronically saves time, money and paper. This should work both ways, i.e. VA to DoD facility and DoD facility to VA.

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Better Letters for Vets

VA needs to upgrade the structure and content of standard language used in its automatically generated letters (MAPD and PCGL) to provide optimal service to Veterans, slash claims inventory, save money, and boost employee morale.
Edits should be done by VA employees who work claims daily, not contractors in Washington who have never opened a Veteran's file.
Every month VA receives thousands of requests to clarify... more »

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Veterans double dipping should stop

People who use the VA for healthcare who also have Tricare, Medicare, Medicaid and/or get care at military facilities are consuming large quantities of money and time that could be spent on people who depend exclusively from the VA for care. This should be better regulated, it should not happen. A lot of veterans have no other means of getting medical attention than the VA, but there are thousands that go to their outside... more »

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Send VA Letters Electronically

Each Day, The Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) sends thousands of letters to veterans and their dependents. The current system mandates hard copy letters to every veteran.

With the advent of electronic mail (e-mail), and Secretary Shinseki's goals to transform VA into a 21st Century organization, eliminating the claims backlog by 2015, I suggest that optional e-mail communication between veterans and VA be established.... more »

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VETERANS TO CONTROL THEIR FINAL DESTINY

The www.eBenefits.com portal will have an application accepting "Pre-Need" applications from the public seeking to have burial and memorial (headstone/marker) eligiblity determined in advance of need. This will reduce the grief to families who are asked to "prove their Vet is eligible" at the worst time ever -- when a death has occured. Families hunt around for evidence of military service, rank, honors (medals/commendations),... more »

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NATIONAL CEMETERY IMPROVED MAPPING AND VOICE GUIDE

The 131 National Cemteries have very crude maps printed from 83 visitor Kiosks. The maps are very low resolution thermal maps and hard to follow and very hard to ready by any visitors with less than perfect vision.

The maps should be improved using recommendations from experts in "Readability' to design a map that is easy to read for all (even color blind and low vision individuals). As an option the map could be sent... more »

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PRENEED ELIGIBILITY IN REALTIME

The eBenefits.com system will be getting a Pre-Need application in which Veterans (and eligible family) will be able to apply to have their eligiblity for burial and memorial (headstone/marker) benefits determined well in advance of their death. At time of death, often it is the Veteran themselves who are in the best positin to provide that information and due to the 1976 St. Louis Records Depot fire eligiblity must often... more »

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1 computer system - VA ONE Processing System

When I began working for VA over 20 yrs ago we operated out of computer system under the (BDN) Benefits Delivery Network. This system was tied into all parts of VA. The main part we used was to pay deserving veterans benefits for their lost wages due to a slightly to completely debilitating disability. This disability being due to their service for their country. This system was in the DOS format and slightly cumbersome... more »

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VA Provider options

Allow Veterans the option to choose either a primary care provider (for those with chronic medical problems that need to be monitored closely and often), or acute medicine or "walk-in" providers (for those who are basically healthy and just have a medical issue that needs attention within a day or so that doesn't necessarily meet the requirements for an ER visit.) As a young and healthy Veteran, who is required to have... more »

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NATIONAL CEMETERY POSTCARD NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

The VA National Cemetery system produces mailed paper postcard notifications of "Reserved Gravesites" (for graves set aside for spouses of Vets), notification when a monument is ordered, and now (coming) notification when a monument has been set into place. Some of the postcards are sent by e-mail when a valid e-mail is available in the computer database. This doesn't happen on the the Gravesite Reservation side however,... more »

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PRE-POPULATION OF NCA DATABASES FROM DOD

The Nat. Cemetery System computer systems could have interconnects to DoD to automatically "pull" Veteran (retired and active) and load to a pool where DD-214 and other eligiblity information could be gathered through fully automated interconnects to partner agencies that commonly provide eligiblity data to VA by FAX (DOJ, IRS, SSA, DoD, etc.)

An "inteligent" system could make a preliminary eligiblity determination... more »

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Overhaul the VA Claim Rating Schedule to Eliminate Subjectivity

The VA has a Rating Schedule which is used on every VA Disability claim. On the Rating Schedule, some percentages for disabilities are set up for "mild" or "moderate" or "moderately severe", etc. One Rating Specialist can grant 10% whereas another can grant 20% or 30%. The Rating Schedule should be less subjective to allow for proper payments to be made to Veterans.

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