News Roundup: VA Leaves Millions Unspent, Veterans had Limited Access to Sun Protection During Deployments, Mike Huckabee Wants Government Out of Veteran Health Care

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We scour the web for the latest news on veterans and compile it here every other week. Here are the top headlines for June 12–25.

Millions of Dollars for Veterans Sat Unspent for Three Yearsand Now it May be too Late

Last week, the VA Inspector General’s office issued a report detailing how $43 million sat in an account, unused, for more than three years. The VA originally set the money aside to print personalized handbooks to explain what benefits are available to veterans, but these books were never created. The funds were forgotten until an agency financial manager happened to notice, but now it may be too late for the VA to use them. Read More

Military Veterans Report Limited Use of Sun Protection While Deployed, Study Finds

According to a recent survey, only 13 percent of U.S. military veterans in Iraq and Afghanistan reported routinely using sunscreen, despite spending multiple hours per day in the sun. It’s estimated that 63 percent of veterans experienced at least one sunburn during deployment. During the study, researchers discovered that U.S. military personnel had less access to sun protection, such as hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc., than initially thought. And when protection was available, veterans were more likely to use it. This finding is especially troubling given that melanoma diagnoses have seen the highest increase among young white men in the military. Read More

Mike Huckabee: Get Government Out of Veterans’ Health Care Business

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee wants to see the U.S. government bow out of veteran healthcare. Instead of the VA handling medical care, Huckabee would like to see veterans receive healthcare cards that could be used at any facility or medical center they choose to go to. Read More

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