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11/16/2021 10:16 AM EST

The Department of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with the PenFed Foundation, helped three women-owned small businesses earn business development grants used to support their growing companies in the economic marketplace.

Veterans do you find yourself needing to speak with someone and don’t know where to turn? Are you having troublesome thoughts about life? There is help available for you.
Dial the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 or the new 988 phone number.

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All Veterans, their spouses & caregivers can receive a free COVID-19 vaccine from VA

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VA processing disability claims for certain conditions related to particulate matter

VA is now processing disability claims for asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis on a presumptive basis based on particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia and certain other areas – if these conditions manifested within 10 years of a qualifying period of military service.
This will expand benefits for Veterans who served in:
  • Afghanistan, Djibouti, Syria, and Uzbekistan during the Persian Gulf War, from September 19, 2001, to the present, or
  • The Southwest Asia theater of operations from August 2, 1990, to the present
If you have a pending claim for one or more of these conditions, you don’t need to do anything. We’ll send you a decision notice when we complete our review. 
For more information on the new presumptive conditions, visit our website at Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Exposures - Public Health (
To apply for benefits, Veterans and survivors may visit or call toll-free at 800-827-1000.