AUSN Receives $100,000 Donation From Independence Fund
The Independence Fund (TIF) made a generous pledge of $100,000 to AUSN – NSHF (Navy Safe Harbor Foundation) in support of the Navy Wounded warrior adaptive sport PDRL (medically retired) athletes. TIF’s generosity helps provide PDRL athletes and their families / caregivers financial assistance to attend Team Navy trials, training camps and the annual DoD Warrior Games scheduled this year in June at SOCOM (Tampa. FL). Additionally, their gift helps fund “Caring for the Caregiver” events – a program to help our wounded, ill and injured caregivers know they are not alone as they learn to identify the stressors, develop coping strategies, problem solving and self-care. Sailors Helping Sailors. To learn more about AUSN – NSHF Anchor Society or donate, click here.
VA Won’t Challenge Blue Water Navy Ruling
In a major step forward for thousands of “Blue Water” Navy Vietnam veterans suffering from Agent Orange exposure, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie told a Senate committee this week that he will not recommend appealing a federal court ruling in favor of Vietnam vets. Earlier this year, a federal court ruled overwhelmingly in favor of Blue Water Navy veterans, leaving only two options for the VA: accept the ruling, or appeal to the Supreme Court. During an appearance before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee this week, Wilkie said he would not ask the Department of Justice to continue to fight the issue. AUSN will have more analysis on this development in the coming days.
AUSN Signs On To Caregiver Expansion Letter
This past week, AUSN signed on to an Independence Fund letter that calls for the Department of Veterans Affairs to stick to the original Caregiver expansion (a part of the MISSION Act) schedule by making the Oct. 1 certification deadline, or seeking legislative relief from this timeline. Reports have indicated that the expansion would be delayed past the Oct. 1 deadline because the VA wouldn’t be able to certify the IT system in time, and that would consequently delay the Caregiver expansion. You can read more about the MISSION Act and what it does here.
VA To Make New Nasal Spray Drug Available For Treatment-Resistant Depression
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced recently that its health care providers would offer the newly approved Spravato nasal spray, which is meant for treatment-resistant depression. Spravato was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on March 5, and is used in conjunction with an oral antidepressant. “Spravato will be available through a restricted distribution system under an FDA-approved Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS),” according to a VA statement. “The purpose of the REMS is to mitigate the risks of serious adverse outcomes and the potential abuse and misuse of Spravato.” Read more here.