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Briefing Date:08/07/2007
Topic:Improving the Presumptive Disability Decision-Making Process for Veterans

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Military and Veterans Health
Committee on the Evaluation of the Presumptive Disability Decision-Making Process for Veterans

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Congressional Briefings
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
412 Russell Senate Office Bldg. – 3:00 p.m.
and
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
335 Cannon House Office Bldg. – 2:30 p.m.

on

Improving the Presumptive Disability Decision-Making Process for Veterans

Since 1921, Congress and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have designated certain health problems as presumptive, meaning that they are presumed to be linked to military service and therefore veterans automatically merit disability compensation and health care for these conditions. This new report, from the Institute of Medicine, reviews the current process for determining presumptions and proposes a new approach designed to assure veterans and the public that these decisions are being made appropriately.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on August 9, 2007 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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