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As U.S. Marks 18th Anniversary of 9/11, Troops Are Still Deployed in Mideast

It has been 18 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 killed approximately 3,000 in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Some men and women who were children at the time are now serving in the military and may be deployed to the Middle East in order to continue the effort Read More

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VA Provides Registry for Middle East Vets to Report Burn Pit Exposure

Burning trash piles that once littered the landscape near American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan might be linked to serious, and even fatal, illnesses among service members who were exposed to the toxic fumes. Though a Department of Veterans Affairs program allows potential victims to report their symptoms and have their medical condition tracked, Read More

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Preparing for a VA Compensation and Pension Exam

Many veterans seeking compensation and pension benefits must attend a medical examination before the decision on their claim is finalized. Though C&P exams are individualized based on the claimant’s condition and the benefits sought, there are several things that you should know if you’ve been asked to come in for such an evaluation. Not everyone Read More

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Overlap Exists Between PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

Over the past several years, much media attention has been devoted to post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSDs) and the effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Laypeople see these conditions as distinct, and even medical practitioners associate TBI symptoms with physical harm and PTSDs with mental health problems. However, these serious afflictions share many symptoms and affected Read More

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Bone Cement Failures in Knee Replacements Could Harm Veterans

Hard physical work performed by members of our armed forces can take a serious toll on their knees. Whether directly attributable to their military duties or not, many veterans wind up requiring single or double knee replacements to relieve pain and restore mobility. Once the operation is completed, recipients expect years of relative comfort, but Read More

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‘Blue Water’ Vietnam Veterans Will Finally Get Agent Orange Benefits

More than 50 years after the U.S. started using Agent Orange in Vietnam, service members who were exposed to the dangerous herbicide while on offshore vessels can start collecting benefits. Though Congress passed a law in 1991 creating a presumption of Agent Orange exposure for “brown water” service members who worked on boats within the Read More

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VA Official Sentenced for Taking Bribes from Job Training Programs

The case of a former Department of Veterans Affairs official convicted of bribery demonstrates how some dishonest operators try to take advantage of the men and women they serve. Disabled veterans who avail themselves of a program designed to help them acquire job skills should be vigilant about the services they are receiving. In a Read More

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What Is an Accredited VA Representative and How Can One Help?

Dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs is often frustrating to former service members and their families. To help guide veterans through the process, the VA has established the accredited representative program. Attorneys and others who wish to advocate for claimants before the VA must complete a formal application and training process demonstrating their familiarity Read More

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Hundreds of Veterans File Claims Over Defective Combat Earplugs

Combat earplugs are supposed to minimize the effects of dangerously loud conditions while allowing military personnel to communicate effectively. To perform this function in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense Logistics Agency purchased Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 from 3M. However, many service members who used these earplugs did experience hearing problems during and after battle. Read More

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May 10 Is National Military Spouse Appreciation Day

No matter what branch of the service they’re in or what their particular duty might be, military personnel understand the sacrifices made by their wives and husbands. Often overlooked by others, these spouses handle their responsibilities with extraordinary strength and dedication. Now, the time is approaching where everyone is called to take a day to Read More

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