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GI Bill Benefits Wrongly Denied by VA, Judges Rule

A recent court decision could give many veterans the chance to obtain additional educational benefits. The case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, arises from a “split time” situation where the claimant served three different hitches at separate times, one as an enlisted soldier, one as a member of the Army Read More

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United States Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of Veterans Day

Every year on November 11, Americans are called upon to honor the veterans who have served in the country’s armed forces. However, this Veterans Day has extra meaning because it represents the 100th anniversary of the initial Armistice Day of 1919, which came exactly one year after the end of World War I. While the Read More

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Former VA Pathologist Charged in Death of Three Veterans

The indictment of a veterans’ hospital doctor on three involuntary manslaughter charges sends a shocking message about oversight within his facility and triggers disturbing questions about other patients treated by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Robert Levy, formerly a pathologist at Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Arkansas, has been dismissed Read More

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Legislation Would Force VA to Address Burn Pit Exposure Claims

Many military families have suspected for years that individuals who served in the Middle East suffered illnesses linked to burn pit exposure. Unfortunately, the Department of Veterans Affairs still has not accepted that a connection exists, so veterans stricken with lung illnesses and other problems potentially associated with incinerated garbage don’t automatically receive compensation to Read More

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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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  • Thank to Mr. Spencer I was able to get my VA disability claim re-reviewed and given another chance to receive disability. By far he is one of the most professional lawyers I have ever dealt with. So Veterans if you are looking for help with your VA disability claim I would suggest that you hire Macari, Russotto, Spencer, & Balaban. Thanks again for everything.

    — Alfred Daye

  • As a disabled veteran trying to navigate the complexities of the Veterans Administrations regulations, I turned to the law firm of Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban. They helped me understand what I needed to do and prepared and presented to the VA an excellent presentation of my case. I recommend them for your legal needs.

    — Harry Johnson

  • I was very satisfied with the excellent and professional manner the law firm handled my claim. I highly recommend any veteran who needs help with his or her claim to use Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban P.C. Special thanks to Mr Spencer for being very professional and courteous during the appeal process. Again Thanks to the entire firm for a job well done!

    — Luther Henderson

  • My husband & I highly recommend this law form to any veteran trying to navigate the endless red tape of the VA. We turned to Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban to handle my husband's appeal and could not have been happier. We enjoyed open and consistent communication regarding our case. Any questions we had were answered immediately.

    — Michele DeZayas

  • Amanda Medina-Morales was our point of contact and she kept us up to date on the progress of our case. It was a pleasure and relief knowing that someone truly competent and professional was handling this and fighting for us.

    — Michele DeZayas

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