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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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Injured Veterans Seek Relief for Burn Pit Exposure

During the American military engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq, pits of burning trash have been common sights near bases and other installations. With little ability to cart garbage away, everyday refuse and large items, such as vehicles, wound up in these “burn pits.” Now, veterans of these conflicts are suffering from aggressive cancers and other Read More

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Court Rules Blue Water Vietnam Veterans Eligible for Agent Orange Benefits

As related legislation is being debated, veterans who served on ships during the Vietnam War won a significant court victory in their effort to secure Agent Orange benefits. Known as “blue water” vets — to distinguish them from “brown water” personnel who served on inland watercraft — these individuals were previously denied compensation related to Read More

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Rapid Appeals Modernization Program Makes Way for New Process

As of February 15, the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP) is no longer an option for new appellants, as the Veterans Benefits Administration (VA) has implemented the revised appeals process mandated by legislation passed in 2017. Designed as a transition between the previous procedure and the revised program, RAMP will still be used for claims Read More

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Are You Receiving All the VA Benefits You Deserve?

Veterans deserve world-class care as compensation for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of our country. Whether you are preparing to finish your career in the military or you returned to civilian life years ago, you have the right to access a wide range of benefits provided through the Department of Veterans Affairs and 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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