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What Are the Differences Between Social Security Disability and Veterans Disability Benefits?

Certain disabled veterans are able to seek relief from both the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In fact, the SSA reported that approximately 621,000 veterans received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in 2016. However, each organization provides different benefits, and each has its own, separate requirements for benefits Read More

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Court finds in favor of Blue Water Navy Veterans on Agent Orange Case

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled 9-2 in favor of Alfred Procopio, Jr., 73, who served on the USS Intrepid during the Vietnam War. Procopio is one of tens of thousands of “Blue Water” Navy veterans who were deemed ineligible for the same disability benefits as those veterans who served “boots on Read More

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How Do You Qualify for Veterans Disability Benefits?

When you put your life on the line to defend the United States, you deserve to be taken care of by your country. If you served in the military, have a disability rating for a condition connected to your service, and have a current illness or injury either caused or worsened by your service, you Read More

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Will Vets Finally Get College Credit for Military Training?

Despite the rigorous learning demands in our contemporary armed forces, few veterans receive academic credit for military training. Therefore, they waste time and incur unnecessary expenses repeating unnecessary classes simply to gain required credits. To address this problem, senators, Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware and Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa have introduced the Military Learning Read More

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VA Updates Schedule for Disabling Skin Conditions

Recently, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities that evaluate skin conditions. The VA website describes the VASRD  (also called the rating schedule) as “the collection of federal regulations used by Veterans Benefits Administration claims processors to evaluate the severity of disabilities and assign disability ratings.” Disability Read More

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VA Issues New Spanish-Language Healthcare Benefit Application

In August, as part of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ effort to simplify and improve healthcare enrollment, the VA issued a new Spanish-language version of its application for health benefits. The new version of the application grew out of a recommendation from the VA Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans to address the growing number of Hispanics Read More

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Has Your Military Service Earned Special Credits for Social Security?

If you are a service member or a veteran planning for retirement or applying for Social Security disability, you should be aware that your active duty service earns you extra wage credits. Since wage credits are used to calculate Social Security benefits, your retirement and/or disability benefits may be higher than you think. Not all Read More

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Agent Orange Benefits Granted for Vietnam Vets Stationed in Thailand

Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban recently received an award for Agent Orange benefits for a veteran stationed in Thailand. This veteran was stationed at the Nakhon Phanom Air Force Base. Based on the presumptive conditions laid out by the VA, Vietnam veterans who served along the perimeters of military bases in Thailand anytime between February Read More

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Former U.S. Army Captain and Efficiency Expert Nominated as VA Benefits Boss

On Wednesday, February 21, President Trump nominated U.S. Army veteran Paul Lawrence to be the next Undersecretary of Veterans Affairs for Benefits, filling a seat warmed only by interim officials since October 2015. Lawrence, who retired from the service as a captain, would seem to be a strong choice based on his background as a Read More

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VA Secretary Suggests Cut to Unemployability Benefit

Asserting that it doesn’t make sense to average Americans to pay unemployment benefits to persons 80 years of age and older, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has proposed cutting the Individual Unemployability benefit for disabled veterans once they qualify for Social Security. According to the Daily Courier, the mere suggestion of cuts to IU has 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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