Category Archives: Veterans Injuries

VA’s New Wait-List Scandal: Delays in Seeing Outside Doctors

VA’s New Wait-List Scandal: Delays in Seeing Outside Doctors

A recent report by Fox News exposed a simmering scandal at the Shreveport VA hospital, where, according to a whistleblower, more than 2,900 veterans are waiting to see non-VA doctors, which is their right under the Veterans Choice Program. Three years ago, clinical social worker Shea Wilkes revealed a secret wait-list of 2,700 veterans seeking… Read More »

VA Dentist May Have Exposed 600 Veterans to HIV Infection Risk

Almost 600 veterans who got dental care at the Tomah VA Medical Center in Wisconsin may need to be tested for exposure to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C because the dentist who treated them failed to use sterile, disposable instruments during routine exams, as per VA rules. Victoria Brahm, the center’s acting director, explained… Read More »

VA Releases Report on Nation’s Largest Analysis of Veteran Suicide

Young soldier suffering from depression after war

On August 3, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released its report on “Suicide among Veterans and Other Americans, 2001–2014.” The report notes that in 2014, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, and that suicide rates are increasing for both males and females in the general population. However, male… Read More »

Showing Proper Respect to Vets on the Fourth of July

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For patriotic Americans across the country, Independence Day is a time to celebrate our nation’s birth with a variety of activities and observances. But while we leave solemn observations to Memorial Day, July 4th is generally punctuated with the “rockets’ red glare” and “bombs bursting in air.” For decades, fireworks and firecrackers have entertained families,… Read More »

New Report from Boston U. Claims Toxic Exposure Caused Gulf War Illness

Gulf war syndrome

Veterans who have been suffering for decades from Gulf War Illness, or GWI, were validated in a new report from a research team led by Robert White, professor of environmental health at the Boston University School of Public Health. Published in the journal Cortex, the report concludes that exposure to pesticides and ingestion of pyridostigmine… Read More »

A Veteran’s Story

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Helping veterans get the disability benefits they deserve is what our law firm does every day. We’ve helped hundreds of veterans get the benefits they are rightfully entitled to. We would like to share one veteran’s story with you. Our client was in the United States Army from 1974 to 1977 specializing in Firecrew-Mortar; in… Read More »

VA Announces Expanded Compensation Eligibility for Camp Lejeune Vets

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

After reviewing findings by the Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald has decided to propose presumptions of service connection for certain conditions associated with chemical solvents that contaminated the drinking water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from 1953 to 1987. The… Read More »

Did Iraq and Afghan Burn Pits Produce an Agent Orange Effect?

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Could the burn pits of military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan have released toxins that now threaten the health and very lives of American veterans? That’s the question many ill veterans are asking, while others are asserting the military has another Agent Orange situation on its hands. That toxic herbicide, used to defoliate Asian jungles… Read More »

Lengthy Appeals Process Reaches All-Time High for Veterans

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By: Jennifer Maxwell With the excitement of a new year underway, many disabled veterans are hopeful for change and progress to an increasingly problematic and underperforming appeals process within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Throughout the past 5 years, the VA has increased the volume of decisions issued on initial disability claims; however; this increase… Read More »

Wounded Vet Calls Attention to Traumatic Eye Injuries

traumatic eye injury

Members of the Blind Veterans Association are making the case for additional research funding for traumatic eye injuries. Stars and Stripes recently picked up a story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that gave an overview of the problem and criticized Congress for its tepid response. In recent years, eye wounds have become the second most common… Read More »