Recent Blog Posts

Failure of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to Carry Out its Mission: The Causes and Possible Solutions.

By Adam Russotto, 18 year high school senior and son of attorney David Russotto. “If an 18 year old can figure this out than how come our Congress can’t seem to find a way to finally fix the VA’s problems after years of talking about it. As an example, this paper shows that shows that… Read More »

While the Vietnam War Ended, Fights for Disability Benefits Live on

Is the Vietnam War old news? Not in terms of disability benefits. When the last marines from the U.S. embassy withdrew from Saigon in 1975, the United States’ presence in Vietnam was over. Unfortunately for many veterans, remnants of the war still live on in the form of disabilities. You can see an example of… Read More »

What Job Assistance Help is Available for Veterans?

If you’re a disabled veteran, perhaps you just need help finding a job. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has a site called www.vaforvets.va.gov that offers the following: *        Career development services for veterans *        Coaching and reintegration support *        Tools for helping veterans identify their skills and evaluate their strengths *        Matches veterans up… Read More »

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Have you been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Whether you suffer from PTSD or other types of war injuries, you should receive VA disability benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) evaluates PTSD for disability benefits. Fight or flight When you face danger, your body experiences an adrenaline rush as a defense mechanism…. Read More »

Be a Saint on St. Patrick’s Day: Drive Sober

Drunk Driving Isn’t Worth It! The consequences are serious and can last a lifetime. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be significant. Drunk driving violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates, dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car or motorcycle towing and repairs and lost wages due to time off from work.

What Medical Problems Did Recent Wars Cause for Veterans?

In a perfect world, you would receive your veteran’s benefits and not need an attorney, but unfortunately this doesn’t always happen. Many veterans who fought in recent wars are disabled and entitled to benefits. An article published by Harvard University Professor Linda J. Bilmes entitled “The Financial Legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan: How Wartime Spending… Read More »

What is the Veterans Claims Appeals Process?

Once the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) denies your claim, you have several levels of appeals. The Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA), which is located in Washington, D.C., reviews your appeal. These are the steps involved: NOD. To appeal you must first submit a Notice of Disagreement (NOD), which is simply a statement that you… Read More »

What Are Your Time Limitations for Filing Camp Lejeune Lawsuits?

Water contamination at Camp Lejeune during August 1953 through December 1987 took its toll on military members and their families. As a result, Congress passed the Janey Ensminger Act in 2012, which allows Camp Lejeune victims to file for veterans disability compensation. The Laura Jones case Even before the Janey Elsinger Act, people suffering from… Read More »

What is the Disability Benefits Process Like for Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans?

You’d think the battle would end when veterans returned home, but thousands of veterans are involved in a different kind of fight. They have to fight for benefits. Not all of their stories win media attention, but here’s one veteran’s that did. CNN talks about an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran named Mike Grabski. He… Read More »

What is the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) and Why Does It Need Reform for Veterans?

When you’re a veteran with a disability, income is a problem and you may worry about how to pay for an attorney. However, sometimes when lawyers help veterans receive military benefits, the government has to pay their fees. Having the government pay attorney fees lessens your financial burden. When you win a lawsuit against the… Read More »