By Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban | Published March 29, 2019 | | |
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
In 2018, more women veterans ran for Congress than at any time in the history of the United States. Fourteen women service members were on the ballot for congressional races, hailing from around the country and representing each branch of the Armed Forces. Among the candidates who won their races were: Mikie Sherrill — A Read MoreRead More
The Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act passed in the House of Representatives in May 2018 with bipartisan support, with only two of 379 voting representatives opposing the legislation. If the bill, HR 3832, passes in the Senate, it could further help medical providers at VA care facilities to recognize veterans who are either struggling with Read MoreRead More
In May, a bill intended to test non-VA care options for survivors of military sexual assault — called the Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment Act, or Military SAVE Act — passed in the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. It is now under consideration by the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. If the bill passes Read MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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.
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— Luther Henderson
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