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PROMINENT VETERANS’ BENEFITS LAWYER PENS MILITARY COURT THRILLER

PROMINENT VETERANS’ BENEFITS LAWYER PENS MILITARY COURT THRILLER

Prominent attorney Don Marcari, whose first case as a JAG lawyer inspired the film A Few Good Men, recently published a suspense novel about a Navy court-martial, based on an actual case. Reader reviews on Amazon for Conduct Unbecoming are so far unanimous in their...

DRUG THEFT PLAGUES VA HOSPITALS

DRUG THEFT PLAGUES VA HOSPITALS

The Associated Press recently reported on federal investigations targeting opioid theft from VA medical centers throughout the country, which has been on the rise since 2009. The culprits are believed to be doctors, nurses, and pharmacy staff at the hospitals, who...

VETERANS CONTINUE TO WAIT YEARS FOR CLAIMS HEARINGS

VETERANS CONTINUE TO WAIT YEARS FOR CLAIMS HEARINGS

Veterans appealing a denial of VA benefits are currently waiting about five years for a determination, and if the present pace continues, vets 10 years from now could be waiting as long as 25 years for an answer. That’s the bottom line from a recent article by Luanne...

OBESITY AND HOW IT’S RELATED TO VA BENEFITS

OBESITY AND HOW IT’S RELATED TO VA BENEFITS

Periodically, I have some veterans who would like to be service connected for obesity because of another service connected condition that prevents them from exercising. For example, being handicapped or having a bad back can substantially impede on the ability to...

PROS AND CONS TO CAMP LEJEUNE WATER CONTAMINATION RULING

PROS AND CONS TO CAMP LEJEUNE WATER CONTAMINATION RULING

VA published a final interim rule today regarding Camp Lejeune Water Contaminated Veterans, 82 FR 4173. The effective date for this rule is March 14th, 2017 and no earlier. To be eligible for benefits under this new ruling you must meet the below requirements.  ...

VA DENTIST MAY HAVE EXPOSED 600 VETERANS TO HIV INFECTION RISK

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...

WHAT VETERANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SPECIAL MONTHLY COMPENSATION

WHAT VETERANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SPECIAL MONTHLY COMPENSATION

Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is a disability benefit available to certain veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses, and parents. Eligible veterans receive a higher rate of compensation for their disability due to special circumstances, such as the need for...

VA RELEASES REPORT ON NATION’S LARGEST ANALYSIS OF VETERAN SUICIDE

VA RELEASES REPORT ON NATION’S LARGEST ANALYSIS OF VETERAN SUICIDE

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...

OUR TOP 3 AGENT ORANGE QUESTIONS ANSWERED

OUR TOP 3 AGENT ORANGE QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Where are the Agent Orange Exposure Locations? Military veterans who served in Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone are presumed by the VA to have been exposed to Agent Orange. According to the VA there are, however, other veterans that may qualify if they are...

3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TDIU

3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TDIU

Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) is essential if you are unable to work due to a service connected disability. TDIU is a monthly payment from the VA made to veterans whose service-related disability presents them from holding a job. Here are...

FEMALE VIETNAM WAR VETS STILL SUFFER POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

FEMALE VIETNAM WAR VETS STILL SUFFER POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

The Veterans Administration recognizes that as the percentage of female active-duty service members rises, there will be a greater need for services sensitive to the needs of female veterans. The stress of combat missions, sexual trauma, isolation and worries about...

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION RAMPING UP HOMELESS VET OUTREACH

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION RAMPING UP HOMELESS VET OUTREACH

The persistent problem of homelessness among veterans calls into serious question our national commitment to treating our former service members with the dignity they deserve. The Veterans Administration is responding to this issue with programs to enhance outreach to...

IMPORTANT RESOURCES FOR VETERANS

IMPORTANT RESOURCES FOR VETERANS

Although many veterans of the U.S. military are discharged and come back to seamlessly transition into civilian life, others are not so fortunate. There are numerous problems that plague veterans of all ages, including physical health issues, mental health conditions...

4 STEPS TO APPEALING YOUR VA CLAIM

4 STEPS TO APPEALING YOUR VA CLAIM

The Veterans Disability Benefits attorneys at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban assist veterans in appealing their VA decisions. The appeal process is complicated and can be very frustrating at times. That’s why you need a lawyer on your side. If you’ve applied...

FILING A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIM AGAINST THE MILITARY OVERSEAS

FILING A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIM AGAINST THE MILITARY OVERSEAS

U.S. citizens abroad often receive medical care at U.S. military facilities, especially when local healthcare standards are suspect. But what happens when these patients suffer injuries due to malpractice? Sovereign immunity protects U.S. government entities from...

WHAT IS THE “GULF WAR SYNDROME”?

WHAT IS THE “GULF WAR SYNDROME”?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doesn’t like to use the term “Gulf War Syndrome.” Even so, when you meet certain criteria, your Gulf War injuries make you eligible for VA disability benefits. The VA recognizes that veterans who served in the 1991 Gulf War...

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