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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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Record Number of Women Vets Ran for Office in 2018

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 More

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Bipartisan Support for House Bill Aimed at Curbing Opiate Addiction Among Veterans

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 More

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House Bill Seeks to Expand Support to Survivors of Military Sexual Assault

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 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 Undersecretary Torpedoes Blue Water Vets Benefits Bill in U.S. Senate

Just when it looked like Blue Water veterans would finally receive benefits for illnesses due to Agent Orange exposure, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched an attack seeking to kill the legislation. In late June, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that would extend VA benefits to about 90,000 sailors who served Read More

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Bill to Assist Veteran Burn Pit Victims Passes U.S. Senate and Awaits Action in the House

Veterans suffering from illnesses caused by toxic exposure to open burn pits are one step closer to VA assistance, as a bill sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has passed the U.S Senate. According to a report from CBS Minnesota, “Sen. Klobuchar, who has been working on the passage of the bill for several Read More

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DoD Names 126 Bases Worldwide as Potential Camp Lejeune Water Crises Spots

Last March, the Department of Defense issued a report to the House Armed Services Committee that cited for the first time the full scope of the water contamination problem on U.S. military installations across the globe. Water at 126 military installations was found to contain levels above the Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable standards for perfluorooctane Read More

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