Recent Blog Posts

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 for both males and females in the general population. However, male… Read More »

Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2016 Increases VA Benefits

Is there a doctor in the House? Actually, there are a few, but today we are particularly thankful for one: Representative Ralph Abraham, M.D., representing the Fifth District of Louisiana, whose bill, HR 5588, won bipartisan approval and was signed by President Obama on Friday, July 22. The new law, Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of… Read More »

UPDATE: Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Proposed Presumptive Conditions

On September 9th, The Federal Register issued a “public inspection document” (which it does the day before any rule is published), which indicates VA is proposing a presumptive rule of service connection for eight conditions for those who served at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days from August 1, 1953 through December 31,… Read More »

Observing Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance

Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush signed into law U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71, which designated each subsequent September 11 as Patriot Day. This resolution went into the books as Public Law 107-89. The protocol for observing Patriot Day then included flying the American flag at… Read More »

Veterans Denied TBI Benefits by Unqualified Health Providers

From 2007 to 2015, more than 24,000 veterans were examined by healthcare providers who have since been found by Department of Veterans Affairs standards to be unqualified to diagnose traumatic brain injury (TBI). That may have led to a denial of benefits for thousands of vets. According to the Military Times, VA officials told Congress… Read More »

Your Top 3 Agent Orange Questions Answered

1. 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 able to show proof of exposure. Other possible exposure locations… Read More »

David Russotto Interviewed By WRAL News

Veterans Disability Benefits Attorney David Russotto was recently interviewed by WRAL News. The interview specifically speaks about the lengthy wait times for the disability benefits appeals process. According to the article, Attorney David Russotto, who specializes in VA disability compensation appeals, says the system is set up to fail. “The road to hell is paved… Read More »

Is My Spouse Eligible to Receive My VA Disability Compensation If I Die?

If you are a disabled veteran and your family is dependent upon your VA benefits, you may be wondering what happens to those benefits if you die. Your veterans’ disability benefits only continue while you are alive to receive them. However, your surviving spouse may be eligible for survivor benefits known as Dependency and Indemnity… Read More »

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 3 things you should know about TDIU benefits: Any disability that is… Read More »

Showing Proper Respect to Vets on the Fourth of July

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 »