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Paddlers Wanted for VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge

If you’re looking for a fun and exciting way to show your support for local veterans in need, the VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge is for you. The event, scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Wrightsville Beach, was founded to raise funds for homeless and disabled veterans in North Carolina. All proceeds go directly to agencies… Read More »

Application Defect Addressed by VA Compensation Service

By: Ryan Spencer, Veterans Disability Benefits Attorney VA Compensation Service addressed an “application defect” that affected uploading of documents on both the eBenefits and SEP portals. Specific details include the following: The defect resulted in users being incorrectly informed that documents were successfully uploaded, when in fact the documents may have been rejected. These errors occurred… Read More »

SVAC Announces “Veterans First Act”

By: Ryan Spencer, Veterans Disability Benefits Attorney In a press conference in April, SVAC announced the “Veterans First Act,” an omnibus provision focused primarily on VA accountability for employees and whistleblower protection.  The nearly 400-page bill also contains numerous other provisions addressing caregiver benefits, prompt payment under the Choice program, enhanced education benefits, prescription of… Read More »

May Is National Military Appreciation Month

In 1999, Congress passed legislation sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, and Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-CA, declaring May as National Military Appreciation Month. Each year, the president issues a proclamation to remind Americans of the vital role the U.S. Armed Forces has played in our country’s history. There are numerous opportunities during the month of May… Read More »

VA Center for Innovation Releases Report on the Veteran Appeals Experience

In January 2016, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation released a findings report entitled Veteran Appeals Experience: Listening to the Voices of Veterans and their Journey in the Appeals System. The stated goal of the study was “to better understand how veterans experience the appeals process and how the process fits into… Read More »

New Report from Boston U. Claims Toxic Exposure Caused Gulf War Illness

Veterans who have been suffering for decades from Gulf War Illness, or GWI, were validated in a new report from a research team led by Robert White, professor of environmental health at the Boston University School of Public Health. Published in the journal Cortex, the report concludes that exposure to pesticides and ingestion of pyridostigmine… Read More »

Vietnam Veterans Saluted as War’s 50th Anniversary Is Commemorated

Vietnam veterans, unlike the veterans of some other wars, have not had a specific date on which their service and sacrifice could be honored. There have been no anniversary commemorations largely because of the nature and duration of the conflict. That omission has finally been rectified: the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has declared Tuesday,… Read More »

A Veteran’s Story

Helping veterans get the disability benefits they deserve is what our law firm does every day. We’ve helped hundreds of veterans get the benefits they are rightfully entitled to. We would like to share one veteran’s story with you. Our client was in the United States Army from 1974 to 1977 specializing in Firecrew-Mortar; in… Read More »

VA Announces Expanded Compensation Eligibility for Camp Lejeune Vets

After reviewing findings by the Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald has decided to propose presumptions of service connection for certain conditions associated with chemical solvents that contaminated the drinking water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from 1953 to 1987. The… Read More »

Serving Those Who Served: VA Voluntary Service

One unsung way the Veterans Administration assists vets is by organizing volunteers across the country to serve those who have served the country. VA Voluntary Service matches volunteers to needy vets and collects donations for VA medical centers and hospitals. VAVS reports that more than 140,000 volunteers have given more than 11 million hours of… Read More »