Recent Blog Posts

National PTSD Awareness Day Is June 27

In 2010, Congress designated June 27 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day. In 2014, June became National PTSD Awareness Month. This year, the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), an agency of the Veterans Administration, invites people from all over the country to mark the day and honor vets whose wounds are real but unseen… Read More »

Record Processing Times for VA Appeals

Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3216, H.R. 4150, H.R. 4764, H.R. 5047, H.R. 5083, H.R. 5162, H.R. 5166, H.R. 5392, H.R. 5407, H.R. 5416, H.R.5420, and H.R. 5428 The House of Representatives: Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing today on multiple bills proposed to be passed through the committee.[1] H.R. 5083, the VA Appeals Modernization Act… Read More »

Rulemaking Could Delay Camp Lejeune Benefits for Another Year

In March, our blog helped spread the good news that “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 presumptions would speed claims for suffering veterans who would… Read More »

Federal Judges Overturn Demotion of Allegedly Corrupt VA Officials

On February 1, 2016, Military Times reported that federal administrative judges had overturned a decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote two senior officials who had gamed the VA’s hiring system to pad their salaries and rake in exorbitant sums as reimbursement for alleged relocation costs. The Military Times article states that Kimberly… Read More »

Homeless Veterans

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 »