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Gulf war syndrome

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

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 »

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

VA May Establish Presumptive-Disability Status for Camp Lejeune Illnesses

It may soon be much easier for suffering veterans to access benefits for illnesses related to service at Camp Lejeune. The Veterans Administration recently announced that it is beginning the process of amending its regulations to establish presumptive status for certain diseases linked to certain chemical contaminants that were in the base’s drinking water. Presumptive… Read More »

Veteran’s Affairs Releases Proposed Budget for 2017

By: Ryan Spencer Yesterday the Department of Veteran’s Affairs released a press document showing a proposed budget for FY 2017 by President Obama.  https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2746 The sum? $182 billion. Of interest to Veterans who have filed claims is the additional money allocated to fix the ailing VBMS system. A system that was introduced years ago to… Read More »

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Did Iraq and Afghan Burn Pits Produce an Agent Orange Effect?

Could the burn pits of military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan have released toxins that now threaten the health and very lives of American veterans? That’s the question many ill veterans are asking, while others are asserting the military has another Agent Orange situation on its hands. That toxic herbicide, used to defoliate Asian jungles… Read More »

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Lengthy Appeals Process Reaches All-Time High for Veterans

By: Jennifer Maxwell With the excitement of a new year underway, many disabled veterans are hopeful for change and progress to an increasingly problematic and underperforming appeals process within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Throughout the past 5 years, the VA has increased the volume of decisions issued on initial disability claims; however; this increase… Read More »

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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 family have produced an estimated 20 percent rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in female… Read More »