Recent Blog Posts

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 prevents 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 »

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 »