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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Veteran Benefit Lawyers

Veterans Administration Ramping Up Homeless Vet Outreach

The persistent problem of homelessness among veterans calls into serious question our national commitment to treating our former service members with the dignity they deserve. The Veterans Administration is responding to this issue with programs to enhance outreach to homeless vets and provide funding for transitional housing and supportive services. In addition to the VA,… Read More »

Attorney Helps Marine Corps Veteran Establish Service Connection Between Brain Cancer and Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune

Law firm represents veteran in becoming one of the first to prove that brain cancer was caused by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, allowing his claim for benefits to move forward. Partner David Russotto of the Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban law firm recently assisted a veteran to become one of the first to be… Read More »

Wounded Vet Calls Attention to Traumatic Eye Injuries

Members of the Blind Veterans Association are making the case for additional research funding for traumatic eye injuries. Stars and Stripes recently picked up a story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that gave an overview of the problem and criticized Congress for its tepid response. In recent years, eye wounds have become the second most common… Read More »

Tennessee Disabled Vets Face Staggering Tax Increases

Tennessee has altered a long-standing property tax relief program which benefits disabled veterans and the elderly. The changes mean that totally disabled veterans who are unable to find or keep gainful employment could see their tax bill double in 2015. After Gov. Bill Haslam’s office determined that the tax relief program was unaffordable, the state… Read More »

As TDIU Grows Among Older Vets, GAO Considers Revising the Benefit

In a recent report to the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, the Government Accountability Office called for reforms that may eliminate disability benefits for older veterans. The GAO noted that the number of veterans receiving Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits increased 22 percent from fiscal year 2009 to 2013, and in… Read More »