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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 »

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Veterans Day “Stand Down” Events Aid the Homeless

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs holds “Stand Downs” throughout the country to address the problems of homeless vets. Stand Downs are one- to three-day events coordinated among local VA Medical Centers, other government agencies and community-based homeless services providers. The object of the Stand Down is to gather homeless vets from a particular area,… Read More »

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Celebrating Veterans Day in Virginia and the Carolinas

Veterans Day, November 11, is the holiday reserved for honoring all Americans who served honorably in the armed forces. It falls on the anniversary of the armistice, a preliminary peace accord between the Allies and Germany, which marked the end of World War I hostilities. The nation observed Armistice Day until Congress officially instituted the… Read More »

Scandal After Scandal at the VA and Nothing Changes

An article titled, “VA Committee Chair: Unions Have ‘Stranglehold’ Over VA Secretary,” published last Thursday, outlines Rep. Jeff Miller’s interview with the Washington Free Beacon. Rep. Jeff Miller states in this interview that, “McDonald has refused to support legislation that would hold VA employees accountable for misconduct because of pressure from labor unions.” The rest… Read More »

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Congress Addresses Urgent Care and Mental Health in Defense Bills

As lawmakers in the House and Senate try to hammer out a compromise on their defense bills, they must reconcile their approaches to military health services. Key issues include access to scheduled appointments and urgent care, as well as mental health services. Congress must find ways to reduce costs while expanding coverage, which is not… Read More »

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VA Wait Times Worsen in Year after Scandal

One year after the scandal over false records and long wait times erupted, the Department of Veterans Affairs is no closer to a solution, and may have to enact austerity measures that will make the problem worse. The number of veterans seeking care who wait a month or more is now 50 percent higher than… Read More »