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What Is an Accredited VA Representative and How Can One Help?

Dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs is often frustrating to former service members and their families. To help guide veterans through the process, the VA has established the accredited representative program. Attorneys and others who wish to advocate for claimants before the VA must complete a formal application and training process demonstrating their familiarity Read More

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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

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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.  http://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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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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Standardized Claim and Appeals Forms Make Applying for Veterans Benefits Easier

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been focused on making the application for veterans benefits easier than ever, especially in the wake of the controversies of the past year. Now, veterans who seek disability benefits are required to use new standardized claim and appeals forms. These forms offer veterans more guidance in stating the Read More

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Thousands of Veterans Reportedly Ignored by Oakland VA

We recently covered the CBS News investigation of the Oakland VA, which revealed that the mismanagement of claims left many veterans waiting for years for the benefits they were owed, some dying before they ever received them. The full extent of that problem is staggering, as more than 14,000 cases of deliberately ignored veterans benefits Read More

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President Obama Visits VA Hospital in Phoenix After Scandal

The Phoenix VA Health Care System was the epicenter of the nationwide scandal related to mismanaged veteran care over the last year. As a result, it has been something of a measuring stick for how the system is recovering from the issues involved. One interested party was President Barack Obama, who visited the Phoenix VA Read More

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Apology Issued from Top VA Official for Overly Expensive Hospital Project

A hospital project in Aurora, Colorado has been the subject of national scrutiny since it was made public that it cost more than $1.73 billion and has not even been completed yet. Now, Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson has apologized on behalf of the department for the expense of the project, and gave reassurances Read More

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Shocking Statistics On Homeless Vets In the US

The population of homeless veterans in the United States is shocking. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Develop (HUD) estimate that over 49,000 veterans are homeless on any given night in the U.S. But homeless veterans did receive some hope on February 13th of this year. The VA announced that $300 million dollars Read More

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VA Call Center Fails in Mission to Assist Homeless Vets

In 2009, then Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced the Zero Homelessness Initiative and set 2015 as the target date for achieving that goal. Now, Erick Shinseki is gone and 2014 is drawing to a close with a revelation that the VA’s National Call Center for Homeless Veterans has been an abject failure. An Read More

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  • Thank to Mr. Spencer I was able to get my VA disability claim re-reviewed and given another chance to receive disability. By far he is one of the most professional lawyers I have ever dealt with. So Veterans if you are looking for help with your VA disability claim I would suggest that you hire Macari, Russotto, Spencer, & Balaban. Thanks again for everything.

    — Alfred Daye

  • As a disabled veteran trying to navigate the complexities of the Veterans Administrations regulations, I turned to the law firm of Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban. They helped me understand what I needed to do and prepared and presented to the VA an excellent presentation of my case. I recommend them for your legal needs.

    — Harry Johnson

  • I was very satisfied with the excellent and professional manner the law firm handled my claim. I highly recommend any veteran who needs help with his or her claim to use Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban P.C. Special thanks to Mr Spencer for being very professional and courteous during the appeal process. Again Thanks to the entire firm for a job well done!

    — Luther Henderson

  • My husband & I highly recommend this law form to any veteran trying to navigate the endless red tape of the VA. We turned to Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban to handle my husband's appeal and could not have been happier. We enjoyed open and consistent communication regarding our case. Any questions we had were answered immediately.

    — Michele DeZayas

  • Amanda Medina-Morales was our point of contact and she kept us up to date on the progress of our case. It was a pleasure and relief knowing that someone truly competent and professional was handling this and fighting for us.

    — Michele DeZayas

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