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New North Carolina Law to Assess Effects on State Economy of Veteran-Owned Businesses

A new state law, which could potentially affect an estimated 770,000 veterans living in North Carolina, went into effect on January 1. Starting this year, the Secretary of State is required to compile annual information about the number of veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small business and share the information with the state’s Department… Read More »

Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 Blog Series: Part 2: Dockets at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and Advancement on the Docket

As mentioned, in Part 1 of this series of blog posts on the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, this blog will discuss two topics; Dockets at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and Advancement on the Docket. If the bill is passed into law, there will be two separate dockets maintained at the… Read More »

Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 Blog Series: Part 1: Options for Appealing a Rating Decision

On Sunday, May 21st, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs (HVAC) passed H.R. 2288, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. If passed into law it will mean many changes for the VA and for our veterans. One notable revision is the options in which veterans may appeal their rating decision. The bill… Read More »

Obesity and How It’s Related to VA Benefits

By: Ryan Spencer, Veterans Disability Benefits Attorney  Periodically, I have some veterans who would like to be service connected for obesity because of another service connected condition that prevents them from exercising. For example, being handicapped or having a bad back can substantially impede on the ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle for most. Even… Read More »

UPDATE: Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Proposed Presumptive Conditions

On September 9th, The Federal Register issued a “public inspection document” (which it does the day before any rule is published), which indicates VA is proposing a presumptive rule of service connection for eight conditions for those who served at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days from August 1, 1953 through December 31,… 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 »

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 »

SVAC Announces “Veterans First Act”

By: Ryan Spencer, Veterans Disability Benefits Attorney In a press conference in April, SVAC announced the “Veterans First Act,” an omnibus provision focused primarily on VA accountability for employees and whistleblower protection.  The nearly 400-page bill also contains numerous other provisions addressing caregiver benefits, prompt payment under the Choice program, enhanced education benefits, prescription of… Read More »

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 »

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 »