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Solar powered wheelchairs for veterans

Solar Wheelchairs

By | VA Disability

Kurt Schneider is a Navy veteran who broke his back and had to learn to walk again. He also invented a solar-powered wheelchair called the Liberator to help other disabled individuals. Although electric wheelchairs are common, there is nothing to protect users from getting stranded by a dead battery. Enter…

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Veteran Student Debt

Veteran Student Debt

By | VA Disability

Veterans who are totally and permanently disabled due to a service-connected disability or veterans who receive VA disability benefits at the 100 percent-level are eligible for the Total and Permanent Disability Discharge (TPD).  This program eliminates student loan debt. Approximately 42,000 disabled veterans meet the eligibility requirements, but only 18…

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The VA Is Not Handling ALS Well

The VA Is Not Handling ALS Well

By | VA Disability

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Inspector General, the VA has been underpaying and overpaying veterans who suffer from ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.  ALS is an incurable neurological disease made famous by the New York Yankees baseball player, Lou Gehrig, who died from it in 1941. ALS typically…

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Burn Pit Research

Burn Pit Research

By | VA Disability

Earlier this year, Congress passed the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act.  Veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are growing increasingly concerned that exposure to toxins produced by burn pits will mirror the problems that resulted from Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam. The Burn Pits Act is…

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VA Delay

By | VA Disability

From 1945 to 1962, between 195,000 and 300,000 United States soldiers were subjected to atomic testing, according to the National Association of Atomic Veterans (NAAV).  Unfortunately, most of these veterans are not receiving compensation for the conditions they have developed as a result of their exposure to radiation. Richard Simpson…

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Blatant Disregard at VA Nursing Home

By | VA Disability

When investigators arrived at the Department of Veterans Affairs nursing home in Brockton, MA, they did not have to look far to discover signs of patient neglect.  They immediately found a nurse and a nurse’s aide asleep during their shifts. As a result of the investigation, a scathing internal report…

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PTSD Lies

By | VA Disability

In 2011, Michael Pecka applied for Veterans Disability benefits on the basis that he suffered from PTSD after witnessing two servicemen commit suicide while he was serving overseas in Kuwait.  He was approved for benefits and collected over $92,000 in benefits. Unfortunately, Mr. Pecka did not actually witness either suicide….

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Special Monthly Compensation

By | VA Disability

If you are a veteran with service-connected disabilities, you may be entitled to receive additional monthly payments above and beyond the basic compensation rates for some disabilities. The VA will pay additional compensation, called special monthly compensation (SMC) to veterans who, as a result of their service-related disabilities, have lost…

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VA Waste Continues

By | VA Disability

Over the next five years, the Department of Veterans Affairs is on track to waste over $100 million on tens of thousands of unnecessary medical examinations for disabled veterans.  These figures have been released by the VA Inspector General in a report that came out earlier this summer. The IG’s…

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VA Shoplifting in Ohio

By | VA Disability

Something strange seems to be happening in VA hospitals in Ohio.  Since 2014, expensive medical equipment has been vanishing, literally without a trace, and the value of the missing items ranges from $90,000 to over $300,000 per item. These losses are concerning when you consider that the VA has spent…

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