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Broken VA Campaign Promises

Broken VA Campaign Promises

By | VA Disability

When Donald Trump ran for President, he provided his opinion on the state of the Department of Veterans Affairs: “The current state of the Department of Veterans Affairs is absolutely unacceptable. Over 300,000—and this is hard to believe, and it’s actually much more than that now—over 300,000 veterans died waiting…

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Licensed Providers and VA Exams

Licensed Providers and VA Exams

By | VA Disability

It’s hard to believe, but, under current laws in the United States, medical providers who have had their licenses revoked can still conduct medical examinations for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Senators Krysten Sinema and Marco Rubio have teamed up to bring the Better Examiner Standards and Transparency for Veterans…

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Veteran Surveillance

Veteran Surveillance

By | VA Disability

We know that the SSA is beginning to look at social media profiles to discredit claims. Since President Trump made rooting out fraudulent SSD claims a priority, it is clear the government is looking for more ways to avoid paying benefits to disabled workers. Veteran disability claims have long been…

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Blue Water Victory

Blue Water Victory

By | VA Disability

Last week, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie appeared before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and said that he will not ask the Department of Justice to fight the Blue Water veterans’ legal claims anymore. He has chosen not to appeal a federal court ruling to award disability benefits to a specific…

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Veteran Congressional Staffers

Veteran Congressional Staffers

By | VA Disability

Of current congressional staffers, less than 2 percent of them have military experience, and that’s despite pressure from veteran advocacy groups. Justin Brown, the founder of HillVets, a bipartisan networking group, explains: “There’s a fundamental lack of knowledge in Congress in regards to what these benefits mean and what it’s…

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3M Settlement Woes

3M Settlement Woes

By | VA Disability

Earlier this year, we learned that the United States government had settled with 3M, the military manufacturing company responsible, in part, for issuing earplugs to military personnel that, as it turned out, were defective. Veterans who used these earplugs during their tours in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars are now…

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Links Between PTSD and Dementia

Links Between PTSD and Dementia

By | VA Disability

Congressman Joaquin Castro recently asked Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to look into possible connections between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dementia. If links can be established, there will be consequences in the world of VA disability benefits. Since PTSD is a service-related condition, veterans who suffer from it are…

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Purple Heart? Faster Claim.

Purple Heart? Faster Claim.

By | VA Disability

As of April 1, veterans who received a Purple Heart during their military service will have their veterans disability claims moved ahead of other requests. Existing rules provided Purple Heart veterans with priority consideration when requesting medical appointments at VA hospitals. Such veterans are also exempt from all co-payments related…

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Blue Water Veterans Update

Blue Water Veterans Update

By | VA Disability

The ongoing court battles concerning Blue Water Veterans received another update in late January when the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled 9-2 in favor of Alfred Procopio Jr. Mr. Procopio served on the USS Intrepid during the Vietnam War and now suffers from prostate cancer and diabetes….

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