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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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VA Benefits for High Blood Pressure

VA Benefits for High Blood Pressure

By | VA Disability

New research is emerging that links wartime exposure to chemical defoliants with high blood pressure. If such links gain traction, tens of thousands of Vietnam-era veterans could find their federal disability benefits greatly expanded. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have concluded that “sufficient evidence” exists that links…

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VA Health Care Claim

VA Health Care Claim

By | VA Disability

John Henry Schneider used to practice neurosurgery in Iowa City.  He is now serving a sentence in federal prison after being sued for medical malpractice.  Tony French, a Marine who retired in 1998, was one of Dr. Schneider’s unfortunate patients. Almost twenty years after he retired, Tony French underwent an…

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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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