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VA Disability

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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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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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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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 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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