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App Assists VA Benefits Claim

By | VA Disability

The NVLSP VA Benefit Identifier is an app launched recently by the National Veterans Legal Services Program to assist veterans in determining benefit eligibility.  The app is available through the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or the NVLSP website. The app features a questionnaire for veterans to complete, and…

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Fiery Protests

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Despite President Trump’s declared commitment to doing everything possible to take care of American veterans, all is not well in the Veterans Administration. Last month, a veteran set himself on fire outside the Georgia State Capital in Atlanta in an act of protest.  Although a Georgia State Patrol trooper was…

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The Cost of Being a Peacetime Veteran

By | VA Disability

A peacetime veteran is any veteran who did not serve during the following periods: 1. World War II (1941-1946); 2. Korean War (1950-1955); 3. Vietnam War (1961-1975); or 4. Gulf War (1990-present). Unless they can prove financial destitution, peacetime veterans are not eligible for free Veterans Administration medical care.  Such…

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VA Retaliation Against Whistleblowers

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The Veterans Administration’s Inspector General recently penned a scathing letter regarding how the VA handles complaints.  Of all the whistleblower retaliation complaints across the federal government, nearly 40% of them come from the VA. An NPR reporter, Eric Westervelt, investigated a VA district that includes Alabama and Georgia. Mr. Westervelt…

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Offshore Exposure to Agent Orange

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Congress recently voted to have the Veterans Affairs Department restore benefits to thousands of sailors who claim exposure to Agent Orange, and Navy veterans who served offshore during the Vietnam War are closer to winning this final battle. Veterans from the Gulf War are also pressing the VA to compensate…

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Impact of Burn Pits on Veterans

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The Department of Defense did not appear at a key hearing held by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs to address shortfalls in benefits and research of the impact burn pits have on veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The hearing covered problems related to exposure to toxic smoke…

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