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VA Disability

81,000 Appeal Decisions at the VA

By VA Disability

Two weeks ahead of schedule, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs exceeded its goal to deliver 81,000 appeal decisions on veteran disability claims for fiscal year 2018.  This milestone surpasses the decisions made last year by 28,000 cases. The VA Board of Veterans Appeals hired 186 new attorneys during…

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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

By VA Disability

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

By VA Disability

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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