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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2015 – The number of veterans on health care waiting lists of one month or more is now 50 percent higher than it was a year ago when the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was battling a scandal over falsified records and long wait times, according to VA officials. The agency is also facing a budget shortfall of $2.7 billion. According to the VA, health care costs have risen due to increased demand by veterans for new hepatitis C treatments and prosthetic limbs, as well as programs for sending patients to doctors outside […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2015 – Ending years of contention between Air Force veterans and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the agency on June 19 agreed to provide millions of dollars in disability benefits to former service personnel who might have been exposed to the toxic herbicide Agent Orange on aircraft used in the Vietnam War. Veterans who flew contaminated C-123 airplanes after they were used in Vietnam from 1962 to 1971 to spray Agent Orange are now allowed to seek medical care and file for financial compensation with disability claims for illnesses related to […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2015 – Around 300 Michigan-based companies gathered in Detroit on June 5 for the Michigan Veteran Hiring Best Practices Summit to learn how to develop veteran hiring programs and boost the employment of veterans. The event was sponsored by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) in association with General Motors (GM), Walt Disney and USAA, which have been pioneers when it comes to veteran hiring programs. GM employs about 5,000 active and veteran military employees, while Disney’s “Heroes Work Here” program has resulted in the hiring of more than 5,000 veterans since 2012. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2015 – Condition may be missed as military does not track veterans without post-explosion concussion. Men and women in uniform have always been exposed to a variety of risks during combat duty, but the jeopardy to one’s health for serving on the battlefield has not always been immediately apparent. Indeed, conditions such as Gulf War Syndrome or post-traumatic stress disorder often appear some time after a service member has returned home from duty. And now a new study points to the heightened risk of faster than normal aging of the brain that veterans […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2015 – Women who have served in the military commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of women who have not, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Among these, female veterans ages 18 to 29 are 12 times more likely to commit suicide than their civilian counterparts. Studies show over 2,500 women who served in the military have committed suicide in the past 11 years. Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in Michigan, said, “Such high veteran suicide rates are unacceptable. Most research has focused on men and […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2015 – The House Veterans Affairs Committee voted on April 30, 2015, to step up its probe into allegations of mishandling of veterans’ claims at the VA’s Philadelphia office. In a sign of dwindling patience with the department, the committee voted to issue a subpoena of VA records for just the third time in its history. The committee has since December, 2014, repeatedly requested personnel and complaint records from the Philadelphia office with limited results. James G. Fausone, an attorney with Legal Help for Veterans in Northville, Michigan, said the vote was an […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2015 – Revelation over limited firings for long wait times triggers congressional ire, legislation. When a nationwide scandal over manipulated wait times at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals rocked the agency last spring, the controversy resulted in the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and calls for reform. And Robert A. McDonald, Shinseki’s successor as VA chief, followed up with the announcement in February that the department had fired 60 people in the wake of the scandal. The VA quickly corrected that figure, saying that only 14 employees lost their jobs and lesser […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2015 – Ex-canteen employee admits to pilfering funds, blowing it on strippers, prostitutes and gambling. The Justice Department announced on May 5 that a former canteen manager at a Veteran Administration facility in Ann Arbor, Mich., admitted to embezzling approximately $150,000 from the VA retail store and spending the money on strippers, prostitutes and gambling. The former VA employee, Glenn Alan Bates, was arraigned on the federal charges before a U.S. magistrate judge in Detroit the same day. The accusations against Bates, 57, of Saline, Mich., included that he stole cash from the […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2015 – Army veteran who once worked at Flint body plant was killed in 2013 near former school. A judge on May 11 sentenced a teenage boy and a young man to a minimum of 22 years and up to 40 years in prison for the 2013 beating, torturing and killing of a homeless veteran in Flint, Mich. Genesee County Circuit Judge Archie L. Hayman handed down the sentence after the pair pleaded guilty on April 8 to second-degree murder and torture in exchange for dismissal of first-degree murder charges. During the trial, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2015 – Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Scott Perry (R-Pa.) have launched a new caucus of congressional members who served in the military post-9/11. The caucus will focus on issues faced by veterans who have served since 9/11, a group which encompasses 2.8 million of the nation’s veterans. “Post-9/11 veterans represent the youngest generation of veterans. At a time when Congress includes a record-low number of veterans, a caucus representing this unique group could help ensure that Congress better meets the needs of the veteran population,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2015 – On March 25, the military pledged to provide appropriate treatment and awards for injured service members. In a rare expression of military contrition, Under Secretary Brad R. Carson apologized for the Army’s substandard treatment of U.S. troops who were exposed to chemical weapons while serving in Iraq. The under secretary also spelled out new measures to provide medical care for those veterans suffering from chemical exposure and to recognize veterans harmed by chemicals who had previously been denied awards. Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel appointed Carson last fall to oversee […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2015 – Photographs depict patient as elf who begs for tranquilizers, tries to commit suicide. Following a scandal-plagued 2014 that saw its chief’s resignation, the Department of Veterans Affairs was probably looking forward to a less tumultuous first quarter of the new year. But unflattering news followed the VA into March, when news surfaced of a VA hospital manager’s suspension over a December 18 email. The holiday missive contained photographs of several questionable scenes, including one that depicted a toy Christmas elf as a patient pleading for tranquilizers and another showing the toy […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2015 – Reformed suicide-specific programs and services at VA will focus the department on mental health. On February 12, President Obama signed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, a measure designed to combat a longstanding, serious problem in the United States. The president’s signature quickly followed unanimous support for the legislation in both the House and Senate earlier in the month. The new law was named in honor of Clay Hunt, a Marine from Texas whose combat service overseas was followed by a long struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder after […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 2, 2015 – A new study of transgender military veterans found that their suicide rate is significantly higher than that of the general veteran population. The study examined 3,327 transgender veterans from 2000 to 2009, and it found that the suicide rate was 82 per 100,000 person-years. The overall veteran suicide rates is only 37.7 per 100,000 person-years — less than half that rate. “This study highlights the intense mental health issues and gaps in care that many veterans, especially those in the transgender community, face,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in Northville, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2015 – A new study by the Institute of Medicine found that veterans who worked on aircraft contaminated by Agent Orange after the Vietnam War were exposed to potentially hazardous levels of the chemical, which is known to have long-term health effects. The findings come in contrast to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) long-time position that it is unlikely that veterans were harmed by postwar exposure to the herbicide. “Unfortunately, many veterans who were harmed by Agent Orange continue to face difficulties in getting compensation for their injuries,” said Jim Fausone, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2015 – MSNBC has released a report revealing that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) denied medical malpractice claims from more than 60 veterans even after admitting that it had wrongly exposed them to life-threatening infections. Legal professionals and veterans alike say that the report is unsurprising. “VA denies meritorious claims on a regular basis, and this is a striking example of that practice,” commented Jim Fausone, a veterans disability attorney not involved with any of the infection claims. Fausone is a leading member of the Michigan law firm Legal Help for […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2015 – According to a report in the Washington Post, Dr. Yi Jin provides magnetic resonance therapy (MRT) to veterans with PTSD, even though medical research has not yet shown whether the technology works for PTSD. But veterans treated at Dr. Jin’s center are speaking out about how well the treatment works, with one combat veteran claiming that the treatment has left him symptom-free. Now, Jin’s Brain Treatment Center has undertaken an official double-blind clinical trial studying the effects of MRT on combat veterans. According to the Washington Post, one key aim of […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 16, 2015 – The Michigan House of Representative and Senate have both unanimously passed a bill that permits Michigan employers to begin using a hiring policy that would give preference to veterans. Previously, Michigan employers were forbidden by law to use any sort of preferential hiring policy. Federal law prohibits preferential hiring policies except in the case of veterans, for which states must adopt laws specifically allowing preferential treatment of veterans. “This is a significant victory for Michigan’s veterans,” commented Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans disability attorney with Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC. “Our […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2015 – Charges against the head of a Phoenix hospital came amid swirl of reports on poor care for vets. When Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald fired Sharon Helman from her duties as the director of VA’s healthcare system in Phoenix in late November, charges that Helman was involved with the falsification of the hospital’s waiting lists for care were cited as the reason for the dismissal. But a federal administrative judge has now ruled that Helman’s acceptance of gifts from a healthcare industry consultant and other ethical violations, not the earlier […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2015 – On March 28, 2015, a group of veteran amputees from The Heroes Project will depart the United States for Nepal with the goal of scaling the world’s tallest mountain: Mount Everest. The journey to Nepal marks the group’s final climb to complete the Seven Summits project, a quest to climb the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents. “This project is inspiring not only for amputee veterans, but for all veterans with physical and emotional scars of service,” commented Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans disability attorney. “It demonstrates that given […]


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