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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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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 9, 2015 – Recent research published in JAMA Psychiatry shows that off-site, multidisciplinary care may be an effective form of treatment for veterans with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who live in remote, rural areas. A multisite, randomized trial examined the effectiveness of Telemedicine Outreach for PTSD (TOP), which involved a collaborative care team using telephone calls, video conferencing and shared electronic medical records. The study found that this approach, applied to PTSD sufferers living in areas with sparse resources, was more effective than traditional forms of treatment. “Access to psychological care is a […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2015 – Many veterans develop drug and alcohol addiction related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning home, and they may end up facing criminal charges as a result of these issues. Michigan currently has 20 veterans treatment courts designed to provide alternative consequences and treatments specific to the veteran population. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, about 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD. This issue is closely related to another striking statistic – in 2004, about 10 percent of inmates were veterans. “Veterans with PTSD are much […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2015 – Congressional resistance mounted against a cost-saving measure enacted as part of a shrinking Army force. This summer, the Army began a drawdown of forces that will reduce the service to about 450,000, which is its smallest size since World War II. Unfortunately, the cost-saving measures scheduled to accompany the cut in forces had an unappealing consequence for a group of captains whose benefits were downgraded to sergeants’ benefits.  In response, opposition to the plan materialized in Congress, and on December 15, the Army announced that it was reversing course on its […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2015 – Veterans who need assistance performing activities of daily living (ADLs) may qualify for a Veterans Administration (VA) pension benefit called Aid and Attendance, which can cover the cost of in-home care or residence in a nursing home. Aid and Attendance is available to veterans who served for a minimum of 90 days, at least one of which occurred during wartime. Veterans or surviving spouses may be eligible if they require the aid of another person to perform ADLs such as using the restroom, eating or bathing. Individuals who are blind or […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2015 – July saw the launch of the Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center (MVRSC), a new program designed to serve as a one-stop information shop for veterans and their loved ones to learn about programs and benefits. MVRSC was launched by the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency with the United Way’s 2-1-1 telephone information system. The 2-1-1 provides information on resources in the community, such as food and housing assistance. The program is designed to address a lack of centrality in resources, which can make it difficult for veterans to access much-needed services. “This […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2015 – A new study by the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California found that the average service member faces considerable challenges when transitioning to civilian life after service. The study found that close to two-thirds of veterans are unprepared for civilian life. Upon leaving the service, nearly 80 percent do not have a job lined up, while 40 percent do not have housing arrangements. The veterans also face physical and mental health issues. About one-third of veterans leaving the service have considered committing suicide. “Veterans face a bleak […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 31, 2014 – The U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan comes to an end this month, but the fight continues for a huge number of veterans, according to a new report in the National Journal. A major new study has found that more than one in six post-9/11 veterans may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study, which included the participation of 60,000 veterans, was sponsored by the Veteran’s Administration (VA). Untreated PTSD can cause a broad range of physical, mental, social and financial problems, and it has been linked to the high suicide […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2014 – In a year of major news for veterans, a much-hyped concert draws a smaller-than-expected crowd. With 2014 marking 100 years since the start of World War I, Veterans Day, the anniversary of the end of the war in 1918, was marked by well-attended and poignant commemorations in Canada as well as in many of the European countries that bore the brunt of the “Great War.” In the United States, though, a star-studded tribute on Washington’s National Mall drew a disappointingly smaller-than-expected crowd. In Britain, a commemorative installation of ceramic poppies at […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2014 – Researchers at Boston University have published a new study exploring the links between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and unemployment. The researchers found that 45 percent of the 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans diagnosed with TBI were unemployed. That rate far exceeds both the national unemployment rate and the general unemployment rate among veterans. “This study makes it clear that we need to work harder to ensure that every veteran with TBI gets proper treatment and support,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans disability attorney. “TBI causes a range of physical and psychological […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Featured in the latest issue of Bigger Law Firm (BLF) magazine is a series of seriously helpful articles to help a busy law firm grab hold of new and promising developments. Find out how a law firm can maximize its exposure by using LinkedIn’s newest and very powerful free blogging platform. Kerrie Spencer explores the useful long-form post and how it becomes a part of a law firm’s profile. Launched in early 2014, the new platform is an ideal way to help build authority in a legal niche, such as medical […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2014 – Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) has announced that until January 1, 2015, any law firm that signs up for a legal marketing plan with CLM will get a custom app for their law firm at no additional charge. CLM’s legal marketing plans help law firms grow by using innovative digital strategies to increase quality lead flow. Because so much of the digital world is now on mobile devices, CLM founder Jason Bland says that a mobile app can be a huge asset to firms who want to grow. “A mobile app […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2014 – Last month, the New York Times reported that a number of U.S. troops were denied medical care for their exposure to Iraqi chemical weapons due to government concerns about secrecy. The affected troops, who were exposed to mustard and other nerve agents, were told to keep their exposure and injuries a secret — even from their doctors — as a matter of security. The exposure occurred during discoveries of stockpiles of old weapons.  The U.S. government has not given any official response to the report, but insiders claim that Defense Secretary […]


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