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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 – On February 19, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a new policy to expedite some high-priority disability claims. Hopefully, these changes are already helping former members of the military who are awaiting a determination on benefits eligibility. The new policy went into effect in March. Under it, SSA will accelerate the claims process for veterans who have been classified as fully disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Fully disabled veterans, or those with a 100 percent disability rating, will be prioritized, as will other groups, including service members who were […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2014 – The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits is to be expedited for some veterans. Under a new initiative, veterans who have a 100 percent Permanent and Total disability compensation rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be able to apply for Social Security disability benefits on an expedited basis. Social Security is to handle these claims on a high-priority basis, similar to the way claims from service members wounded in combat are processed. Carolyn Colvin, the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), said that […]


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Participants are paid to review branding material and provide feedback on proposed designs. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2014 – When law firms rebrand, create new marketing literature or design a new website, they want to know what their target market thinks. Anyone who has hired a lawyer in the United States after 2004 can now receive compensation for participation in a Custom Legal Marketing focus group. To qualify, a focus group participant must have retained a lawyer within the last 10 years. Both the focus group member and the retained attorney must have been (and be) […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2014 – According to a recent study led by a University of Oxford psychiatrist, those with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are three times more likely to die before the age of 56. Combat veterans face a high risk of TBI while they serve on the battlefield. Now, the results of a four-decade-long study has revealed that those with TBI face a potentially shorter lifespan due to subsequent accidents or suicide. Veterans are affected long after their return home. The joint British-Swedish study tracked 218,300 Swedes born after 1953 who were diagnosed with TBI […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2014 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has proposed that veterans use standardized forms to submit disability claims. This is an idea that would seem in step with the desire to streamline and modernize the process. However, the proposal has veterans groups concerned that many former members of the military will not be able to navigate the new system. Traditionally, veterans have been able to submit claims in a variety of ways, including through simple, handwritten notes. The claim becomes the initial point for retroactive pay reference when and if the filing […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2014 – Beginning January 2014, veterans are covered for five illnesses tied to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Veterans will now find it easier to obtain health care and compensation for five illnesses linked to traumatic brain injury. On December 16, 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decided to loosen its previously restrictive eligibility policy on providing and covering care for the conditions. The new, more inclusive regulations took effect on January 16. Under previous regulations, veterans who suffer from Parkinson’s disease, dementia, hormone deficiencies related to the hypothalamus, pituitary or adrenal glands, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2014 – A new mental-health “vaccine” treatment and an accelerated therapy technique have been discovered to better treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The results of two studies, one from Florida and one from Massachusetts, were both released in December. Each offers hope for improvement to current methods used to combat PTSD. The developments are likely to prove especially welcome amongst war veterans, one of the communities hit hardest by PTSD in the United States. The Florida study has found that a technique called Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), a combination of evidence-based psychotherapies […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 24, 2014 – Allison A. Hickey, the Under Secretary for Benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has testified that benefits processing has improved at the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). On December 11, 2013, Hickey, spelled out the progress she claims the VBA has made. She led those claims with the assertion that the VBA had reduced its backlog of claims by 36 percent since March. However, Hickey’s upbeat pronouncements did not impress some members of the less-than-credulous Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. The VA has accumulated a backlog of 400,000 benefits claims, and […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2014 – The Great Lakes State has earned a dubious distinction: Michigan is home to the lowest percentage of benefits-using veterans in the U.S. With about 700,000 veteran residents, Michigan has long boasted a large concentration of former members of the military. But in December, it was revealed that the Great Lakes State has acquired a less favorable distinction as the state with the lowest percentage of veterans who avail themselves of benefits and services. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has released data that shows that only 142,260 — or approximately 20 […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2013 – A bill to qualify vets for in-state college tuition has a better shot at success than its predecessor. The G.I. Bill of 2009 was crafted to help military veterans meet the costs of a college education, a piece of legislation that has become especially relevant as Iraq War veterans and increasing numbers of Afghanistan War veterans have returned home. In addition, 20 states have enacted laws to waive in-state residency requirements for college tuition, but Florida has not been one of them. However, if legislation moving through Tallahassee passes, the Sunshine […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2013 – Veterans face difficulty getting post-traumatic stress disorder cases linked to sexual trauma approved. A study conducted by the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) and the American Civil Liberties Union was made public November 5. The study has found that members of the U.S. armed services who sought benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder due to sexual trauma have a tougher time getting their claims approved than those troops filing PTSD claims for other reasons. The approval rate for PTSD claims linked to sexual trauma during the fiscal year 2012 stood at 56.8 […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2013 – A recent survey indicates many U.S. veterans are uninformed about the advantages and disadvantages of delaying or hastening the start of their Social Security benefits. The survey, commissioned by financial publishing firm Kiplinger, found that more than 70 percent of veterans either underestimated the reduction in Social Security income incurred as a result of claiming benefits early, or admitted they did not know the costs. Moreover, nearly 90 percent did not realize the increase in benefits they could receive by delaying the onset of payments. Veterans’ law attorney Andrew Hook […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 6, 2013 – Delays at VA hospitals have resulted in late-stage diagnosis and sometimes death. According to the findings of an investigation that were made public on November 20, The Department of Veterans’ Affairs was aware of the long waits and delays in care that resulted in the deaths of at least six veterans at one VA hospital in South Carolina — and did little or nothing to prevent them. The probe also suggests that the number of deaths linked to delays at the hospital may be as many as 20, and that delayed […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2013 – Though the recent government shutdown concerned veterans’ rights advocates, the VA stated that it had plans to cover vet benefits at least until late October. The government shutdown threatened to disrupt the flow of disability and education benefits, but the Veterans Affairs Department had other ideas. The Veterans Benefits Administration had the 19,000 processors slated to continue to handle claims of disability and education even during the shutdown. VA spokeswoman Victoria Dillion announced that the VA was excepting the VBA claims processors from any furloughs in order to keep claims processing […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2013 – During the last dozen years in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army and Marine Corps have been studying the most common type of injury experienced by service members — musculoskeletal injuries. Stress and strain from carrying a heavy pack, dismounting with that gear and combat wounds have all caused chronic pain issues. The Army has been treating chronic pain in soldiers for a number of years, and is now on the hunt to treat chronic pain with fewer painkillers as part of a comprehensive pain management system. “Chronic pain is an ongoing […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2013 – The White House has announced that the same-sex spouses of military vets are now granted spousal benefits. The Supreme Court’s rejection of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) means that the spouses of vets can collect federal benefits, regardless of their gender. Prior to this ruling, both the Defense departments and Veterans Affairs only granted benefits to the heterosexual spouses of veterans. “There has long been a statutory requirement which states that spousal benefits must be determined through the law of the state where the couple resided during the marriage, or […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2013 – To commemorate September 11, a group of disabled vets worked together to climb several peaks at Yosemite National Park. The group of 15 military veterans, most of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan, climbed to the summits of El Capitan and Half Dome, in a climb sponsored by nonprofit Paradox Sports, an adaptive sports organization. The climb was planned to honor veterans and the many achievements of people with disabilities. “These successful climbs are just one more example that disabled vets can do anything they set their minds to,” stated disabled […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2013 – In an address to disabled veterans, President Obama announced that the backlog of disability claims was shrinking. At the Disabled American Veterans annual meeting earlier this year, Obama stated that the backlog of disability benefits claims had shrunk by as much as 20 percent in the past five months. But, he conceded, a new wave of claims was coming into the Veterans Administration. Some of those claims are from service members who served in Vietnam and are looking for care for ailments they believe stemmed from their decades-past exposure to Agent […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2013 – A new war memorial is slated to open in late 2014 in Washington, DC. “The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will be a unique marker, one that is designed to mark the sacrifices of the country’s wounded warriors,” said Tampa veterans lawyer David W. Magann. President Obama spoke to 3,000 vets at the 2013 Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Washington, DC. He stated that their “profound sacrifice” would be noted during the dedication of the memorial next October. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial cost more than $80 […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2013 – The Pentagon has announced new plans to shore up protection for victims of sexual assault, more closely control the behavior of recruiters and trainers, and track sexual assault complaints. “Steps to protect our troops from any unwanted sexual advances and assaultive behaviors are to be commended,” stated James Fausone, a veterans disability attorney. Steps include better enforcement of policies which prohibit inappropriate relationships, establishing an advocacy group within each service branch for victims which provides representation and legal advice for those with complaints of sexual assault, and disqualifying troop members who […]


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