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Wilmington, DE (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2018 – Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech company, has opened a strategy center in Wilmington, Delaware, to help attorneys competitively market their firms in an effective and efficient manner. Wilmington, one of the most populous cities in the state, has enormous potential for attorney marketing. As the population continues to increase, competition for legal clients is also bound to get tougher. Custom Legal Marketing’s search engine marketing solutions can help lawyers compete in Wilmington and throughout the State of Delaware. Additionally, Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) offers attorneys a No Competition Guarantee which means […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2018 – Data is king in marketing, and Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech company, has it in spades with its new report and analytics lounge. Launched in January, the Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) Lounge integrates with multiple services and allows law firms to see their entire marketing campaign in a single dashboard. “Law firms deserve to see a clear picture of where their marketing dollars are going,” said Custom Legal Marketing Co-Founder Jason Bland. “CLM has always championed transparency in all its work for its clients.” Indeed, CLM built their original lounge […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2018 – On March 6, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the commencement of a trial telehealth program providing services to veterans in rural areas. Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will now have remote access to therapy and psychiatric services. Since the launch was announced, over 500 rural veterans who had not already received PTSD support have enrolled. The two types of psychotherapy the program focuses on are cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure therapy, both based on strong evidence regarding emotional trauma. “Many concerns have been raised surrounding veterans’ […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2018 – The D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center was recently struck with a biting inspector general report of systematic problems including an absence of necessary medical supplies, unsterile surroundings and unsecured patient information. There was no evidence that the issues directly caused a patient’s death. Inspector General Michael Missal credited the facility’s “committed health care professionals.” He said there was “a climate of complacency that allowed these conditions to exist for years. That there was no finding of patient harm was largely due to the efforts of many dedicated health care providers that […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2018 – A new report revealed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) failed to implement a number of federal security requirements at medical centers nationwide. The findings concluded the shortcomings are potentially exposing patients to the risk of harm. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) evaluated the agency’s security measures and risk management protocols. The watchdog found the VA did not fully follow the standards for federal buildings established by the Interagency Security Committee (ISC). “It is vital for security at VA medical centers to be comprehensive and up to date to ensure patients […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2018 – Thousands of disabled student veterans suffered a delay in receiving their monthly benefits due to a technical glitch at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Around 11,000 former service members enrolled in the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program received their monthly stipends late. Payments that should have gone out on January 31 were not disbursed until February 6. The VA blamed the delay on a computer problem. The delay is likely to have caused the concerned veterans difficulty in making payments on time for rent and other urgent bills. […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2018 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has enabled hospitals nationwide to hire medical professionals with revoked licenses for more than a decade, a USA Today report revealed. The VA issued national regulations governing hiring practices in 2002. The guidelines gave medical facilities permission to employ health care workers with revoked licenses, provided they considered the facts related to any disciplinary action and the person still possessed a medical license in another state. However, Congress passed legislation in 1999 that blocked the VA from hiring health care providers with revoked licenses, regardless […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 14, 2018 – A new executive order seeks to reduce veteran suicides by expanding mental health care for service members transitioning out of the military. President Trump signed the order focusing on a group that is considered to be particularly at high risk of suicide. It comprises 60 percent of recent veterans who do not quality for care until the government ascertains they are suffering from a medical issue that is related to their military service. The order will provide them with mental health care for at least a year upon leaving the military. […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2018 – The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) has been engaging in a practice of unlawfully delaying the release of records veterans need to appeal denials of VA disability benefits. Veteran Esquire Legal Solutions, PLLC, has filed a lawsuit to seek judicial assistance in ending this unlawful practice that makes it more difficult for veterans to obtain their benefits, and to obtain the records it needs to represent three veterans seeking VA disability compensation. The lawsuit was filed on February 8, 2018, in the United States District Court for the District […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 9, 2018 – A couple of disabled veterans have filed a lawsuit in federal court against a bakery and the city. The couple alleges that the owners of the bakery refused to serve them, on multiple occasions, because they were accompanied by service dogs. As reported in Times-Call Local News, Jennifer and Gary Block also allege that police officers who responded to the second incident failed to properly handle the situation, and forced the couple to leave the premises. However, police claim the couple left on their own accord, and the owners of the […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2018 – The results of a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study revealed that some Vietnam veterans may have been infected by a river parasite. The parasite is known as liver fluke and is rarely found outside of Asia. The VA conducted a small study between April and June to examine whether liver flukes could be connected to cholangiocarcinoma, a rare and deadly bile duct cancer. The research was conducted at the VA Medical Center in Northport, New York. Five out of the 50 Vietnam War veterans in the study tested positive for […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2018 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) abandoned a controversial plan to divert funds from a key program created to reduce homelessness among veterans. The move came following criticism from veterans groups and lawmakers, who described the decision as counterproductive and callous. The program provides housing vouchers to veterans and is cosponsored by the VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It has been successful so far in reducing homelessness among former service members. According to government data, around 138,000 homeless veterans have received permanent housing since 2008. “Homelessness […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2017 – While serving in the Coast Guard, a man injured his back as he was fixing buoys at sea. Following his discharge, he filed a request for veterans disability benefits. However, he was repeatedly denied benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs, despite his appeals. He also received letters stating that the department had lost his files. According to The New York Times, 34 years later, Jonathan Bey still has not received his benefits. Bey, who is currently 61, said he was forced to resign from his civilian job 10 years ago […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2017 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a list of hospital rankings for 2017. The majority of the country’s worst-rated facilities from last year showed no improvement in the latest internal rankings. The agency said overall 64 percent of hospitals improved from their 2016 baseline scores. Fourteen medical facilities that scored one out of five stars in this year’s report earned the same low quality ratings in 2016. The Phoenix VA hospital was listed among the worst-ranked. The hospital was at the center of a 2014 nationwide wait times scandal in […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 14, 2017 – The care of 87 veterans awaiting mental health appointments at a Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital was delayed due to an unauthorized waiting list maintained by employees. VA officials said there were no firings after the scandal emerged at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System in Omaha. They did not disclose why the list existed or who was responsible for keeping it. However, out of the two employees who were involved, one resigned while another retired. In addition, bonuses were withheld based on the performance data linked to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2017 – Military retirees and persons who are recipients of disability checks and other kinds of pay from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a two percent pay increase in their monthly paycheck in 2018. Since 2012, this marks the largest cost of living (COLA) increase, which could be as high as $310 per month for those at the highest level of the retirement pay charts. Because of the rise in pay, the average military retirement check for an E-7 with 20 years of service will rise by $45 per month. An […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 10, 2017 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been accused of hiding serious mistakes made by medical professionals for years, allowing them to secure jobs elsewhere outside the VA system. A USA Today investigation examined hundreds of confidential VA records from 2014 and 2015. It found the VA paid almost $6.7 million in secret settlements to resolve cases with employees who were either fired or forced to retire due to poor performance. The settlements involved VA workers at over 100 facilities in 42 states. “Secretary David Shulkin has promised more accountability and […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 3, 2017 – Recent statistics from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) indicate veteran suicide rates are particularly high in rural areas and the Western United States. For the first time ever the VA released data on veteran suicide for each state. Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah had the highest rate of 60 suicides per 100,000 people. States in the West had an overall rate of 45.5. Both numbers are significantly higher than the national average of 38.4. “Veterans returning home from the military may have a difficult time transitioning back to civilian […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 20, 2017 – Veterans Treatment Court recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. It is a program supervised by the court in Marion County for individuals who are charged with a crime and who are afflicted with a mental illness, substance abuse or other mental health condition relevant to their military service. The veterans are paired with veteran mentors, normally from the same military branch, who provide them with the help they need. They receive the needed treatment, medication and other support to reattain their place in life. Upon graduation from the program, the State Attorney’s […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 12, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Defense announced the expansion of its policy to permit more veterans with other-than-honorable discharges to apply for a review and request a potential upgrade to their status. In a recent memorandum, the Pentagon directed the Army Review Boards Agency to consider whether a veteran had an experience or condition that could qualify them to seek an upgrade to their bad paper discharge. The agency was told to provide “liberal consideration” to veterans whose discharge was connected to a mental health condition, sexual harassment or sexual assault. The […]


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