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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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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 5, 2017 – The illegal street drug MDMA, popularly known as Ecstasy to partygoers, has shown promise as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted the drug a “breakthrough therapy designation” following years of research into its medical uses. The designation could fast-track MDMA’s approval as a prescription medication. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has sponsored research into the drug for around 30 years. Their recent clinical trials involved veterans and other participants taking MDMA doses and being guided by clinicians through intensive psychotherapy. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2017 – Veterans who identify as transgender are angered and confused by the recent announcement by President Trump on Twitter that transgender Americans will be banned from serving in the military. President Trump supported his statement by claiming that the military could not be encumbered with the exorbitant medical expenses and disruption that transgenders in the military would create. Some active service members now think they may have placed themselves at risk when they revealed their transgender identity during the Obama administration, which permitted them to do so. There have been many transgender […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2017 – Veterans in St. John’s County, Florida have reason to celebrate due to recent legislation that extends their benefits from the GI bill. The 20,000 veterans who reside in the county will no longer have to use their education benefits within the 15 years following their exit from military service. “The new law, which is long overdue, will serve to improve the quality of life for many veterans and their families,” says Tampa, Florida veterans lawyer, David W. Magann. This benefit will only apply to veterans who enlist after January 1, 2018, […]


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