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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2013 – Unemployment for post-9/11 veterans continues to be at high levels. The recent numbers confirm what many military unemployment specialists have suspected: unemployment rates for younger vets continues to outpace the numbers for unemployed civilians. Almost one in 10 returned members from Iraq and Afghanistan is unemployed. The latest numbers by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that young male vets are unemployed at 9 percent, up from 7.6 percent in February of 2012. Young female vets who reported an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent last year now face unemployment at […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 5, 2013 – A nonprofit organization is working to connect returning vets with innovative investors and new companies. A new nonprofit organization based in Milwaukee, with funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ innovation initiative, is supporting entrepreneurial vets. “Veterans often are educated in the most cutting-edge technologies available,” stated veterans disability attorney James Fausone. “And they have the discipline and drive to succeed.” The nonprofit, VETransfer, is working with current and returning veterans to help them find the funding and the support they need to launch start-up ventures. Cofounders Greg Meier and […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 27, 2013 – A new technology may help vets in more ways than one. A new wheeled chair which resembles a wheelchair but can go up stairs, over curbs and can even balance on two wheels to allow the rider to “stand” on two feet is an elegant solution for many disabled vets and civilians alike. The chair is the iBOT, invented Dean Kamen, the creator of the Segway. The iBOT runs on the typical four wheels, can balance on two wheels when height is needed, and can traverse up stairs and go over […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2013 – Nursing assistants at The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans have been given their pink slips. In Michigan, almost 150 nursing assistants working in a state-run home for veterans have been told they are being laid off. The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, a state-run hospital for veterans, currently cares for more than 700 veteran residents. Governor Rick Snyder has approved the privatization of the nursing assistant jobs as a way to save an estimated $4 million each year for the state of Michigan. Other services provided to the home such as […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2013 – President Obama and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pledged in 2010 to work together to end homelessness among veterans within five years. A report released to Congress in December 2012 by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) found that the number of homeless vets has, indeed, dropped since then. According to the report, a 2011 assessment was done by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that found 67,495 veterans were homeless in January 2011 during a one-day count. That number was a 12 percent decrease from the […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 5, 2013 – The American Service Animal Society (ASAS) is a nonprofit program which educates veterans with disabilities on how to care for and train their assistance dogs. If the vet does not yet have a service dog, the society, based in Arizona, helps find a suitable one from one of several rescue agencies in their area. Working with rescue dogs and making new dog-owner partnerships helps the vets and the dogs, and keeps their expenses down. The organization is doing so well that it is looking for a high-capacity training center. They say […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2013 – Vietnam Veterans of America has joined a proposed class action lawsuit in Connecticut against the Armed Forces. The lawsuit, which was filed by a veteran last year against the Army, Navy and Air Force, states that Vietnam War-era veterans who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were discharged under other-than-honorable conditions, which meant they were ineligible for disability and other benefits. The military has not reviewed or attempted to upgrade the status of discharges for many thousands of those vets with service-related PTSD. According to the National President of Vietnam Veterans of […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2013 – The issue of veterans and gun rights has been a speed bump in the $631 billion defense bill. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. has attempted to halt the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) plan to place the names of some veterans into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Sen. Coburn has stated that, in order to take away someone’s Second Amendment rights, it should be adjudicated, rather than simply mandated by an automated system. Inclusion on the list means veterans would be prohibited from owning or buying firearms. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) finally awarded Louisiana money for a cemetery. The state had asked for more than $8 million to develop a veterans’ cemetery on land donated by the Louisiana National Guard. The project will be placed within the 75 acre-parcel, and it is hoped the cemetery will completed by the end of 2013. The cemetery will be built out in phases, starting with the first 21 acres visible from Interstate 12; the entrance will be located just beyond Camp Villere’s gates. The grant was announced in […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2012 – The Senate finally passed the COLA bill, HR 4114, for disabled veterans. The bill, designed to provide disabled veterans and their survivors, with a cost-of-living adjustment, passed through the Senate this November. The bill will allow for a 1.7 percent increase in checks for disabled vets and their survivors starting in January, 2013. “Veterans advocates across the country are relieved the bill passed,” stated James Fausone, veterans’ disability lawyer. “Veterans are entitled to a cost-of-living increase, at the very least, especially in a difficult economy.” The increase means $500 in additional […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2012 – Veterans and current military personnel have a higher rate of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder than do non-military. According to Peter Gutierrez, the co-director of the Military Suicide Research Consortium in Colorado, individuals with traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder are more prone to suicidal and self-harming behaviors. Gutierrez’s consortium has paired with the U.S. military and additional research scientists to work to better understand and prevent self-harming behaviors and suicidal acts. According to recent data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the number of suicide attempts and […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2012 – The population of recent combat veterans in the U.S. is higher than at any time since the Vietnam era. It should not be surprising that there seem to be an unprecedented number of veterans running for local and state offices this election cycle. Current candidates include Illinois congressional candidate and Iraqi vet Tammy Duckworth, California’s Republican nominee for the 53rd Congressional District and Iraqi vet Nick Popaditch, and Iraqi vet and Arizona State House candidate Mark Cardenas. Meanwhile, the number of service people who hold public office continues to decline. Close […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2012 – Wisconsin has created a new court specifically for military veterans. Court officials are in place to launch a multistep process which sends referred veterans to Veterans Treatment Court, processing those accused of breaking the law in Wisconsin’s Second Judicial District. The court combines substance abuse treatment and mental health support, funded by federal benefits and services in place for veterans. The court’s goal is to treat the potential underlying issues contributing to unlawful choices, while also addressing the legal ramifications of those acts. “Often, marginalized veterans are simply processed through an […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2012 – While the official U.S. policy is to support disabled veterans with medical care, financial support and retraining, the support they receive is less than timely. Veterans located in Northern California, for example, wait, on average, more than nine months for war-related disability claims filed with their regional VA office. Meanwhile, vets who live in Nebraska or North Dakota receive their benefits sooner than those who live in Atlanta, Chicago or New York. Geographic inequity has been found to be rampant in lower-populated areas, according to a report by The Bay Citizen […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2012 – The U.S. Army is currently awaiting the delivery of 1,000 blast sensor packs to help specialists assess how soldiers are affected during and after exposure to explosions. The packs, called Soldier Body Units (SBU), consist of four sensors that collect data from the head and chest areas when soldiers are exposed to explosions to help determine if the blast could—or did—lead to a concussion or traumatic brain injury. The SBU, which is worn like a small backpack, weighs a mere two pounds and is always recording information, collecting data as part […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 7, 2012 – A new package of bills, Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 (HR 1627), recently passed by both the House and Senate and is awaiting signature by the President. HR 1627 includes a number of new bills intended to benefit members of the military, including a stipulation that requires VA facilities to allow access to service dogs for veterans. Prior to the drafting of HR 1627, seeing eye dogs were the only service dogs allowed unchecked access in VA facilities, and service and disability advocates have […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2012 – Mobile technology is now available to help veterans assess their post traumatic stress disorder symptoms. “The military has designed a new mobile application, specifically for veterans diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),” said James Fausone, veteran’s disability lawyer with Legal Help for Veterans. “The application is available on Android and Apple devices. However, it is only recommended for use when a veteran is receiving professional prolonged exposure therapy.” Since the app, called the PE Coach, was introduced, it has been downloaded more than 2,000 times. Another application, the PTSD Coach, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2012 – A diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder may change the hiring, retention and termination of veterans. “It is no surprise that post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is becoming a significant issue, as it relates to the hiring of veterans returning home. Close to 200,000 U.S. soldiers are discharged from active duty every year. They either return to work or seek a new job. Thirty percent of them, or about 60,000, attempt to enter the law enforcement field or work for private security companies. No one knows exactly how many vets suffer […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2012 – One of the biggest challenges facing any veteran is the transition into civilian life, once his or her service has been completed. The National Veteran Small Business Conference aimed to provide solutions to the problem. The conference convened in downtown Detroit’s Cobo Center from June 26-29, 2012, and was geared to help business-owning veterans grow their firms in the federal marketplace. Some 6,000 vets turned out for the event and were afforded the opportunity to meet with decision makers from federal and non-federal businesses, increase business acumen through training and business […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 3, 2012 – Veterans are disciplined, highly trained individuals that bring a lot of benefits to a company. A company’s success is dependent on the team of people that comprise the organization. As companies grow, the need to quickly fill positions with qualified workers increases and now, the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program makes it easy for employers to access one of the most valuable resources of qualified employees, which is veterans. With the skills they have learned in service, and rigorous self-discipline, companies are looking to veterans to fill skilled positions in […]


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