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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 08, 2022 – The Department of Veterans Affairs recently released its Equity Action Plan (“EAP”). In a press release, the VA explains that the EAP comes in response to the growing internal and external barriers many service members have faced when securing benefits, services, and health care. These changes follow the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access task force’s list of 20 recommendations to ensure equitable treatment for all VA workers and Veterans and their loved ones. The VA recognizes that internal barriers will require various departments to change procedures, processes, and policies to allow […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2022 – Agent Orange is one of the most well-known toxic herbicides used during the Vietnam War to clear dense foliage and destroy enemy food sources. These herbicides contained dioxins later linked to various illnesses and conditions such as congenital disabilities, cancer, and diabetes. In response to these medical conditions, the VA developed a list of conditions linked to Agent Orange exposure for the purpose of establishing eligibility for VA service-connected benefits. Veterans may establish eligibility if they meet the VA’s criteria for service-connected benefits. The VA presumes eligibility based on when and […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2022 – Recently, a Marine veteran obtained the benefits he was entitled to after a 40-year battle with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As a result of the character of discharge determination, the veteran is to receive $282,000 in retroactive disability pay and receives $3,000 per month in disability compensation. However, it was a long road to success. The man was a rifleman in the Marine Corps, stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, between 1977 and 1981. In 1979, he was deployed to Puerto Rico. During this time, Puerto Rico was in […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 11, 2022 – The President recently signed the PACT Act. The new law provides care and benefits to veterans and survivors exposed to toxic water contaminants. There are 23 presumptive conditions under the PACT Act. Veterans and their families were eligible for benefits effective August 10, 2022. In what is considered a historic achievement, the new law helps deliver health care and other benefits to all veterans exposed to burn pits, toxins, and airborne hazards during their deployment. A veteran stationed at Camp Lejeune for more than thirty days from August 1, 1953, to […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 5, 2022 – Active-duty military members are exposed to various airborne hazards through burn pits. Although most are closed now, common waste products include chemicals, plastics, or medical waste petroleum products. Veterans Affairs (VA) is concerned about the exposure to fumes and smoke from open burn pits and how it affects military service personnel. Due to multiple burn pit locations, these burn pits jeopardized the health and welfare of U.S. service personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq. In addition, dust, sand, fuel, aircraft exhaust, smoke, and local air pollution also contributed to health issues. Various […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2022 – Login.gov is the latest in technological innovations being put to good use by Veterans Affairs (VA). Given the number of websites, it was time to simplify access to make the user experience easier for website visitors. Having one login that does it all allows veterans to access existing and new federal government websites. Currently, vets can log into VA.gov, MyHealtheVet, and the mobile health and benefits application using Login.gov. For those wishing to find out more information about the Health and Benefits mobile app, go HERE: Health and Benefits mobile app. […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2022 – A new Indianapolis columbarium allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to proceed with new burials of members and eligible families. This is the first-time burials can retake place since 1959. The plaque unveiling was the first step to announcing a new section in the cemetery for cremains only. The plan for the columbarium is to have fifteen acres to provide over two hundred and fourteen thousand veterans, spouses, and their children a resting place. The additional fifteen acres is a building connecting to the Crown Hill National Cemetery. The two and […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2022 – As of July 1, 2022, the Department of Veterans Affairs implemented a rule to support donation procedures and related care for those donating bone marrow or an organ to veterans for transplantation. Since 1982, the VA has provided bone marrow services and solid organ transplantation since 1962. The liver, pancreas, spleen, and adrenal glands are not hollow and are considered solid organs. Solid organ transplantation has evolved into a lifesaving procedure. The field has multiplied since the first successful kidney transplantation between living identical twins by Joseph Murray, MD, and John […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2022 – Army Secretary C. Wormuth signed a directive that provides more improvements for soldiers to progress in their careers and have time to care for their families. This recent news seemed to fly under the radar but is most welcome to soldiers dealing with pregnancy and postpartum issues.     This latest initiative, referred to as the Army’s Parenthood, Pregnancy, & Postpartum directive, features welcomed policy changes and program improvements. The improvements include:    Increasing family care plan flexibility.  Expanding postpartum training and operational deferments.  Creating stabilization while receiving fertility treatments.  Extending physical […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2022 – In what may be a controversial discovery, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is typically acquired from playing contact sports, such as football, and sometimes obtained from military blasts. However, a recent study revealed that CTE is rare for veterans. Unless a service member played contact sports before enlisting for service, CTE is unlikely. The latest study, conducted by researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Scientists and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, indicated that CTE was more strongly linked with civilian traumatic injuries. The study suggests that […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 05, 2022 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implemented a new rule that temporarily lengthens the automatic extension period for some Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). Certain individuals who have filed applications for employment authorization will receive an extension of 540 days from the expiration date specified on their EADs. Before USCIS announced the temporary increase, persons who filed timely renewal applications in eligible EAD categories could be granted a maximum automatic extension of 180 days. USCIS introduced the new policy in light of its significant processing delays for EAD renewal applications. Existing backlogs […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2022 – The VA is transitioning to a new electronic health record modernization (“EHRM”) system to store and track various aspects of patient care. The VA expects this 10-year initiative to be complete by 2028. The contract to replace the VA’s current electronic health record system aims to eliminate the current reliance on multiple complex interfaces and manual data entry. The new design creates a streamlined connection between VA medical facilities with the Department of Defense (“DOD”), the U.S. Coast Guard (“USCG”), and participating community care providers. The EHRM’s ability to exchange health […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 09, 2022 – For years the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been experiencing a significant backlog of claims, which has only increased during the pandemic. For many veterans, a delay in review and compensation can have lifelong consequences for their health and livelihood. VA Secretary McDonough explains that the newly developed Office of Automated Benefit Delivery (OABD) should address the backlog. OABD is a part of an automation pilot program to review veteran service-connected disability claims faster. The VA believes that, in some instances, this program can reduce a veteran’s claim review time […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire)June 02, 2022 – Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is not a stand-alone injury. It can increase the risk of chronic cardiovascular, endocrine, and neurologic comorbidities. A comorbidity is a medical condition where two disorders or diseases coexist simultaneously. It is well known that veterans in combat frequently deal with TBI. It does not go away on its own. It does not play by the rules, and it does not make anyone’s life easier to live. This most recent study was published online by JAMA Network Open. The idea was to compare unexposed subjects with those suffering […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 26, 2022 – Although it has been known for several years that service dogs help military members cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), there has not been any scientific evidence to back that up. There is now.    Researchers at the Dutch Police Academy and Radboud University conducted a study providing factual data showing how valuable a buddy dog can be. Overall, it was revealed that a service dog provides a person living with PTSD with increased confidence, peace, and security. The dog also helps normalize a sufferer’s life.    Dogs appear in increasing […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2022 – Veterans will now be allowed to use their benefits to pursue more than one degree, thanks to recent changes to the Veteran Readiness and Employment Benefits program. Active and retired service members who use the Readiness and Employment Benefits program to pay for their college education will now be able to use those benefits in conjunction with post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. These benefits were previously not allowed to be used in conjunction with one another, and any Veteran Readiness and Employment benefits used for educational purposes would count against GI Bill […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2022 – An Executive Order (EO) was recently signed amending the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). The EO strengthens the military system’s response to gender-based violence. The new EO results from recommendations put forth by the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military (IRC).The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2022 includes several key elements of the I Am Vanessa Guillén Act in honor of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén. She suffered severe sexual harassment and was later murdered. Sexual harassment is experienced by 25 percent of active-duty women each year. It […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 05, 2022 – Recently the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs (OPA) issued a press release regarding its new Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHT). The Department of Veterans Affairs stated that these grants are available for the fiscal year 2022. The grant aims to address the nearly 4.2 million veterans with service-connected illnesses and injuries. Many of these veterans require housing assistance to live independently.1 After discharge, many veterans face the harrowing realities of adapting to civilian life. While many establish a fulfilling future, others experience significant difficulties; others experience challenges that make […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2022 – For veterans living with one or more disabilities, navigating the challenges of everyday life can be difficult. Despite the existence of assistive technology that can improve the overall quality of life for those experiencing disability, these devices are very costly and often beyond the financial reach of many disabled veterans. As new technology is developed, however, the costs often come down. This is what is motivating the VA to offer research grants for technology companies to develop new assistive technology that may be able to help disabled veterans overcome the challenges […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2022 – The Post-9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit for service members and veterans. It provides for the payment of tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance and a stipend for textbooks and supplies for up to 36 months. Anyone who served on active duty for at least 90 days since September 10, 2001, is eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, regardless of whether they are still in the military or honorably discharged. The amount of time a service member spends on active duty determines their total benefits. However, if someone was […]


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