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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 15, 2021 – Lawmakers and VA officials alike have begun efforts to expand current COVID-19 vaccination efforts to include all veterans, their spouses and caregivers.    Proposed legislation called the “Saves Lives Act” would allow VA medical facilities to vaccinate people who fall outside the current eligibility criteria, such as those under 65 and the spouses of veterans. As of now, only VA healthcare workers, veterans who receive VA care and are older than 75 (65 if supply allows) or with certain comorbidities, and some caregivers can be vaccinated against the coronavirus.    “The […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2021 – A veteran patient at the Dallas VA Medical Center is the first to receive a cutting-edge cancer treatment to treat his aggressive liver cancer. The treatment, Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT), targets hard-to-treat liver cancer with radiation via Yttrium-90 resin microspheres or “SIR-Spheres” inserted directly into the liver.   The patient suffers from metastatic cholangiocarcinoma, more simply known as bile duct or liver cancer, which is rare and notoriously aggressive. This form of cancer affects only 20,000 Americans per year, but rates are rising steadily. This number is triple what it […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 31, 2021 – Tens of thousands of Vietnam War veterans will be newly eligible for benefits and compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for three conditions newly deemed related to Agent Orange exposure. Beginning January 1, 2021, bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinson’s Disease-like conditions have been added to the list of conditions with a presumed service-connection.  A presumption of service connection replaces the VA’s typically stringent requirement that veterans prove that an event, illness or injury experienced while serving in the military contributed to a current disability. The VA assumes that anyone who […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 24, 2021 – A new study, the most in-depth to date, on post-mortem brain tissue presents groundbreaking findings on posttraumatic stress disorder that will be useful in diagnosing and treating the condition. The study was conducted by researchers from the VA National Center for PTSD, the VA’s National PTSD Brain Bank and Yale University School of Medicine. Their findings were published online in the journal Nature Neuroscience on Dec. 21, 2020. Researchers used the post-mortem brain tissue of PTSD patients to identify the molecular changes in the brain caused by the condition. It is […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2021 – The Department of Veterans Affairs has been creating an actionable plan for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. It works in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies.  The plan will be structured in phases, as the vaccine itself will likely be released and allocated in this way. Experts used scientific and historical data from past pandemics and input from VA officials, science experts in and out of the VA, and veterans at the community-level.  “When sufficient vaccine for COVID is finally available, we will need […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2021 – An omnibus package of veteran-specific legislation passed both the House and Senate, putting it one step closer to becoming law. It now makes its way to the President to sign. The bill includes legislation to provide veterans with additional pandemic aid and addresses issues pertaining to women veterans, Native veterans and homeless veterans.  The Johnny Isakson and David P Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act received largely bipartisan support. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the women’s bill, the Deborah Sampson Act, the “crown jewel” of the entire package, and […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2021 – The bill provides additional services to many veterans’ groups, expanding crucial services to tens of thousands of former service members.  Early January, former President Donald Trump signed The Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act (“the Act”) into law. The Act unanimously cleared both houses of Congress before being sent to the President’s desk, where he signed on January 5, giving the law final approval. The 340-page Act, four years in the making, intends to help veterans facing a variety of issues, including homelessness, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 3, 2021 – Under the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, COVID-19, is a presumptive illness, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. This will allow servicemembers who contract a severe case of COVID-19 while serving in the military and suffer long-term effects to receive disability compensation and benefits from the VA.  “This is important and unfortunately necessary for members of our active-duty military,” said James G. Fausone, lead attorney at Legal Help for Veterans. “Based on the unpredictability of COVID-19, we are seeing […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2021 – Thousands of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will have their less-than-honorable discharge statuses reviewed. A recent settlement in a class-action lawsuit means the Army will need to “automatically reconsider” all rejected applications for discharge upgrades connected with PTSD or related mental health conditions.  The veterans involved in the lawsuit were issued less than honorable discharges for infractions that they say were triggered or worsened by PTSD, traumatic brain injury or another mental health condition. A less than honorable discharge can disqualify a veteran from many federal and state resources and […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2021 – Veterans should ensure they are receiving all available benefits. The federal government provides a variety of benefits to veterans. Most former service members are aware of the VA education and healthcare benefits; however, other veterans’ benefits are not as well known. Veterans should understand all the types of potential benefits because they may qualify for help, they did not know about. Below is a list of the lesser-known types of benefits available to veterans: Caregiver Support: Family members who care for aging, disabled or wounded veterans may be entitled to certain support […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2021 – Beginning on Veteran’s Day this year, veterans and Gold Star families may enter any federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior for free, including national parks and wildlife refuges. “It is a treat just to see the natural beauty of this country’s national parks and other federal lands, but enjoying time in nature can have very real health perks too,” said James G. Fausone, lead attorney at Legal Help for Veterans. “Veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder may benefit from outdoor activities especially. Nature therapy is helpful for reducing […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2021 – A new program that checks in with newly separated veterans has been so successful in its first nine months that it may soon become permanent. The Department of Veterans Affairs calls it the Solid Start program, and through it recently discharged veterans receive a direct phone call to discuss the ways the VA can support them through the highly stressful transition to civilian life. The goal of the calls is to help veterans better understand the benefits that are available, so they might be able to get a solid start on […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 08, 2021 – The United State Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a variety of benefits to former members of the armed forces. These benefits are in recognition of servicemembers’ commitment to their country, as well as the effects that a disability, disease or other injury can have on a veteran and their family. VA also provides monthly cash payments to the surviving spouses, dependent children, and dependent parents or servicemembers who died during active military service, or after discharge from military service, as a result of a service-connected disability. Recently, a democratic lawmaker […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 03, 2021 – Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is called the hallmark injury of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan era. According to a new meta-analysis of previous studies, it could also be linked to a twofold increase in risk for dementia later in life. These findings are based on an analysis of 13 previous studies from four continents involving 1,693,678 participants. Researchers wanted to know if these patients had a higher risk for dementia 17 years after their diagnosis. The research supported that claim and showed a 50 percent increase in risk of developing […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2021 – In the nearly two decades since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the subsequent war in Iraq and Afghanistan, tens of thousands of VA disability claims related to burn pit exposure have been filed. According to VA records, up to 80 percent of them are denied. Burn pits have been used for years at U.S. deployment locations in the Middle East and Asia, as far back as the Gulf War, to get rid of waste. Veterans say they burned human waste, electronics, jet fuel and more […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2021 – The results of the United States presidential election are in, and Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States in January 2021. Every time a new president takes office, many policy implications come along with the change in power. This election is no different, as President-Elect Biden and President Trump differ on a wide range of issues. There are over 18 million active-duty and retired service members. However, veterans comprise less than one percent of all United States citizens. Thus, while everyone acknowledges […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 1, 2020 – Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is called the hallmark injury of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan era. According to a new meta-analysis of previous studies, it could also be linked to a twofold increase in risk for dementia later in life. These findings are based on an analysis of 13 previous studies from four continents involving 1,693,678 participants. Researchers wanted to know if these patients had a higher risk for dementia 17 years after their diagnosis. The research supported that claim and showed a 50 percent increase in risk of developing […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2020 – In the nearly two decades since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the subsequent war in Iraq and Afghanistan, tens of thousands of VA disability claims related to burn pit exposure have been filed. According to VA records, up to 80 percent of them are denied. Burn pits have been used for years at U.S. deployment locations in the Middle East and Asia, as far back as the Gulf War, to get rid of waste. Veterans say they burned human waste, electronics, jet fuel and more […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 6, 2020 – For many veterans, the benefits provided by the Veterans Administration are crucial. These benefits offer veterans assistance with paying for higher education (GI bill), home loans, insurance, healthcare and assisted living. Given the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for same-day medical care has continued to be a major concern for many veterans. Recently, the VA announced that it is transitioning to a new urgent care provider. Beginning on September 1, the VA move from TriWest Healthcare Alliance to Optum Public Sector Solutions, Inc., which is part of UnitedHealth Group. […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 5, 2020 – After decades of waiting, Vietnam veterans suffering from ailments believed to be linked to exposure to Agent Orange could finally be eligible for disability benefits from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Senate approved an expansion of the list of diseases with a presumptive link to Agent Orange exposure, paving the way for more than 22,000 veterans to receive VA compensation.  The Fair Care for Vietnam Veterans Act of 2020 received overwhelming bipartisan support and was passed by a 94-6 vote. It adds bladder cancer, Parkinson’s Disease-like symptoms and hypothyroidism to the list of […]


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