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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2019 – A new law has expanded mental health coverage to other-than-honorably discharged veterans through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The VA has been accused of mishandling the implementation of the change and failing to effectively notify potentially eligible veterans. The new law is an expansion of a 2017 program which granted some other-than-honorable discharges access to acute mental health care services during a crisis. Eligible vets can now receive ongoing mental health care outside of a crisis situation. The VA had 180 days after the law went into effect in March 2018, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2019 – A federal judicial panel has decided that more than 640 pending lawsuits accusing 3M Company of knowingly providing defective combat earplugs to the U.S. military will be consolidated in the Northern District of Florida. The earplugs allegedly caused hundreds of service members to suffer hearing problems. Veterans and other service members alleged that 3M’s dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs had a defective design that failed to adequately protect their hearing during combat and weapons training. The flaw caused them to experience hearing loss and high-pitched ringing in the ears, a condition called […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2019 – Researchers have developed voice analysis software that can help identify post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans by analyzing their speech. A recent study used an artificial intelligence (AI) program to analyze vocal characteristics such as rhythm and tone after training it on how to classify people based on speech examples. According to the findings, the AI could distinguish which individuals had PTSD and which did not with 89 percent accuracy. Researchers recorded hours-long speech samples from 53 Afghanistan and Iraq veterans with PTSD linked to their service. They also interviewed 78 […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 27, 2019 – A new law signed by President Trump earlier this year will help veteran entrepreneurs start and build their businesses. The Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act adds veterans to the list of people eligible to receive federal surplus personal property, such as office furnishings, scientific equipment and heavy machinery. Other beneficiaries of this unclaimed surplus property are female and minority business owners, as well as Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) like the American Legion and VFW. The legislation was introduced by Senators Tammy Duckworth, D-IL, John Kennedy, R-LA, and Dick Durbin, D-IL. It […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2019 – A federal judge in Houston, Texas recently ruled that excluding women from being required to register for the draft is unconstitutional. As the ban on females in combat was lifted in 2015 there is now no legal reason for them to not register as men do. The challenge to the existing draft laws came from the National Coalition for Men, a men’s rights group. They claimed that the gender ban violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause. The judge in the case, Judge Gray H. Miller of Federal District Court in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2019 – A federal appeals court decided on January 29 that Vietnam War veterans who developed health problems due to Agent Orange exposure while serving on offshore ships were entitled to disability benefits. The ruling means more than 50,000 veterans nationwide may now be able to receive several thousand dollars in disability payments each month. A 9-2 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed past court rulings backing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA has for years denied the disability claims of “blue water” Navy veterans […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a series of new partnerships in an effort to expand its telehealth network and improve access to health services for veterans living in remote areas. The agency has established virtual care programs with T-Mobile, Walmart and Philips. Walmart stores will have telemedicine stations for veterans in rural locations. Private rooms will enable them to video conference with VA medical professionals across the United States for both basic checkups and specialty appointments. T-Mobile has arranged to provide free access to the VA’s video health […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2019 – U.S. military veterans recuperating from wartime wounds and injuries obtained through military service will have more options for receiving physical therapy thanks to an agreement between the VA and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The agreement gives veterans greater access to physical therapy treatment for pain and ailments, while creating more jobs for those employed in physical therapy. The rigors of military duty and combat in particular leave many veterans in need of ongoing treatments after leaving the military service. A new partnership between the VA and the APTA helps […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced plans to fast-track the processing of pending benefits appeals claims for veterans living in counties impacted by the recent hurricanes across the southeastern region of the United States. The VA Board of Veterans’ Appeals found that the aftermath of Hurricanes Michael and Florence warranted efforts to advance the appeals. VA officials said the accelerated processing would help veterans in need. However, they did not specify how many of the over 300,000 currently undecided claims will be prioritized. “The VA’s decision to fast-track the […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 5, 2019 – A new study suggests the medicines used to treat military veterans and others contribute to already high suicide rates among some subpopulations. When medicines used to treat military veterans compound their problems, it greatly complicates the transition to civilian life. The very medicines used to treat veterans with PTSD and other injuries obtained through the sacrifice of military service might contribute to suicidal thoughts and actions, a recent study suggests. The study examined the effect of the drug Prazosin on subjects who were identified as already having suicidal thoughts. The study […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2019 – More than 50,000 less-than-honorably discharged veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who are afflicted with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and related mental disorders will get a second chance to receive VA benefits. A federal judge in Connecticut recently certified a class action seeking to restore benefits for veterans who received less-than-honorable discharges due to conditions directly related to their military service. The case is similar to another class action filed by Navy and Marine Corps veterans against the Naval Discharge Review Board. The same court certified that class action […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2019 – Military veterans who had their housing and GI Bill payments delayed, underpaid or not paid at all should find solace in two acts awaiting President Donald Trump’s signature. Congress approved the measures to correct errors after recently implementing a new processing system, which led to massive problems for thousands of veterans. Prior to Congress taking its Christmas recess, it took steps to address recent problems with providing earned benefits to the nation’s military veterans. Congress voted to enact the Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act and the Veterans Benefits and […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2019 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary assured veterans they will be reimbursed in full for delayed payments of GI Bill benefits amid several days of confusion and mixed messages from the agency. VA officials told House Committee on Veterans Affairs staffers on November 28 that retroactively repaying veterans under new rates would require an audit of around two million prior claims. They said the process could result in additional delays. “The VA is complicating what should be a straightforward matter — paying veterans what they are owed,” commented Florida veterans […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2019 – Michigan has had medical marijuana laws in place for several years, and voters recently approved legalizing recreational marijuana. For many veterans suffering from PTSD, legal marijuana is a welcome relief from prescription drugs and painkillers for related trauma. Federal law bans its use, even among veterans seeking help via the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical services. “Medicine in the 2st century includes medical marijuana in its many forms. Yet, antiquated federal laws mean many veterans cannot obtain it through their VA doctors,” veterans benefits attorney James G. Fausone said. […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2018 – The new year will put an extra of about $100 per month in the pockets of disabled veterans thanks to the largest cost of living adjustment (COLA) since 2012. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approved the rate increase in November. Disabled veterans will see a monthly increase of about $100, while military retirees will receive increases that vary based on their individual retirement plans. The 2.8 percent increase takes effect on January 1 and gives additional amounts to veterans with a disability rating of 30 percent or higher and who […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 30, 2018 – A software problem at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has caused thousands of student veterans to receive incorrect or delayed housing allowances for the new school year and other benefits they are eligible for via the Forever GI Bill. Former service members attending school using the GI Bill were scheduled to receive their second housing stipend for the semester on October 1. Some veterans did not receive payments at all, while others were paid too much or far less money than what they are owed. The VA is up to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2018 – A recent government watchdog investigation revealed that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is dealing with a larger veterans’ benefits claims backlog than the agency previously reported. The VA Inspector General’s Office reviewed cases from the first half of 2016 and released a report on September 10 that indicated department officials “significantly understated” the number of pending claims. Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) staff left out around 63,600 overdue cases from records during that period. They also incorrectly recorded an additional 10,000 cases. “The VA has been criticized in recent years for […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2018 – Michigan’s military veterans should have an easier time buying homes after a recent regulatory change by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA changed a procedural regulation that negatively impacted only Michigan veterans looking to buy a single-family home in the state. “Our veterans have earned every advantage we can give them when it comes to buying a home, but the federal government made it overly difficult in Michigan,” veterans affairs attorney James G. Fausone said. “A lot of veterans lost out on homes they really wanted, but the […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2018 – Legal Help for Veterans is pleased to announce student veterans subjected to improper loan debt while enrolled at for-profit schools are eligible for debt relief after a recent federal court ruling advanced stalled rules offering the debt protection. They qualify for federal student loan forgiveness after being issued loans they did not request. “The GI Bill is a great reward for serving our country, but some schools have unnecessarily burdened many student veterans with debt they did not want,” veterans affairs attorney James Fausone said. “This ruling helps clear the way […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2018 – An apparent software issue is delaying payments for student housing via the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) GI Bill. The VA is way behind on processing GI Bill housing allowances for thousands of military veterans dependent upon it. That has one of Michigan’s more experienced legal advocates for veterans looking for solutions. “My legal career started with the GI Bill getting me through law school,” experienced veterans’ benefits attorney James G. Fausone said. “It is critically important to have your benefits in place when you are enrolled in classes, so […]


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