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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2021 – In exchange for the service to their county, the federal government provides significant benefits to veterans. A recent estimate put the number of veterans who receive benefits at over 9 million. While these benefits have always been crucial, the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic made them even more so. However, the dangers of COVID-19 and the development of the COVID019 vaccine have recently raised questions among the veteran community. For example, a recent news outlet reported that President Biden was withholding benefits from unvaccinated veterans, a totally false claim. As it […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2021 – According to a new report released by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the number of veterans who died by suicide in 2019 was the lowest in 12 years. Still, the rate remains much higher for veterans than non-military adults in the United States.    The VA recorded 6,261 veteran suicides in 2019, which is 399 fewer than in 2018. The 7.2 percent decrease is the steepest drop since 2001. The rate has fluctuated slightly from year to year, but between 2005 and 2018, it rose by an average of 48 deaths […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2021 – While veterans comprise just over 5 percent of the United States population, their numbers are expected to decrease in the coming decades. According to the most recent information by the United States Census Bureau,[1] the number of veterans decreased by over 8 million between 2000 and 2018. By the year 2040, the Census Bureau estimates that there will be fewer than 13 million veterans. This is an expected result of the increasing age of veterans and the decreasing number of new service members. Times have certainly changed since World War II, primarily […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2021 – Two research projects investigating the possible benefits of medical cannabis for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder have been awarded $20 million in grants funded by marijuana tax revenue from the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) received $13 million, and Wayne State University’s Bureau of Community Action and Economic Opportunity received seven million dollars.    Both studies seek to examine how cannabinoids could be used as an effective therapy for veterans with medical conditions like PTSD and depression and how it might affect the suicide rate […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 08, 2021 – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will require all frontline healthcare staff receive the COVID-19 vaccine within the next two months. It is the first federal government agency to do so.    The mandate applies to all healthcare staff in patient-facing roles, including doctors, nurses and other employees who provide direct care. Around 70 percent of VA health center workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to date. The remaining staff has eight weeks to comply with the order. Once an employee has provided proof of their vaccination, they will […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 7, 2021 – Education benefits are one of the most valuable veteran benefits for many young service members. The possibility of attending school on the government’s dime is a significant factor for many who end up joining the military. However, in recent years, the two main education benefit bills presented new service members with confusing options. Historically, the Montgomery GI Bill was the sole education benefit offered to veterans. The Montgomery GI Bill provided up to $5,400 in education benefits, provided a service member pay into the program (they also need to meet other […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2021 – The United States Department for Veterans Affairs provides essential benefits for those who experience disability related to their service. Unfortunately, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is all too common among service members, and awareness surrounding this debilitating condition has only recently started to increase. Not only that but obtaining benefits for a PTSD diagnosis can be challenging due to the requirement that you prove the connection between the condition and your service. However, service members need to know that PTSD stemming from military sexual trauma is among the conditions that qualify for […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2021- Officials from Veterans Affairs have warned that the number of backlogged disability claims will likely not return to pre-COVID-19 levels until late 2022, potentially even longer if legislation granting veterans benefits for toxic burn pit exposure passes.    There are currently around 191,000 backlogged disability claims that have been pending for at least four months. The backlog peaked earlier this year at 210,000 claims. In early 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic caused national shutdowns, that number was around 70,000.   “Backlogged claims are more than just a headache for veterans,” said James […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 21, 2021- A program designed by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to combat opioid addiction among veterans first launched in 2018 has received national recognition. The VA’s Rapid Naloxone Initiative was named the 2020 recipient of the John M. Eisenberg National Level Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality Award by The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum.    The Rapid Naloxone Initiative distributes emergency anti-overdose drug Naloxone to veterans at risk for opioid overdose and provides training on using it. It also puts Naloxone and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) cabinets in high-risk areas […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2021 – It is well-known that many veterans suffer service-related injuries and disabilities requiring ongoing medical treatment. Additionally, many former service members face debilitating mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. For years, the Veterans Administration has relied on powerful medications, including opioids, to treat these conditions and illnesses. However, lawmakers are coming together to consider another alternative: medical marijuana. Medical marijuana is currently legal in some form in 36 states and the District of Columbia and four out of five of the United States territories. While state medical […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 06, 2021 – Veterans have long been popular targets for scammers. Now the U.S. Postal Service and the AARP warn veterans to beware of new, COVID-related scams that they might encounter. Officials have seen a marked increase in these scams over the last few weeks.   Most of these new tricks involve veterans and servicemembers being offered a “fast pass” for getting a COVID-19 vaccination in exchange for money paid to a third party. Others offer cash and incentives for getting vaccinated. All veterans, their spouses and caregivers are now eligible to receive a […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2021 – According to a study from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, firefighters die from cancer at a rate 14 percent higher than that of the general population. This makes sense, as firefighters are frequently exposed to smoke and other toxins. Now, sick veteran firefighters have discovered another potential cause for their health problems: exposure to aqueous film-forming foam, or AFFF for short, a foam product that has been widely used to extinguish flames for decades by the military. Unfortunately, the VA has denied nearly all of its claims for […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2021 – Lawmakers and VA officials are pursuing new legislation and policy changes to grant almost every veteran who served in combat zones over the last thirty years presumptive benefits status for respiratory conditions linked to burn pit exposure. The True Cost of War Recognition Act (TCWR) was recently introduced in Congress. VA secretary Denis McDonough has also pledged to expedite the changes necessary to get sick veterans benefits for at least nine respiratory conditions. “There has been strong evidence supporting a connection between burn pit exposure and subsequent development of respiratory diseases […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2021 – The growing number of women in the United States military requires a focused effort by lawmakers to ensure Veterans’ programs provide benefits to all Service Members. The number of women Veterans has grown significantly over recent years and is expected to reach 16 percent of the United States Veteran population by 2043. Women are the fastest growing group within the Veteran population. However, historically, women comprised only a small portion of the Veteran population, and it was not until 1948 that a law was passed making women a permanent fixture in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2021 – Most service members are aware of the substantial benefits offered by the Veterans Administration. However, what fewer people know is that there are also some benefits available for dependents of service members and surviving children of veterans. The United States government allows certain family members to take advantage of their loved one’s military service. While these benefits are not as broad as those enjoyed by service members themselves, they are still substantial. However, the lack of knowledge surrounding dependent and survivor benefits has historically meant that far fewer people apply for […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2021 – Injured workers who qualify for both workers’ comp and SSDI benefits should be aware of how the two programs interact with one another For workers who are injured on the job, it is common that they will qualify for both workers’ compensation benefits as well as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. However, injured workers cannot obtain the full benefit under both programs. To maximize the amount of benefits and to know what to expect when the first benefit checks come in, it is crucial to understand how these two programs […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2021 – The year 2021 brings in a host of new and expanded veterans benefit programs, as well as several noteworthy pieces of legislation  So far, 2021 appears to be a good year for those receiving veterans’ benefits, as recently there have been several new bills going into effect that will provide current and former service members with additional and expended benefits. Additionally, there are several pieces of legislation that, if passed, will further increase benefits to the nation’s veterans. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 The National Defense Authorization Act […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2021 – The VA denied a 93-year-old World War II veteran from Ann Arbor a COVID-19 vaccine because he made too much money.   In a rejection letter from the VA, Don Schimmel was told that he could not receive health care through the VA because he was over the income limit. Schimmel was not allowed to be vaccinated because veterans must be enrolled in VA health care to get a COVID-19 vaccine from a VA facility.   Schimmel said that he only wants a vaccine, not benefits. He fought in WWII and […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2021 – The House Veterans’ Affairs committee has launched an official investigation into the targeted recruitment of veterans and other military service members by extremist groups. This comes in response to the attack on the Capital in January, which left six people dead.   The military has long suspected a link between extremist groups and veterans, fearing that current and former servicemen and women are specifically being lured into involvement with domestic hate groups. They are attractive recruits for their combat experience and familiarity with military and government processes and can be vulnerable […]


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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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