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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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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 7, 2018 – A recent Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s report shows department officials are set to waste over $100 million on tens of thousands of unwarranted health exams in the next five years. A sampling of re-examination cases last year revealed officials might have requested unnecessary check-ups in 37 percent of benefits cases. These check-ups are meant to determine whether a veteran’s medical condition has altered enough to change the disability payouts. “The review team estimated that (the Veterans Benefits Administration) spent $10.1 million on unwarranted reexaminations during the six-month review period,” the report […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 6, 2018 – Custom Legal Marketing has once again won a Gold MarCom award in recognition of a law firm website. The honor was awarded to San Francisco-based Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech company, in the Digital Media category for the website it designed and created for the Athens Georgia based law firm of Morgan & Morgan Attorneys at Law. The MarCom Awards honors excellence in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity, hard work and generosity of industry professionals. Since its inception in 2004, MarCom has evolved into one of the largest, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2018 – Military personnel who train and operate particular shoulder-fired weapons may have damaged their brains by the blasts, according to an Army-commissioned study, found here. The report from the Center for a New American Security states the placement of the weapons – just inches from the soldier’s head – makes them especially risky. “The Army needs to protect its soldiers from the potentially dangerous consequences of firing heavy weapons,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans’ attorney at Legal Help for Veterans in Michigan. “Better training and safety precautions must be in place to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2018 – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has teamed up law enforcement officials of various states and charity regulators on a new initiative to crack down on fraudulent veterans’ charities and educate the public about how to identify potential scammers. The FTC said it took at least 100 actions against bogus charities nationwide as part of the recently launched “Operation Donate with Honor.” The charities conned donors out of millions of dollars through false promises that the donations would benefit veterans and current service members. “Such scams involve exploiting the […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2018 – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a new report calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to do a better job of recruiting and retaining doctors. The review of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the arm of VA that provides medical care through 1,252 facilities, highlighted the department’s mismanagement as a main reason for the physician shortage. The Government Accountability Office found the following: “VHA’s data on the number of physicians that provided care at VA medical centers (VAMC) were incomplete. “VHA provided VAMCs with guidance on how to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2018 – A support line for veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, financial hardship and other problems has broadened its reach to every county in Florida. The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and the state’s 2-1-1 system partnered for the Florida Veterans Support Line’s (FVSL) expansion. The helpline received around 3,300 calls per year in the three years since its launch in October 2014. However, the number of calls jumped to nearly 10,000 in just the last quarter of 2017 alone since the statewide expansion. Florida veterans can make free calls […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 9, 2018 – One of the nation’s largest veterans groups cited Veterans Affairs’ (VA) staffing shortages and doctors’ overprescription of anti-anxiety drugs as reasons why suicide prevention efforts have fallen short. The American Legion released the 20-page report one month after VA leaders published their latest national suicide data that revealed little change in the suicide rate over the years. According to the June data, about 20 veterans per day take their own lives. “The fact that the veteran suicide rate has not decreased over the years is unacceptable,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2018 – President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had a confirmation hearing on June 27 and cleared the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee on July 10. Trump announced in May that he had picked Robert Wilkie, 55, to permanently lead the troubled VA. However, his original nominee for the post was White House physician Ronny Jackson. Jackson withdrew from consideration after unsubstantiated allegations of professional misconduct emerged. He was also criticized for a lack of experience. “The VA is in need of strong leadership that puts veterans at the […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2018 – A single concussion is tied to an increased risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study. In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers scoured Danish health databases to examine 2.8 million patient records. They discovered those who had sustained any type of brain injury had a 24 percent greater risk of dementia than those who had not. The report, which was published in The Lancet Psychiatry, said those who suffered multiple traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) had the highest risk of developing dementia. “The possible association […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2018 – People dealing with PTSD and other stress disorders have a greater risk of developing autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and celiac disease, than those who are not, according to a new study. Researchers compared 106,000 Swedish patients diagnosed with a stress-related psychiatric issue with 126,000 of their siblings and 1.1 million people who did not have a stress-related disorder. They tracked half the subjects for at least a decade. Over the course of the study, published in JAMA, those with PTSD were 46 percent more likely to […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2018 – Custom Legal Marketing topped a field of over 6,000 entrants to receive a Platinum Hermes Award for design excellence for the new website of McCormack & Erlich, San Francisco employment lawyers. This is the second award Custom Legal Marketing has won for its work on the McCormack & Erlich website, Mcelawfirm.com. Earlier this year, CLM won a Muse Award for inspiring achievement in design and advertising. One highlight of the McCormack & Erlich website is a compelling, interactive presentation of workplace sexual harassment issues. The site walks the fist-time visitor […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2018 – Terminally ill veterans who wish to end their lives must first move out of the government-managed home in which they reside. This is because assisted suicide is contrary to the policy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. However, for many veterans, relocating would create undue hardship during a time that is already agonizing for them. Veterans who reside at the Veterans Home of California at Yountville, which is the largest retirement home for veterans in the country, are contemplating pursuing legal action if the regulation remains effective. Tampa, Florida veterans […]


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Wilmington, DE (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2018 – Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech company, has opened a strategy center in Wilmington, Delaware, to help attorneys competitively market their firms in an effective and efficient manner. Wilmington, one of the most populous cities in the state, has enormous potential for attorney marketing. As the population continues to increase, competition for legal clients is also bound to get tougher. Custom Legal Marketing’s search engine marketing solutions can help lawyers compete in Wilmington and throughout the State of Delaware. Additionally, Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) offers attorneys a No Competition Guarantee which means […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2018 – Data is king in marketing, and Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech company, has it in spades with its new report and analytics lounge. Launched in January, the Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) Lounge integrates with multiple services and allows law firms to see their entire marketing campaign in a single dashboard. “Law firms deserve to see a clear picture of where their marketing dollars are going,” said Custom Legal Marketing Co-Founder Jason Bland. “CLM has always championed transparency in all its work for its clients.” Indeed, CLM built their original lounge […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2018 – On March 6, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the commencement of a trial telehealth program providing services to veterans in rural areas. Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will now have remote access to therapy and psychiatric services. Since the launch was announced, over 500 rural veterans who had not already received PTSD support have enrolled. The two types of psychotherapy the program focuses on are cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure therapy, both based on strong evidence regarding emotional trauma. “Many concerns have been raised surrounding veterans’ […]


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