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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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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2022 – The newly-announced presumptive benefits could impact more than 3.5 million veterans and active service members. In recent news, the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) announced that it is adding three presumptive conditions to particulate matter exposure. These newly-added conditions include asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis. This development comes in response to years of complaints and lobbying efforts directed toward lawmakers on Capitol Hill. To qualify for benefits, a service member must have served in Afghanistan, Djibouti, Syria or Uzbekistan since September 19, 2001, or in Southwest Asia since August 2, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 12, 2022 – Members of the armed services face a wide range of dangers related to their service. And while veterans who suffer visible injuries—such as gunshot wounds and amputations—are revered as heroes, these injuries only account for a small fraction of those suffered by service members. The term “invisible wounds” describes traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and other moral injuries to the psyche. While these conditions often cause a similar level of impairment to physical injuries, those who suffer from them are not treated the same. The concept of invisible wounds is […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 3, 2021 – A recently published study has found that elevated protein levels in the brain correlate to a person’s likelihood to recover from a traumatic brain injury (TBI).    Researchers from the Imperial College of London conducted the study and reported their findings in Science Translational Medicine. The researchers used a new blood test to measure the levels of neurofilament light (NfL for short) in the brains of 146 participants. NfL is a protein that provides structure to axons in the brain, which are tendrils that send messages between brain cells.    The […]


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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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