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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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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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