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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2020 – At least three people have been accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Michigan Treasury in an elaborate scheme. The suspects fraudulently collected survivor’s benefits and unclaimed money from these entities for at least six years. A Westland, Michigan woman named Melissa Flores and an unnamed coconspirator allegedly used aliases and fraudulent documents, such as birth certificates, to prove that they were the rightful heirs of veterans who had died and then collected money under these false pretenses. They had either manufactured […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2020 – The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it had reached a significant milestone in its Legacy Appeals Resolution Plan (LARP). The LARP addressed appeals that the VA received before implementing the Appeals Modernization Act of 2017 (AMA). In early 2019, VA instituted a new claims process under the AMA. The process provided veterans with multiple avenues to address their appeals. However, issues arose because VA had a backlog of claims that they received before the implementation of AMA. VA provided Veterans with the ability to opt into the AMA […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2020 – Twelve Michigan counties have secured and distributed emergency aid through the state’s new County Veteran Service Fund Emergency Relief (CVSF-ER) program. Nearly $1.1 million has been paid to Michigan veterans to date with more counties waiting for approval for funds. This emergency funding was created in response to both the COVID-19 pandemic and the flooding that affected central Michigan in May. The money may be used by veterans for home and car repairs, medical expenses and other urgent costs. “Michigan is home to more than 550,000 veterans and their families,” said […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2020 – Twenty VA health facilities will resume face-to-face pension and disability compensation exams in coming weeks as the Department of Veterans Affairs enters phase one of its plan to resume operations. Since the shutdown, the backlog of such exams, which are required for those who file disability claims to confirm the diagnosed medical condition and establish a disability rating. The backlog for these visits was around 65,000 in November 2019. Since the VA stopped all non-emergency, in-person appointments and exams at its facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in early April, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of almost every American. Currently, over 90 percent of the United States is under orders from their Governors to stay at home except for essential activities. Schools, businesses and many government operations have been shut down to help reduce the spread of the virus. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has implemented some changes to how it is conducting the benefit approval process during the pandemic.  As of March 19, the VA closed all 56 of its regional offices in response to the COVID-19. While […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2020 – A proposed bill introduced by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs would protect student veterans and their GI Bill benefits as schools across the country close during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 expands S. 3503, which was signed into law in late March to restore GI Bill benefits to student veterans whose college classes have transitioned fully to online learning. “If no protections were put into place, campus closures would be devastating to the veterans who rely on GI Bill benefits to pay for their […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2020 – Since the coronavirus crisis started and strict lockdowns and social distancing guidelines were implemented, calls to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veteran Crisis Line have risen. The crisis line is a suicide-prevention tool designed to connect veterans who are experiencing a mental health crisis with VA professionals and services that can help them. The call line has had a 12 percent increase in call volume since the COVID-19 pandemic started spreading in the United States. Twenty percent of calls have been related to the coronavirus crisis. “In such an uncertain time […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 8 , 2020 – Over the past two months, the novel coronavirus has spread across the United States. According to experts, some populations are more at risk of the virus. Among those are older Americans and those with pre-existing heart, lung and kidney disorders. Unfortunately, many veterans fit into one of these categories.  According to a local news report, a veterans’ home in Massachusetts recently confirmed that 12 residents have died from COVID-19. A spokesperson for the facility told reporters that 18 residents recently died, 12 of which tested positive for COVID-19. Three tests […]


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Lincoln, NE (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2020 – As U.S. military veterans experience devastating impacts from coronavirus, preeminent veteran affairs authority to host a global Virtual Town Hall forum on June 3 addressing the unique issues of today’s veterans. Live online event to feature Congressional leaders, heads of marquee veteran’s organizations, leading military figures and other expert panelists to address current and emerging COVID-19 impacts and challenges, misconceptions and problem/solution resolutions specific to the veteran community As the world battles COVID-19, military veterans across the United States and beyond are disproportionately suffering devastating impacts from this pandemic. Not only […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2020 – The Department of Veterans Affairs has begun utilizing Mobile Vet Centers to increase outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic. The units were first deployed the week of March 16th and started in cities hardest hit by the virus, like New York City. Other units were then sent to San Francisco, New Orleans and Los Angeles.  The VA Mobile Vet Centers provide counseling directly to veterans and can coordinate care with brick and mortar VA and community healthcare facilities when necessary. These facilities offer services beyond those that are available in the Mobile […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 5, 2020 – As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on across the country, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun implementing provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act that were designed to protect veterans and support VA healthcare providers and staff members. The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27 and provided $2.2 trillion in economic aid. The CARES Act includes billions of dollars in aid specifically to keep veterans safe throughout the coronavirus crisis. The VA is already using this money to purchase supplies for […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2020 – A VA facility in Pennsylvania has become the first telehealth cancer care clinic in the United States, increasing patient access to expert oncology care. This clinic is part of the VA’s innovative telehealth network, the largest and strongest in the nation. This program connects the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania with the VA Pittsburgh Medical Center. Patients who are nearer to Altoona, which is one hundred miles from Pittsburgh, can receive cancer care and chemotherapy treatments from top oncology doctors without the need to travel to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2020 – On January 1, the Veterans Administration (VA) began deciding claims of Blue Water Navy Veterans, those who served in the offshore waters of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, and have developed an illness related to Agent Orange. The Blue Navy Act of 2019, signed into law on June 25, extends the presumption of herbicide exposure, such as Agent Orange, to veterans who served on naval vessels offshore of Vietnam or on a ship operating in the coastal waters of Vietnam during the 13-year period. The VA lists […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2020 – Active duty military personnel and their families may now file medical malpractice claims against Department of Defense (DOD) medical facilities, after 70 years of being blocked from doing so. The National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law on December 20, 2019 finally granting the ability to sue military care providers for injury or death due to malpractice. The 1950 Supreme Court decision in Feres v. United States established a precedent that determined that active duty military could not hold the federal government responsible for any personal injuries or death sustained […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 13, 2020 – A new law aimed at expanding benefits for Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War will help veterans purchasing homes using loans backed by the Veterans Administration (VA). Beginning January 1, 2020, the new law eliminates limits on the amount of VA loans some veterans can get without making a down payment. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, which became law on June 27, 2019, and took effect January 1, 2020, gives VA disability benefits for Agent Orange exposure to veterans who served in ships off the coast […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2020 – The Department of Veterans Affairs submitted a waiver request and pilot program to Congress to expand access to dental care for veterans under Section 152 of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (MISSION Act). Currently, the VA provides only limited dental care for veterans and many do not qualify for dental benefits. This makes it hard for the agency to facilitate. With this proposed program though, the VA would partner with community-based and pro bono dentists who would be willing to provide free or […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2020 – A recent study from researchers at the Institute for Behavioral Health at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management found a link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and higher suicide rates. Veterans with a moderate to severe TBI are twice as likely to die by suicide. Furthermore, they also face a higher risk of suicide by firearm. As many as 23 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans returned from service with a TBI. Traumatic brain injury is shockingly common for modern veterans; they suffer TBIs at roughly twice the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) and Office of Information and Technology (OIT) plan to launch the availability of virtual hearings before the Board in 2020. The Board makes final decisions in appeals of cases involving veterans’ benefits and services. Veterans will be able to participate in Board hearings via their mobile phones or laptops using the VA Video Connect app from the comforts of their homes. Currently, veterans must go the Board hearings in Washington, D.C., or to a VA facility that has video […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2019 – Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, held a hearing on November 6 concerning scams targeting veterans. Committee members sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expressing their concerns and asking what is being done to combat the problem. Committee members heard from a veteran who was the target of a scam, a Vet to Vet volunteer, a senior law enforcement official with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and committee members. The committee hearing brought attention to the enormity of […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced two moves to improve veterans’ access to information. Veterans can now access their VA health data along with their health records from other health care providers in one place. The VA also released a new video tutorial highlighting a tool allowing veterans to exercise more control over disability claims. Apple and the VA announced that veterans will have access to the Health Records feature in the Health app on their iPhones. The VA launched Health Records in the summer, allowing select patients to […]


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