Veterans Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 18

Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 2, 2012 – The Department of Veterans Affairs made a last-minute decision to extend the deadline for Gulf War veterans to develop symptoms of war-related illnesses for five more years, according to the VA. “This is an important step by the VA to acknowledge that we simply do not know enough about the chronic illnesses veterans have developed as a result of the Gulf War,” said veterans disability lawyer Jim Fausone with Legal Help for Veterans. “The VA should not be cutting anyone off who is still developing symptoms from that war.” Veterans will […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2012 – An executive within the Wounded Warrior Project delivered a scathing critique of how the Department of Veterans Affairs is handling veterans in need of mental health care before a Senate committee in November. In his testimony, WWP’s executive vice president John Roberts gave the committee evidence both in stories and statistics that the VA’s mental health care delivery system is overburdened and poorly coordinated. Jim Fausone, a veterans disability lawyer with Legal Help for Veterans, said the VA is failing many of these veterans by not making it easy to access […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2012 – A Senate committee called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct an audit of the agency’s $5.7 billion mental health care budget at a hearing last November. The VA has been heavily criticized because veterans seeking mental health care are having to wait far longer than the agency’s maximum to get a first appointment and often second appointments do not come any sooner. The Senate and veterans’ advocacy groups have been pushing the VA to do more to help veterans suffering from combat-related conditions like post traumatic stress disorder. “The […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2012 – A Veterans Affairs medical research team in California helped produce a study that could change the way the medical profession looks at osteoarthritis. It has long been held that osteoarthritis is the result of wear and tear on the joints, but researchers at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System along with Stanford University recently showed that an immune system breakdown can instigate cartilage breakdown. Their study was published in the online edition of Nature Medicine. “I haven’t seen any evidence that the veteran population is disproportionately affected by osteoarthritis, but […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2011 – Recognizing the need for psychological help in a digital age, the Federal Communications Commission recently announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs smartphone application PTSD Coach won a distinguished award. The PTSD Coach app, which is free and has a five-star rating, was launched in April and has been downloaded about 30,000 times, according to the VA. The app helps users track symptoms, connect with public or personal support systems, understand the disorder and manage symptoms on the go. “By recognizing this remarkable tool for addressing post traumatic stress disorder, the […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 9, 2011 – The Military Health System is on a mission to educate veterans about the Physical Disability Board of Review that is helping many get upgraded disability ratings through an appeals process. The PDBR is a process by which veterans with disability ratings of 20 percent or less can have their disability reviewed by a panel looking for reasons to upgrade the rating, according to the Department of Defense. “Too many veterans had their disability incorrectly rated over the past ten years,” said veterans disability lawyer James Fausone of Legal Help for Veterans […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 22, 2011 – The October issue of “The Hearing Journal” reports that hearing loss among American war veterans is at an epidemic level. The Department of Veterans Affairs recorded a 15 percent increase of payments for hearing-related injuries last year, according to the report. There are 745,000 veterans now being compensated for tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, a number that rose almost 100,000 in 2010. The VA is compensating 672,000 veterans for hearing loss. Tinnitus and hearing loss are the two largest categories of service-related injuries. Annual payments for hearing-related conditions by the […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 7, 2011 – Changes to the law now make it possible for service members to receive traumatic injury benefits regardless of where they were serving when the injury occurred. The Veterans Benefit Improvement Act of 2010 opens the door for service members who served outside of Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom to receive the same traumatic injury benefits, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. “This is great news for our country’s service men and women,” said Brandon veterans disability lawyer David Magann, who specializes in veteran disability claims and is a […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 1, 2011 – Veterans who need mental health care through their local VA office are waiting too long to get care, according to a new survey by the Senate Committee for Veterans Affairs. “These types of wait times are not tolerated when the veteran’s health care needs are physical and they should not be tolerated when the service member’s needs are psychiatric,” said Veterans disability lawyer James Fausone, from Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC. The survey was in response to testimony before the committee this summer where veterans and their advocates told bleak stories […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2011 – In the latest review by the U.S. Military Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR), more than 50 percent of veterans who were re-evaluated became eligible for a disability retirement. The PDBR currently allows veterans who separated from the military between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2009 for medical reasons to have their file checked for fairness and accuracy. “The PDBR looks at the Medical Evaluation Board and Physical Evaluation Board disability ratings to see if a correct disability retirement assessment was done,” said Veterans disability lawyer Jim Fausone. “If you […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2011 – Post-9/11 veterans that are dealing with extensive injuries and have a caregiver assist them can now designate their caregiver to be a part of the VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. For many soldiers that returned home with traumatic brain injuries, other severe injuries or are amputees, this program can give much-needed relief for the costs of daily care. “Many spouses or family become the primary caregiver for the wounded veteran,” said Veterans disability lawyer Jim Fausone. “These individuals oftentimes quit their jobs or put other parts of their […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2011 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP and Ellyn S. Kravitz, JD, LLM, CELA, partners in Littman Krooks LLP, have been named by Super Lawyers magazine as top attorneys in New York for 2011. Their selection is the result of a rigorous, multi-step selection process based on peer recognition and professional achievement as well as independent research on each candidate. Only five percent of the attorneys in New York State earn this distinction. Krooks has been the recipient of this honor since 2006. Kravitz has been named since 2009. […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2011 – Littman Krooks LLP has been named as the recipient of “2011 Family Friendly Employer” Award by the Lawyering and Parenting Committee of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association (WWBA). Littman Krooks was selected from area legal employers for implementing employment policies that allow for a balance of career development with family responsibilities. According to the WWBA, “Littman Krooks LLP has achieved an impressive reputation while extending opportunities for employees to use flexible work arrangements in order to meet family obligations.” “Our firm is honored to be the recipient of this award,“ […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2011 – More than one dozen current and former service members named current Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as defendants in a lawsuit about military rape and sexual assault. The group of fifteen women and two men, including both veterans and active-duty servicepeople, claimed that Secretary Gates and former Secretary Rumsfeld openly condoned policies that did not prevent, investigate or prosecute the perpetrators who raped, assaulted and harassed them while they were serving as members of the U.S. Military. They claim that the two failed to […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2011 – In an effort to curb environmental lawsuits, House Republicans proposed last month to impose a seven-month moratorium on the Equal Access to Justice Act, a move that may potentially hinder a veteran’s ability to pay for legal fees. The Equal Access to Justice Act, or EAJA, was passed under the Reagan Administration to help the poor and elderly retain legal counsel when taking on the government in court. Veterans often use EAJA to afford legal counsel in cases of litigation and appellate procedures. Now, House Republicans, some from Reagan’s own home […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2011 – Tampa Veterans attorney David W. Magann, P.A. offers veterans his winning strategy to garner VA (veterans disability) compensation benefits. Most claims, even with recently published VA questionnaires and digitized processes, prove to be difficult for veterans to attain on their own. Even though the VA has attempted to streamline the way veterans go thru the claim process, trends show that disability compensation determinations can take more than 200 days. It is important that a lawyer is hired during the process in order to maximize the claimant’s ability to prevail. Attorney David […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2011 – Veterans and their surviving spouses who need or are considering home health care and assisted living have resources to help them with these fees. The Veteran’s Administration will pay up to $1,949 a month for these services, and veterans are eligible with as little as 90 days of military service. The Begley Law Group, PC will host the event, “Veteran’s Aid and Attendance” presentation, on Thursday, February 17 from 5:30-6:30 pm at Washington Township Senior Living in Sewell, New Jersey so that veterans can find out more about these big benefits. […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2011 – The United States Department of Veterans of Affairs is supposed to provide benefits for those who have served in the U.S. military and care for those who have been injured in war. Matt Boisvert is a veteran of the war in Iraq and a member of the latter group – he was injured while fighting as part of the U.S. military. While he was serving in Fallujah, Iraq, he was injured in a bomb blast. Boisvert’s right leg was blown off and he lost use of his right arm. While the […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2011 – Facing harsh declines in membership, some veterans’ groups are harnessing the power of social networking websites to recruit young members. As veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam pass away, traditional veteran service organizations such as Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion lose members. However, since most younger veterans have more technology savvy than their older counterparts, the Internet has revealed itself to be a great place to bring them together. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America group was an early adopter of social networking. Its Facebook […]


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A recent U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims case pushed Vietnam-era Agent Orange exposure back into the news, and may slow down the already sluggish Veteran’s Affairs claims process. Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2010 – At the end of August, the VA added ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and B-cell leukemia to the list of diseases connected to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. The VA announced that sufferers of those diseases may now be eligible for additional benefits because of their exposure. More than 163,000 veterans or survivors of veterans have a pending claim […]


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