Jim Fausone | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2015 – President Barack Obama on Oct. 2 nominated lawyer Michael J. Missal to take over as permanent inspector general for the watchdog office of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Members of Congress have long called for the nomination of a permanent inspector general for the VA, saying it will bring more accountability to the department. In recent years, the VA has struggled to meet the health care needs of veterans and failed to provide timely decisions on benefits, along with dealing with scandal investigations and whistleblower retaliation. “It is unacceptable that […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 6, 2015 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) watchdog investigates fewer than 10 percent of the almost 40,000 complaints it receives annually about problems at the agency despite their potential to harm veterans’ health. VA whistleblowers from across the United States spoke at a Senate hearing on Sept. 22. They claimed the department continues to retaliate against whistleblowers who report wrongdoing. The VA was also accused of failing to hold supervisors accountable more than a year after the scandal broke over wait times at the Phoenix VA hospital. “The VA’s culture of retaliation […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 2, 2015 – A new study by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense has found that women in the military are at the same risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as men with similar combat experiences. Researchers examined more than 2,300 pairs of male and female active-duty troops and veterans deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan at least once. They did not have PTSD at the beginning of the study. Participants were matched based on variables such as age, race, marital status, alcohol use, combat exposure and military occupation. […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2015 – The number of medical errors at hospitals run by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has increased over a four-year period, but the VA has conducted fewer investigations into what caused them. According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released on Aug. 28, the number of adverse events — the formal term for medical errors — at VA hospitals increased by seven percent between the fiscal years 2010 and 2014. The same period saw the root cause analysis (RCA) of adverse events drop by 18 percent, coinciding with a 14 […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 14, 2015 – The chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs said on Aug. 10 that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) should fire problematic employees faster. “I want accountability faster,” said Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida when he appeared with VA secretary Robert McDonald in Denver, Colorado, for a national convention of the Disabled American Veterans. Miller and other members of Congress have criticized the amount of time the VA has taken to discipline workers responsible for the ballooning construction costs of a medical center in Denver and those accused of […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2015 – More than 35,000 combat veterans have had their health care enrollment delayed due to an error in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) computer system that automatically put them onto a list of pending applications. The veterans were erroneously put on a waitlist for failing to complete a means test. The VA system requires veterans to fill out a form about household income in order to be considered for health care enrollment. However, the policy does not apply to combat veterans, who are entitled to five years of free health […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2015 – Richard Griffin, the acting inspector general of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), stepped down from his post on July 4 after facing criticism from whistleblowers and members of Congress for doing little to uncover fraud in the agency and interfering in investigations to protect VA leadership. He was appointed deputy inspector general in 2008 and has served as the acting director of the department since January 2014. Although in his retirement announcement Griffin lauded the office’s “outstanding achievements,” critics in recent years have accused him of not holding VA […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2015 – Around 300 Michigan-based companies gathered in Detroit on June 5 for the Michigan Veteran Hiring Best Practices Summit to learn how to develop veteran hiring programs and boost the employment of veterans. The event was sponsored by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) in association with General Motors (GM), Walt Disney and USAA, which have been pioneers when it comes to veteran hiring programs. GM employs about 5,000 active and veteran military employees, while Disney’s “Heroes Work Here” program has resulted in the hiring of more than 5,000 veterans since 2012. […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2015 – Women who have served in the military commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of women who have not, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Among these, female veterans ages 18 to 29 are 12 times more likely to commit suicide than their civilian counterparts. Studies show over 2,500 women who served in the military have committed suicide in the past 11 years. Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in Michigan, said, “Such high veteran suicide rates are unacceptable. Most research has focused on men and […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2015 – The first housing project dedicated to homeless women veterans in the United States was inaugurated on May 5, 2015. U.S. secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert A. McDonald, along with Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Blue Butterfly Village in San Pedro, Los Angeles. The housing community comprises 73 two-bedroom units that can accommodate families of up to six people. Veteran families will receive priority for 61 of the townhouses, which are expected to be filled up by the end of the year. “The Blue Butterfly Village […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2015 – Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Scott Perry (R-Pa.) have launched a new caucus of congressional members who served in the military post-9/11. The caucus will focus on issues faced by veterans who have served since 9/11, a group which encompasses 2.8 million of the nation’s veterans. “Post-9/11 veterans represent the youngest generation of veterans. At a time when Congress includes a record-low number of veterans, a caucus representing this unique group could help ensure that Congress better meets the needs of the veteran population,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2015 – A new study by the Institute of Medicine found that veterans who worked on aircraft contaminated by Agent Orange after the Vietnam War were exposed to potentially hazardous levels of the chemical, which is known to have long-term health effects. The findings come in contrast to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) long-time position that it is unlikely that veterans were harmed by postwar exposure to the herbicide. “Unfortunately, many veterans who were harmed by Agent Orange continue to face difficulties in getting compensation for their injuries,” said Jim Fausone, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 16, 2015 – The Michigan House of Representative and Senate have both unanimously passed a bill that permits Michigan employers to begin using a hiring policy that would give preference to veterans. Previously, Michigan employers were forbidden by law to use any sort of preferential hiring policy. Federal law prohibits preferential hiring policies except in the case of veterans, for which states must adopt laws specifically allowing preferential treatment of veterans. “This is a significant victory for Michigan’s veterans,” commented Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans disability attorney with Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC. “Our […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2015 – Many veterans develop drug and alcohol addiction related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning home, and they may end up facing criminal charges as a result of these issues. Michigan currently has 20 veterans treatment courts designed to provide alternative consequences and treatments specific to the veteran population. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, about 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD. This issue is closely related to another striking statistic – in 2004, about 10 percent of inmates were veterans. “Veterans with PTSD are much […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2015 – Veterans who need assistance performing activities of daily living (ADLs) may qualify for a Veterans Administration (VA) pension benefit called Aid and Attendance, which can cover the cost of in-home care or residence in a nursing home. Aid and Attendance is available to veterans who served for a minimum of 90 days, at least one of which occurred during wartime. Veterans or surviving spouses may be eligible if they require the aid of another person to perform ADLs such as using the restroom, eating or bathing. Individuals who are blind or […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2015 – A new study by the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California found that the average service member faces considerable challenges when transitioning to civilian life after service. The study found that close to two-thirds of veterans are unprepared for civilian life. Upon leaving the service, nearly 80 percent do not have a job lined up, while 40 percent do not have housing arrangements. The veterans also face physical and mental health issues. About one-third of veterans leaving the service have considered committing suicide. “Veterans face a bleak […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2014 – Last month, the New York Times reported that a number of U.S. troops were denied medical care for their exposure to Iraqi chemical weapons due to government concerns about secrecy. The affected troops, who were exposed to mustard and other nerve agents, were told to keep their exposure and injuries a secret — even from their doctors — as a matter of security. The exposure occurred during discoveries of stockpiles of old weapons.  The U.S. government has not given any official response to the report, but insiders claim that Defense Secretary […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 10, 2014 – A recent report in U.S. Medicine indicated that some doctors are unconvinced by the new standards for PTSD diagnosis. According to these doctors, the new standards leave out a number of individuals who would clearly benefit from therapy for PTSD. In addition, these doctors cannot find any evidence that the new standard has any increased clinical validity. Veterans disability attorney Jim Fausone, of Legal Help for Vetrans, PLLC, who helps veterans with PTSD gain service connection for their condition, says the standards are a step in the wrong direction. “Just a […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2014 – The REBOOT Workshops, developed by National Veteran’s Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI), have become very popular among returning veterans. This fall, the Michigan’s Veteran’s Affairs Agency is bringing these workshops to the state. REBOOT workshops are designed to aid veterans returning home in transitioning from their role as soldiers to their roles as civilians through personalized training and coaching in the social, personal and professional aspects of civilian life. “The REBOOT Workshops offer the kind of comprehensive transition guidance that our returning veterans deserve,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans disability attorney. “The […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2014 – A landmark study examining the lifetime effects of combat-related PTSD has shown that the disorder can have serious long-term consequences. The National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study, published by Abt Associates and funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is the first-ever large-scale, long-term study of combat-related PTSD, according to the New York Times. Abt’s study showed that over a 25-year period, veterans with PTSD were twice as likely to die prematurely as veterans without PTSD. Although the study did not point to a leading cause, it did find that warzone PTSD […]


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