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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2013 – The group Disabled American Veterans (DAV) recently awarded the Community Hero award to two distinguished Florida residents. “So much of what Disabled American Veterans does for returning vets and their families really hinges on the efforts of the larger community,” said Tampa veterans attorney David W. Magann. “Their efforts do not go unnoticed.” In a ceremony in St. Petersburg, the award was given to Florida resident Keith Collins, a Marine Corps veteran who served in the Vietnam War. Collins, who lives in New Tampa, is a home builder and is CEO […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2013 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accidentally posted tens of thousands of Social Security numbers online, prompting identity theft concerns. The numbers released were those of individuals who donated money to several political tax-exempt organizations. Political transparency requires non-profit organizations dubbed “527s” (for Section 527 of the tax code which gives those groups a tax-exempt status) to report to the IRS their contributors. Donors to 527s are required to be listed publicly, but their Social Security numbers are not supposed to be included. The IRS posted names and the Social Security numbers […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2013 – Florida seniors are reporting that their Social Security accounts have been accessed by identity thieves. A new scam hitting numerous seniors in Florida is leveraging the latest online changes in Social Security access. Seniors who have been contacted for personal information by someone who claims to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) are right to be suspicious, elder advocates say. “Seniors have reported receiving calls asking for personal information, and have also been getting mailed confirmation that they have established an online Social Security account when, in fact, they had […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2013 – Veterans’ health advocates have expressed concern that the Affordable Care Act may cause coverage subsidy issues for vets. The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs recently held a meeting to clarify veteran health coverage. There has been some confusion among members regarding whether vets would qualify for new health insurance subsidies while also enrolled in health coverage via the Veterans Administration (VA). But according to a Treasury Department official, vets will have more options going forward, not fewer. “Under the Affordable Care Act, vets who are already receiving their health care through […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2013 – Sentinels of Freedom is a nonprofit organization which provides wounded vets with assistance through what it calls “life scholarships.” These life scholarships can help the veteran make major life changes after returning home, including obtaining a home of their own, heading back to school or obtaining with much-needed health care. “So many vets would benefit from all sorts of support as they transition back to civilian life, as would their families,” commented Tampa veterans attorney David W. Magann. The Sentinels of Freedom program began in California, launched by the father of a son who was wounded […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 7, 2013 – Though not widely known, there are different types of Social Security retirement benefits available to married couples and previously married couples. Social Security benefits are available to a nonworking spouse when both individuals have reached retirement age, but the higher earner continues to work and delay their collection of benefits. The nonworking spouse typically is entitled to as much as 50 percent of the working spouse’s benefits. However, the working spouse must file for the benefit, then consider suspending those benefits in order to maximize the eventual amount by receiving them […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 30, 2013 – The new budget proposal from the White House includes a shift in how Social Security benefits will be adjusted for inflation. The change is expected to save at least $130 billion over the next 10 years, but those cuts will be felt by millions of people in the U.S., including the elderly and children. “For families that are above the poverty line, Social Security benefits can still be an integral part of their financial security,” stated Tampa Social Security lawyer David W. Magann. The chained consumer price index (CPI), is designed […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2013 – A new bill has been introduced to help direct business to qualified disabled vets. A bill has been introduced in Connecticut which would establish a program requiring state and semi-public agencies contracting for goods and services in excess of $100,000 to set aside a percentage of contracts for bids exclusively from disabled veterans who are qualified contractors. “There are numerous small business construction companies led by qualified disabled vets,” remarked Tampa veterans attorney David W. Magann. “This Set-Aside bill is one way to help them prove their work and build their […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2013 – In spite of incoming troops and vocal criticism, VA benefits backlog only continues to grow. Military veterans are waiting an average of nine months after returning home for the Department of Veterans Affairs to process their disability claims. Congress recently criticized the VA and the Department of Defense for failing to merge troop records into one streamlined electronic system which would help to shorten the backlog. “It seems impossible to have such a level of bureaucracy that vets are not getting the benefits to which they are entitled for such a […]


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