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GI Bill & Online Courses: Are Student Veterans Protected?

GI Bill & Online Courses: Are Student Veterans Protected?

GI Bill & Online Courses: Are Student Veterans Protected? With COVID-19 forcing virtually all Americans indoors for the foreseeable future, many student veterans are now being forced to take their courses online. While that seems like an easy enough task with the...

COVID-19: Is The VA Doing Enough?

COVID-19: Is The VA Doing Enough?

COVID-19: Is The VA Doing Enough? This week, the Department of Veteran's Affairs has confirmed that they've seen their first death due to COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus. The patient, in his 70's, passed away in Portland, Oregon said the VA, before...

Virginia, Veterans, and CTE: What You Need to Know!

Virginia, Veterans, and CTE: What You Need to Know!

Virginia, Veterans, and CTE: What You Need to Know! Speaking Out About CTE Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found which can be found within people who have a history of repetitive brain trauma (often athletes),...

PREPARING FOR A VA COMPENSATION AND PENSION EXAM

PREPARING FOR A VA COMPENSATION AND PENSION EXAM

Many veterans seeking compensation and pension benefits must attend a medical examination before the decision on their claim is finalized. Though C&P exams are individualized based on the claimant’s condition and the benefits sought, there are several things that...

OVERLAP EXISTS BETWEEN PTSD AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY SYMPTOMS

OVERLAP EXISTS BETWEEN PTSD AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY SYMPTOMS

Over the past several years, much media attention has been devoted to post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSDs) and the effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Laypeople see these conditions as distinct, and even medical practitioners associate TBI symptoms with...

BONE CEMENT FAILURES IN KNEE REPLACEMENTS COULD HARM VETERANS

BONE CEMENT FAILURES IN KNEE REPLACEMENTS COULD HARM VETERANS

Hard physical work performed by members of our armed forces can take a serious toll on their knees. Whether directly attributable to their military duties or not, many veterans wind up requiring single or double knee replacements to relieve pain and restore mobility....

HUNDREDS OF VETERANS FILE CLAIMS OVER DEFECTIVE COMBAT EARPLUGS

HUNDREDS OF VETERANS FILE CLAIMS OVER DEFECTIVE COMBAT EARPLUGS

Combat earplugs are supposed to minimize the effects of dangerously loud conditions while allowing military personnel to communicate effectively. To perform this function in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense Logistics Agency purchased Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2...

MAY 10 IS NATIONAL MILITARY SPOUSE APPRECIATION DAY

MAY 10 IS NATIONAL MILITARY SPOUSE APPRECIATION DAY

No matter what branch of the service they’re in or what their particular duty might be, military personnel understand the sacrifices made by their wives and husbands. Often overlooked by others, these spouses handle their responsibilities with extraordinary strength...

INJURED VETERANS SEEK RELIEF FOR BURN PIT EXPOSURE

INJURED VETERANS SEEK RELIEF FOR BURN PIT EXPOSURE

During the American military engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq, pits of burning trash have been common sights near bases and other installations. With little ability to cart garbage away, everyday refuse and large items, such as vehicles, wound up in these “burn...

HOW DO YOU QUALIFY FOR VETERANS DISABILITY BENEFITS?

HOW DO YOU QUALIFY FOR VETERANS DISABILITY BENEFITS?

When you put your life on the line to defend the United States, you deserve to be taken care of by your country. If you served in the military, have a disability rating for a condition connected to your service, and have a current illness or injury either caused or...

VA DISABILITY ISSUES FOR VETERANS IN NEED OF KNEE REPLACEMENTS

VA DISABILITY ISSUES FOR VETERANS IN NEED OF KNEE REPLACEMENTS

Military service makes many demands on those who are willing to sacrifice for our country. But the service is downright brutal on service members’ joints. In 2011, Stripes reported that military deployment puts troops at risk of osteoarthritis at a higher rate and at...

FOUR THEORIES ABOUT THE HIGH RATE OF VETERAN SUICIDES

FOUR THEORIES ABOUT THE HIGH RATE OF VETERAN SUICIDES

Writing recently in The Washington Post, military author Thomas E. Ricks attempted to answer why so many veterans continue to take their own lives at a higher rate than their civilian counterparts. Relating several anecdotes about military acquaintances who committed...

PROMINENT VETERANS’ BENEFITS LAWYER PENS MILITARY COURT THRILLER

PROMINENT VETERANS’ BENEFITS LAWYER PENS MILITARY COURT THRILLER

Prominent attorney Don Marcari, whose first case as a JAG lawyer inspired the film A Few Good Men, recently published a suspense novel about a Navy court-martial, based on an actual case. Reader reviews on Amazon for Conduct Unbecoming are so far unanimous in their...

DRUG THEFT PLAGUES VA HOSPITALS

DRUG THEFT PLAGUES VA HOSPITALS

The Associated Press recently reported on federal investigations targeting opioid theft from VA medical centers throughout the country, which has been on the rise since 2009. The culprits are believed to be doctors, nurses, and pharmacy staff at the hospitals, who...

VETERANS CONTINUE TO WAIT YEARS FOR CLAIMS HEARINGS

VETERANS CONTINUE TO WAIT YEARS FOR CLAIMS HEARINGS

Veterans appealing a denial of VA benefits are currently waiting about five years for a determination, and if the present pace continues, vets 10 years from now could be waiting as long as 25 years for an answer. That’s the bottom line from a recent article by Luanne...

OBESITY AND HOW IT’S RELATED TO VA BENEFITS

OBESITY AND HOW IT’S RELATED TO VA BENEFITS

Periodically, I have some veterans who would like to be service connected for obesity because of another service connected condition that prevents them from exercising. For example, being handicapped or having a bad back can substantially impede on the ability to...

PROS AND CONS TO CAMP LEJEUNE WATER CONTAMINATION RULING

PROS AND CONS TO CAMP LEJEUNE WATER CONTAMINATION RULING

VA published a final interim rule today regarding Camp Lejeune Water Contaminated Veterans, 82 FR 4173. The effective date for this rule is March 14th, 2017 and no earlier. To be eligible for benefits under this new ruling you must meet the below requirements.  ...

VA DENTIST MAY HAVE EXPOSED 600 VETERANS TO HIV INFECTION RISK

VA DENTIST MAY HAVE EXPOSED 600 VETERANS TO HIV INFECTION RISK

Almost 600 veterans who got dental care at the Tomah VA Medical Center in Wisconsin may need to be tested for exposure to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C because the dentist who treated them failed to use sterile, disposable instruments during routine exams, as per...

WHAT VETERANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SPECIAL MONTHLY COMPENSATION

WHAT VETERANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SPECIAL MONTHLY COMPENSATION

Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is a disability benefit available to certain veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses, and parents. Eligible veterans receive a higher rate of compensation for their disability due to special circumstances, such as the need for...

VA RELEASES REPORT ON NATION’S LARGEST ANALYSIS OF VETERAN SUICIDE

VA RELEASES REPORT ON NATION’S LARGEST ANALYSIS OF VETERAN SUICIDE

On August 3, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released its report on “Suicide among Veterans and Other Americans, 2001–2014.” The report notes that in 2014, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, and that suicide rates are increasing...

OUR TOP 3 AGENT ORANGE QUESTIONS ANSWERED

OUR TOP 3 AGENT ORANGE QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Where are the Agent Orange Exposure Locations? Military veterans who served in Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone are presumed by the VA to have been exposed to Agent Orange. According to the VA there are, however, other veterans that may qualify if they are...

3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TDIU

3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TDIU

Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) is essential if you are unable to work due to a service connected disability. TDIU is a monthly payment from the VA made to veterans whose service-related disability presents them from holding a job. Here are...

FEMALE VIETNAM WAR VETS STILL SUFFER POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

FEMALE VIETNAM WAR VETS STILL SUFFER POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

The Veterans Administration recognizes that as the percentage of female active-duty service members rises, there will be a greater need for services sensitive to the needs of female veterans. The stress of combat missions, sexual trauma, isolation and worries about...

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