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VA to Begin Processing Blue Water Navy Disability Claims on Jan. 1, 2020

Monday, December 16, 2019

A federal court ruling declined to lift a delay on Blue Water Navy disability claims imposed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Claims processing is expected to begin January 1st, 2020. In total, the delay has affected over 400,000 veterans or surviving members who could be eligible. Agent Orange is a herbicide and defoliant chemical that is used as part of the U.S. Military’s chemical warfare program. It was used from 1962 to 1975 during the Vietnam War. Veterans who served as far as 12 nautical miles from the shore of Vietnam, or who had service in the Korean Demilitarized […]

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Pentagon Admits It Undercounted Sites Contaminated by Forever Chemicals

Monday, December 16, 2019

Pentagon officials have admitted that the number of military bases contaminated by forever chemicals has been previously understated. Forever chemicals are perfluorinated compounds and are named as such because they do not break down. Once absorbed, they can build up in the blood and tissues and have been linked to certain cancers and birth defects. The chemicals are used in firefighting foams when battling aircraft and ship fires. “The Defense Department worked with 3M to create fluorinated foams and has known it was toxic for decades but failed to alert service members or clean up legacy pollution,” said Scott Faber, […]

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Helping Thousands of Veterans with Less-than-honorable Discharge Status

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Tens of thousands of military veterans suffering from TBI’s or PTSD are denied VA resources because of their discharge status.  However, a recent Federal Court ruling could have a positive impact on the benefits that these veterans receive. Discharge characterizations play an important role in determining the resources that can be provided to a veteran by the VA. The lawsuit seeks fair treatment of veterans when they apply to have their discharge characterizations changed. The ruling denied the Navy’s request to have Tyson Manker’s class-action lawsuit dismissed.  Manker, a 38-year-old veteran filed the lawsuit after receiving a less-than-honorable discharge from […]

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Delayed Benefits

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

What to Do If It Too Long for Social Security Benefits to Be Paid If several months after you have been awarded Social Security disability benefits, the benefits still have not been paid to you, there are three ways to approach the problem: Contact a congressional office. Because Social Security benefit issues come up so often, each Representative and Senator has a staff member who specializes in dealing with the Social Security Administration. A congressional inquiry is often an effective way to speed up payment. Either you or your attorney can discuss your case with a supervisor at your local […]

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Testimony Concerning Your Mental Symptoms

Monday, December 2, 2019

New York Disability Attorney Prepares You For Testimony Concerning Your Mental Symptoms If your disability is one that entails mental symptoms, the questions that will be posed to you will be used in an effort to get you to speak about those symptoms. For instance, after inquiring about whether or not you have a specific symptom, if you respond in the affirmative, you will then be asked to talk about it in greater detail. A competent New York Social Security disability attorney like the attorneys at Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco can further advise you on how to go about […]

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Getting Your Doctor’s Medical Opinion About What You Can Still Do

Monday, December 2, 2019

Getting Your Doctor’s Medical Opinion About What You Can Still Do Your Doctor’s Medical Opinion Can Help You Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits The Social Security Administration’s job is to determine if you are disabled, a legal conclusion based on your age, education and work experience and medical evidence. Your doctor’s role is to provide the Social Security Administration with information concerning the degree of your medical impairment. Your doctor’s description of your capacity for work is called a medical source statement and the Social Security Administration’s conclusion about your work capacity is called a residual functional capacity assessment. Residual functional capacity […]

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Examples Of Who Is And Is Not Disabled

Monday, December 2, 2019

What Constitutes a Disability    Social Security disability law defines “disability” as an inability “to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.” An individual is not “disabled” if drug addiction or alcoholism would “be a contributing factor material to the Commissioner’s determination that the individual is disabled.” However, you cannot always rely on common sense to tell you who is and who is […]

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Questions About Working Part-Time

Monday, December 2, 2019

Working Part-Time After You’ve Been Found Disabled by the Social Security Administration   Is it possible to work part-time and not lose my disability benefits? Yes. It is possible. However, the full answer to this question depends on how much you earn and what kind of disability benefits you are receiving, either: Social Security disability benefits (sometimes referred to as Social Security Disability Insurance – SSDI), or Supplemental Security Income (usually referred to as SSI) benefits. If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income and you go to work, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will reduce your SSI benefits by one […]

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Survey Details Disturbing Trends Related to Burn Pits

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Wounded Warrior Project conducts and annual survey that aims to give veterans a voice and a platform to be heard by individuals and organizations that can initiate change. This year’s survey shed light on a disturbing trend related to toxin exposure from burn pits. This was the first time that exposure to toxic substances was addressed in the survey’s ten-year history. According the survey, 70% of respondents said that they had been exposed to toxins during their time in service. Approximately 31% were enrolled in the VA’s Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Registry. Another 12% of these respondents said […]

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Virginia Commonwealth University Explores the Long-term Impacts of Combat Concussions

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Department of defense and Veterans Affairs has awarded Virginia Commonwealth University with a $50 million federal grant to oversee a national research consortium. The research focuses on determining the chronic effects of brain injuries and includes 30 universities and 27 military and veterans’ medical facilities. The study is led by David X. Cifu, M.D., professor and chair of the VCU School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and senior traumatic brain injury specialist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Cifu and his team are attempting to better understand the relationship between concussions and future neurological conditions […]

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