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The Skinny on Veteran Obesity

Friday, May 17, 2019

Joining the military is a brave and noble duty. We appreciate their dedication and thank them for their service. Servicemen and women are brave and fight everyday not knowing if they will make it to the next day and deal with a lot of post-combat issues. Many Veterans leave the military in great physical shape, but it doesn’t always last years after their service is complete. Often Veterans become overweight years after and statistics show that out of the 33,000 September 11 service members and veterans, 52% qualify as “obese” and 6.2% qualify as “morbidly obese”. These numbers, surprisingly, has […]

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The Mission Act

Thursday, April 18, 2019

For the first time in nearly 45 years, more than half of the US veterans are under the age of 65. Along with such a large veteran population, comes their (higher) expectations of the Veteran Affairs health system. Many now have different attitudes towards their care and want it in a timely and convenient manner, and who can blame them? Veterans Affairs Secretary, Robert Wilkie, has learned from his experience watching his father go through the VA healthcare system and knew something needed to change. Since, The Mission Act, passed last summer, will go into effect this June and aims […]

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Why am I only receiving $150?

Monday, April 15, 2019

$150 per week is the minimum cash benefit payable to injured workers while they are either out of work or working at a reduced salary because of their work-related injury. In the very beginning stages of a claim, the insurance company will very commonly pay benefits at this minimum rate on a temporary basis until they receive accurate payroll information from the employer. However, if the employer is not quick to respond to the request for payroll records, the injured worker could go on for quite some time getting paid at this minimal amount. This, of course, can be financially […]

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Understanding the Workers’ Compensation Forms

Monday, April 8, 2019

There are over 30 different forms used in the New York State Workers’ Compensation system. Some are fairly simple and straightforward while others are quite complicated and require the expertise of an attorney or claims professional. Here is a short list of forms which every injured worker should be familiar with. All of these forms are available on the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board website: www.wcb.ny.gov/forms.  Form C-3 This is the form which every injured worker should complete and submit to the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board immediately after his or her injury, even though the law says […]

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Loss of Wage Earning Capacity

Friday, March 29, 2019

Loss of wage earning capacity, or LWEC, is a determination made by the Workers’ Compensation Board in cases where a worker has a permanent partial injury as a result of his or her work-related injury. It is meant to show how the permanent injury affects the injured worker’s ability to earn a living. It applies to certain types of permanent injuries, typically those involving the spine, head, pulmonary and cardiac systems. It can also be applied in cases of psychiatric disability as well as certain types of extremity injuries (hands, feet, arms and legs), usually those involving complex nerve damage. […]

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The Battle of Blue Water Veteran Aid

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Blue Water Navy veterans have battled with the Department of Veterans Affairs for years to receive the same care as others who served in the Vietnam War and were exposed to Agent Orange. The only difference? Blue Water veterans did not serve on land in Vietnam, but served exclusively on ships in the waters surrounding Vietnam and are being denied compensation and care. In January, the Court of Appeals for the federal Circuit ruled that Blue Water veterans would be eligible for benefits to treat illnesses related Agent Orange exposure.  The Justice Department and Department of Veterans Affairs have until […]

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Operation: Priority Purple Heart

Thursday, March 14, 2019

A recent change in legislation may be just what is needed for Purple Heart veterans who have been patiently waiting for care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie recently announced that Purple Heart Veterans will be moved to the “front of the line” for VA care and services. Secretary Wilkie has spoken on his philosophy for caring for our veterans and leading the VA, as his father was an Army artillery officer who was severely injured in the Vietnam war and how this shaped him into the person he is today. As of April […]

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The Push for Blue Water Vet Aid

Thursday, February 7, 2019

You are a Navy Sailor sent to a foreign country on a multi-billion-dollar warship and your duty is to patrol the waters around a hostile country. The waters in which you are sailing are riddled with toxic chemicals, originally used on land, but now making their way to your ship via the ocean’s waterways. Your concern in the moment is to protect yourself, your fellow Sailors, and your country, not thinking once that the water being turned into your drinking and shower water would be the cause of several incurable diseases several decades later. Unfortunately, today, despite your steadfast devotion […]

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Were You Affected by Toxic Exposure of the Burn Pits?

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

During the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, bases opened to house military members and were vast enough that they had to dispose of their own waste. As a result, burn pits were created and ignited with jet fuel to incinerate everything from human waste to industrial trash quickly. However, this method caused a toxic cloud of smoke to loom over the bases, which when combined with the sweltering heat in the middle east, created unbearable work conditions for the soldiers. Military personnel were assigned to the 119 burn pits that existed during these wars.  Immediate dangers to the assigned personnel included, […]

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Caregiver Assistance Programs

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Currently, there are an estimated 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers who provide constant support to our aging or injured military community. While many of these caregivers are family or close friends, these selfless aides often take on this role without any formal training or education. Additionally, these caregivers often lack the support and resources needed to help them be successful in the new role they have been thrusted into. However, former North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole and her foundation have created a Military and Veteran Caregiver Journey Map that acts as a resource for caregivers who may need assistance […]

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