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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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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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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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Don’t be a victim of landscaping accidents

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Summertime is in full swing. Landscapers from different sized private companies to municipal and government agencies are hard at work all over New York. As with all other industries, landscaping poses various workplace dangers that range from hazardous equipment, repetitive hard work, toxic chemicals, heat exposure and more. If you are an employee in this profession, your employer can take precautions to protect you from known hazards. First, you must receive the necessary safety training to enable you to recognize dangerous conditions and know how to avoid injury. Furthermore, your employer must provide appropriate personal protective equipment as stipulated by […]

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A herniated disk can be a big problem for a New York worker

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Any time a worker suffers an injury, it can lead to big problems for his or her ability to work and earn a living. This threat is particularly significant for individuals who suffered an injury to the back, as this type of damage can affect standing, walking and other work-related tasks. If you are dealing with a herniated disk as the result of your job, you do not have to face the painful aftermath alone. While this may not seem like a major injury, it can significantly impact your life in various ways, and you may require time away from work to […]

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Empowering younger workers can help prevent workplace injuries

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A large number of young workers between ages 15 and 24 join the workforce in Long Island and New York every year. They are the ones who typically replace older workers who leave the workforce every year. Unfortunately, many of these young workers suffer catastrophic or even fatal injuries due to inexperience and the lack of adequate training. Safety professionals suggest employers engage young workers in the development and execution of safety protocols. Many teenagers enter the job market as laborers in food service, retail and hospitality industries in which business owners provide inadequate training because the staff turnover is […]

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Toxic exposure at work can have a toxic effect on your life

Sunday, May 21, 2017

All New York workers have the right to a workplace that is free from hazards and unnecessary threats to their health, including exposure to toxic substances. While any type of employee could face exposure to things that may cause significant harm to his or her health, those who do experience sickness or disease because of this have the right to recovery.  Whether it was using cleaning supplies over time or direct exposure to dangerous chemicals, you may have a claim to workers’ compensation benefits. If your injury or illness is a result of your job duties or an accident that […]

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