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VA Advocates Plead for Congress to Address Bad-paper Discharges that Keep Veterans From Critical Benefits

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Last week, Army veteran and advocate Kris Goldsmith told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that that failure of the VA to help veterans with bad-paper discharges is “deadly serious.” Bad-paper discharges refers to veterans who received less-than-honorable discharges and have as a result been denied access to critical benefits. Currently, there are nearly 500,000 veterans with bad-paper discharges, 125,000 of which, from the post-9/11 era. Out of these veterans, only 35,000 have applied for the VA to review their discharge status. Only 3,500 of these veterans, 0.07 percent, have been deemed eligible. Kris Goldsmith is one of these post-9/11 veterans that […]

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Sen. Chuck Schumer Pushing to Expand VA Benefits to More Agent Orange-linked Diseases

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Sen. Chuck Schumer has claimed “broad bipartisan support” for his plan to extend Veterans Affairs disability benefits to more Agent Orange-linked diseases. On Tuesday, July 6th, he stated that he would be including the new coverage as an amendment to the annual defense spending bill that is working its way through Congress. “We’re here to unveil a national plan. We’re about to win this fight,” Schumer said. “The plan … will expand the list of diseases, will provide relief for tens of thousands of veterans” nationwide.  Though fourteen illnesses related to the use of toxic herbicides in the Vietnam War […]

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Senator Tillis Pleads for Congressional Action To Protect Troops From Toxic Conditions

Thursday, July 2, 2020

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis spoke last week on the dangers of burn puts at military sites, specifically sites designed for the open-air combustion of waste. In a discussion with the Washington Post, Tillis advocated for further attention and support when it comes to veterans who have been exposed to toxic conditions. In a comparison to Vietnam, Tillis noted that it took decades to get support for those veterans, a problem that he says is unaffordable in the case of the more recent wars. As a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee himself, Tillis argued for the collaboration of […]

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Veterans Denied Benefits After Missing VA Exams Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, June 29, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the nation in March, the VA was still instructing veterans to report to mandatory physical exams when in many cases, this would have put them at risk as the coronavirus crisis worsened in cities across the United States. It was not until April 3rd that the VA ordered in-person benefits exams be cancelled due to health risks because of the pandemic. At that time, the VA website stated that “We won’t deny a claim solely for failure to report for an exam at this time,” a claim that was not upheld in the months that […]

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Competent Representation for Veterans Benefits Ended Abruptly By the VA

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

For decades, service representatives across the country such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars have been fighting for fair benefits for veterans. The Veterans of Foreign Wars employs over 300 representatives across the country that review benefits decisions for accuracy before the decisions are finalized and passed along to veterans. Last week, Paul Lawrence, the VA undersecretary of benefits, announced that these reviews would no longer happen, effective by the end of April. Understandably, the decision sparked a wave of protest by veterans’ representative groups. Ryan Gallucci, a director at the VFW’s office in Washington, stated that “this is a […]

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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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