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Category: Veterans Disability Claims

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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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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BrainHQ Training Program for Vets with TBI

Saturday, September 7, 2019

BrainHQ is a training program developed by the software company Posit Science that was recently put to the test in a small study that included 83 military personnel with cognitive impairment following a mild TBI. This study was conducted at five different Veterans Affairs health care sites and sought to discover the impact of brain training exercises on the cognitive ability of these veterans. Half of the study’s population was randomly assigned to the BrainHQ group and half were assigned to play normal computer games like hangman or boggle. These groups were instructed to play their respective games for one […]

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Office of the Inspector General Reports on the VA’s Inability to Provide Quality Coverage for Veterans

Monday, August 26, 2019

According to a recent report conducted by the Office of the Inspector General, the VA denied coverage for 17,400 veterans in a six-month period in 2017. These claims totaled to $53.3 million and should have been covered by the government. It appears the environment at the VA contributed to the inaccuracy of approval decisions for medical claims. The findings state that there was “systemic pressure to favor speed over accuracy” when it came to reviewing claims. “Overall, the responses showed that the claims-processing environment focused on production and prioritized quantity over quality,” the report states. The report elaborates further on […]

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The Mission Act Replaces The Choice Act

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Returning home from war is tough and the life once left behind may not always be there when you return. Many, unfortunately, return home requiring constant medical attention due to chronic pain derived from the time serving our country. Up until recently, Veterans were only able to be seen by Veteran Affairs (VA) facility emergency rooms. Due to this, most of these facilities became overcrowded and veterans had lengthy waits to receive care. This is not the health care our Veterans deserve when they come home, especially when they require immediate or continual medical care. Thankfully, on June 6th, the […]

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Traumatic Brain Injuries in Veterans

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Servicemen and women risk their lives every day to keep us safe; they fight and don’t give up. For that, we are thankful. Unfortunately, while keeping our country safe, many are exposed to physical, emotional and mental hardships, which make their return home tough. Common combat injuries include second- and third-degree burns, broken bones, shrapnel wounds, spinal cord injuries and nerve damage, paralysis, loss of sight and hearing, PTSD, limb loss and traumatic brain injuries. The true cost of war is much larger than any figures provided by the Department of Defense, which only includes those wounded in action and […]

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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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