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Category: Veterans Disability Claims

Trial Begins in Florida for Massive Lawsuit Over 3M’s Military-Issued Earplugs

Friday, April 9, 2021

More than 229,000 veterans are involved in a lawsuit against 3M that has begun with jury selection. They claim that their hearing problems are linked to faulty earplugs issued by the military. The multi-district litigation claims that the company that manufactured the earplugs, 3M and its predecessor Aearo, were made aware during testing that their product did not fit properly into an ear and could loosen. The lawsuit is also claiming that testing results shown to the military before the purchase were done with a modification to the earplug. The military was told that this modification was not required to […]

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How Will the VA Spend the $17 Billion They’ve Just Received from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021?

Thursday, April 1, 2021

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs has received over $17 billion in funding. Here’s how it will be spent. $10 billion of the funding will be spent directly on health-care and homeless programs. Another $4 billion will go to the Community Care or MISSION program which provides care from civilian providers. While the VA has yet to announce specifics for each of these, it is clear that the vast majority of funding is indeed going to providing services directly to veterans. An additional $1 billion of the emergency funding is going […]

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Wounded Warrior Poll Finds Majority of Female Veterans Feel Isolated

Friday, March 26, 2021

Earlier this month, a poll conducted by the Wounded Warrior Project revealed that many female veterans feel isolated and believe their time in military service is not respected. Approximately 80% of female respondents indicated that they had feelings of loneliness and struggled to connect with their peers. This compares to 63% of male wounded veterans that indicated the same thing. The discrepancy in these percentages of each group was “voluminous and staggering,” according to Tracy Farrell, the organization’s VP of engagement and physical health and wellness. The survey also provided anecdotal on the matter with real stories from wounded female […]

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VA Continues to Deny Burn Pit Claims Despite Strong Support

Monday, March 22, 2021

Support for burn pit veterans has been growing in recent years, with celebrity advocates like Jon Stewart and key representatives showing fervent support. Many advocates were hopeful that the election of a passionate President that understands the impact of burn pits on veterans would have jolted efforts into motion. At least for now, however, it appears that the VA will continue to deny the vast majority of burn pit-related claims.  Millions of veterans have been exposed to toxic hazards since 2001 and the fight for support for these veterans has been a long one. President Biden has cited burn pit-exposure […]

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New Legislation in Coronavirus Relief Package Will End Loophole That Targeted Veterans

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The extensive $1.9 trillion Coronavirus relief package was signed into law by President Biden on March 10, 2021. Among the bill’s vast provisions are new laws that will impact the way for-profit colleges and universities target veterans.  Currently under federal law, for-profit schools can earn no more than 90% of their revenue from federal student aid. However, this law does not include funds from the VA as federal student aid. As a result, many colleges and universities have targeted veterans to satisfy the 10% they need to earn from non-federal aid. The loophole has allowed bad actor schools with poor […]

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Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Could Be Rounding a Corner in 2021

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Amie Muller was an Air Force tech deployed to Balad Air Base in Iraq twice during her time in service. The Balad Air Base burned 100 to 200 tons of waste per day and had burn pits that were more than 10 acres in size. Just 10 years after Muller’s last deployment, she passed away due to pancreatic cancer at age 36.  Muller is not alone when it comes to veterans who have served in the post-9/11 wars and were exposed to burn pits. These pits were used to burn garbage, plastic, jet fuel, vehicles, and human waste. They were […]

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New Coronavirus Relief Plan Has Billions Going Towards Veterans Programs

Friday, March 5, 2021

The nearly 2 trillion dollars in the coronavirus relief package contains billions in funds for veteran relief programs. $17 billion in extra funds for veterans programs was suggested to help mitigate the health and employment challenges related to the pandemic.  Republican lawmakers are hesitant to embrace the vast provisions of the new relief bill. They are concerned that the extra funds won’t have a direct impact on veterans and claim that the VA leaders have not given enough evidence to support this impact on veterans.  After these lawmakers were denied a push to delay the consideration of the package, the […]

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New Coronavirus Relief Package May Close 90-10 Loophole

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

As is the case with many packages debated and passed by Congress, the new Coronavirus Relief Package has provisions that extend beyond the scope of Coronavirus-related issues. House Democrats are fighting for a provision of the package that will eliminate a GI Bill loophole that has been exploited for years, at the cost of taxpayer dollars.  So what is the 90-10 loophole? The 90-10 rule was put in to effect in 1998 to prevent the waste and abuse of federal education dollars. It ensures that for-profit schools must collect at least 10 percent of their revenue from non-federal sources. The […]

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The Legacy of Toxic Wounds

Thursday, February 18, 2021

While the Gulf War of 1991 has faded from the memories of so many in the United States, thousands of its veterans are still affected by the impact that war had on their health. Almost 700,000 troops drove Iraqi forces from Kuwait in that conflict, one in four of them have subsequently lost their health due to toxic exposure during their campaigns.  Many of the veterans and families that have been impacted by toxic exposure are hoping that the inauguration of a president that understands the health implications of such exposure means that their country will finally start providing the […]

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Government Accountability Office New Findings Show that Hundreds of Fired VA Doctors May Still Be Treating Veterans

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Through the VA’s network of private physicians, up to 227 medical providers fired by the VA may still be treating veterans. The finding was uncovered by a Government Accountability Office Review.  The VA Mission Act has provisions outlining the tracking of providers as of May 2019. The tracking was implemented to ensure that all active providers were eligible to care for veterans. If standards were not met, providers could be dismissed for providing poor care or having previously lost their medical licenses.  The VA Mission Act’s tracking did not address providers that were removed from the VA before May 2019. […]

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