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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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Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Schedule Loss of Use Award

Monday, December 17, 2018

As an American worker, it is understood that an employer provides the necessary means to keep an employee safe while preforming their daily duties on the job. To protect an employee during unforeseen circumstances, employers are required to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance for all their employees. This type of insurance is paid for solely by the employer and is paid out to the employee in the event of an injury or sickness in relation to the employees’ occupation. When the employee is injured or becomes sick as a result of the occupation, it is imperative for the employee to first […]

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Bad Paper Veterans Obtain New Benefits

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Each year, thousands of service members put their life on the line fighting for our country’s freedom. However, during that same year, 20,000 service members get discharged from the military with a “less than honorable” discharge, accounting for nearly 500,000 veterans total earning the title of having a “Bad Paper” discharge. This discharge type can cause these individuals to face obstacles when trying to navigate their new civilian life. These include trying to obtain employment, VA benefits, as well as social stigma that they committed a crime. In 2017, the Government Accountability Office found that 62% of service members who […]

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The War on Emergency Health Care Costs

Monday, November 19, 2018

A new class-action lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs is currently underway as more than 700,000 veterans fight their eligibility for reimbursements of unpaid medical bills relating to emergency health care. The fight, which has been in the works for over eight years between VA and veteran advocates, is the first of its kind since a federal court ruling in August allowed veterans to file lawsuits against the department as a class, rather than individuals. The lawsuit, brought on after the VA executed a regulation rewrite, grants the VA ability to avoid reimbursement of all non-VA emergency health care […]

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Virtual Hearings: An Updated and Modernized Way to Workers’ Compensation Hearings

Friday, October 26, 2018

Traveling to a hearing site is no longer a necessity thanks to a tech-forward advancement in the judicial system, which is now rolled out across New York State by the New York Workers’ Compensation Board. Utilizing a computer with an internet connection, Virtual Hearings will allow injured workers, their attorneys/representatives, witnesses and other participants to attend hearings over a secured video conferencing platform called Cisco Webex. Virtual Hearing Eligibility Requirements To be eligible to partake in this streamlined process, you must have: Access to a computer or mobile device with a camera or webcam An updated internet browser (Chrome Version […]

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NY Cracks Down on Workers’ Compensation Fraud Committed by Employers

Monday, January 8, 2018

New York was recently proclaimed by Pacific Standard magazine to be a national leader in the fight to curb the illegal practice of “worker misclassification.” Misclassification occurs when an employer deliberately misclassifies workers as independent contractors instead of employees. Misclassification may harm injured workers by misleading them into believing that they are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Moreover, misclassification of workers as independent contractors operates to keep an employer’s workers’ comp premiums at artificially low levels. This gives dishonest companies a financial advantage over companies that play by the rules. One study suggests that in some states misclassification rates on publicly […]

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