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Category Archive: VA Benefits

What You Need to Know about Gold Star Families and Sacrifice

Recently in the news there has been a lot of talk about Gold Star families. Here is a brief primer on what this term means and why it is so very important to our country. The Star Families If you see a blue star on a white background with a red border, as at the…

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Help for veterans with PTSD

What does the face of PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) look like? For too many veterans, they simply have to look in the mirror to know the answer to this question. PTSD is a serious and very complex disorder that affects veterans as a result of the horrors of war, injury, or other in-service event that…

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VA Benefits for Gulf War Syndrome

Frequently in my practice I meet veterans who have a variety of symptoms that can’t be attributed to a single cause. The vets go to doctors in and outside the VA who can’t easily figure out what is going on with their health, and they are often misdiagnosed as a result. The problems are very…

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Fixing the VA Benefits Backlog

Recently, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs advised Congress that it must do something to reduce the time it takes for a veteran’s appeal for disability benefits to be resolved. As of January, an estimated 400,000 veterans had appeals pending with the Veterans Administration. It takes an average of 1,000 days — nearly three years —…

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New Hope for “Blue Water Navy” vets Exposed to Agent Orange?

During the Vietnam War, 90,000 Navy vets served offshore and may have been exposed to Agent Orange. But they are not eligible for VA disability benefits for health problems they suffered as a result of that exposure. These sailors, who served on ships off the coast of Vietnam during the war, were initially eligible for…

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Wounded Warrior Project’s Spending Under Scrutiny

The Wounded Warrior Project is the country’s largest veterans’ charity, but 40 percent of donations cover overhead, like salaries, travel and public relations. In 2014, $124 million went to overhead instead of to directly help wounded veterans. By comparison, the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust spends 96 percent of its budget on veterans; Fisher…

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VA to ask for more money for electronic veterans’ benefits claims processing

An electronic, paperless filing and claims processing system that was supposed to eliminate the backlog for VA benefits by 2015 has whittled down the wait time for some disabled veterans. But the computer system that cost $1.3 billion to build still isn’t working as efficiently as promised, and the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to…

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DLG Launches New VA Disability Practice

When your business is helping injured people, it hurts when you have to turn anyone away. That’s why we are launching a new practice today so we can help a very deserving group of injured people get the medical treatment and financial benefits they are guaranteed under the law. I am proud and pleased to…

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