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VA and Elks Lodge will host a Veterans Benefits event in Miami, Okla. | Services

MIAMI, Okla. – On May 20, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Elks Lodge in Miami, Oklahoma, will host a presumptive conditions campaign event focused on identifying and assisting veterans in northeast Oklahoma who may have suspected disabilities and may be eligible for a VA Pension Application. The event will take place from 9 […]

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GAD Capital: Buying a property with the help of the VA

As a well-known benefit for veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs provides housing aid. It aids veterans, active-duty personnel, and their surviving spouses in purchasing, construction, refinancing, or upgrading their residences. A sampling of the programs and their findings are outlined below. Home Loans from the Veterans Administration  It is a type of loan backed […]

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Veteran Benefits You May Not Know About

It is common knowledge that the Department of Veterans Affairs offers many benefits, including the GI Bill and TriCare. Many other programs are also available to help veterans and their families. Financial assistance for medical bills and other expenses, such as health care and educational programs, may be available for veterans and active duty military […]

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Learn About Your Veteran Benefits at a Local Event – Shaw Local

The Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission continues to work with the Edward Hines VA Medical Center Outreach Team to educate veterans about their federal VA benefits. The Hines Outreach Team and Grundy County VAC, with support from the Village of Channahon, will be available to answer questions and provide information on a variety of veteran […]

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Florida man convicted of using his twins’ ID for veterans benefits

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Tuesday for using his twin brother’s stolen identity to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, was convicted in federal court in Jacksonville, court records show. He pleaded guilty in January to aggravated identity […]

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Man gets 2 years for using twin’s ID for veterans benefits

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida man was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Tuesday for using the stolen identity of his twin brother to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, was convicted in federal court in Jacksonville, court records show. He pleaded guilty in January to aggravated […]

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Man gets 2 years for using twins’ ID for veterans benefits – ABC4 Utah

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Tuesday for using his twin brother’s stolen identity to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, was convicted in federal court in Jacksonville, court records show. He pleaded guilty in January to aggravated identity […]

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Man gets 2 years for using twins’ ID for veterans benefits

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Tuesday for using his twin brother’s stolen identity to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, was convicted in federal court in Jacksonville, court records show. He pleaded guilty in January to aggravated identity […]

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Man gets 2 years for using twins’ ID for veterans benefits – WFTV

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Tuesday for using the stolen identity of his twin brother to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, was convicted in federal court in Jacksonville, court records show. He pleaded guilty in January […]

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Man Gets 2 Years for Using His Twins’ ID for Veterans Benefits :: WRAL.com

By The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – A Florida man was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Tuesday for using the stolen identity of his twin brother to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in military veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, was convicted in federal court in Jacksonville, court records show. He pleaded […]

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Florida man gets 2 years for using twins’ ID for veterans benefits – Orlando Sentinel

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Tuesday for using his twin brother’s stolen identity to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, was convicted in federal court in Jacksonville, court records show. He pleaded guilty in January to aggravated identity […]

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Judges invoke practical considerations, legislative expectations and more in veterans’ benefits case

ARGUMENT ANALYSIS By Anita Krishnakumar April 21, 2022 at 9:38 a.m. Melanie Bostwick pleading for veteran Kevin George. (Art Link) The justices on Tuesday weighed in on a dispute that may seem abstract: How should the standard of “clear and unmistakable error” apply when military veterans seek to overturn certain decisions that denied them disability […]

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WATCH: Supreme Court hears arguments over veterans’ benefits and court filing deadline rules

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments on two cases – the first over the status of veterans benefits and the second over whether a dispute over court filing dates is sufficient reason to deny a recognized man guilty of a crime a new trial. Listen to the audience in the player above. In the […]

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New Veterans Benefits Office Opens in Clarksburg

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) – West Virginia veterans who are served by the Clarksburg Benefits Office of the West Virginia Veterans Assistance Department will have a new space to receive help requesting access to their benefits. WVDVA Cabinet Secretary Edward Diaz and other county and local officials gathered in Clarksburg for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at […]

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Bill exempting retired veterans’ benefits from taxes passes House

By Leif M. Wright Reps. Kevin McDugle, R-Broken Arrow, Tammy Townley, R-Ardmore, and Robert Manger, R-Oklahoma City, celebrated the passage of their bill giving Oklahoma veterans a full tax exemption on benefits pension they receive as a result of their service. House Bill 3693 would maintain the current exemption until December 31, 2022. Under the […]

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Veterans benefits law firm, Gang & Associates announces new location in Washington, DC.

Our practice is agency-centric, and the court is in the nation’s capital, so it made sense to open a satellite location in Washington.” —Eric Gang, Esq UNITED STATES, March 22, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Veterans benefits law firm Gang & Associates announces the opening of its new location in Washington, DC. With a nationwide practice before […]

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Another man sentenced for role in Ja-US veterans benefits scam

A Georgia man has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison in South Florida, US, for his role in managing a scheme to steal more than US$1.8 million in benefits veteran and social security. The program is said to have ties to Jamaica. Ronaldo Garfield Green, 29, was sentenced last Wednesday in […]

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New veterans benefits bill prepared for House vote

For example, this would create a presumption of service connection for approximately 490,000 Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange with hypertension and a condition known as monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance, which in some cases progresses to diseases such as blood cancer. And veterans who served in certain locations for set periods of time would […]

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Veterans’ Attorney Eric Gang Named to Lawdragon’s 2022 List of America’s Top 500 Lawyers

Veterans’ Attorney Eric Gang Named to Lawdragon’s 2022 List of America’s Top 500 Lawyers UNITED STATES, March 3, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — We are proud to announce that Eric Gang, founding partner of Gang & Associates, LLC, has been named to Lawdragon’s 2022 list of America’s Top 500 Lawyers. The annual list represents leading magistrates, public […]

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Brockton woman stole veterans benefits intended for her late sister

Local Prosecutors said Robin Calef stole approximately $102,289 in VA funds not intended for him. By Associated Press March 2, 2022 BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been sentenced to one month in jail and three years probation for stealing more than $100,000 in veterans benefits intended for her late sister, federal prosecutors said. […]

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President Joe Biden comes to Texas to ask for veterans benefits

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will travel to Texas next week for a stopover in Fort Worth where the White House says he will “discuss honoring our sacred obligation to veterans.” The White House did not provide further details in an announcement Wednesday. The trip comes after Biden used part of his State of the […]

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Federals: a woman from the Mass. stole veterans benefits intended for late sister – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been sentenced to one month in jail and three years probation for stealing more than $100,000 in veterans benefits intended for her late sister, federal prosecutors said. Robin Calef, 62, of Brockton, was also ordered by a federal judge in Boston on Tuesday to return the money to […]

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Brockton woman convicted of stealing her sister’s veterans benefits

BOSTON — A Brockton woman was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday to one month in jail for stealing more than $100,000 in veterans benefits intended for her sister. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that for more than a decade Robin Calef, 62, did not notify the Department of Veterans Affairs that his sister died […]

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Summary of SCOTUS Certificates: Immigration, Free Speech and Veterans Benefits – Litigation, Mediation and Arbitration

Strong points On February 18 and 22, the Supreme Court agreed to hear three cases, which present the following issues: Does federal law prohibit the termination of Migrant Protection Protocols, a policy requiring certain non-nationals to remain in Mexico while they immigration? Does applying a public accommodations law to compel an artist to speak or […]

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Summary of SCOTUS certificates: immigration, free speech and benefits for veterans

Strong points On February 18 and 22, the Supreme Court agreed to hear three cases, which present the following issues: Does federal law prohibit the termination of Migrant Protection Protocols, a policy requiring certain non-nationals to remain in Mexico while they immigration? Does applying a public accommodations law to compel an artist to speak or […]

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A Cert Grant on Veterans Benefits and Fair Toll | Morrison & Foerster LLP – Federal Circuits

As readers of Federal Circuitry know, the Supreme Court in recent years has granted review in many Federal Circuit patent cases, such as the last term’s big decision in Arthrex. But the Supreme Court also picks up cases from the non-patent role of the Federal Circuit. Yesterday the Supreme Court granted certiorari to Arellano vs. […]

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A Veterans Benefit Certificate Grant and Fair Toll

As readers of Federal Circuitry know, the Supreme Court in recent years has granted review in many Federal Circuit patent cases, such as the last term’s big decision in Arthrex. But the Supreme Court also picks up cases from the non-patent role of the Federal Circuit. Yesterday the Supreme Court granted certiorari to Arellano vs. […]

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Next quarter’s docket will include cases on veterans benefits, unclaimed MoneyGram checks

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe February 22, 2022 at 8:51 p.m. The Supreme Court on Tuesday morning issued further orders from the judges’ private conference last week. On Friday, judges agreed to decide whether the Biden administration should continue with the Trump-era agenda known as the “stay in Mexico” policy, and on Tuesday they added […]

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Veterans Benefits Lawyers, Gang & Associates, Featured in New Jersey Lawyer Magazine

Veterans Benefits Lawyers, Gang & Associates, Featured in New Jersey Lawyer Magazine February 2022 Gang & Associates specializes in handling hard-to-prove veteran disability cases Our knowledge is our most valuable asset, and we strive to reach as many veterans as possible. — Eric Gang UNITED STATES, Feb. 22, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Gang & Associates lawyers […]

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Learn About Veteran Benefits with the Hines VA Outreach Team at Gardner – Shaw Local

At Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, our health care teams are deeply experienced and guided by the needs of veterans, their families, and caregivers. Located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago and at six area outpatient clinics, Hines VA provides primary, extended, and specialty care to veteran patients in the Chicago area. We are the […]

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American Legion helps bring veteran benefits information to the gaming community

Just over a month after the American Legion took its first steps into a new arena, American Legion Duty Officer Jeremy Wolfsteller was introduced to a new audience eager to learn more about the benefits they may qualify – or have been previously denied. On Feb. 4, Wolfsteller, who works for the American Legion Department […]

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Benefits Brochures – Veterans Benefits Administration

Summary of VA Benefits The VA Benefits Summary provides information on compensation, education, health care, home loans, insurance, pension, veterans’ preparation and employment, and funeral and memorial benefits. See document Español Tagalog Summary of VA Home Loan Guarantee Benefits The VA Home Loan Guarantee Benefits Summary provides information about the Home Loan Guarantee, Native American […]

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New bill seeks benefits for veterans exposed to toxic substances while serving

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The U.S. senator from Kansas has introduced legislation to ensure veterans exposed to toxic materials during military service receive the benefits they rightfully earned. On Tuesday, Feb. 1, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) says he joined Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in unveiling their bipartisan Burn Veterans Health Care Act. Senator Moran […]

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Florida man guilty of using twin’s ID for veterans benefits

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to using his twin brother’s stolen identity to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated identity theft in federal court in Jacksonville, court records show. He faces a mandatory two-year sentence in federal […]

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Florida man guilty of using his twins’ ID for veterans benefits – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to using his twin brother’s stolen identity to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated identity theft in federal court in Jacksonville, court records show. He faces a mandatory two-year sentence in federal prison. […]

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Florida man guilty of using his twins’ ID for veterans benefits

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to using his twin brother’s stolen identity to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated identity theft in federal court in Jacksonville, court records show. He faces a mandatory two-year sentence in federal […]

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Florida man guilty of using twin’s ID for veterans benefits | USA News®

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to using his twin brother’s stolen identity to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated identity theft in federal court in Jacksonville, court records show. He faces a mandatory two-year sentence in federal […]

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Jacksonville man charged with stealing identity of twin to get veterans benefits pleads guilty

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – A Jacksonville man faces a mandatory two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to aggravated identity theft, according to a Thursday Department of Justice press release. According to his plea agreement, writes the DOJ, in 2014 Wayne Bowen used his estranged twin brother’s name, Social Security card and military discharge papers to apply […]

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Man pleads guilty to impersonating twin to get veterans benefits – The Observer

Jacksonville, Fla. – Wayne Bowen (64, Jacksonville) pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. He faces a mandatory sentence of two years in federal prison. As part of his plea deal, Bowen agreed to reimburse various federal agencies a total of $63,773 for government benefits he received in connection with his identity theft scheme. According to […]

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Man gets six years in prison for role in Ja-US veterans benefits scam

An American was sentenced to more than six years in prison last week after being found guilty of participating in a scheme hatched by Jamaicans to steal more than US$1.8 million in retirement benefits fighter and social security, with most of the money sent to his co-conspirators in Jamaica. Jamare Mason, a 27-year-old Georgia resident, […]

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Applications for veterans benefits increase as VA seeks to speed up process

The Veterans Building in Washington, DC is shown in this undated file photo. (Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes) WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs launched a pilot project in December to automate part of the process for reviewing claims for benefits — a change the agency says could shorten the wait time for veterans’ decisions […]

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NCLA asks Supreme Court to reconsider Chevron’s deference in pursuit of veterans’ benefits

Thomas H. Buffington v. Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Washington, DC, Jan. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Thomas Buffington is a United States Air Force veteran who served his country honorably for more than nine years. Now, having contracted a disability in the line of duty, he must fight the very agency that should […]

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Illinois Attorney General Updates Veterans Benefits Guide

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois attorney general’s office has released an updated guide to benefits for Illinois veterans and their families. The “Benefits for Illinois Veterans” guide was developed by the Attorney General’s Office of Military and Veterans Rights. It provides veterans and their family members with information about assistance available under federal and […]

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Enhanced Veterans Benefits Act, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Sen. Jerry Moran has introduced legislation to address the VA’s backlog of claims and speed up getting veterans benefits. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Says he’s joined Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in introducing bipartisan legislation that would tackle the Department of Veterans Affairs’ backlog of claims and provide them with faster […]

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New law means veterans benefits will be printed in multiple languages ​​– Daily Democrat

U.S. veterans with limited English skills will soon have better access to information about federal benefits owed to them, after President Joe Biden signed into law a bipartisan bill this week championed by Rep. Young Kim, R-La Habra. The Veterans and Family Information Act, or HR 2093, directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to translate […]

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New law means veterans benefits will be printed in multiple languages ​​– Orange County Register

U.S. veterans with limited English skills will soon have better access to information about federal benefits owed to them, after President Joe Biden signed into law a bipartisan bill this week championed by Rep. Young Kim, R-La Habra. The Veterans and Family Information Act, or HR 2093, directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to translate […]

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New law means veterans benefits will be printed in multiple languages ​​– Daily News

U.S. veterans with limited English skills will soon have better access to information about federal benefits owed to them, after President Joe Biden signed into law a bipartisan bill this week championed by Rep. Young Kim, R-La Habra. The Veterans and Family Information Act, or HR 2093, directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to translate […]

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Veterans’ benefits continue to be processed long after contextual events end

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Where tables, chairs, food and veterans had previously filled the empty lot at 311 S. Staples St., hours later large empty tents were all that remained. US Navy veteran Andrew Perales came to Operation Stand Down for the camaraderie, but the 53-year-old also gathered information on education aid, which will help […]

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W&M Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic: Serving those who served, now and in the future

Helping veterans: Donations and grants from the JD Classes of 1974 and 1984 and from individuals, businesses, and organizations have enabled the clinic to provide students with valuable job training and assist veterans on a pro bono basis. Photo by W&M School of Law by Jaime Welch-Donahue, W&M Law School | November 11, 2021 In […]

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NOTICE: Let’s stop the clawback of veterans benefits

Breadcrumb Links Columnists Let’s make sure no veteran leaves a Remembrance Day ceremony hungry, homeless or hopeless Publication date : November 08, 2021 • November 8, 2021 • 2 minute read • 20 comments Andrea Horwath, left, is Ontario NDP Leader and MPP for Hamilton Center and Jennie Stevens is NDP Critic for Veterans Affairs, […]

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Troops who refuse vaccines may lose veterans’ benefits

Members of the United States military who have chosen not to be vaccinated will not be guaranteed their veterans’ benefits. Veterans who have opted out of being vaccinated against COVID-19 and who are discharged will not receive any special protections or preferential assessments for eligibility for Veterans’ benefits, with the decision ultimately determined by their […]

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Troops who refuse vaccines could lose veterans’ benefits – The Hill

The story at a glance Deadlines for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine are rapidly approaching in various military branches. Benefits for veterans range from home loans and transition assistance programs to mental health care services. A service member’s local commander will determine their discharge status, which may determine what benefits they remain eligible for. Members of […]

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Troops who refuse COVID vax will not be guaranteed veterans’ benefits, officials warn

Troops who refuse the coronavirus vaccine will see no additional protections or leniency in the way their layoffs are handled, Defense and Veterans Affairs officials confirmed Wednesday. Instead, decisions on whether or not to grant these people anything other than honorable discharge — potentially blocking them from a host of veterans’ benefits — will be […]

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US Senator Gillibrand and comedian Jon Stewart fight for veterans benefits

Comedian Jon Stewart joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Capitol Hill on Thursday to urge Congress to help veterans exposed to toxins get medical coverage. Gillibrand has introduced legislation that would streamline the process for veterans to obtain benefits for illness due to exposure to hearthstones and other toxins. She said the Veterans Administration (VA) […]

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No Veteran Benefits Guarantee for Military Vaccines

The Pentagon leaves the decision to local commanders on less than honorable discharges for troops discharged for covid vaccines, The Military Times reports. As Air Force and Space Force deadlines pass, the vast majority are now vaccinated – although more than 7,500 service members are applying for exemptions. The Military Times: Troops who refuse COVID […]

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Troops who refuse COVID vaccines will not be guaranteed veterans’ benefits, officials warn

Troops who refuse the coronavirus vaccine will see no additional protections or leniency in the way their layoffs are handled, Defense and Veterans Affairs officials confirmed Wednesday. Instead, decisions on whether or not to grant these people anything other than honorable discharge — potentially blocking them from a host of veterans’ benefits — will be […]

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Muscogee County Veterans: Goodwill Host Panel on Veterans Benefits

COLUMBUS, Georgia (WRBL) – All Muscogee County veterans looking for help navigating VA benefits can attend an expert panel on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The panel of experts will include VA Benefits Advisor Melvin Tanner, VA Patient Advocate Harding Carr, the Columbus Vet Center and Goodwill Veteran Services Glen […]

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A Guide to Medicare and Veterans Benefits

Two-thirds of US military veterans are over 65, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, making AV services a popular option for senior health care coverage. Many seniors eligible for VA benefits are also eligible for Medicare, a national health insurance plan available to all seniors. Read on to learn more about these two government […]

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They fought apartheid in South Africa. Now they want veterans benefits.

PRETORIA, South Africa — Lesley Kgogo was 17 when he swapped a school uniform for military fatigues and joined the armed wing of the African National Congress in the fight to overthrow the apartheid regime in South Africa. He was among thousands who trained and slept in bush camps in other countries, then returned to […]

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Wichita Falls Veterans Benefits and Resources Fair at Sikes Lake Center

What the Tech: Free public Wi-Fi 6 hours ago Remarkable Women: Danneda Long 6 hours ago NTX Area United Way looks back on the past century 6 hours ago Services advertised for Clay County cowboy Ryan Clayton 6 hours ago JLWF donates $20,000 to area nonprofits 10 hours ago 7 Day Forecast – Tuesday, March […]

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The Veterans Benefits Guide is now available in print and digital format

VBA has partnered with Stars and Stripes to create a special edition insert for the publication called “The Veterans Benefits Guide”. The print and digital publication, which highlights VA benefits and services available to transitioning service members and their families, is available now. The digital version of the Veterans Benefits Guide is available here: Veterans […]

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Republican lawmakers play politics with North Carolina veterans benefits

From Fort Bragg to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is proud to be home to many of our nation’s service members, veterans, and military families. Fort Bragg is the largest military base in the United States and is home to approximately 57,000 military personnel. Camp Lejeune and the surrounding community are home to approximately 170,000 people, […]

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Senator Tammy Duckworth attacked by Fox News for using veterans benefits

Fox News recently took aim at Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) in an apparent attempt at a “gotcha” story about how Duckworth – who lost both of her legs when the Army Black Hawk helicopter she was piloting was shot down over Iraq in 2004 – does not pay property taxes on his home in Illinois. […]

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Veterans’ benefits could significantly increase the cost of living this year

The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed a bill that would again increase veterans’ benefits by the same percentage as this year’s cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security recipients. Some experts said it could be the biggest increase in decades. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) Charles Dharapak PA Veterans could see a significant cost-of-living increase in […]

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Benefits for veterans could see a big rise in the cost of living later this year

Veterans could be in line for a steep cost-of-living increase in their benefit payments starting in December thanks to legislation finalized by Congress on Monday. The Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act passed unanimously in the House on Monday and without objection in the Senate earlier this summer. It is now heading to the White House, […]

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Monroe County Offers Veteran Benefits to Afghan Interpreters

Monroe County is taking extra steps to help Afghan interpreters and their families. County Executive Adam Bello notes that dozens of people have already arrived in the area this year, and that there could be up to 200 more refugees settling in Monroe County by the end of This year. Bello announced that the County […]

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Over 75,000 veterans have switched to the Veterans Banking Program

Are you a veteran who doesn’t have a bank or credit union? You’re not alone! Many veterans were in the same situation, which is why VA created the Veterans Banking Program (VBBP) in December 2019. Since then, more than 75,000 veterans have registered to receive their VA benefits through direct deposit. instead of prepaid debit […]

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Vacaville crowd learn about veterans benefits – The Vacaville Reporter

Are you a military veteran? Chances are you will receive benefits and Ted Puntillo, Director of the Solano County Veterans Services Office, can help you. Puntillo addressed a crowd gathered Tuesday at Pacifica Senior Living in Vacaville to learn more about the matter. “That’s the barrier that keeps people from getting their benefits,” he advised. […]

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VA Disability Benefits: Veterans Benefits Administration Could Improve Management of Claims Processor Training

Veterans Benefits Administration The Under Secretary for Benefits should establish performance goals for the VBA training program for Disability Claims Processors. These program-level objectives should have specific targets to provide a basis for comparing actual program performance with expected results. (Recommendation 1) Open To open Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not […]

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Helping LGBT Clients Obtain Social Security and Veterans Benefits

Six years after same-sex marriage became legal and a decade after the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” some LGBT Americans still struggle to get their Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits. It’s a test President Joe Biden’s administration faces: how to prove its commitment to LGBT equality, including deciding to appeal court rulings extending […]

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States extend veterans’ benefits to ex-servicemen expelled for sexual orientation

Gay and lesbian service members have been able to serve openly since 2011, when the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was repealed. But for some who were deported because they were gay before the repeal, their less than honorable discharge status means they cannot access vital veterans’ benefits. Now, states are passing laws to […]

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Financial Literacy – Veterans Benefits Administration

Financial Literacy From reducing debt and finding a home loan to creating a family budget and protecting your identity and VA benefits, VA and its partners have resources to help you manage your finances. personal. Check out the following financial resources and links that can help you and your family manage, secure, and protect your […]

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Veterans Benefit Banking Program (VBBP)

Veterans Benefit Banking Program (VBBP) Veterans and their beneficiaries now have additional options for receiving VA benefits through direct deposit, as well as access to financial services at participating banks. If you already have a bank account but are not using direct deposit, sign in or create a VA.gov account to change your direct deposit […]

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Video game characters and veteran perks

Petitions of the week By Andrew Hamm March 19, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. This week, we highlight cert’s motions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, when the First Amendment protects a video game’s digital image from someone else’s likeness without the consent of that person and when the effective date of […]

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Federal judge orders $501 million payout in veterans benefits case

A federal judge in Greenville has ordered California businessman Scott Kohn to pay $501 million in a civil case involving the buying and selling of military veterans’ benefits, an illegal practice brought to light by a lawsuit. investigation by The Greenville News. Kohn and a network of its affiliates are to pay $436 million in […]

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Butler County officials outraged that veterans’ benefits will be delayed as federal records center remains closed

U.S. Representative Warren Davidson, R-Troy, told the Journal-News that 487,000 requests for documents nationwide remain unfulfilled. He said the center asked for money to reopen and Congress gave it $15 million to $20 million. To exploreNew commissioner hopes to reach more young veterans in Butler County “When they say ‘closed again,’ that would imply they […]

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Upstate law firm and 2 lawyers to pay $725,000 in veterans’ action

Two upstate lawyers and a law firm are to pay $725,000 to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under a settlement a judge approved this week in a lawsuit stemming from buying and selling veterans benefits. Attorneys Candy Kern, Howard Sutter III and Upstate Law Group are also permanently barred from “courting, offering or arranging […]

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Services – Veterans Benefits Administration

Services Financial advice to beneficiaries The VA Insurance Service provides beneficiaries with free professional financial advice from FinancialPoint, an independent company whose team of professionals are experts in handling a wide range of financial matters. Beneficiaries can access this online service 24/7 to request a financial plan. They simply enter their information on the FinancialPoint […]

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Regional Office Websites – Veterans Benefits Administration

VA regional offices will reopen Some regional offices have reopened with limited hours and services. We may screen visitors due to COVID-19 and be required to wear a face mask or blanket and sanitize/wash hands. For your safety and convenience, we continue to offer online and telephone support. Visit each of the websites below to […]

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DOMA Technologies Celebrates Its Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Private Medical Records (PMR) Program As It Achieves Historic Milestone

“We are honored and privileged to serve our veteran community since 2010 and are acutely aware of how this program will positively impact the claims process.” VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (PRWEB) July 27, 2020 DOMA Technologies, a cloud-based document management company, has reached a historic milestone with its Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) private medical records […]

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Careers at VBA – Veterans Benefits Administration

Careers at VBA Serve your community by supporting those who have served. VBA offers many career opportunities for veterans looking for new ways to serve, or people who want to give back to those who defended our freedom. Careers with competitive salaries, retirement plans and paid vacations are available at VBA. Watch some of our […]

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Increased COLA for Veterans Passes

The House on Thursday passed by voice vote an annual measure required to increase cost-of-living adjustments related to veterans’ benefits to parity with the Social Security Administration-approved COLA. The move to the Senate and the President’s signature would normally be mere paperwork, but those could face delays this year as Congress deals with the COVID-19 […]

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Cost of living increase for veterans benefits next year passes House

On Thursday, House lawmakers easily passed legislation ensuring veterans will see an increase in the cost of living next year if Social Security officials approve one for their beneficiaries. Legislation tying the two government benefits is largely routine, but faces additional hurdles this year due to disruptions to congressional operations resulting from the ongoing coronavirus […]

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William & Mary Law School Veterans Benefits Clinic remains flexible to serve clients

Serving Online Customers: The Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic offers William & Mary law students the opportunity to help veterans file disability compensation claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty and staff are operating remotely to assist customers and teach students. Photo by David F. Morrill by […]

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New Veterans Benefits for Nationally Approved and Accredited Healthcare Training Programs at Hudson County Community College

× Hudson County Community College’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division offers approved certificate programs available to veterans of the United States Armed Forces through their Veterans Benefits. The 3-5 month programs are designed to help participants launch into new, meaningful and lasting careers within months. The Enhanced Patient Access Representative (PAR) program provides participants […]

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Veterans Benefits Administration regional office continues to operate from home

The office that manages benefits and services for veterans in the Roanoke area says that while its office in the Poff Building is closed, its staff remain at work and able to respond to veterans’ questions and concerns. More than 400 people work in the Roanoke office, and all now do so from home. More […]

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Cedar Park Veterans Benefits Claims Office opens

CEDAR PARK Benefits Claims Office open to veterans The Texas Veterans Commission has opened a claims office in Cedar Park to help veterans claim benefits they have earned by filing disability compensation claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The service is offered free of charge to the veteran. The Cedar Park office offers area […]

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Backlog of veterans benefits applications grows by the thousands

More Canadian veterans than ever are waiting to find out if they qualify for disability benefits, despite the government’s repeated promises and efforts to bring the situation under control. New figures from Veterans Affairs Canada show that more than 44,000 requests for help from veterans were in the queue at the end of September, a […]

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Veterans Benefits Change, Advocacy Group Research Illness Coverage

With the New Year came changes to veterans benefits, along with a push by some veterans advocacy groups to seek help for service-related illnesses not currently covered or considered by Veterans Affairs as a “presumption of service-related illness”. Here is a short list of some of the changes. As always, it’s best to take a […]

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Military Sexual Assault Victim Applauds New Access to NYS Veterans Benefits

A Dutchess County resident who advocates reform of military sexual trauma policies says New York’s new veterans’ legislation is groundbreaking. His work and story helped inspire the legislation that Democrat Didi Barrett sponsored in the Assembly. The bill that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed on Veterans Day is a national first. It extends eligibility […]

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Some National Guardsmen Not Getting Veterans Benefits, Congress Is Trying To Change That

Not everyone in military uniform will be considered a veteran when they leave the service, including some National Guard troops who served along the border. Those troops also won’t be eligible for veterans benefits, but Congress is considering trying to level the playing field for guard and reserve troops. Some National Guardsmen Not Getting Veterans […]

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Texarkana College Hosts Grand Opening for Veterans Benefits Claims Office

The Texarkana College Stallions ensembles appeared to gallop gracefully to the lyrics of “America the Beautiful” as they sang at the grand opening ceremony of the college’s new office on Monday. The office, which officially opened on Veterans Day, is the Veterans Benefits Claims Office, located inside the college’s Truman Arnold Student Center. “Many of […]

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7 takeaways from the Greenville News investigation

The men and women who fought for our nation have been the targets of financial scams by corporations across the country. After leaving the military, some found themselves desperate enough to find money to exchange future benefits they earned for lump sums up front – at exorbitant rates and minus fees. The practice is illegal, […]

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Will VA be ready to process Vietnam’s new “blue water” veterans benefits next year?

Veterans Affairs officials are confident they will be able to begin processing Vietnam veterans’ disability claims early next year, but also acknowledged a tight schedule for training and technology work to prepare the ministry for these cases. But House lawmakers have expressed concern that even minor hiccups in that work could cause major delays for […]

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The victory of the veterans benefits the inhabitants

Kazumi Ikeuchi, COO of the Piloting Division of American Showa, presents a donation of $7,000 to Erin Joyner, representative of the Volunteers of America Veterans Services program. Left to right are Brad Brown, Jodelle Stricklett, Brenda Cox, Erin Joyner, Kazumi Ikeuchi, Kevin Mintkenbaugh, Mark Martinez, Jillian Jacobs and Mellisa Collins. Courtesy picture American Showa in […]

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Benefits for Veterans: Steps VA Could Take to Better Protect Veterans from Financial Abuse

Department of Veterans Affairs The Undersecretary for Benefits should routinely solicit and collect information about potential financial abuse from VA Pension Administration Centers and other relevant VA components, including the VA General Counsel’s Office, and assess this information to inform plans to address potential exploitation of veterans receiving retirement benefits. Such plans could also address […]

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Veterans Benefits will see a cost of living increase this year, but by how much?

Veterans will see a cost-of-living increase in their benefit payments later this year, but it likely won’t be as big as the last one they received. Last week, President Donald Trump signed into law the Annual Veterans Cost of Living Adjustment Act, which ensures that a host of benefits for veterans will receive the same […]

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BENEFITS AND SERVICES FOR VETERANS – MilitarySpot.com

United States uniformed service veterans may be eligible for a wide range of programs and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Eligibility for most VA benefits is based on release from active military service under conditions other than dishonorable. COMPENSATIONDo you have any disabilities resulting from illness or injury related to your […]

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Veterans Benefits Center established for North Carolina

For the third time in four years, American Legion Post 67 in Cary, North Carolina, is offering veterans an opportunity to get answers — and sometimes resolutions — about their benefits and health care. From Sept. 12-14, Post 67 is hosting another Veterans Experience Action Center (VEAC), in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs, […]

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Alternative therapies are now covered by veterans benefits

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Army veteran Forest Spall says he’s come a long way with alternative therapy sessions. “These therapies have changed my life. No doubt about it.” Experts say accelerated resolution therapy, or ART, reprograms the way people store bad memories in the brain, changing the way they react to those memories. RECOMMENDED: Veterans […]

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Benefits for veterans | What do you need for a claim

Veterans and mesothelioma Mesothelioma is rare and only 3,300 people in the United States are diagnosed with it each year. Military veterans account for 30% of these cases. Why? Until 1991, the military used asbestos, a toxic fibrous mineral, on bases across the United States. Durable, inexpensive and fire resistant, asbestos was used to insulate […]

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Lebanon VAMC to Host Veteran Benefits Seminars at Perry County Libraries in Blain and Marysville | VA Healthcare Lebanon

Lebanon, PA — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA Lebanon Medical Center (VAMC) will be hosting free veterans benefits seminars from 2-4 p.m. July 25 at the Western Perry County Community Library, 104 E. Main St., Blain, and August 13 at the Marysville-Rye Library, 198 Overcrest Road, Marysville. The free events are open to […]

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Hawkins County veterans’ pros rank second best in the state | Rogersville

ROGERSVILLE — Benefits received by Hawkins County veterans recently ranked second highest statewide in the amount received per capita compared to the total number of veterans in the county. This information is consistent with the Fiscal Year 2018 Expenditure Summary published annually by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Geographic distribution of VA expenses (GDX). […]

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Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs Hosts First Annual Female Veteran Benefits and Resources Fair

The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, with support from the Oklahoma Job Security Commission and the Department of Veterans Affairs, hosted the first annual Women Veterans Benefits and Resources Fair at community center in Del City, Oklahoma. Coral Porch, Commandant, Oklahoma State VFW, Veronica Jackson-Patrick of the VA Office of Veterans Experience and Lisa Mussett […]

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Azusa Veterans Forum to Address Veterans Benefits, Mental Health, Homelessness – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

For seven years, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano hosted an annual veterans’ forum in Azusa to connect San Gabriel Valley veterans with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, including Los Angeles and New York Medical Centers. Long Beach can be extremely remote. With the eighth version of the forum scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday at the Azusa […]

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Benefits and Resources for Veterans from Other Federal Agencies

Benefits and Resources for Veterans from Other Federal Agencies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Provides financial education, monitors complaints, and coordinates with other federal and state agencies on military consumer protection measures. Learn more agriculture department The United States Department of Agriculture provides many opportunities for veterans in the areas of employment, education, and entrepreneurship. In […]

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Vietnam veterans’ blue water benefits plan is in motion again

For the second time in the past 12 months, House lawmakers have overwhelmingly passed a measure to loosen rules on disability benefits for veterans who served on ships off the coast of the Vietnam and who have suffered from serious illnesses which they claim are linked to exposure to chemical defoliants. And, again, advocates are […]

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Supreme Court delays final ruling on ‘blue water’ Vietnam veterans benefits

The Supreme Court this week granted a 30-day extension to Justice Department officials who were considering appealing a lower court ruling in January that extended alleged benefits to tens of thousands of veterans of Navy who claimed to have been exposed to toxic chemical defoliants during the Vietnam War. But advocates say they are unaffected […]

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What veteran benefits can be used on Ella walk-in tubs

This specialized and durable home medical equipment is essential for aging veterans, with or without disabilities, but may not be affordable for everyone who depends on it for their bathing safety. CHICAGO (PRWEB) April 05, 2019 A top-quality, professionally installed walk-in bathtub is one of the best preventative measures that can be taken against […]

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VA recommends dropping legal challenge over ‘blue water’ Navy veteran benefits

Veterans Affairs leaders will not recommend appealing a Federal Court ruling awarding disability benefits to thousands of Vietnam veterans who claim exposure to cancer-causing chemical defoliants during ship deployments in the United States. off that country’s coast, officials confirmed on Tuesday. During an appearance before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said […]