Author Archives: Wolf & Brown Law Offices

$400 million in mistaken home loan fees refunded by VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs is refunding more than $400 in home loan funding fees after an inspector general’s report announced that thousands of veterans were incorrectly charged when applying for home loans. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com, “Department officials said they reviewed 130,000 cases over the summer to look for errors, which mostly involved […]

Defense Department data security tightened after settlement with veterans group

In response to charges that online information sites exposed countless veterans’ personal information to identity thieves and scammers, the Department of Defense (DOD) officials announced last week that they will revamp their Servicemembers Civil Relief Act databases. According to an article published by the Military Times, “Leaders from Vietnam Veterans of America, which filed a lawsuit […]

Nationwide smoking ban in effect at all VA facilities

This month, a nationwide smoking ban surrounding all VA medical facilities went into effect and prohibits visitors, patients, and employees from lighting up outside the centers. According to an article published by Military Times, “Smoking was already prohibited inside VA medical buildings, but now patients, employees, and visitors will not be able to puff away […]

U.S. Postal Service announces new release of Purple Heart stamp

The U.S. Postal Service announced that they will be releasing a new Purple Heart stamp that will be made available at post offices this Friday. According to an article published by Stars and Stripes, “The Purple Heart is given to servicemembers killed or wounded by enemy actions. The new stamp, a tribute to the sacrifices […]

Advocates fight to speed up ‘blue water’ Navy veterans benefits

Earlier this year, law legislation awarding presumptive benefits to “blue water” veterans was finalized, with more than 90,000 veterans eligible for disability benefits under this law. However, in June of this year, Veterans Affairs officials announced a six-month-long delay in processing “blue water” Vietnam benefits cases. According to an article published by Military Times, “VA Secretary Robert Wilkie […]

Study finds veterans with TBI have higher suicide risk

A new study found that the risk of suicide among U.S. military veterans who have had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is more than double that of other veterans. Researchers looked at a database in excess of 1.4 million vets who received treatment from the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) during a ten year period. […]

Court rules VA must pay for veterans’ emergency room care

A federal appeals court ruled earlier this month that the Department of Veterans Affairs is required to reimburse veterans for emergency medical care received at non-VA facilities. The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has stated that the VA has been wrongfully denying reimbursement to veterans who sought emergency medical care at non-VA facilities. […]

New blood test could help diagnose veterans with PTSD

A new research study recently published from the Army (and other third-party experts) stated that physicians may one day be able to identify veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with a quick blood test instead of complex and lengthy psychological tests. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com, “The study, which can be found in the Molecular Psychiatry journal, […]

New ruling may give veterans an extra year of GI Bill benefits

An extra year of tuition assistance may be added to veterans’ education benefits as outlined by a recent federal court decision. This ruling would come into effect if a veteran qualifies for both the Post-9/11 GI Bill program and the older Montgomery GI Bill payouts. Currently, it has not been decided whether Veterans Affairs officials will appeal the […]

Department of Defense to work with VA on environmental health concerns

During a press conference earlier this week, defense secretary Mark Esper stated that he would like to collaborate with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to ensure that all who are ill as a result of environmental exposures related to service in the military have access to the care they need. According to an article published by […]