Author Archives: Wolf & Brown Law Offices

Five charged with stealing millions from disabled veterans

This week the Department of Justice announced that five individuals have been formally charged with stealing millions of dollars from disabled veterans through an international scam. According to an article published by Stripes.com, “The 14-count indictment unsealed Wednesday in San Antonio, Texas, charges five people living in the United States and the Philippines with coordinating […]

Further delays for new Agent Orange connected illnesses

Earlier this year, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs announced that they may have reached a decision regarding the addition of four new illnesses to the Agent Orange presumptive benefits eligibility list. Now, almost five months later, they still have not been able to move forward on this. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com, “Last November, researchers […]

New electronic health record system for veterans

A unified electronic health record (EHR) solution between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is in the works, a solution that will give doctors unlimited access to a veterans’ full health records and history. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com, “The new solution will compile data from service records […]

VA urged by lawmakers to fix claims that wrongly cost vets $53 million

This month, the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary was urged by thirty-five members of Congress to revise thousands of medical claims for veterans who were left with charges that the VA should’ve covered. According to an article published by StarsandSripes.com, “The group of lawmakers, which included Republicans and Democrats, wrote to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie following […]

New OATH Act could help vets get treatment for toxic exposure

In an effort to increase access to disability benefits and treatment at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a new bill (now connected to the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2020) requires that servicemembers include whether they were exposed to toxic materials in their medical records. Later this year, lawmakers will rectify the […]

Lackland relocates 200 residents due to mold

  Hundreds of residents were relocated from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland as a result of severe mold problems with some of its dorms. According to an article published by AirforceTimes, “Initial inspections of the technical training dorms at Lackland are now finished, and secondary inspections are underway, said Brig. Gen. Laura Lenderman, commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing […]

VA continues to struggle to track veterans wait times

Five years ago, a scandal erupted over appointment delays linked to veterans’ deaths. Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs is still struggling with scheduling issues and monitoring wait times. According to an article published by Military.com, “During a hearing Wednesday before the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Debra Draper, health care director at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), said that, while […]

Lawsuit filed over delaying benefits for “Blue Water” Navy vets

This week, a lawsuit was filed against the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie over his decision to suspend claims processing for tens of thousands of “Blue Water” Navy veterans until 2020. The lawsuit was filed by Military Veterans Advocacy and the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association in the U.S. Court of Appeals and […]

Thousands of health care applications abandoned

In an effort to shrink a massive backlog of requests, an arm of the Veterans Affairs Department in Atlanta has eliminated more than 200k applications from across the country for health care early this year, saying they were missing signatures or information. According to an article published by Stripes.com, “Veterans groups say the VA should […]

‘Blue water’ veterans’ claims delayed again

Veterans Affairs officials recently announced that they will not start to process “blue water” Vietnam veterans claims until 2020. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie stated that the delay is intentional and ensures that the proper resources are allocated to meet the needs of the “Blue water” veterans community. However, some advocates are saying that the move is another disappointing delay […]