VA Disability

President Signs PACT Act into Law


This week President Joe Biden signed the PACT Act into law – a bill that expands health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxins. According to an article published by Stars and Stripes, “The bill seeks to provide an easier path to health care and benefits for veterans who served…

Laying A Solid Foundation For Your Disability Claim – Advice from VA Attorney Matthew J. Brown Esq.


Successfully filing with the VA requires great attention to detail and the right representation. NJ Vet-Wire is a publication created by Wolf & Brown to help educate our veterans on how to best navigate the complicated process of obtaining disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The disability claims process is confusing, but we…

VA Expands List of Illnesses caused by Toxic Exposure to Burn Pits


This week The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that they will be expediting disability benefits for veterans who developed one of nine respiratory cancers as a direct result of their burn pit toxic exposure. According to an article published by Stars and Stripes, “The cancers were added to the department’s presumptive list, which lowers the…

VA Mobile App Gives Veterans Easy Access to Benefits


More than 300,000 veterans have used the VA mobile app since the VA mobile app launched mid-last year. The Department of Veterans Affairs attributes the app’s success to the veteran-centric development approach. According to an article published by VAntage Point, “This direct Veteran feedback, combined with development efforts to achieve high-value app functionalities…resulted in a…

More than 2,000 Additional Claims Processors Hired to Help with VA backlog


Veterans Affairs officials are hiring in excess of 2,000 additional claims processors to help cope with the increase in backlogged cases, the biggest that the department has experienced in seven years. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com, “Department officials are also planning to use mandatory overtime for thousands of already-working claims staff and emergency coronavirus…

Toxic Exposure Legislation Expected to be Passed in 2021


Two Congressmen stated that they are positive that the bill to provide benefits to veterans affected by burn pits will be passed this year. According to an article published by Connecting Vets, “Two bills are currently before Congress that address the health care implications of veterans exposed to toxins. On the Senate side, the Comprehensive…

VA Disability Deadline Extended for Gulf War Vets


The deadline for Gulf War veterans to claim presumptive disability for Gulf War Syndrome and other service-related illnesses has been extended. According to an article published by Military.com, “While there is no time limit for claiming disability benefits from the VA in normal circumstances, some presumptive conditions do come with time restrictions…To qualify as disabling,…

VA Disability Claims Backlog to Increase this Fall


The number of first-time disability claims that have been waiting for decisions for months has now exceeded 215,000 nearly triple what it was in early 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic hit the country. According to an article published by Military Times, “Veterans Affairs officials don’t know how bad the backlog of veteran disability claims will…