Category Archives: Veterans Benefits

VA Medical Exams Continue Despite Increase in Coronavirus Cases


In an attempt to ease the backlog of almost 200,000 disability claims, the Department of Veterans Affairs is amping up their efforts to recommence Compensation and Pension exams amidst the soaring coronavirus cases. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com, “The situation leaves many veterans unsure of the health risks with a difficult choice: Head outside their homes for…

Disabled Veterans Granted Free Lifetime Access to National Parks


On June 29. 2020 lawmakers passed the Wounded Veterans Recreation Act, a bill that grants veterans with service-connected disabilities free lifetime entry to the country’s 400+ national parks. According to an article published by Stripes.com, “The Wounded Veterans Recreation Act, which now goes to the House for consideration, amends the current eligibility standards for national park passes….

VA Approves More Than 17K Blue Water Navy Disability Claims in First Year


Since the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act was passed into law a year ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs has received more than 58k Blue Water Navy disability claims and has already granted around 17,400 of those. According to an article published by Connecting Vets, “The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act required the Department…

VA’s Plans to Expand Remote Health Care Raises Concerns from Advocates


During a recent House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, chief consultant at the Veterans Health Administration Dr. Jennifer MacDonald stated that the department intends to continue offering and expanding telehealth services to veterans. However, several advocacy groups are voicing concern that this may not provide adequate medical alternatives for low-income veterans. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes, “VA leaders…

June is PTSD Awareness Month


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that severely impacts the lives of countless individuals across the country, including many of our veterans. In honor of PTSD Awareness Month, Wolf & Brown is sharing some helpful resources from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Understanding PTSD Resources for Family & Friends Treatment Options How to…

VA Claims Backlog Continues to Grow


Officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that the backlog of VA claims has increased by thousands of cases due to the shutdown of operations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. According to an article published by The American Legion, “There were 119,000 backlogged claims as of Wednesday, up from 64,000 in November. The VA considers…

In-person VA Disability Exams Begin to Resume


The Department of Veterans Affairs will recommence in-person disability exams at various department medical centers across the country in an attempt to reduce the backlog of cases caused by the coronavirus pandemic. According to an article published by Military Times, “The exams backlog currently sits at 114,000 cases, up from 65,000 in November 2019. The news…

Wounded Warrior Project Livestream Interview with VA Undersecretary Dr. Paul Lawrence


The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) recently hosted a livestream interview between WWP Financial Wellness Vice President Tom Kastner and VA Undersecretary of Benefits Dr. Paul Lawrence about the hurdles that the COVID-19 pandemic presents for veterans benefits processing. According to an article published by Cision PR Newswire, Lawrence was quoted as saying, “With the onset of…