Category Archives: Veteran’s Benefits

New Burn Pit Maps Show Exposure Risk

A new project by the Center for a New American Security and the Wounded Warrior Project is aimed at helping troops calculate their burn pit exposure risk according to their location. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes, “Using the Defense Department’s own records, a team put together two maps, broken down by location, time period […]

New Bill to Recognize Oil Fires and Burn Pits as Health Hazards

In an effort to help ill veterans apply for VA benefits, a bill was introduced last week that would recognize the health hazards that oil fires, burn pits, and other pollution sources pose. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes, “The “Veterans Burn Pit Exposure Recognition” bill, S. 2950, would declare that service members who […]

New Bill Proposes Service Dog Training For Veterans

Two months ago, a bill was introduced that would allow veterans the opportunity to train service dogs to reduce the distress that mental health issues may cause. According to the Military Times, the bill has not yet been voted on however, Republicans have expressed their unanimous support by saying that the bill is a “no-brainer”. […]

New Toxic Exposure Research Initiative to be Launched by the VA

In 2021, a large-scale and extensive research initiative that will focus on environmental exposures in the military and their relation to illnesses affecting veterans will be launched by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). According to an article published by MilitaryTimes, “VA researchers have been speaking with veterans about the environmental toxins they think encountered […]

New Jersey voters to decide on veterans tax break

The one question on every New Jersey resident’s ballot on Tuesday will address the state’s war veterans. According to an article published by NJ.com, “Voters will be asked whether military veterans who live in continuing care retirement communities in the Garden State should get the same $250 annual property-tax deduction that veterans who live in their own […]

Delays for Agent Orange benefits continue

Two years ago, David Shulkin Veterans Affairs Secretary added bladder cancer, Parkinson’s-like symptoms, and hypothyroidism to the list of diseases assumed to be caused by Agent Orange. Now, thousands of veterans are still waiting on benefits for these illnesses. According to an article published by Military Times, “Heavily redacted emails and briefings released recently to former Army Spc. […]

Study finds combat troops at higher risk for drug abuse

Last month, a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that combat troops were at a higher risk of abusing heroin and prescription opioids, concluding that these service members 7 percent more likely to abuse these drugs than those who were deployed but never engaged in combat. According to an article published by Fox […]

Homeless Veteran Families Act extends benefits to children of veterans

The Homeless Veteran Families Act will extend aid to homeless veteran families by updating the VA’s per-day payment calculation to include money for children and would increase the daily payment by around 50% for each child. According to an article published by Radio.com, “The bill, sponsored by Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Women Veteran Task Force, came to a […]

Veterans to see a boost in cost-of-living in benefits

Starting in December, military retirees and veterans will see a 1.6 percent raise in their cost-of-living benefits payouts. According to an article published by Military Times, “Officials from the Social Security Administration announced the COLA boost [last week] Thursday, based on inflation and consumer spending calculations over the last few months. The increase will go into effect for […]

$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 […]