Veterans Disability News

VA Continues to Deny Healthcare to Veterans With Toxic Exposure


According to Dr. Patricia Hastings, chief consultant for post-deployment health services at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), more scientific information is needed in order for the VA to confirm or correctly assume the possible or known long-term adverse health effects caused by toxic exposure. However, according to an article published by Stars and Stripes,…

Wolf and Brown Secures Service-Connection for Vietnam-Era Veteran


Matthew J. Brown, Esquire, the accredited VA attorney for the Veterans Department at Wolf & Brown, successfully secured a favorable decision and settlement for a Vietnam-era veteran, who has been denied service-connection since 1968. The crux of the veteran’s appeal was whether he was “boots on the ground,” serving in the Republic of Vietnam, during…

Vietnam Veterans Continue Fight for Agent Orange Benefits in Court


Stephen Kinnaird, a veterans attorney, recently argued in court that the U.S. Veterans Administration should automatically pay retroactive Agent Orange benefits without requiring veterans to file new claims. According to an article published by Courthouse News Service, “Kinnaird’s clients sued the government in 1986 for denying claims for benefits based on diseases that it subsequently…

Investigation Reveals K2’s Dangerously High Radiation


A recent investigation found new evidence linking rare cancers to service members who served at Karshi-Khanabad, or K2, a former Soviet base in Uzbekistan. According to an article published by CBS News,  “After 9/11, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says about 10,000 troops passed through K2 over a four-year period, supporting missions hunting al…

VA partners with Apple to Provide Veterans Expanded Access to Virtual Healthcare


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has teamed up with Apple to expand access to virtual health care for veterans by providing them with free cellular-enabled iPads. According to an article published by the VA, “To standardize the program and provide Veterans a consistent, quality experience, VA will exclusively distribute iPads to Veterans. iPads offer…

New Law Extends Mental Health Services to National Guard and Reserve Troops


The Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act – a law aimed at reducing veteran suicides by extending mental health services to National Guard and Reserve troops who were previously not entitled to such services – was recently signed into law. According to an article published by Military.com, “The VA already was authorized to provide counseling through…

VA to Outsource all C&P Exams


The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the elimination of in-house compensation and pension exams and will now outsource 100% of these exams instead. According to an article published by Stripes.com, “The change comes as the VA is working through a backlog of requests for exams. The department suspended the exams in April, as coronavirus…

New VA Collaboration Helps Blue Water Veterans Claims Process


The Department of Veterans Affairs has collaborated with the National Archives and Records Administration to help document ship locations and digitize more than 1,800 Vietnam-era Blue Water Navy ships logs. According to an article published by Connecting Vets, “The data contained in these ships’ deck logs is critical in determining qualifying ship locations in accordance…

Live Call Dedicated to Helping Pennsylvania’s Veterans


On Wednesday, October 13 at 4pm Pennsylvania veterans are invited to participate in a live telephone-event hosted by Dr. Paul Lawrence, undersecretary for benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The event will be focused on directly assisting local veterans with benefits, informing them of new programs, and answering any questions they may have. According…

Veterans Receving Social Security Benefits Expected to see Cost-of-Living Boost


Veterans receiving social security benefits are expecting to see a cost-of-living boost next year with the exact increase expected to be announced in the coming weeks. In 2019, the figure was 1.6 percent and in 2018 it was 2.8 percent. According to an article published by Military Times, “On Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed legislation…