Category Archives: Veteran’s Benefits

Final ruling delayed on ‘blue water’ Vietnam veterans benefits

This week the Supreme Court granted a 30-day extension to Department of Justice officials regarding the appeal of a January court ruling which extended presumptive benefits to tens of thousands of Navy veterans. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com, “advocates say they are not concerned by the move, calling it a typical legal maneuver and […]

New ruling promises fix for ‘Blue Water’ Veterans

Last week, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced plans to back a ruling that promises a permanent fix for ‘Blue Water’ Vietnam veterans who claim that their rare illnesses are caused by exposure to chemical defoliants while in service. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com “[The] “blue water” veterans problem centers on […]

Professionals qualified to diagnose TBI expected to expand

According to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is expected to expand the requirement in the disability compensation process regarding who can diagnose traumatic brain injury (TBI) to include any health care professional with sufficient brain injury training and experience. According to […]

New policy proposal on social media monitoring accelerates controversial issue

A new policy proposal is calling for the monitoring of disabled people’s social media profiles to determine the validity and necessity of their disability benefits. According to an article published by Forbes, “the proposal, which reportedly aims to cut down on the number of fraudulent disability claims would monitor the profiles of disabled people and […]

New bill to cover treatment of veterans exposed to PFAS

Last week the Veterans Exposed to Toxic PFAS Act was introduced. If passed, this legislation would cover the treatment of any health conditions caused by PFAS exposure and would make veterans and their families eligible for VA disability benefits. According to an article published by Stripes.com, “The Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Research released a […]

New veterans community care rules scheduled for June

New community care standards granting veterans access to private-sector health care will be in place this June, regardless of ongoing concerns. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com, the new veterans community care rules, also known as Veterans “choice” , is happening in 10 weeks, unless Congress can find a way to stop it. Veterans eligible for […]

Blue Water Navy Veterans court ruling moves forward

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that they will not appeal a January court ruling that will likely pave the way for “Blue Water Navy” veterans to receive Agent Orange benefits. According to an article published by Military.com, “VA Secretary Robert Wilkie told members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that he will recommend the Justice Department not fight the decision, handing […]

VA to Announce Decision on New Agent Orange Presumptive Illnesses

According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com, during a Senate Veterans Affairs hearing this week, Dr. Richard Stone (executive in charge of the Veterans Health Administration) announced that a decision regarding presumptive illnesses linked to Agent Orange would likely would come in the next 3 months. This announcement would mean that conditions such as bladder cancer, […]

Report finds post-9/11 vets have far higher disability ratings than prior generations

According to a the annual survey of veterans employment and status by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, post-9/11 active-duty veterans have significantly higher disability rates than those of prior generations. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com, the Current Population Survey of 60,000 households in 2018, states that “41 percent of Gulf War-era II […]

Burn Pit Registry strengthened by new bill

This month, the Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act was passed which will allow family members of deceased veterans to enter cause of death in the registry. This will aid the registry in becoming a useful tool for researching the health effects of toxic exposure on veterans. According to an article published by Stripes.com, “burn pits […]