Veterans Disability News

VA authorizes “fast-track” disability benefits for Agent Orange


According to Military Times, “The move represents another major expansion of toxic exposure benefits for veterans, this time for individuals suffering from illnesses dating back to the Vietnam War era. The changes follow mandates included in the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act — better known as the PACT Act — passed by Congress in…

GAO reports on Reserve members and disability benefits access issues


“Members of the National Guard and the Reserves can claim Veterans Affairs disability benefits. But they may struggle to prove that disabilities are service-related when they only serve part-time—making it harder for them to access benefits.” This is according to the GAO. According to their report, the VA “approved 11 to 20 percent fewer initial…

“Glitch” blamed for delaying veterans disability claims for years


From AirForceTimes.com: “About 32,000 veterans’ disability claims were delayed — some as long as five years — due to a technical flaw in federal filing systems, Veterans Affairs officials acknowledged this week.” Although the number of claims is reported to be a “fraction” of the millions of claim filed since the beginning 2018, “Department leaders…

Bill allowing service members to file malpractice claims in district court advances in US House


“The new bill — Healthcare, Equality and Rights for Heroes, or HERO Act — would allow troops to take their claims to district court”, Stars & Stripes reports. “The way that the process works now is a service member’s first step is submitting a claim with their military branch, Panetta said. If that is denied,…