Category Archives: Veterans Benefits

Almost 80% of Burn Pit Claims Denied by VA


This week, an agency official announced that 78% of disability claims related to toxic exposure to burn pits have been denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs. According to an article published by Stripes.com, “Between 2007 and 2020, VA approved disability claims related to burn-pit exposure for 2,828 veterans out of 12,582, according to Laurine…

Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act Introduced


Last week, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act was introduced into legislation. If passed, the road to disability benefits for veterans with diseases related to burn pit exposure and other battlefield pollutants would be streamlined. According to an article published by Military.com, the requirement that veterans prove…

New Bill to Expand Benefits to Veterans with Toxic Exposure


This week the introduction of new legislation was announced which, if passed, will provide expanded access to benefits for veterans with illnesses related to toxic exposure. According to an article published by Radio.com, “The Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act introduced this week has an ambitious aim —…

VA Secretary Denies Reports of Mail Order Prescription Delays


After recent reports were released of significant delays in veterans mail order prescriptions, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie has responded by saying that these reports are “conspiracy theories” being used to “score political points against the Trump administration”. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com, Wilkie continued by saying, “It’s disappointing to see how comfortable…

Big Names Call For Reform at Toxic-Exposure Conference


This Friday, policy and medical experts, a famous comedian, and a former Department of Veterans Affairs secretary are gathering to discuss toxic exposure among veterans and the reforms that are necessary to provide affected veterans with treatment and resources. According to an article published by Stars and Stripes, “Hosted by the nonprofit organization Burn Pits…

USPS Plans to Halt Cost-Cutting Initiatives in Response to Public Outcry


In response to strong opposition from veterans advocacy organizations and the public, the U.S. Postal Service has announced that it will pause on implementing cost-cutting initiatives such as reducing staff hours and removing high-volume mail-processing machines. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy released a statement on Tuesday that said, “To…

Long Delays for Veterans with Mail-Order Medications


Veterans that rely on the U.S Postal Service for mail-order medications are experiencing long delays after recent changes made to the service including cutting staff hours and removing high-volume mail-processing machines. According to an article published by Stars and Stripes, “Changes have also prompted concern among veterans and lawmakers about delays for mail-order prescriptions and…

Housing Improvement Act for Disabled Veterans Signed into Law


A bill that would increase funding and access to a program that allows disabled veterans to modify their homes was recently signed into law. According to an article published by Stars and Stripes, “The Ryan Kules and Paul Benne Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act of 2019, H.R. 3504, updates a Department of Veterans Affairs program…

New Act Introduced Would Expand Healthcare to Veterans with Toxic Exposure


New legislation has been introduced by Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. that would expand access to preventive and diagnostic health care to veterans with service-related toxic exposure. The legislation also addresses funding and planning for the creation of training materials for providers and authorizing research on toxic exposure. According to an article published by Stars and…

VA Representatives List the Most Underused Benefits in Each State


According to representatives from the  Department of Veterans Affairs, there are various benefits that are available to veterans that are not always known about or used. An article published by MilitaryTimes.com outlined the following underused veterans benefits for Pennsylvania (PA) and New Jersey (NJ): In NJ, veterans with certain service-connected disabilities may be eligible for…