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 New research could lead to disability benefits for Vietnam veterans with high blood pressure:

from an article by Leo Shane III New research linking veterans’ high blood pressure with wartime exposure to chemical defoliants could dramatically expand federal disability benefits for tens of thousands of Vietnam-era troops. The findings, from the National Academies of … Continue reading

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 Gulf War syndrome:

Gulf War veterans with unexplained illnesses that cause fatigue, headaches, respiratory disorders and memory problems can improve their balance with a device developed by Rutgers University researchers. The study is the first to examine how Gulf War illnesses affect veterans’ … Continue reading

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 New review finds ‘Sufficient’ evidence linking Hypertension to Agent Orange exposure

Researchers with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found for the first time that enough evidence exists to link hypertension to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. The finding, announced Thursday, bolsters the case for veterans with … Continue reading

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VA claim filing – suggestions for a possible beneficial outcome:

Many Veterans filing a disability claim with VA simply fill in the 21-526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits, list the disabilities they are filing a claim for, cross their fingers and hope for the best. Here are … Continue reading

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DoD/VA CWA planning effort – chemical warfare agent exposure:

VA and the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Veterans Administration (VA) are currently engaged in a joint effort to develop long-term plans for addressing chemical warfare agents (CWA) and weaponized toxic industrial chemical exposure, including plans for medical follow-up, … Continue reading

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 VA mobilizes federal agencies to offer free legal services to help Veterans:

On November 5, 2018 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) together with representatives from the departments of Labor, Justice, Defense, Homeland Security, the U.S. Navy and others, signed a joint statement aimed at improving access to free legal services … Continue reading

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 Veterans, military retirees will see a 2.8 percent COLA boost for 2019:

Veterans receiving disability pay and military retirees will see a 2.8 percent cost-of-living boost starting in December, their largest increase in six years. Social Security Administration officials announced that the cost-of-living adjustment for 2019 for their beneficiaries will be 2.8 … Continue reading

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• VA burial benefits – burial & plot interment allowance:

Many VSO service officers receive questions regarding burial allowances from either veterans or their surviving spouse. Following is, hopefully, an answer to your questions (you may want to keep this in a secure location). VA burial allowances are flat rate … Continue reading

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• VA Aid & Attendance – determining eligibility; means & evidence:

Although VA pension benefits are “means-tested” (i.e. the applicant’s income and assets are considered in determining eligibility), there was previously no specific asset limitation, and applicants were assessed on a case-by-case basis. The new rules provide a countable asset “cap” … Continue reading

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 Nearly 20,000 veterans subjected to unnecessary medical exams:

A Department of Veterans Affairs watchdog has discovered the agency spent about $10 million in unwarranted medical exams for military veterans, and warned another $101 million could be lost from similar procedures in the next five years. Last year, the … Continue reading

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