Veterans Services

Our Veterans' Services Group (VSG) has done another exemplary job for a deserving veteran.  The veteran served from 2004-2009 completing two tours in Iraq.  She was diagnosed with PTSD based upon an in-service sexual assault and duty in a combat zone.  She also suffered orthopedic injuries during her service in the Gulf.  Her ratings combined to 90% but she was unable to work due to the increasing severity of her symptoms.  VSG fought and obtained an increased rat

Veterans who experienced military sexual trauma (MST) are at higher risk for post-deployment eating disorders (EDs), according to a new study1 conducted by Rebecca Blais, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, Utah State University in Logan, and colleagues.According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) MST affects 25% of female and 1% of male veterans and includes “any sexual activity where a service member is involved against his or her will.” Read more here:

The PAWS Act — or Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act of 2017 — was reintroduced last month and would implement a pilot program to allow for the VA to provide service dogs to veterans with a mental disability such as post-traumatic stress disorder, a service the government doesn’t already provide.  According to the VA’s website, service dogs are provided to veterans “to do specific tasks for a person that he or she cannot do because of a disabi

Washington, DC - On June 7, 2017, President Trump nominated three individuals for vacancies on the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC): Michael P. Allen, Amanda L. Meredith, and Joseph L. Toth.  Michael P. Allen was nominated to fill former Chief Judge Bruce Kasold’s seat on the court.  Amanda L. Meredith was named to fill Judge William Moorman’s seat and Joseph L.

By Adam Mazmanian: The Department of Veterans Affairs is planning big organizational changes under President Donald Trump's executive order on reforming the executive branch, according to a senior official."We were given a gift by the executive order," Scott Blackburn, VA's acting deputy secretary, said at ACT-IAC's April 5 conference on customer experience.

The Department of Veterans Affairs opposes a bill that would extend disability benefits to Navy veterans from the Vietnam War who served at sea and claim they were exposed to Agent Orange because the evidence of exposure is uncertain and the cost could reach nearly $1 billion, a top VA official said Wednesday. /by Duke Omara Read more here: