Veterans Services

WASHNGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced several leadership changes that will take effect shortly.  These leadership changes will build upon a strong current team that will continue to carry out the priorities of President Trump and newly appointed Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie.

The leadership changes are as follows:

Veterans Affairs Department is looking for a team of developers to consolidate its far-flung agency websites into a single, user-friendly online portal.  The vendor would lead a complete redesign of the agency’s primary website, VA.gov, which would include building a new content management system within the VA Enterprise Cloud and migrating content from existing sites to the new platform, according to the request for information.

In his first public speech since taking over the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie on Wednesday reiterated his promises to push that bureaucracy towards more customer-friendly practices and more flexible access for beneficiaries.  "VA exists to make life easier for veterans,” he told a crowd of veterans at the AMVETS annual convention in Orlando, Florida. “So my prime directive is customer service.

New York State Bar Association, August 6th 2018- The Business Law Section’s fund, administered through The New York Bar Foundation, provides grant money to non-profit organizations offering legal advice and assistance to military veterans, minorities and other underserved New York residents seeking to establish their own small business enterprises in the State of New York.

The Foundation is now accepting applications for their 2019 Grant Cycle.

Finkelstein and Partners Veterans Services Group attorney Christine Clemens recently took the lead in writing an AMICUS brief to the US Supreme Court in the Gray case on behalf of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA), Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium (NLSVCC) and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) in support of the Petitioner Robert Gray.

The Defense Department has identified more than 130,000 veterans released from military service following injuries who may be owed more than $1,700 each in tax refunds after the Pentagon incorrectly withheld money from their disability pay.  By Corey Dickstein.  See more here:  http://www.stripes.com/news/pentagon-sending-letters-to-more-than-130-000-ow

You may have heard about the VA's Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) or Aid and Attendance benefit.  SMC is compensation paid in addition to regular disability compensation to a veteran who, as a result of military service, incurred the loss or loss of use of specific organs or extremities.  Well, according to a rule published in the Federal Register, the VA will begin paying SMC for veterans with TBI on June 7, 2018.  This applies to veterans with

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