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It’s that Time of Year Again, Drivers Prepare For Back to School

It's that Time of Year Again, Drivers Prepare For Back to School

According to AAA, each fall more than 55 million children in the United States head back to school, with more than 10% walking or biking to campus. If you drive to and from work prepare for congested roads and an influx of foot traffic. Here are some tips from the National Safety Council for Driving -->

The Importance of Maintaining Safe Premises

The Importance of Maintaining Safe Premises

Whether you own a single family home or a large business you have a legal obligation to maintain safe premises. Property owners must ensure both public areas and tenant’s quarters are livable, safe, and sanitary. Below are important considerations for those who own properties, or for those thinking of investing: Certain repairs aren’t optional: If -->

Labor Day: Safe Driving Tips

Labor Day: Safe Driving Tips

As Labor Day approaches, many are excited for the long weekend and celebrations with family and friends. Labor Day is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, so it is important to stay safe and plan ahead before you head out on the road. Here are some simple tips to follow before the -->

County in New York State Creates Anti-Bullying Website

County in New York State Creates Anti-Bullying Website

According to experts a key factor in preventing bullying is teaching children, teens, and parents how to identify bullying, and how to safely stand up to it. Nassau County recently signed a bill into law that will allow the County to create and operate an anti-bullying website. The goal of the website is to provide -->

Flashing Lights: Slow Down and Move Over. It is the Law

Flashing Lights: Slow Down and Move Over. It is the Law

Thousands of workers have died in work zone crashes due to negligent and reckless drivers. The vast majority of work-zone accidents are completely preventable. The National Safety Council recommends the following tips for preventing injuries in work-zones: Pay attention (using your phone, adjusting the radio, talking to passengers, and even daydreaming are all examples of -->

Lustgarten Walk for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 08:00 Walkway Over the Hudson Poughkeepsie61 Parker AvenuePoughkeepsie, NY 12601 We are proud to sponsor the Lustgarten Walk for Pancreatic Cancer Research. “Every dollar donated to Lustgarten goes to Pancreatic Cancer Research. Get inspired by other patients, survivors, and loved ones who are on the same journey. Together, we will raise -->

Why Upstate New York Has Become So Popular, What That Means for Residents

Why Upstate New York Has Become So Popular, What That Means for Residents

In recent years a record-breaking annual 239 million visitors traveled to New York State destinations.   “New York’s rich culture, diverse history, scenic beauty and outdoor reactional opportunities are second to none,” Governor Cuomo said. “With a record $104.8 billion economic impact, New York’s tourism industry is stronger than ever before and as we continue to invest -->

VA announces leadership changes to take effect shortly

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: -->

New VA secretary promises veterans better customer service and more medical options

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 -->

New VA Secretary Faces 400,000-Case Appeals Backlog, IT Delay

Among the many challenges facing new Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie is the long-standing backlog in disability claims appeals, which currently totals more than 400,000 cases.  By Richard Sisk.  Read more here:  http://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/07/31/new-va-secretary-faces-400000-case-appeals-backlog-it-delay.html

VA is Rethinking Its Entire Online Presence

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 -->

Potential Grant Opportunity for Veterans’ Groups

Potential Grant Opportunity for Veterans' Groups

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. -->

VSG Attorneys Advocate for Veterans in U.S. Supreme Court

VSG Attorneys Advocate for Veterans in U.S. Supreme Court

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 -->

What to Do If Your Surgery was Botched

What to Do If Your Surgery was Botched

Did you know experts estimate more than 250,000 people die each year due to surgical errors? Surgical errors stem from a number of factors, including systematic issues amongst hospital staff, physician error, contaminated medical devices, and issues during pre-operative or post-operative care. Studies indicate almost 75% of surgical errors happen during the surgery, with the -->

Senate plans path ahead for ‘blue water Navy’ benefits fix

Senate lawmakers will start their work next month on legislation to extend disability benefits for nearly 90,000 veterans who worked around toxic chemicals during the Vietnam War but have been denied compensation for that exposure.  By Leo Shane III.  See more here:  http://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2018/07/17/senate-plans-path-ahead-for-blue-water-navy-benefits-fix/

Pentagon sending letters to more than 130,000 owed tax refund on disability pay

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-owed-tax-refund-on-disability-pay-1.537986

The Link between Fall Prevention and Elderly Independence

The Link between Fall Prevention and Elderly Independence

According to experts, fall down accidents are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+. Falls can have devastating emotional and physical effects on elderly individuals. Some elderly individuals feel less confident about their mobility after a fall, which can cause depression and feelings of isolation. Elderly individuals involved in a -->

100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

We are officially in the midst of what’s known as the “100 deadliest days” for teen drivers. According to statistics, the number of teen deaths due to automobile crashes spikes beginning on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day. What can we do to help keep our kids, and others, safe when behind the wheel? -->

Tired on the Job? It’s a Major Issue, Here’s Why

Tired on the Job? It's a Major Issue, Here's Why

More than one in ten workplace injuries can be attributed to fatigue*. Being tired on the job puts you and everyone around you at risk for serious injury. According to experts, fatigue has the following effects on your body: Trouble thinking and concentrating Memory issues Poor Balance Slowed reaction time Inability to stay awake Diminished -->