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Category Archives: Veterans Services

VA TO AMEND ADJUDICATION REGULATIONS TO ESTABLISH PRESUMPTIVE SERVICE CONNECTION FOR RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS DUE TO EXPOSURE TO PARTICULAR MATTER

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently issued an interim final rule amending its adjudication regulations to establish presumptive service connection for three chronic respiratory conditions. The interim final rule, published in the Federal Register, Vol. 86, No. 148, is effective Thursday, August 5, 2021. More than 3.7 million service members have participated in -->

Thousands of Veterans who lost jobs due to pandemic eligible for new rapid retraining program

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Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic individuals in every profession lost jobs because of coronavirus closures, layoffs, or health complications. The most recent coronavirus relief plan passed by Congress included millions in funding for Veterans programs to help mitigate employment and health challenges related to the pandemic. The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) -->

VA TO BEGIN PILOT PROGRAMS TO PROVIDE COVID VACCINE TO ALL VETERANS, SPOUSES & CAREGIVERS

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The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has been following a phased plan based on Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 risk criteria for vaccinating eligible Veterans and caregivers. Under the phased approach, Veterans who receive care through the VA and designated primary/secondary family caregivers who are enrolled in the VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for -->

VA HUDSON VALLEY WALK-IN COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS

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The VA Hudson Valley Health Care System is hosting walk-in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics on Wednesday, February 17th and Friday February 19th. The clinics will be held at the Montrose Campus, located at 2094 Albany Post Road in Montrose NY, and at the Castle Point Campus, located at 41 Castle Point Road, in Wappingers Falls NY, -->

NEW CONDITIONS ADDED TO AGENT ORANGE PRESUMPTIVE LIST

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Agent Orange (AO) was a tactical herbicide used by the military to clear vegetation and leaves during operations primarily in the Vietnam War. Veterans exposed to AO may have certain related illnesses, some of which can be presumptively linked to service for VA disability benefits purposes. Recently, three new conditions were added to VA’s list -->

BILLS SIGNED INTO LAW AFFECTING VETERAN SERVICES & BENEFITS

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Recently, three bills from the 116th Congress concerning services and benefits available to Veterans were signed into law. These bills comprise of H.R. 1812: Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act, H.R. 2372: Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act and H.R. 6168: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020. H.R. 1812 The Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act amends -->

NEW YORK STATE VETERANS BENEFITS & THE RESTORATION OF HONOR ACT

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has several benefits available to eligible Veterans after their discharge. Some of these benefits include healthcare, disability compensation, educational, housing, employment, and memorial services. Benefits available through the VA are considered federal benefits. In determining a Veteran’s eligibility for benefits the VA may consider a combination of factors including -->

National Veterans and Military Families Month

On this Memorial Day, We Remember the Fallen and Their Tremendous Sacrifice

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day,” on November 11, 1919, in conjunction with the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1926, Congressed passed a resolution designating an annual observance and in 1938, November 11th became a national holiday. The name was officially changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954, -->

VA PLANS TO OUTSOURCE ALL COMPENSATION AND PENSION EXAMINATIONS

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides tax-free monthly disability benefits to qualifying Veterans that become sick or injured as a result of active military service. Once a claimant files for VA disability benefits the claim goes through numerous steps before VA renders a decision. After VA receives a claim and conducts an initial -->

VA TO RESUME IN-PERSON COMPENSATION & PENSION EXAMINATIONS

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Due to COVID-19 and the resulting declaration of a national emergency, in-person compensation and pension (C&P) examinations were suspended in April 2020. While the VA resumed some in-person examinations starting on May 28, 2020, it has continued to expand in-person examinations based upon local COVID-19 risk assessments. According to the VA, starting on September 24, -->

Registration for Economic Impact Payment for Qualifying Veterans Reopened until Sept. 30th

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been offering tax help for individuals, businesses, tax-exempt organizations, and others, affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) this year. This includes Veteran’s receiving certain VA benefits. Earlier this month the IRS has reopened the registration period for qualifying Federal benefit recipients. Individuals who receive benefits, including but not limited to, -->

VA MODIFICATIONS TO COPE WITH EFFECTS OF COVID-19

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The President declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency in early March 2020. The effects of COVID-19 have been changing the way individuals interact and our Country operates in all aspects of life on a daily basis. While businesses deemed essential remain open, most states have implemented some type of social distancing protocol and non-essential -->

Veteran Resources for COVID-19 information

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As of March 26, 2020, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), reports 68,440 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States. These cases include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases. More information about COVID-19 is available at https://www.cdc.gov/. In response to COVID-19, Federal and State governments have been enacting provisions affecting individuals and -->

Updated DOD list identifying Agent Orange sites outside of Vietnam released by VA

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Veteran’s with qualifying service during Vietnam are able to receive disability benefits for certain disease associated with Agent Orange and herbicide exposure on a presumptive basis. For presumptive diseases a Veteran does not need to show the condition started during or worsened due to, military service. Rather, when there is qualifying service the Veteran need -->

Legislation Expands Commissary & Exchange Privileges For Veterans

As of January 1, 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD), has expanded commissary and exchange privileges for Veterans. Specified in the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018, and included in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, all service connected Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners -->

Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 scheduled to take effect!

VA regulations have historically provided service connection on a presumptive basis for Vietnam Veterans for certain diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange and herbicide exposure. For the presumptive provisions to apply, generally, a Veteran must have set foot in the Republic of Vietnam or qualify under an additional presumptive category. Service in Vietnam has -->

HUGE WIN FOR BLUE WATER VETERANS

PRESUMPTION OF AGENT ORANGE EXPOSURE EXTENDED TO VETERANS WHO SERVED ON SHIPS WITHIN THE TERRITORIAL SEAS OF THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM.  CHRISTINE K. CLEMENS, ESQ., OF OUR OFFICE, SUBMITTED  AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF VETERAN.  Pursuant to 38 USC sec. 1116, Veteran’s who served in the Republic of Vietnam between 1962 and 1975, and suffered -->

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: -->

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 -->

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