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Category Archives: Veterans Services

National Veterans and Military Families Month

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

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

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

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

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 -->