Category Archives: Veterans Services

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

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 -->

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

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 -->

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

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/

Veterans Services Group Attorneys to Present at VA CLE

Veterans Services Group Founder, attorney Nancy Morgan, and F&P Veterans Services Group Attorney, Christine Clemens have been selected to present at the Legal Services of NYC’s Introduction to VA Disability Benefits CLE. For more information, including how to register, visit Legal Services NYC. va_cle.jpg For more information about the Veterans Services Group at Finkelstein & -->