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Category Archives: Veterans Services

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 & -->

Why Women with PTSD Turn to Opioids & How to Prevent It

‘Women with PTSD’ has been called a silent epidemic. If left untreated, it can lead to mental and physical illnesses and opioid abuse. Learn about treatments and community intervention opportunities.  Article by Andrea Fox.  Read more here:  http://efficientgov.com/blog/2018/05/16/why-women-with-ptsd-turn-to-opioids-and-how-to-prevent-it/

Sweeping veterans policy bill passed overwhelmingly in the House

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers advanced a $52 billion veterans legislative package on Wednesday that would overhaul outside medical care options for Department of Veterans Affairs patients, expand stipends for veteran caregivers and launch a review of the bureaucracy’s national footprint.  Article by Leo Shane III.  Read more here:  http://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2018/05/16/sweeping-veterans-policy-bill-passed-overwhelmingly-in-the-house/

VA Updates Disability Rating Schedule to Better Align with Modern Medicine

WASHINGTON — Effective May 13, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will update portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD, or rating schedule) that evaluates the organs of special sense eye conditions, as well as gynecological conditions and disorders of the breast.  Read more here:  http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=4057

VA Finalizes Rule Paying Special Monthly Compensation to Some With TBI

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 -->

Many Medically Discharged Vets Missing Out on Rating Upgrade

Congress ordered that the PDBR (Physical Disability Board of Review) established as part of the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act after a mountain of evidence surfaced that service branches had been low-balling disability ratings given to thousands of service members medically separated over a nine-year period through recent wars.  The PDBR began accepting applications in January 2009. -->