Category Archives: Veterans Services

VA May Expand List of Ailments for Agent Orange Coverage: Shulkin

Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin said Monday he’s decided to expand the list of “presumptive” ailments for Agent Orange compensation subject to approval by the Trump administration.  Read more here:  http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/11/07/va-may-expand-list-ailments-agent-orange-coverage-shulkin.html  Article by Richard Sisk

House passes bill to expand mental health care for veterans

The House passed legislation on Tuesday to provide mental health care for veterans who would otherwise be ineligible because they received an other-than-honorable discharge from the military. Read more here:  http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/359212-house-passes-bill-to-expand-mental-health-care-for-veterans  Article by Cristina Marcos

Veterans Services Group Attorney & Volunteer Firefighter, Vincent J. Pastore, Completes the Great Cow Harbor 10K

On September 16th, 2017, Finkelstein & Partners, Veterans Services Group attorney, Vincent J. Pastore, successfully completed the 2017 The Great Cow Harbor 10K Run in Northport, NY. In addition to his work as a Veterans’ benefits attorney, Vincent is a volunteer firefighter and Lieutenant in the East Northport Fire Department. He ran the race with -->

Military Struggling With Traumatic Brain Injury Fallout

By Leo Duran: Top current and former officials in the U.S. Military are raising the alarm over the disturbing combination of high rates of Traumatic Brain Injury in the armed forces and a lack of public policy solutions to adequetly address the problem. Researchers are only now getting their arms around the magnitude of the -->

House Looks to Increase Funding for Veteran Treatment Courts

By Nikki Wentling: WASHINGTON – A measure to increase funding for veteran treatment courts by $3 million was added to a House spending bill Tuesday, signaling early support in Congress for diversion, rather than incarceration, for veterans struggling with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Read more here: http://www.stripes.com/news/house-looks-to-increase-funding-for-veteran-treatment-courts-1.487339#.WcA1WbmouUn

VA Tries To Streamline Claims With 30-Day Promise

By Carson Frame: On September 8th, the VA unveiled its Decision Ready Claims program, which promises a decision for upgrading disability compensation within 30 days of filing. That reduced wait time could be a plus for many vets. Read more here: http://tpr.org/post/va-tries-streamline-claims-30-day-promise#stream/0

County Executive Neuhaus calls VA budget cuts shortsighted

Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus released the following statement on Friday about a decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to deny an anticipated annual federal investment more than $500,000 to Hudson River Housing. If no action is taken, funding will run out and the program will be terminated after September -->

Bill would cover more Korean DMZ vets for Agent Orange exposure

Congressman Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., sponsoring a House bill to give presumption of Agent Orange exposure to Korean DMZ veterans who served in from Sept. 1967 to April 1968.    Read more here:  http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/2017/08/16/korea-dmz-veterans-could-get-more-disability-coverage/569592001/

Trump signs bill easing way for World War II vets’ mustard gas claims

By Chuck Raasch: President Donald Trump signed on Wednesday legislation making it easier for a Missouri World War II veteran and others of his generation to receive benefits to treat conditions from secret mustard gas experiments they were subjected to more than 60 years ago.  Read more here:  http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/trump-signs-bill-easing-way-for-world-war-ii-vets/article_86bd5821-8a40-5269-a473-d05c4e36d4fa.html

5 Things for Veterans to Know About Expanded GI Benefits

By Farran Powell: The Forever GI Bill, which passed the U.S. Senate unanimously, is estimated to cost more than $3 billion over 10 years.  “It restores benefits to veterans who were impacted by school closures since 2015 and has special benefits for our reservists, surviving dependents and Purple Heart recipients,” said Veterans Affairs Secretary David -->