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Category Archives: Veterans Services

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

On December 7th, 1941, 2,403 American citizens were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. In addition to those who lost their lives another 1,178 people were injured in the attack.  More than twenty years ago the United States Congress designated December 7th as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Today, and every day we are -->

VA’s Shulkin calls for new, strategic approach to veterans benefits programs

“Today … I call for a new way of thinking about benefits,” VA Secretary David Shulkin said Monday during a speech at the National Press Club. “I want to see an ongoing dialogue with stakeholders about rationalizing veterans benefits — a veterans benefit advisory board that can bring clarity to what we’re trying to do for veterans -->

Starting Saturday, Vets Can Get Tax-Free Online Shopping for Life through AAFES

This Veterans Day, on Saturday, about 18.5 million veterans worldwide and their families will be eligible for tax-free online shopping for life with AAFES, an acronym for Army and Air Force Exchange Service – the primary shopping center at U.S. military installations.  Read more here: http://www.stripes.com/starting-saturday-veterans-can-get-tax-free-online-shopping-for-life-through-aafes-1.496911?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Stars+and+Stripes+Emails&utm_campaign=Veterans+News  Article by Suzette Parmley

House Votes for VA to Clean Up Its Management

The Veterans Affairs Department would have to ensure all of its management layers are necessary and are being held accountable for their performance under a bill the House approved 399-0 on Monday. The VA Management Alignment Act (H.R. 1066) would require the department to report to Congress on its organizational structure, including details on the -->

Army Offers Medical Help for Veterans Injured in Chem-Bio Agent Tests

The U.S. Army is notifying veterans that they may be eligible to receive medical care if they participated in chemical or biological substance testing from 1942 to 1975.  Read more here: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/11/06/army-offers-medical-help-veterans-injured-chem-bio-agent-tests.html  By Matthew Cox

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