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Iraq, Afghan Vets May Have Their Own Agent Orange

By Mark Brunswick: While it took nearly three decades for the U.S. government to eventually link Agent Orange, the defoliant used in Vietnam, to cancer, President Obama has pledged quick action to make determinations about the effect of the burn pits on perhaps as many as 60,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Read more here:  -->

Combat Troops in Iraq Talk About PTSD

by Tim King (SALEM, Ore.) – Hundreds of thousands of American combat veterans are victims of the effects of combat and war. The symptoms of PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, are wide ranging. The current conflicts continue to generate PTSD in our troops, and they join the ranks of veterans of the Persian Gulf War, -->

Secretary Shinseki Announces an Additional $10.3 Million to Help Eliminate Veterans Homelessness

WASHINGTON – Eleven states will share more than $10.3 million in grants to community groups to provide enhanced services for homeless Veterans this year. This is in addition to the $59.5 million in preventive grants awarded earlier this year. “Homelessness is a national issue that will be solved at the local level,” said Secretary of -->

Congressman Ackerman Urges VA to Speed Up, Improve Claims

According to an article written by Congressman Ackerman, Ackerman and NYC/Long Island Colleagues Call on VA Secretary to Improve New York Regional Veterans Affairs Office. The Facility processes benefits claims for veterans throughout New York including New York City and Long Island U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens/L.I.), joined by Members of the New York City-Long -->

Illness Persists In 250,000 Gulf War Veterans

Gulf War Research Breakthrough: Better Diagnosis: Read the following article written by Ivanhoe Newswire: Gulf War, illnesses persist, with blood flow abnormalities in the brains of the veterans. “We confirmed that abnormal blood flow continued or worsened over the 11-year span since first being diagnosed, which indicates that the damage is ongoing and lasts long -->

Federal Appeals Court Backs Veterans’ Complaints on Mental Health Services

Federal Appeals Court Backs Veterans’ Complaints on Mental Health Services. Read the following New York Times article: In a sweeping decision released Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that “unchecked incompetence” by the Department of Veterans Affairs had led to poor mental health care and slow processing of disability -->

Avastin Injections at VA Causing Blindness

A VA medical center in Los Angeles has reported that five patients who were treated with the drug Avastin for eye disease have been blinded. Earlier this year, four patients at the VA hospital in Nashville suffered infections from the bacterially contaminated Avastin. The Food and Drug Administration also issued an alert last Tuesday stating -->

Orange County Arts Council Seeks Veteran Artists, Poets, Essayists

As part of its fourth annual County Art Awards Celebration on Thursday, November 10th at the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, the Orange County Arts Council is adding a special tribute to veterans this year.

Vietnam Navy Veterans to Get Agent Orange Benefits

Last September, Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, then chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, asked the VA to reconsider claims from veterans who served in Vietnam’s rivers and inland waterways, or who docked in Vietnam, known as Brown Water Veterans, who are claiming to have sustained illnesses/disabilities as a result of exposure to Agent Orange. -->

Finkelstein & Partners Offers Veterans Legal Options

Finkelstein & Partners is proud of its commitment to aiding Veterans in pursuit of their well-deserved benefits. An article, recently published in the Times Herald Record, discusses this: The Department of Veterans Affairs is meant to serve veterans, but when it comes to the disability process, the bureaucracy is notoriously ponderous. Until June 2007, veterans -->

Dear Friends and Clients,

In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP