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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 -->

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

Navy vets see sinister move behind effort to deny them Agent Orange benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs opposes a bill that would extend disability benefits to Navy veterans from the Vietnam War who served at sea and claim they were exposed to Agent Orange because the evidence of exposure is uncertain and the cost could reach nearly $1 billion, a top VA official said Wednesday. /by Duke Omara Read -->

VA to start offering mental health care to ‘bad paper’ veterans

By Leo Shane, III: Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said his department will start offering mental health services for veterans with other-than-honorable dismissals as soon as possible, saying the issue is too important to wait for congressional intervention. Read more here:  http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/bad-paper-va-extending-mental-health-services

HOLD THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ACCOUNTABLE AND CONFRONT THE REALITY OF VETERANS’ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, OTHER OFFENSES AND MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS WITH VA-FUNDED SOLUTIONS

New Jersey Senate Bill 307 will be voted on Monday and it involves implementing a Veterans Criminal Diversion Program (VCDP).  Tomorrow, March 8th, at the Capitol, Room 209, at 11:00 a.m., there will be a press conference with a question/answer session.  A VCDP  is a specialized court that operates within the existing New Jersey Court System. VDCPs -->

Drug Abuse, Mental Illness Rise Among Veterans: VA Report

by Amy Bushatz: The number of Department of Veterans Affairs patients with diagnosed mental health or substance abuse issues increased between 2001 and 2014, according to a report on veteran suicide newly released by the VA. Read more: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/08/04/drug-abuse-mental-illness-rise-among-veterans-va-report.html

DOJ won’t defend measure that facilitates VA firings

By Davidson: When Attorney General Loretta Lynch decided not to defend a statute that makes it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs senior executives, attention quickly focused on Sharon Helman. The former Phoenix VA director and admitted felon was fired during the department’s scandal over the cover-up of long wait times at VA facilities. -->

VA announces new TBI exams

By: A.J. Lagoe and Steven Eckert, KARE: Responding to disclosures that it used unqualified doctors to diagnose traumatic brain injuries, the Department of Veterans Affairs has announced plans to offer new TBI exams to nearly 25,000 veterans nationwide.  “It was a systemic national problem that we’ve identified that we are working to fix now,” David McLenachen, -->

Veterans with ‘bad paper’ discharges seek help from Congress

By Martin C. Evans: A bill, introduced last June by Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), would require Defense Department panels that evaluate a veteran’s request to prove that PTSD or traumatic brain injury were not the reason for the veteran’s discharge. The proposed legislation is gaining support in Congress, including from members of Long Island’s delegation.  “It’s -->

VA Secretary Says Demand Outstripping Extra Resources

The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON — Veterans’ hospitals and clinics are beefing up staff and seeing more patients, but the number of appointments not completed within 30 days continues to grow, Department of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald said Friday. Read more here:  http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/11/06/us/politics/ap-us-veterans-health-care.html?_r=1

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