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Benefits That All Veterans Should Know About

Benefits That All Veterans Should Know About

Approximately 4.55 million Veterans receive disability benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. More than 9 million receive health care benefits, and more than 6 million receive life insurance benefits. Just under 3 million have received home loans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, close to 1 million have received education benefits, and -->

Court determines military burn pits caused lung disease in service members

The thousands of U.S. military personnel and private contractors whose health was compromised by the dense black smoke of burn pits – and who were then denied proper treatment – may finally be vindicated by a recent court ruling.  Article by Perry Chiaramonte.  Read more here: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/15/court-determines-military-burn-pits-caused-lung-disease-in-service-members.html

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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 -->

Veterans Day 2017

Veterans Day 2017

The Finkelstein & Partners team spent Veterans’ Day cheering on the Army Black Knights football team at West Point’s final home game of the season. It is our honor to support the brave men and women who protect our great nation, whether it be showing our support at a football game or through our 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

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 -->

Trump Signs Bill to Fund Veterans Medical Care Program

The Associated Press: President Donald Trump has signed an emergency spending bill that will pump more than $2 billion into a program that allows veterans to receive private medical care at government expense.  Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/08/12/us/ap-us-trump-veterans.html

New PTSD study identifies potential path to treatment

By Bill Hathaway:  A study of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—conducted by the VA National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), National PTSD Brain Bank, and Yale University—has identified a new potential mechanism contributing to the biology of the disorder that may be targeted by future treatments. Read more here: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-07-ptsd-potential-path-treatment.html

ANOTHER VSG SUCCESS STORY! VETERAN AWARDED $62,000 IN RETRO BENEFITS

Our Veterans’ Services Group (VSG) has done another exemplary job for a deserving veteran.  The veteran served from 2004-2009 completing two tours in Iraq.  She was diagnosed with PTSD based upon an in-service sexual assault and duty in a combat zone.  She also suffered orthopedic injuries during her service in the Gulf.  Her ratings combined -->