Tag Archives: Veterans Services

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

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

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

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 -->

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