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Concussion Education Program

Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that often leave invisible, life-altering wounds. Concussions and brain injuries became more widely talked about when the number of NFL players and U.S. service members diagnosed with TBIs began to soar. More than five years ago the NFL and U.S. army initiated a long-term program to care for -->

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 -->

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

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

Check out the new Veterans Appointment Request app

By Charlie Castelluccio: Veterans Administration’s new Veterans Appointment Request app helps veterans to schedule appointments with the VA care team from the convenience of their mobile phone, computer, tablet or any device with an internet connection. You can directly schedule primary care appointments, see details for all pending, confirmed and upcoming appointments, and send up -->

VA Extends New Hepatitis C Drug to All Vets in its Health System

by Judith Graham: Aided by new funds from Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is extending new antiviral treatments to all veterans with hepatitis C treated within its sprawling health care system—regardless of the stage of their illness and whether they contracted these infections during military service.  Read more:  http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2543889

Senators Want to Help Troops with PTSD Appeal Bad Discharges

By Richard Sisk:  A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday sought to revive a proposal to make it easier for veterans to upgrade “bad paper” discharges wrongly handed down for behavior resulting from PTSD or sexual trauma.  Read more:  http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/07/19/senators-want-to-help-troops-with-ptsd-appeal-bad-discharges.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Military%20EBB%207-20-16&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Military%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

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