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May
10
PTSD Stressor Statement Attorney

Stressor Statement for VA Disability Compensation Benefits

PTSD

Those seeking VA disability compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may need to write and submit a compelling “stressor statement” with their application for benefits. While not every case requires a stressor statement, it is a useful evidentiary tool to maximize available benefits. However, some cases do not require them, and the VA should notify […]

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May
06
Character of Service Determination

Obtaining Benefits with a Character of Service Determination

Veterans Law

Generally, service members and veterans with honorable and general discharges can access VA benefits. However, those with other characterizations such as, Other than Honorable (OTH), Undesirable, or Bad Conduct, often face challenges securing benefits. These types of discharges are known as “bad paper.” Many people receive incorrect information about VA benefits eligibility, and the misinformation […]

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May
04
Veterans Benefits Attorney

How a Veterans Benefits Attorney Can Help Servicemembers Through Their Compensation and Pension Exams

Veterans Law

After applying for VA compensation or pension benefits, the VA will likely schedule the claimant for a “compensation and pension” (C&P) exam. Typically, these exams take place at a VA clinic or hospital. Unlike routine doctors’ appointments, the examiner will not provide treatment or medication; instead, they focus on evaluating a medical condition. These exams […]

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Apr
29
Trash can on fire

VA Adds 9 Presumptive Conditions Associated with Burn Pits

Medical Issues / Disability, News and Press

On March 1, 2022, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced their intention of adding nine rare respiratory cancers to the list of presumptive conditions for veterans exposed to burn pits. At the time this was just a proposal, but fast forward to April 26 and VA announced they have added these nine cancers to the […]

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Apr
21
Prescription pad with medical marijuana

VA Disability Benefits and Marijuana

Medical Issues / Disability, Veterans Law

Even though many states in the U.S. have legalized the use of marijuana for medical and/or recreational use, veterans should know that federal law still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance. Meaning it is illegal in the eyes of the Federal government and Veterans Affairs. The Department of Veterans Affairs is required to […]

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Apr
12
Camp Lejeune North Carolina

VA Benefits for Contaminated Water Exposure

Veterans Law

Veterans who were exposed to contaminated water during active duty may be eligible for service-connected disability benefits. Some contaminated water exposures have already been recognized by the VA and specific disabilities are presumed to be service-connected. This means the veteran does not have to prove the disease is service-connected if they served in a certain […]

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Apr
04
Homeowner Assistance Fund - HAF

What to Know About the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF)

News and Press

To help families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, an assistance program has been created with the help of $9.961 billion to help homeowners behind on their mortgages and other housing-related expenses. American Rescue Plan of 2021 As part of the American Rescue Plan of 2021, the federal government recognized that 10 million homeowners were behind […]

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Mar
22
Burn Pit On Fire

VA Proposes Adding 9 Respiratory Cancers to Presumptive Service Connection List

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On March 1, 2022, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced its intention of adding rare respiratory cancers to the presumptive service connection list due to particulate matter exposure from burn pits for veterans who served in the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations. Respiratory Cancers Associated with Burn Pit Exposure The nine respiratory cancers included in […]

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Mar
17
Chesty XVI and Chesty VX

U.S. Marine Corps Welcomes Newest Mascot

News and Press

Chesty XVI is reporting for duty as the official Marine Corps mascot. He will be taking over for his predecessor, Lance Cpl. Chesty XV. This is the 16th in the line of English Bulldogs to serve in this capacity since World War I, when Marines first became known as “devil dogs”. In a post written […]

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Mar
14
National Medal of Honor Day

Let’s Celebrate National Medal of Honor Day

News and Press

The United States Congress has designated March 25th of each year as National Medal of Honor Day, a day entirely dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. While many in the military community feel strongly that this day should be one of our most revered; unfortunately, all too many Americans are not aware of its existence. […]

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