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Jul
13
Respiratory Conditions To Be Added To List Of Presumptions For Veterans

Respiratory Conditions To Be Added To List Of Presumptions For Veterans

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Recently introduced legislation, called the True Cost of War Recognition Act (TCWR), recognizes that numerous respiratory conditions and cancers suffered by veterans of the Persian Gulf and post-9/11 eras are linked to toxic burn pit exposure.  The dangers of exposure to burn pits have been discussed for years after many veterans who served in areas […]

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Jul
09
Were You Exposed to Toxic Firefighting Foam in the Military?

Were You Exposed to Toxic Firefighting Foam in the Military?

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A common chemical firefighting foam used since the 1970s by the military to extinguish fuel fires has been linked to numerous cancers and other conditions. Many veteran firefighters who now suffer from health problems potentially related to exposure to this foam have been denied disability benefits from the VA despite evidence that supports a link […]

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Jul
01

Supreme Court Will Not Review Men-Only Draft Registration Law

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On June 7th, the Supreme Court announced it is up to Congress on deciding whether to change the draft registration law requiring only men to register for the draft. It’s one of the few areas of federal law where men and women are still treated differently. In recent years, bills to require women to register […]

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Jun
24
VA Adds Three New Presumptive Conditions, Legal Help For Veterans, PLLC

VA Adds Three New Presumptive Conditions Related to Agent Orange Exposure

Medical Issues / Disability, News and Press, Veterans Law

On May 27, 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that they would be adding three new presumptive conditions to the list of Agent Orange exposure disability. The three conditions; Bladder Cancer, Hypothyroidism, and Parkinsonism were added as provisions under the Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Public Law 116-283). Bladder cancer is a […]

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Jun
22
Programs Seek To Get Veterans Into Beekeeping

Programs Seek To Get Veterans Into Beekeeping

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Honey bees and veterans might seem like a bit of an odd couple. Still, according to several programs designed to teach former military members about beekeeping, they might be perfect for one another. Whether as a new hobby or a full-time business, beekeeping can be an excellent opportunity for veterans, especially disabled ones.  As far […]

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Jun
22

USPS Unveils “Go For Broke” Stamps Honoring Japanese American WWII Veterans

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The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) recently unveiled the new “Go For Broke” commemorative stamp honoring World War II veterans representing the all-Japanese American 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442 Regimental Combat Team from Kauai. The “Go For Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of World War II” stamp honors the second-generation Japanese Americans, or Nisei, who fought […]

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Jun
08
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VA to Readjudicate Previously Denied Blue Water Navy Claims

Medical Issues / Disability, News and Press

On May 14, 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced they would be readjudicating disability claims that were denied prior to the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which went into effect on January 1, 2020. Previously, a veteran would have had to serve boots on the ground in Vietnam or on the inland […]

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Apr
30
New Study Links TBI And Chronic Sleep Problems In Veterans

New Study Links TBI And Chronic Sleep Problems In Veterans

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According to a study published in Neurology, veterans with a traumatic brain injury are significantly more likely to experience long-term sleep problems.  The longitudinal cohort study involved nearly 200,000 veterans who were receiving care through VA health care. One group of 98,709 veterans who had suffered a TBI between October 2001 and September 2015 were […]

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Apr
23
Mefloquine Toxicity – Could You Be Affected?

Mefloquine Toxicity – Could You Be Affected?

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Mefloquine is an antimalarial drug heavily prescribed by the military for troops deployed in areas where malaria is common. It is now associated with serious and lasting side effects and has since been largely discontinued for use by the military.  Mefloquine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989. By 1992 when […]

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Apr
16
Substance Abuse and Service Connection: Is It Possible?

Substance Abuse and Service Connection: Is It Possible?

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After serving in the military, many veterans return to civilian life with new and serious health issues they cannot always see. Mental health conditions like PTSD, depression, anxiety and physical ailments that cause chronic pain or sleep disruptions are often challenging to handle. This can lead some sufferers to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol to […]

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