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Camp Lejeune: Water Contamination Update, Presumptive Conditions

Posted by: David W. Magann

From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals. VA has established a presumptive service connection for Veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members exposed to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987 who later developed one of the following eight diseases: Adult leukemia Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes Bladder cancer Kidney cancer Liver cancer Multiple myeloma Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma Parkinson’s disease Presently, these conditions are the only […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 and filed under Veterans Benefits.

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How to File a Complaint With the Department of Veterans Affairs

Posted by: David W. Magann

Different aspects of Veterans Administration (VA) operations fall under the responsibility of different agencies, you don’t simply file a complaint with the VA, rather, you file a complaint with the agency, bureau or person that oversees that aspect of the VA operations. The following are the general aspects of filing a complaint and your specific complaint may vary depending on the VA operations you are encountering. Health Care Complaints If you have a dispute about a patient’s health care, call the patient advocate at the VA medical center involved. A patient advocate is an employee responsible for taking your complaint and working […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 and filed under Veterans Benefits.

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PTSD, "Post" Means After And At Any Time

Posted by: tamadm

Government analysis finds Veterans with PTSD can suffer for decades before acknowledging the disorder. The year 2014 marks the 100th-year anniversary of the beginning of World War I, the so-called war to end all wars. And in a bit of irony, a study was released on August 8 that has found that, like the consequences of the “Great War,” the after-effects of combat stress among veterans, just like the after-effects of old wars upon conflicts years later, seems to linger for decades. The study, which was commissioned by the Department of Veterans Affairs, tracked veterans from as far back as the Vietnam […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 and filed under Veterans Benefits.

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Attorney Fees in VA Compensation are Contingent Upon You Winning

Posted by: tamadm

Attorney fees in VA Compensation claims are contingent upon winning benefits. The VA’s General Counsel office and regional offices must approve of all fee agreements, which allows 20% of the veteran’s BACK benefits, not future benefits, to be withheld to pay the representative. The attorney does not collect the fee directly from the veteran, but reasonable costs may be collected directly from the veteran claimant. By law, an individual must be accredited by VA as an agent, attorney, or representative of a VA-recognized veterans service organization to assist in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of a claim for VA benefits.  […]

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Posted on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 and filed under Veterans Benefits.

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Camp Lejeune Tainted Water Claim? New Rules You Can Use: Justice Delayed

Posted by: tamadm

For decades there has been medical complications statistically abnormal for those who were based in Camp Lejeune. Recently there has been considerable media and Congressional attention to the past contamination of the water supply at Camp Lejeune. From 1953 to 1987, the water supply was contaminated with TCE, PCE, benzene, vinyl chloride and “other compounds.” see https://clnr.hqi.usmc.mil/clwater/Site/background_information.html. Because of legislation passed in 2012, the VA now recognizes the medical problems caused by the Camp LeJeune water contamination. There are two areas that a Veteran may be awarded benefits listed below: (1) VA health care benefits may be available. These are […]

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Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 and filed under Veterans Benefits.

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Can a Veteran Living Outside the United States Receive Compensation Benefits?

Posted by: tamadm

Veterans living abroad are entitled to a full range of benefits including Compensation or disability benefits. The VA resources available, of course, may be limited in some instances due to geography when in person medical needs are required, but payments for Compensation or disability payments are easily available. For information regarding available VA benefits for Veterans living abroad, please see the Department of Veterans Affairs contact information below. As always you can double check for changes of contact information below by visiting the Department of Veterans Affairs website. FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT (ONLY) (All Countries Except the Philippines) VA Foreign Medical […]

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Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 and filed under Veterans Benefits.

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Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): The Basics

Posted by: tamadm

Spouses, children, and parents of Servicemembers and Veterans who are deceased or totally and permanently disabled by a service-connected disability may be eligible for VA dependent and survivor benefits, i.e., DIC compensation. These benefits can also include pension, health care, education, home loans, and burial. Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Servicemembers who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease. •Complete VA Form 21-534, “Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Death Pension and Accrued Benefits by […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 and filed under Veterans Benefits.

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Military Records Lost: 1973 St. Louis Fire

Posted by: tamadm

Often we see clients who have had military records lost and sometimes those records are attributable to the fire in St. Louis, but more often or not, the records do still exist and need to be requested from another location. The following may clear up what was lost in the great fire and what form to submit for the military records request: A fire at the NPRC in St. Louis on July 12, 1973, destroyed about 80 percent of the records for Army personnel discharged between November 1, 1912, and January 1, 1960. About 75 percent of the records for […]

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Posted on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 and filed under Veterans Benefits.

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VA Permanent and Total Service Connected Disability: What does it mean?

Posted by: tamadm

Under 38 USCS Section 110 states: “A total rating of 100% (or other permanant rating) that has been in continous force for twenty years shall not be reduced.” Until then you are subject to whatever exams for rating purposes the VA desire. However, barring no reduction, permanent and total service connected disability is a 100% rating that entitles you to many benefits not available to those who are not P & T, i.e., dental treatment, commissary privileges, veteran’s employment preference for spouse, •special home adaptation grants, survivors and dependents education assistance, etc. and the list goes on. One should be […]

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Posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 and filed under Veterans Benefits.

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VA Disability: Is it really "non-adversarial"?

Posted by: tamadm

Those new to the VA claims process may come to believe that the VA is “pro claimant” or will, without a doubt, provide every possible assistance to support your disability claim. This belief is a dangerous pitfall based upon Congressional mandates and case law which is often ignored by a bureaucracy that is understaffed, undertrained, and underpaid for the processing of disability claims. The Veterans Claims Assistance Act of 2000 (VCAA) reaffirmed that the VA benefits and disability claims process up to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) process must be non-adversarial. See, 38 C.F.R. §§ 3.102, 3.103, 3.105, 20.700 […]

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Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2012 and filed under Veterans Benefits.

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