Sgt. Laskoswki's PTSD FTCA

Sgt. Laskoswki's PTSD FTCA

“There has to be some understandings. You don't give five-month prescriptions. You don't schedule two-month appointments. You don't change medications over the phone. I wouldn't change them over the phone.”

                          Dr. Dondershine in testimony in Sgt. Lawkowski’s suit against the United States Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs

Every day it’s fitting to recognize those individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice for us and those who continue to pay the price. Sometimes it’s military Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who continue to pay the price. It

PTSD Diagnosis can be complicated

PTSD Diagnosis can be complicated

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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The Effects of Agent Orange: Half a Century Later

The Effects of Agent Orange: Half a Century Later
 
Obtaining VA-Disability and Survivor Benefits for Non-Presumptive Cancers

If you’re reading this article, you probably already know that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration presumes that Vietnam veterans have been exposed to herbicides containing high levels of dioxins, like Agent Orange.

Long-Overdue Relief for the Navy’s “Blue Water” Vietnam Veterans:

Long-Overdue Relief for the Navy’s “Blue Water” Vietnam Veterans:

The approaching implementation of H.R. 299 – The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019.Jon Perrone – Whitcomb, Selinsky, P.C., Denver, ColoradoJune 20, 2019In applying for disability compensation with the V.A., veterans of the Vietnam War are entitled to various “presumptions.” A presumption in this context simply means that the veteran need not present evidence showing certain required elements of a claim. Those elements are already presumed proven.Generally, in order to succeed on a VA disability-compensation claim, the veteran is required to prove three elements to the level of

VA Character of Discharge Upgrades

VA Character of Discharge Upgrades

By Jon Perrone When a U.S. servicemember leaves the armed forces, he or she is presented with a form called a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. The DD-214 is colloquially referred to as a veteran’s “discharge” or “discharge papers.” There are several types of discharge, generally falling under two categories: administrative and punitive. The administrative include honorable, general, and entry-level separations. The punitive include other-than-honorable, bad-conduct, and dishonorable. Discharges falling under the latter category are often called “bad paper”

Veterans dream vanish when schools abruptly close

Veterans dream vanish when schools abruptly close

July 23, 2019

By Kimberly Craven, Esq.

Veterans are cheated out of an education benefits by greedy, unscrupulous schools

On April 24, 2015, Corinthian Colleges shockingly announced it would close the very next day. Less than two week later it filed for bankruptcy leaving over 15,000 students unable to complete their degrees. In Sept. 2016, ITT Technical Institute closed between terms leaving 11,000 students hanging. More recently, 18 Art Institutes and Argosy University schools closed in March of 2019 with over 1,700 student veterans impacted. These recent incidents are just the tip of the

How Does the VA Determine the Effective Date of your Disability Claim?

How Does the VA Determine the Effective Date of your Disability Claim?

One of the most contested issues in VA disability claims revolves around the effective date of a disability. Many veterans believe that because their current disability is directly caused by an in-service event or occurrence, the effective date of their disability claim should be the day after they leave the service. Unfortunately, many are disappointed when they learn that in most instances, the effective date of their disability compensation benefits will be a later date.

How to Reopen a Previously Denied Claim

How to Reopen a Previously Denied Claim

Some veterans are unaware that they may reopen a disability compensation claim that has been denied by the Department of Veteran Affairs. In this blog post, I will explain to you what you need to reopen a previously denied claim.

Is Your Disability Entitled to Secondary Service Connection?

Is Your Disability Entitled to Secondary Service Connection?

Many veterans know that they are entitled to service connection for disabilities due to injuries incurred while they were in service. What some may not know, is that it’s possible to receive service connection for additional disabilities that are either caused or proximately due to their service connected disabilities.

Cost of Living Adjustment for Service-Connected VA Benefits

Cost of Living Adjustment for Service-Connected VA Benefits

On February 15, the VA published a COLA adjustment notice in the Federal Register. The VA is required to notify Veterans of COLA adjustments by the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017, P.L. 115–75. The law requires an increase in rates when the Social Security Administration increases benefit amounts payable under title II of the Social Security Act. The Social Security Administration announced a two-percent cost-of-living increase in benefits for 2018. The following rates for VA’s compensation program became effective on December 1, 2017: