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Have you seen the new veterans memorial? There are many famous war memorials around the U.S. that pay homage to the brave men and women who have served our country.  These memorials are visited by students, soldiers, veterans, and other U.S. citizens on a daily basis.  They are powerful...

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What do Social Security records have to do with VA benefits? Recently, a Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) judge decided a case involving the relevance of Social Security records for a veterans’ disability claims.  The case does not have precedential value, as a single judge made the...

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Did you know that the proper spelling of Veterans Day does not include an apostrophe?  The apostrophe is left off because it is a day that honors veterans, not one that belongs to them.  The Department of Veterans Affairs explains this common spelling error and number of other FAQs about the...

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The Inspector General's Recommendations  for the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs was recently released. Many able bodied and disabled veterans utilize the VA Health Care System for their medical needs.  As we’ve reported in previous blogs, the system has been the subject of multiple scandals in...

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Can Same Sex Couples Get VA Benefits? Under certain circumstances, spouses and children of disabled or deceased veterans are entitled to benefits.  Recently, an issue has arisen over what constitutes a “spouse” for benefits purposes.  More specifically, can a same-sex spouse claim benefits?...

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How Can September 11th Bring Good News For Veterans? This year marked the 13th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.  The nation’s healing process is incremental, year by year.  It is a date that will never be forgotten but every year it produces a...

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Is it possible to get a Service Connected Disability for  Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?  PTSD is  defined by Mayo clinic as “a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe...

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims (CAVC) is the court of last resort for many veterans with claims who have been denied.  In the context of veterans’ disability claims, the term “CAVC” comes up a lot.  It is a reference to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims.  The CAVC is...

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What is Veterans' Choice? In prior blogs, we noted that Congress recently authorized up to $15 billion in expenditures through the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. The Act is designed to improve existing care and to improve veterans’ access to health care when care from...

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On August 7th, the Congressional Budget Office (“CBO”) released its report of proposed policy changes that would modify the Veterans Affairs’ (“VA”) disability compensation program. The VA, through the Veterans Benefits Administration (“VBA”), compensates U.S. veterans for medical conditions or...

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