Veterans’ Disability Compensation Recipients Will Be Provided a Cost-of-Living Increase

The White House issued a briefing on October 10 that President Trump signed into law the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018. This allows those receiving veterans’ disability compensation to receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase similar to what Social Security recipients receive.

Under the Act, which was introduced by Congressman Mike Bost of Illinois, veterans with a service-connected disability will receive a COLA increase, effective December 1, 2018. In addition, there will be an increase in clothing allowances, as well as additional compensation for their dependents and indemnity compensation to surviving spouses and their children.

Unlike Social Security, in which the COLA is automatically adjusted every year, the Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act must be renewed every year, according to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The purpose of passing the bill, the committee stated, is to ensure the benefits the veterans receive are enough to provide for them a comfortable lifestyle and that they receive the same compensation as Social Security recipients.

In a statement, Bost, who is himself a veteran, said, “As a country, we must remember the sacrifices of our veterans who have bravely served our nation, as well as their families, and I remain committed to providing the best care possible for them.”

If you or a loved one is a veteran who suffered an injury during service or the widow or child of a veteran killed in the line of duty, you may be entitled to compensation from the VA. It is important to contact an experienced VA lawyer who can assist you or a loved one through the application process. Filing an application for veteran’s disability benefits or appealing an application that has been denied, is a complex process that often requires the attention of a skilled Veteran’s Affairs attorney.

The attorneys at Sullivan & Kehoe, LLP concentrate their practice in Veterans and Social Security Disability Law. With over 50 years of combined experience between its lawyers, our attorneys may be able to assist you or a loved one in obtaining disability benefits. Call our office at (800) 395-7830 to schedule a consultation in our New York City, Garden City, Kings Park, Riverhead, or White Plains office.

 

The VA and Walgreens Collaborate

In a previous article, the innovative technological advancement of “VEText” and its benefits to veterans was discussed. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs has not stopped there; the VA is continuously implementing new ways to improve how our nation’s veterans receive care.

Recently, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs partnered with the pharmaceutical services provider, Walgreens, to allow for improved patient and pharmaceutical care coordination for veterans. All VA-enrolled patients that utilize Walgreens’ services are able to access more efficient and better care for their prescription and immunization needs. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Walgreens’ pharmacists are now able to access a VA patient’s entire medication and immunization history with the click of a button.

In a recent interview, the VA Secretary, Robert Wilkie, stated “this arrangement is the first of its kind and it’s a strong collaboration.” He also mentioned how partnerships, such as this one, will allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to continue to improve the way it cares for our nation’s veterans.

With this program, VA providers are able to keep track of prescriptions made by community providers. Prior to the creation of this partnership, VA providers would have to ask patients to inform them of their various prescriptions being sent to Walgreens. However, with the creation of the new VA-Walgreens exchange program, VA providers are now able to directly view VA patients’ prescriptions that are filled by Walgreens, along with their immunization history. The partnership allows the VA to provide the best possible care coordination and medication management for veterans.

This exchange program is not the only partnership that the VA has with Walgreens. For the past five years, the Department of Veterans Affairs has teamed up with Walgreens to provide free flu vaccinations for enrolled veterans. With this, veterans were able to receive better access to immunizations at no cost to them.

If you or a loved one is a veteran and has suffered a service-connected illness or disability, you may be entitled to Veterans Disability benefits, including access to VA medical and pharmaceutical care, including those discussed through this program. The attorneys of Sullivan & Kehoe, LLP concentrate their practice in Veterans Disability Law. With over 50 years of combined experience between its lawyers, our attorneys may be able to assist you or a loved one in obtaining disability benefits or treatment options. Call our office at (800) 395 -7830 to schedule a consultation in our New York City, Garden City, Kings Park, Riverhead, or White Plains office.

VEText: An Innovation for Veterans

Over the years, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has struggled with contacting veterans and reminding them about their medical appointments. To help reduce no-shows and improve access to care, the Department recently launched its VEText program. Through VEText, an automated, interactive text message is sent to the veteran, in which they are reminded about their appointment and can either confirm or cancel it.
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Veterans May be Entitled to VA Benefits for Seizure Disorders

A seizure is a health condition that occurs as a result of a sudden surge of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. A person may experience the following:

  • Unconsciousness;
  • Falling;
  • Convulsions;
  • Stiffened muscles;
  • Violent jerking;
  • Foaming from the mouth; and
  • Blanking out.

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