New Telehealth Program for Veterans Brings Healthcare Home

As technology advances, so too do the tools available for providing healthcare to veterans. One potential leap forward in this so-called “telehealth” is the increased use of tablets. Tablets make it easier for people who have difficulty getting out of the house, including many disabled veterans, to speak face-to-face with their doctors. With this new initiative, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hopes to bring VA healthcare closer to home. Continue reading “New Telehealth Program for Veterans Brings Healthcare Home”

VA Urges Congress to Pass New Suicide Prevention Bill

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is commemorating the occasion by seeking new ways to reduce suicide among veterans. In that vein, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie has called upon Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to allow a vote for the “IMPROVE Well-Being for Veterans Act.” The proposed legislation would grant funding to community groups to help support veterans at risk of suicide or self-harm. Continue reading “VA Urges Congress to Pass New Suicide Prevention Bill”

VA Urges Congress to Pass New Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is commemorating the occasion by seeking new ways to reduce suicide among veterans. In that vein, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie has called upon Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to allow a vote for the “IMPROVE Well-Being for Veterans Act.” The proposed legislation would grant funding to community groups to help support veterans at risk of suicide or self-harm. Continue reading “VA Urges Congress to Pass New Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill”

Benefit Application for Spanish-Speaking Veterans

The United States is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. To no surprise, our nation’s armed forces are also extremely diverse with 40% of active-duty military personnel considered to be of ethnic descent in 2015. The second largest minority category for the United States military is Hispanic and Latino. With millions of Hispanic veterans living throughout the country, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released a health care benefit application to help Spanish-speaking veterans.
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Basics of Veterans Disability Benefits

Service-Connected Disability Benefits

A veteran’s disability claim is referred to as service-connected benefits. To be entitled to receive service-connected benefits, a veteran must have a current disability that he or she suffers from. He or she must be able to show that an incident occurred during service that caused his or her injuries. In addition, a veteran must be able to demonstrate that his or her disability is a result of military service. Continue reading “Basics of Veterans Disability Benefits”

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Filing or Appealing a VA Disability Claim

Filing a disability claim with the VA is often complex and confusing. If you or a loved one is a Veteran that has had an application for benefits denied, it is important to contact an experienced VA lawyer who may assist you or a loved one through the process. With that being said, some common mistakes that Veterans often make include the following: Continue reading “Common Mistakes to Avoid When Filing or Appealing a VA Disability Claim”

VA Disability Benefits Basics

There are a number of different benefits that a Veteran may be entitled to receive.  Types of benefits include the following:

  • Pension benefits;
  • Readjustment benefits;
  • Disability benefits;
  • Vocational benefits;
  • 1151 benefits for medical malpractice; and
  • Dependency and indemnity benefits.

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Obtain Veterans’ Disability Benefits for a Traumatic Brain Injury

According to the Mayo Clinic, a traumatic brain injury happens when the skull is penetrated from a blow to the head. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), traumatic brain injuries are one of the leading causes of long-term care treatment. In addition, the CDCP reports that traumatic brain injuries contribute to 50,000 deaths each year and 282,000 hospitalizations. According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), there are over 20,000 military service workers that sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. Continue reading “Obtain Veterans’ Disability Benefits for a Traumatic Brain Injury”

Are You 65 and Over with a Permanent Disability? Housebound for Veterans May Be a Viable Option To Secure Additional Monthly Income

In the United States, there are over 13 million veterans who are over the age of 65. Housebound is a pension service program provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Housebound program provides supplemental income to disabled veterans who are confined to their home. The income provided by this program is in addition to the veteran’s monthly pension payment. Continue reading “Are You 65 and Over with a Permanent Disability? Housebound for Veterans May Be a Viable Option To Secure Additional Monthly Income”

VA Secretary Seeks to Expand Medical Coverage Related to Agent Orange Exposure

Stars and Stripes reported that Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin would like to expand Agent-Orange-related medical coverage to new categories of veterans with ailments, but cost, medical science, and politics are preventing it from happening. Continue reading “VA Secretary Seeks to Expand Medical Coverage Related to Agent Orange Exposure”