VA to Expand CHAMPVA Benefits for Family of Veterans

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has announced that it is expanding access to its Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) program. The expansion will allow family members of veterans, as well as primary family caregivers, to access expanded mental health benefits, contraceptive services, and audio-only telehealth. This will help the families of veterans to better care for themselves, which in turn will improve the lives of veterans with families.

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What You Need to Know About Appealing a VA Disability Denial

If you are a veteran who has either applied for disability benefits through the VA, or you are looking to apply for benefits, you may be concerned about the risk of having your claim denied. Fortunately, there are a few factors that you can be aware of that increase the likelihood of success if you want to appeal a claim. Here is what you need to know about appealing a VA disability denial:

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Why Do Veterans Struggle to Get Benefits for Burn Pit Exposure?

It is estimated that around four million veterans are currently living with the effects of burn pit exposure, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. In theory, most or all of these veterans are eligible for disability benefits through the VA, but many of them must fight hard to be able to access those benefits. So why do veterans struggle to get benefits for burn pit exposure?

What is Burn Pit Exposure?

In simple terms, burn pit exposure is when someone suffers from toxic side effects as a result of breathing in smoke from burn pits. These burn pits were commonly used by the military to dispose of various types of waste, some of which are unsafe for humans. People who suffer from this issue often struggle with negative health consequences years after their military service, with the effects often not showing up until long after they have retired.

How Do Veterans Get Exposed to Burn Pits?

Generally speaking, burn pit exposure occurs in veterans when they serve in the military, due to the smoke from the pits blowing downwind. Given how common these burn pits are, or were, it can become nearly unavoidable for someone to be exposed to the toxic chemicals disposed of by the pit. However, even people who have never served in the military in an official capacity may suffer negative health consequences as a result of being too close to burn pits.

What Are the Effects of Burn Pit Exposure?

Due to the sheer variety of substances involved in burn pit exposure, it is nearly impossible to list all the potential health effects. However, broadly speaking, many veterans suffering from this problem have been found to have a high incidence of otherwise rare medical conditions, such as certain types of cancer, as well as Parkinson’s disease. As a general rule, however, it requires a formal medical exam to determine if a specific condition may have been the result of exposure to toxic burn pits.

What Should You Do?

If you are a veteran who suffered from burn pit exposure, you should make sure to speak to a doctor as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. You should also speak to a lawyer with experience handling veterans disability claims. They can help guide you through the process of obtaining benefits and ensure you get the help you need for your condition.

The attorneys of Sullivan & Kehoe place a special focus on assisting disabled veterans. Our veterans’ disability lawyers are still available for remote consultation on your legal issues. 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, or visit our contact page.

Benefits For Women Veterans Up 26% in Five Years

The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has announced a new record, delivering more benefits to women veterans than ever before. The amount of benefits delivered to female veterans increased by 26% over the course of five years. This dramatic increase in benefits is a sign of the VA’s continued efforts to reach out to women veterans to ensure they access the benefits they are rightly entitled to.

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Seeking Veterans Disability Benefits for PTSD

Veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at a significantly higher rate than the rest of the population. When this condition is the result of experiences suffered during their military service, it can qualify them for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). So how do you go about seeking disability benefits as a veteran with PTSD?

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Why You Should Get Legal Help With Your VA Disability Claim

While in theory you can file your claim for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) on your own, that is not necessarily a good idea. Without legal assistance you could run into serious problems, during or after filling out your application. Here is why you should make sure you get legal help with your VA disability claim:

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Veterans See 3.2% Increase in Disability Benefits in 2024

The amount of benefits that veterans will receive in 2024 has gone up by 3.2% compared to 2023. This increase in benefits is lower than previous years, due to changes in the Cost of Living Adjustment (or COLA for short). This increase in benefits is meant to help veterans continue to pay their bills despite increases in essential goods and services like groceries and rent.

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VALife Brought Life Insurance to 31,000+ Veterans in 2023

The new life insurance program issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), known as VALife, has brought life insurance to more than 31,000 veterans since it began in January 2023. Thanks to this program, veterans (particularly veterans with disabilities) now have easier and better access to life insurance benefits. This can help veterans cover the expenses related to end-of-life care, as well as funeral costs.

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VA Lost 120,000 Online Disability Claims

According to a recent article in the Military Times, more than 120,000 online disability claims were lost by the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA). While the department has worked quickly to try to fix the issue, tens of thousands of applications still remain in limbo.  Although this is a relatively small number of applications compared to the whole, VA leadership has said that it remains unacceptable, and some critics are worried about the scope of the problem.

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80% of PACT Act Claims Approved, But Issues Remain

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA), around 80% of all claims under the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022 were approved. This means that veterans who filed under the Act were able to get approved for veterans disability benefits. However, there are still issues, as 1 in 3 PACT Act claims resulted in a 0% disability rating, prompting a review from the VA.

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