Blue Water Navy Veterans Urged to File Claims Now

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act was signed into law in June 2019, by President Donald Trump. The act restores and expands veterans disability benefits to those potentially exposed to Agent Orange, while serving on open-sea ships off the coast of Vietnam during the war. Vietnam War blue water sailors had their disability eligibility...
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Military Medical Malpractice – How to File a Claim

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which included provisions from an earlier bill, the SFC Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act, that allows active duty servicemembers, veterans, or their surviving family members to file claims for death or personal injury caused by the negligence or wrongful acts of a...
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Veterans Affairs Plans to Research Toxic Exposures to Service Connected Veterans

On November 13, 2019, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) chief of research development, Rachel Romani, announced the VA will undertake a comprehensive research project in 2021 on environmental exposures to military personnel and their connection to diseases in veterans and their offspring. VA researchers are scrutinizing the department’s existing research and speaking with veterans...
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Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions proposed Two Years ago still awaiting Senate resolution

On or about October of 2017, Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David Shulkin agreed to add three health conditions — bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and Parkinson’s like symptoms — to the presumptive conditions list of 14 Agent Orange-related illnesses, but it was never announced. The Office of Management and Budget, including Director Mick Mulvaney, and other...
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Veterans Could See Repeal of Widow’s Tax and Ban on Military Malpractice Lawsuits in House Defense Bill

Three proposals were added on July 9th to the annual defense authorization bill, while it was on the floor of the House of Representatives. The three provisions: ending the so-called “Widow’s Tax”; repealing the Feres Doctrine, which precluded military service members from suing the government for malpractice; and increasing the number of special visas for...
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