VA Reverses – Vietnam Vet Finally Gets His Due

June 18, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

Charles Cooley, a Vietnam Veteran, is smiling today. For the past 2 years, he had his benefits cut despite suffering from diabetes, heart disease, arterial disease, neuropathy and asbestosis. The VA … [Read more...]

Retiree COLA Watch – June Update

June 17, 2011 | Terry Howell

According to the Military Officers Association of America, the national inflation rate continued trending upward in May. This makes it nine straight months that the Consumer Price Index has ticked … [Read more...]

The Latest Blue Water Agent Orange Ruling

June 15, 2011 | Terry Howell

Excerpts taken from the VAntage Point Blog – written by J. Slider This week the Department of Veterans Affairs official blog, VAntage Point, addressed the findings of the recent ruling on the … [Read more...]

VA Favors Oil & Profits Over Homeless

June 12, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

Land specifically deeded in 1888 to VA in West Los Angeles to house homeless veterans is the focus of a new class action lawsuit filed by the ACLU. Almost 400 acres of land was left to the VA to … [Read more...]

What Wall Street Taught VA Execs

June 11, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

VA Regional Office Managers Still Get Bonuses Despite Poor Ratings. Managers of VA Regional Offices throughout the U.S. continue to receive large executive bonuses even with poor marks on recent VA … [Read more...]

Vets May Have New Shot at TSGLI Claims

June 10, 2011 | Terry Howell

Servicemembers and veterans who were previously ineligible to receive Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection program (TSGLI) benefit payments for some injuries will soon … [Read more...]

“Fear-Based” PTSD Criteria Explained

June 03, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

A recent VA Compensation Service Bulletin sought to eliminate processing ambiguity relating to PTSD claims. Regional Offices nationwide have been largely critiqued because of erratic application of … [Read more...]

New Voice Joins the Call for Pay Cuts

June 03, 2011 | Terry Howell

This week saw a new voice join the call for reducing military pay and benefits, and from all places the call is coming from the current Chair of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mullen. is … [Read more...]

Medal of Honor Means Benefits for Life

June 01, 2011 | Terry Howell

On July 12, 2011, President Obama will award Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry with the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. SFC Petry is only the second living Medal of Honor recipient from … [Read more...]

Lawyers Give Free Help To Veterans

May 27, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

The American Bar Association just announced a Memorial Day initiative to assist veterans nationwide in getting the legal help they need to get their benefits, among other things. While the veterans’ … [Read more...]

2012 Military Pay and Benefits Update

May 27, 2011 | Terry Howell

The House passed the FY2012 Defense Authorization Bill (H.R. 1540) earlier this week. As expected the final version of the House bill calls for a 1.6 percent military pay raise, the same amount the … [Read more...]

23% of Disability Claims Processed Incorrectly

May 21, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

In a recent audit of the VA Disability Compensation System at 16 Regional Offices, the VA Office of the Inspector General estimates that the rating staff incorrectly processed 23 percent of the 45,000 … [Read more...]