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...]

2012 Retiree COLA Update

May 20, 2011 | Terry Howell

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the national inflation rate is still trending upward. Of course anyone who has been grocery shopping lately could tell you that, but, the BLS reports … [Read more...]

Veterans Court Funds Axed By House

May 18, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

The House markup last Friday for governmental spending targeted all agencies for reductions from the 2011 budget. That is, except for the Defense’s budget. Overall, the VA budget cuts are projected … [Read more...]

VA Offers Direct Deposit Alternative

May 09, 2011 | Terry Howell

The VA (through the Treasury Department) will offer beneficiaries without bank accounts the option to enroll in the Direct Express debit card program with Comerica Bank. Direct Express payments will … [Read more...]

VA Appeal Denied After 30-Year Wait

April 23, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

Denied. That has to be the scariest word for many disabled veterans after filing a claim for disability benefits. Unfortunately, appealing that denial could take your lifetime. Recently, five … [Read more...]

Balance the Budget on Vet’s Backs?

April 20, 2011 | Terry Howell

Recent proposals for reducing the $1.35 trillion national deficit include plans to cut benefits and restrict access to VA health care for some veterans. I thought it might be interesting to take a … [Read more...]

VA Disability Claims Backlogged, Again

April 09, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

By 2015, can the VA really ensure "veterans [will] wait no more than 125 days for a decision on a claim, with a 98 percent accuracy rate"? I won't hold my breath. Ooops, they did it again... … [Read more...]

VA Issues Shutdown Guide

April 08, 2011 | Terry Howell

The Department of Veterans Affairs today, issued their “Veterans Field Guide” to help veterans plan for the possible impacts of the federal shutdown. Thankfully there were no real surprises from … [Read more...]

What a Fed Shutdown Means

April 07, 2011 | Terry Howell

What Does a Shutdown Actually Mean? By Amy Bushatz UPDATE: Shutdown Averted and military pay is safe -- at least tem­porar­ily -- but mil­i­tary ser­vice­mem­bers should have never had to … [Read more...]