Stress Reduction and Mental Health for Veterans

Here at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, we support Veterans who are filing disability claims and are in need of ongoing healthcare. But it’s important to recognize that mental health is just as important for Veterans. In fact, the Department of Veterans Affairs suggests seven resources that can help Veterans with mental health needs. We…

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Military Base Stores

Allows Disabled Veterans to Shop at Stores on Military Bases As of January 1, millions of disabled Veterans nationwide are eligible to shop at stores on military bases. A new law passed in 2018 and went into effect last month expands in-person and online shopping privileges to new categories of Veterans. The Purple Heart and…

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Lawmakers Working to Restore Retirement Pay to Veterans

Lawmakers are continuing efforts to restore retirement pay to many disabled Veterans. Currently, Veterans who receive Veterans disability for a service-connected condition rated at under 50%, and who also receive their military retirement pay, have the amount they receive in disability benefits subtracted from their retirement pay. A proposed bill called the “Retired Pay Restoration…

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Pilots Service Connect for PTSD

PTSD and TBI Treatment Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are common conditions among many veterans, particularly those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. What exactly are these conditions, and what kind of treatment is available to veterans? PTSD is a mental health condition that is the result of an experience that…

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Date

How Is the Effective Date of Veterans Disability Determined? Typically, the effective date, meaning the date at which you are first owed Veterans Disability benefits, is the date on which the Department of Veterans Affairs receives your application. For example, if you file your application on January 5, 2020 and the VA receives it on…

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Survivor Benefits

What Benefits Are Available to Surviving Family Members of a Veteran? If you are a Veteran receiving or filing a claim for disability benefits, you are likely aware of many of the types of benefits for which you are eligible. But it’s important to know that the surviving family members of a deceased Veteran may…

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Winter Blackout Advice

Winter Blackout Advice As we move into what is the most intense period of winter weather for much of the country, it’s important to be aware of the possibility of losing power. A blackout can be even more worrying this time of year when the temperatures drop. What can you do to be prepared? Here…

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The Blue Water Navy Veterans Act

What Is the Blue Water Navy Veterans Act? The long-standing struggle for Blue Water Navy Veterans to receive VA Disability benefits for exposure to Agent Orange finally reached a conclusion in July, when the Blue Water Navy Veterans Act was signed into law.   The act is supported by the American Legion and extends disability…

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Disability Claims

What Are the Types of VA Disability Claims? If you’re involved in or considering beginning the process of filing a Veterans Disability claim, it’s important to understand the different types of claims and which one you will be filing.   Original Claim The initial claim is called the original claim. This is the very first…

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