VA’s COVID-19

Veterans, and particularly those with health conditions, may be concerned about protecting themselves from COVID-19. As the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) explains on its website, it is taking measures to support veterans. The VA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor outbreaks. And it has taken additional steps,…

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Plans for Extending Benefits to More Vets Exposed to Agent Orange The plan to expand the presumptive list for those Veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War has been in the works for some time. And, more recently, some lawmakers in Congress have been voicing their wish for more diseases related to exposure…

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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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