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Agent Orange Ship List Updated – How to Check to See If Your Ship is Recognized

VA maintains a list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that were involved with military service in Vietnam and possible exposure to Agent Orange.  VA continues to add ships to the list to help Veterans who served aboard ships, including “Blue Water Veterans,” find out if they may qualify for presumption of herbicide exposure.  […]

VA acknowledges connection between veteran’s illness, Marine base chemicals

Stars and Stripes is reporting that VA has finally connected chemical exposure on Okinawa with disease.  Here is their story from August 30, 2015: More than three decades after coming into contact with 100 barrels of a mysterious substance on a Marine Corps base in Japan, a Keene city councilor and state representative finally has […]

Cost-of-living hike on track for disabled vets

On August 10, 2015, Military Times reported that “Congress appears poised to give disabled veterans a cost-of-living increase in 2016 after a series of legislative maneuvers in the days before their August break. But veterans and federal officials will not know how much the hike is for another two months. That’s because the increase will […]

VA Expands Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking Water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

On August 3, 2015, the VA announced that it is expanding the inquiry into water contamination around the USMC base at Camp Lejeune. WASHINGTON – As part of VA’s ongoing commitment to provide care to Veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs today announced that it will start the  process of amending its […]

Interesting program on NPR about the future of Social Security Disability

The Diane Rehm Show – The Future of Social Security Disability

New Head of Social Security Hearing Office to Be Appointed

The following story appeared in The Washington Post on July 23, 2015: At Social Security office with a million-person backlog, there’s a new chief “At the Social Security Administration, two officials in charge of one of the government’s worst backlogs—more than 1 million people awaiting a decision about federal disability benefits—have been shifted to other jobs. Glenn Sklar […]

Can the VA clear its 128,000 backlogged claims in 75 days??

THE FOLLOWING WAS QUOTED FROM A JULY 10, 2015 STORY ON MILITARY.COM: Just over two years ago the Veterans Affairs Department released a strategy for ending the disability claims backlog. Piles of Veterans Files at a VA Regional Office Waiting to Be Worked Today, the VA is little more than two months away from the […]

CBS Reporting Oakland VA Regional Office Lost 14,000 Claim Files Since 1990

In a story reported on February 20, 2015, the local San Francisco Bay area CBS TV affiliate, KPIX,  reported that the Oakland RO literally lost “nearly 14,000 benefit claims since 1990.”  After a local Congressman contact the VA Office of the Inspector General, an investigation revealed that files which had been located in 2012 could […]

How to Get Your Social Security Tax Documents Online

USA Today reported on February 1st that the “Social Security Administration is kicking off a service that allows recipients to instantly view a replacement SSA-1099 online at www.socialsecurity.gov. The tax filer could print out that form and use it to prepare taxes. Form SSA-1099 is sent in January to those receiving Social Security benefits. It […]

If you need a cane or a walker, be sure to tell your Disability Insurance company.

Sitting work is called “Sedentary” by vocational rehabilitation experts and disability insurance companies. Many people think that sedentary work is not impacted when you need to use a cane, walker, or other device to help you get about. In jobs that require more skills, like higher level desk jobs that rarely require carrying things, it […]

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