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Veteran Online Shopping Benefit – A Winner on Two Fronts

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As of July 21, 2017, the only veterans permitted to shop at military Exchange stores are retirees.  However, this coming Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, will mark the beginning of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Veteran Online Shopping Benefit (VOSB).  The VOSB allows veterans who were Honorably discharged or discharged Under Honorable Conditions to shop […]

What is a “Presumptive” service-connected claim?

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Let’s start with the basics of “service-connection” Normally, to prove a claim for service connected compensation, a veteran must give the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical evidence or, in certain circumstances, lay (non-expert) evidence of each of the following: a current disability – meaning some current medical condition that impacts you; an in-service event […]

John Tucker Again Selected as Florida Super Lawyer

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John V. TuckerDisabilty, ERISA & Life Insurance Attorney Once again, John V. Tucker has been selected as a Florida Super Lawyer in the field of Employee Benefits.  Only 5 attorneys in Florida have been given this designation, and only 2 of those represent individuals in employee benefit claims (commonly called ERISA claims). John Tucker has […]

The Opinions of Physician Assistants and ARPN’s Finally Count in Social Security Disability Claims

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Despite the presence of Physicians Assistants (P.A.s), Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs, also called ARNPs), Audiologists in the medical community for decades, the Social Security Administration (SSA) refused to treat their opinions the same as M.D. or D.O. physicians or Ph.D. psychologists in Social Security Disability or SSI claims.  As the medical community changed and […]

Burn Pits: The Post 9/11 Generation’s Agent Orange?

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Military Burn Pit Other than our veterans, few Americans know about them, but the lasting effects that the smoldering trash-heaps known as “burn pits” will have on our modern warriors will likely extend far beyond the putrid stench that is permanently ingrained in their uniforms, protective gear, and memories. If you are an Operation Iraqi […]

New VA Email to Vets About C&P Exams Says Nothing Useful!

V.A. to Vets:  Standby…We Will Get You an Examination Sometime…Maybe VA email to veterans leads the vet to believe that a Compensation & Pension exam is going to be scheduled…but it contains no real information VA’s latest tactic in trying to placate veterans is ending an email about VA examinations in their disability compensation claim.  […]

Can Veterans Get Temporary 100% Compensation Rating While a TDIU Application Is Pending?

The Problem:  Waiting for VA to Process a TDIU Application When Another Agency Already Found You Disabled We are often asked whether the VA has to assign a Temporary 100% Service-Connected Disability Rating while the VA is processing a veteran’s application for Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU).  This often comes up when another […]

TDIU: Learn More About Winning Your VA Unemployability Claim

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TDIU – Get 100% VA Compensation if you cannot work If you cannot work because of medical conditions that were caused by your military service, you may be entitled to 100% VA service-connected compensation for Total Disability based on Individual Unemployabilitity (often abbreviated TDIU or I.U.).  You may get TDIU even if your conditions are […]

New York Court Upholds Aetna Life Insurance Denial in DUI Death Based on Self-Inflicted Injury

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Intoxication Exclusions in Life Insurance Policies Can Often Result in Claim Denials When a motorcyclist died in a crash while driving 124 miles per hour, Aetna Life Insurance Company denied the claim, asserting that the driver was intoxicated and that made the crash an “intentionally self-inflicted injury,” something excluded from payment under his employer’s Accidental […]

VIDEO: Is A Long Term Disability Buyout Settlement A Good Idea For You?

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Watch this video as Long Term Disability Insurance Attorney John V. Tucker explains lump sum buyouts in Disability Insurance claims and gives you information to decide if a lump sum settlement is right for you. When you are approved for Long Term Disability (LTD) benefits, you receive a monthly payment.  Sometimes, the LTD Insurance company […]


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