Morning Muster: 3/5/2015 Vets seeking benefits doubles, new group hopes to organize 40,000 VSOs, 1,800 radiation experiment vets die a month

Female vet forms clothing company to promote women; disability compensation meeting canceled; vets seeking benefits doubles, says VA secretary;  vets describe how art can help society understand war; Indiana vets say they’re getting no love from state legislators; new organization seeks to organize 40,000 VSOs; Army vet exposed to 27-kiloton nuclear blast during 1950s experiments dies; war-to-civilian transition can be particularly hard for women; St. Paul fined for violating vets’ preference rules; VA receives almost 3,000 complaints from vets against colleges; vets still can’t get access with Choice Card

Seeking to promote the idea that women also serve in the military, Army vet Nadine Noky created a new line of clothing, Lady Brigade, reports Task & Purpose’s Rachel Brune.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee for Disability Compensation, scheduled for March 9 to 11, has been canceled, according to the Federal Register.

VA Secretary Bob McDonald told Congress Wednesday that the percentage of veterans seeking care has doubled from 9 percent in 2000 to 19 percent now, reports Military.com’s Bryant Jordan. Part of that comes as Vietnam veterans age and begin seeking benefits.

Wounded Warrior Band singer Timothy Donley and “Redeployment” author Phil Klay spoke with the Aspen Institute about how art can help people understand war, reports Aiden Flax-Clark.

Indiana veterans say state lawmakers haven’t passed a bill for vets with money attached to it in two years, reports WTHR’s Kevin Rader. They’re frustrated and feel like they’re not a priority, Rader reports.

The National Association of Veterans Service Organizations launched last week and hopes to offer information-sharing and coordination among the country’s more than 40,000 VSOs, reports The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Megan O’Neil.

Col. Ed Taylor, 84, a highly decorated Army veteran who was exposed to a 27-kiloton nuclear blast, died Sunday, reports The Florida Times-Union’s Kimeko McCoy @KimekoM. He served on the U.S. Veterans Administration’s Atomic Veterans Board for Dosage Reconstruction. He participated in the NTS  Plumbob tests in 1957 (those were the guys who lined up in a field in Nevada and watched the mushroom cloud, according to atomicheritage.org), according to the National Association of Atomic Veterans, and those vets are apparently dying at a rate of 1,800 a month. Seems like there might be a story there…what health issues have they faced and how on Earth did they make it this long?

PBS’s Gayle Tzemach Lemmon reports on why coming home from war can be particularly hard for female veterans.

St. Paul, Minnesota, will pay $225,000 after it violated veterans’ preference hiring laws, reports Minnesota Public Radio’s Curtis Gilbert. More than 400 employees will receive a 1-percent pay raise because of the violation.

VA has received 2,711 complaints against colleges, usually for financial problems and poor-quality education, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Kelly Field.

Vets still can’t get the access they need, even with VA’s new Choice Card program, reports Military Times Leo Shane. In one case, a vet lives close to a VA clinic, and therefore doesn’t qualify for private care—even though the VA clinic doesn’t offer the mental-health services he needs.

Bergmann & Moore, LLC, is a national law firm dedicated to serving the needs of veterans in compensation claims before and against the Department of Veterans Affairs. The firm’s partners are former VA attorneys who are very familiar with the VA system. Bergmann & Moore handles all kinds of cases, but has a concentration in claims involving PTSD, military sexual trauma, Gulf War illness and complex medical issues, such as brain cancer or degenerative issues, veterans exposed to Agent Orange often face. For more information, to submit news or to sign up for an email version of this blog, contact Kelly Kennedy at kkennedy@vetlawyers.com.

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