Burn-pit exposure likely leads to higher cancer mortality rate among Army vets: new study

November 21, 2018, Fox News, By Perry Chiaramonte Burn-pit exposure likely U.S. Veterans who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have a higher rate of contracting cancer due to exposure to open-air burn pits, a recently released medical research study has found. To read the full article

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GAO finds VA contractors not meeting timeliness, accuracy standards on exams

November 13, 2018, Stars and Stripes, Nikki Wentling GAO finds VA contractors not meeting timeliness WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs doesn’t have the tools to track whether private-sector medical providers are accurately giving exams that help determine whether Veterans are eligible for VA benefits, a government watchdog agency found. To…

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Court forces VA to reveal extent of Veterans’ contamination in Spanish nuclear disaster

November 14, 2018, Military Times, Leo Shane III Contamination in Spanish nuclear disaster WASHINGTON — An appeals court will force Veterans Affairs officials to identify how many troops may have been exposed to radioactive debris from a 1966 plane crash, a move that supporters hope will be the precursor to a class-action…

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Nebraska Veteran Prevails on VA Claim Appeal for Asthma and Other Conditions

November 13, 2018, Washington, DC Bergmann & Moore (B&M) attorneys prevailed on behalf of a disabled Gulf War Veteran who sought benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In 2004, the Army Veteran filed a claim for disability benefits, and over the next few years, the Regional Office (RO) granted…

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New Jersey Veteran Granted IU Benefits Based on PTSD After VA Claim Appeal

November 5, 2018, Washington, DC Bergmann & Moore (B&M) prevailed on behalf of a Vietnam War Veteran who was denied a higher rating for his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In April 2014, the New Jersey Veteran filed a disability benefits claim for PTSD.  In…

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Doing right by vets: Give Agent Orange benefits to Blue Water Navy

Give Agent Orange benefits to Blue Water Navy October 28, 2018, The Editorial Board, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette How can the federal government be sure that sailors stationed aboard Navy and Coast Guard ships off Vietnam’s coast weren’t exposed to Agent Orange? It can’t, and that’s why the U.S. Senate should pass a…

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Alabama Veteran Prevails on VA Claim Appeal for Unemployability

October 22, 2018, Washington, DC Bergmann & Moore attorneys prevailed on behalf of a disabled Vietnam-era Veteran who sought individual unemployability (IU) benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In September 2011, the Alabama Veteran filed a claim for IU, alleging he was unemployable due to his ischemic heart disease. …

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Shortage of benefit experts means Michigan struggles to get Veterans the help they need

October 9, 2018, Michigan Radio Shortage of benefit experts Michael Smith is the director of the Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs. He served a collective 21 years in the U.S. Army and is now an Accredited Veteran Service Officer. He joined Stateside to talk about the challenges that many veterans face when navigating the…

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Georgia Vietnam Veteran’s Widow Prevails on VA Claim Appeal for Rare Cancer

Georgia Vietnam Veteran’s Widow Prevails October 9, 2018, Washington, DC – Bergmann & Moore attorneys prevailed on behalf of a Vietnam War Veteran’s widow who sought survivor benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after the Veteran died. The widow believed the Veteran’s death was related to his military service. …

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Commentary: Do what’s right for our Blue Water Vietnam Veterans

September 22, 2018, Navy Times, Christopher W. Cole The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017 (H.R. 299) is currently languishing in the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and as a result, vital funding of benefits that impacts the lives and livelihoods of Veterans now hangs in the balance.  The fact that a funding…

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