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Morning Muster: 12/29/2014

An Afghanistan child waves as International Security Assistance Forces pass by in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 20.   (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle)

An Afghanistan child waves as International Security Assistance Forces pass by in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 20. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle)

Female vets wait on MST claims; officials knew of problems before scandal; VA official accepts gifts; WWII nurse to receive Legion of Honor; vets work out pain through music; float honors Japanese-American WWII vets; vet waits 50 years for VA benefits; vets ‘fostered’ by families; autism treatment could help vets

Female veterans are waiting decades to get Veterans Affairs to accept military sexual trauma claims, reports The Washington Post‘s Emily Wax-Thibodeaux. We have several similar cases at Bergmann & Moore, which has expertise in MST appeals cases.

VA officials knew long before newspaper reports that its Phoenix hospital had serious problems, reports The New York Times‘ Richard A. Oppel Jr.

And while officials could not substantiate that the head of the Phoenix medical system knew about long wait times, they did determine that she should have known better than to take a free trip to Disneyland or free tickets to see Beyoncé perform, reports The Washington Post‘s Emily Wax-Thibodeaux.

A 94-year-old nurse, Francis “Rusty” Rice, who served during the Battle of the Bulge will become the second Virginian to receive the French Legion of Honor for her service, reports The Roanoke Times‘ Ralph Berrier Jr.

A Marine who once considered jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge turned his pain into a song instead. Adan Olid worked through some of his pain with Songwriting for Soldiers, a group formed by Darden Smith to help veterans with post-traumatic stress, reports The Associated Press.

A Rose Parade float will honor the Japanese-American soldiers who fought in the most-decorated combat unit of its size even as their families spent World War II in internment camps, reports the Pasadena Star-NewsBrian Day.

Exactly 50 years after a group of young soldiers dropped a 4,980-pound Howitzer on David Bell’s legs, VA has determined that his pain was not caused by a previously unnoticed birth defect, as they previously found, and was, in fact, due to being injured by the Howitzer, reports the Tulsa World‘s Michael Overall. Bergmann & Moore has seen an influx in veterans’ appeals cases that take decades to adjudicate as Veterans Affairs has focused on “eliminating the backlog.” Unfortunately, that has meant pulling resources from appeals cases, and that means World War II, Korean and Vietnam vets are often dying before they ever getting the benefits they earned. We have numbers and experts: kkennedy@vetlawyers.com

Rather than move into nursing homes, some older veterans have been “fostered” by families through a VA program, reports the Houston Chronicle‘s St. John Barned-Smith.

Neuromodulation, a therapy used to help children with autism, may help veterans dealing with PTSD, reports San Francisco Channel 7‘s Eric Thomas.

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 and complex medical issues, such as brain cancer or degenerative issues, veterans exposed to Agent Orange often face. For more information, or to sign up for an email version of this blog, contact Kelly Kennedy at kkennedy@vetlawyers.com.

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