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New VA Secretary Faces 400,000 Disability Claim Appeals Backlog, IT Delay

July 31, 2018  Military.com  By Richard Sisk   Among the many challenges facing new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie is the long-standing backlog in disability claims appeals, which currently totals more than 400,000 cases. As acting secretary at the VA in May, Wilkie said, “VA is committed to transforming the appeals process”...
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VA rips ‘blue water’ Agent Orange bill, urges Senate to sink it

Tom Philpott, Stars and Stripes, August 2, 2018   Department of Veterans Affairs officials say they strongly oppose passage of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act (HR 299), which would extend Agent Orange disability benefits and health care to between 70,000 and 90,000 veterans who served aboard ships in territorial waters off Vietnam during...
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Widow of Marine Prevails Against VA in Camp Lejeune Cancer Claim Appeal

August 13, 2018, Washington, DC ~ With legal representation from Bergmann & Moore (B&M), a Marine Veteran’s widow recently prevailed in the appeal of her late husband’s disability claim for cancer associated with his Camp Lejeune toxic exposures.  The Veteran was stationed at Camp Lejeune in 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1962, when the military dumped...
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The Burn Pit Vets Won a Victory, But to What End?

The American Conservative magazine wrote an important news article about the adverse health impacts of war zone toxic exposures today titled, “The Burn Pit Vets Have Won a Victory, But to What End?”  In the piece, Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, the magazine’s executive editor, announced a free screening of the new documentary film, “Delay, Deny, Hope...
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