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Veteran's Law Blog

Veteran Suicides Ridiculed by Manager of Veteran Affairs

In December of last year, a manager at the Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis sent around an email to her employees that directly targeted the issue of veteran suicide. ...
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Who Can You Trust?

A couple weeks ago, an Army veteran and former top official with the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs was indicted in federal court on charges that he ran a kickback scheme from his state ...
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Veterans and Employment Discrimination, ADA and USERRA

When military personnel return from serving their country overseas, they face unique challenges in the civilian workplace. Employers may be reluctant to hire a reservist or guardsman out of fear that ...
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Be Wary of Lawyers and Financial Planners looking to help You Apply for Aid and Attendance Benefits

"Aid and Attendance" benefits are monies paid, above and beyond a veteran's pension, by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to veterans, veteran spouses or surviving spouses. The ...
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California Veterans Entitled to Many Benefits

Veterans in California have a robust collection of benefits to choose from. Here is quick summary of those benefits available. Housing Veterans Homes of California provides professional and low cost ...
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Justice Prevails - Judge Blames VA Hospital for not Treating Veteran's PTSD- Awards $3.7 million

In February, 2007, Sergeant Stanley Laskowski, was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps. He was also diagnosed with PTSD at a Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Over ...
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Injury at VA Treated Like "Service Connected" Injury

Pursuant to Title 38 U.S.C. Section 1151, the VA may compensate a Veteran for death or disability "as if service-connected" from injuries caused by or as the result of VA hospitalization. To ...
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Returning With PTSD May Have Unforseen Consequences

Mental Disorders are classified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association. In May 2013, the fifth revision (DSM-5) is ...
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Support Grows For Veterans Court In San Luis Obispo County

On January 29, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors heard from numerous speakers supporting the establishment of a veterans treatment court in the County. Numerous counties have already ...
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Fresno Woman Accused Of Stealing From VA

In Fresno, California Nora Collins, 59, has been indicted on charges she stole benefits paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. According to the court filings, Ms. Collins' husband was ...
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Disabled Veterans Get Cost Of Living Increase

Effective January 1, 2013, over four million Veterans and survivors getting VA compensation benefits received a 1.7 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) to their monthly payment. Check your ...
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Great News-Homelessness Among Veterans is Down in Los Angeles County

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported recently that the number of homeless veterans in Los Angeles County is down by 22%, from 8,131 to 6,371. This continues a recent downward ...
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Researchers to Study Sleeplessness in Veterans

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the veterans wellness firm VetAdvisor have teamed up to try to find the causes of sleeplessness experienced by veterans. They seek at least 5,000 veterans ...
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VA Proposes to Make 5 illnesses presumptive for TBI claims

On Monday, December 17, federal regulations are expected to be published in the Federal Register that will add five conditions - seizures, symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, certain types of ...
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Give Full VA Medical Benefits to All Veterans with Service Connected PTSD

by Doug Smith, Esq. (lawyer and veteran) Prior to 1980, soldiers traumatized by the ravages and human carnage of combat were oftentimes labeled as suffering from "exhaustion," being ...
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Veteran's Disability Benefits are Not Subject to Liens or Judgments

According to Federal law, Veterans' Disability Benefits are untouchable for purposes of judgments, liens, and levies. Veterans Disability Benefits are "exempt from taxation. . .claims of ...
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Individuals Indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for Stealing from Inland Empire Veterans

A Riverside County Federal Grand Jury has indicted 11 individuals throughout the Inland Empire for stealing veterans benefits. A joint enforcement initiative by the United States Attorney's ...
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California Veterans Rights Center Supports House Bill 6445

Many of our wounded service members who return home to recuperate can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits but the SSDI program mandates that these service members wait 5 ...
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Foundation Donates Homes to Eligible Servicemembers

Military Warriors Support Foundation, a nonprofit organization, dedicated to assisting military members as they transition to civilian life, provides a number of services and programs designed to help ...
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Know Your Basic USERRA Rights

The Uniformed Servicemembers Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) prohibits employers from discriminating against an employee based on his past or present military service in the initial ...
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President Obama's Executive Order Seeks to Help Veterans

Close to a quarter-million new veterans have been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). While the VA has increased its mental health staff by 41 per ...
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Veterans Court in Riverside County gets Federal Grant

The Veterans Court in Riverside County this past week received a three year $350,000 federal grant from the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance. According to a press release ...
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Betraying a Veteran's Trust

Persons are frequently appointed or designated by courts and agencies to serve as a fiduciary in handling the affairs, including receiving monies, on behalf of incompetent and disabled veterans. Many ...
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Attorney General Files Fraud Suit in Riverside County Against Help Hospitalized Veterans Charity

California's Attorney General has filed a fraud lawsuit this past week in Riverside County Superior Court against Help Hospitalized Veterans, a Winchester, California based veterans charity, ...
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Welcome to Our Southern California Veterans Law Blog

Our Attorneys are pleased to announce the launch of our Southern California Veterans Law Blog with an RSS feed available here.
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