Allison Hickey, the retired Air Force Brigadier General who for two years has been VA’s undersecretary for benefits, said she continues to believe it is possible to eliminate the backlog of claims by the end of 2015 and to complete initial claims within 125 days with 98% accuracy. BG (ret) Hickey testified before a skeptical […]
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The attorneys at Bosley, & Bratch are pleased to offer representation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is responsible for reviewing veterans disability claims that have been denied by the Board of Veterans\’ Appeals. The Court is not a part of VA, and it is the first opportunity for veterans to have their claims reviewed by an independent decision maker.
A former VA medical employee has provided testimony to Congress that indicates that VA has made efforts to cover up research concerning a connection between illnesses caused by veterans’ exposure to environmental toxins, chemicals, and other hazards. Steven Coughlin is a former VA epidemiologist who reportedly quit working with VA in December over ethical concerns. […]
Veterans whose claims are denied at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) may appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court), but they must do so within 120 days of the Board’s decision. If the appeal is not filed within 120 days, the Court will not be able to hear the appeal. […]
The Army is making reforms in the way it handles cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues, in light of concerns that some soldiers had their PTSD diagnoses changed in an effort to save costs on disability benefits. A new report set for release on March 8 makes 47 recommendations as […]
The ranking Republican on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee said he may move to freeze bonuses for Department of Veterans Affairs leaders because of delays in implementing the law that would provide health care to families of Marines exposed to water pollution at Camp Lejeune.