The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that nearly 230,000 claims have already been processed for the three newest Agent-Orange related conditions through June 2012. Processing of retroactive agent orange claims included over 150,000 claims required to be adjudicated under the order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Nehmer v. […]
Veterans Disability Blog
Congressional negotiators have crammed two years\’ worth of pending legislation for veterans into one bill they hope to get approved by the end of the summer. Called the Honoring America\’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act, the bipartisan measure approved by members of the House and Senate Veterans\’ Affairs committees is drawing attention for a provision to provide health care for former residents of Camp Lejeune, N.C., who were exposed to contaminated well water between 1957 and 1987.
In response to calls for easier VA claims process for sexual assault victims, VA has relaxed its evidence rules in sexual trauma cases. VA now recognizes that official records — including law enforcement, medical, and personnel reports — might not contain information to verify a disability claim. VA officials have said they are willing to […]
Bosley & Bratch’s own Ralph Bratch was recently featured in an article in Newsday discussing the unfair demands placed on veterans to locate service records in order to prove their disability claims: Because the military is only now building a system for sharing of health records with the VA, veterans have long had to track […]
A House panel moved Wednesday to prevent financially incompetent veterans from being cheated by fiduciaries appointed to help manage their money. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, chairman of the committee’s oversight and investigations panel, is the chief sponsor of the veteran fiduciaries reform bill, which he says is needed to protect the 125,000 veterans who have […]
Bosley & Bratch recently won a case at the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) with the BVA reluctantly granting service connection for a low back condition the veteran contended occurred when he stepped in a hole while on ACDUTRA in 1984. The veteran’s injury required two back surgeries. The Service Medical Records only referenced a […]