VA Disability Articles
May 23, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: Talk about clout. When retired US Army veteran Leonard K. Jackson talks of his years-long wait to secure VA disability benefits for a range of physical and mental health issues suffered while serving, he has the White House behind him. That’s right, the White House, as the Obama Administration has used Jackson as a poster boy of sorts for Obama’s efforts to simplify and speed up the veteran benefits appeals process.Read [ Veteran Who Filed for Benefits in 2001 Has Yet to Receive Them ]
May 10, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Norfolk, VA: After LawyersandSettlements wrote about QTC Medical Services and its lawsuit involving Vietnam veterans’ disability cases and QTC reviewers inadequately reviewing their Agent Orange claims, the whistleblower in the lawsuit contacted us. “Under this federal contract, veterans’ claims were recklessly processed and as a result, they were denied disability benefits,” says David Vatan, a former QTC claims file analyst and doctor.Read [ Whistleblower and Attorney Appeal QTC and Veterans’ Agent Orange Cases ]
April 27, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Norfolk, VA: Retired service personal in dire need of VA benefits would not be cheered by the allegation that a contractor hired to review the cases of thousands of Vietnam veterans for exposure to Agent Orange may have denied benefits in spite of obvious need, all because the contractor was less than thorough in reviewing cases, or so it has been alleged.Read [ Did Contractor Drop the Ball on VA Benefits? ]
March 23, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Tulare County, CA: Retired service personnel have experience with giving their all in the line of duty, and sometimes experiencing horrific physical or emotional trauma after the fact. However, rather than easing a veteran’s effort when it comes to filing a claim for VA benefits, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (the VA) appears to require, once again, the complete attention and commitment of the veteran in order to win the battle against the denial of benefits.Read [ Appealing Denied VA Benefits Successfully Takes Knowledge of How System Works ]
February 19, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: The inability for deserving veterans to obtain VA disability benefits is thanks in part to a continuing backlog at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and the status quo in the non-traditional court system that precludes plaintiffs from launching class-action lawsuits. According to a report late last year in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ 12/30/15), there continues to be a groundswell of support to reform the status quo. However, for now, veterans in need have little choice but to languish in a lengthening queue for veteran benefits.Read [ A Possible Legal Enhancement in the Works for Veterans Seeking VA Benefits ]
December 21, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: A specific sector of veterans and their families who carry various maladies and illness from their time of service got an early Christmas present this year in the form of federal approval for VA benefits. Still to be determined are when those benefits will begin to actually flow, and whether VA disability benefits will be extended for other groups of veterans who have been shut out completely, or have been made to wait through a series of denials and delays measured in years.Read [ In Time for Christmas, an Olive Branch from the VA ]
November 21, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: As we are not too far beyond Veteran’s Day, the occasion when the nation pauses to honor and to remember those who fought and died for democracy and freedom, it’s useful to also pause and consider the real-world challenges faced by our nation’s veterans. Many of those challenges revolve around veteran benefits.Read [ Veterans Day Is Nice, but Battles Remain in the Real World for Veterans ]
October 28, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
New Brunswick, NJ: A troubling trend appears to be emerging with regard to VA benefits, and it’s a trend of interest to anyone contemplating or currently litigating a VA lawsuit. According to a published study, it appears that those veterans in greatest need of help, health care, services and disability benefits aren’t getting them from Veterans Affairs.Read [ VA Benefits Study Suggests Veterans Most in Need Are Not Getting Help ]
September 13, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Yale Law School Champions Disabled Veterans Still Awaiting VA Benefits ]
New Haven, CT In early April of this year, an offshoot of the hallowed Yale Law School filed a VA disability benefits class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of veterans still waiting for needed benefits. It wasn’t exactly done quietly, as the lead plaintiff in the case, together with students from the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale and Senator Richard Blumenthal, held a press conference the day on which the lawsuit was filed, April 6, in the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).
August 25, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Countless Veterans Still Waiting for Mustard Gas Benefits: NPR ]
Washington, DC A damning exposé by National Public Radio (NPR) back in June casts Veterans Affairs (VA) in the worst possible light with regard to denied VA disability benefits. The issue relates to the thousands of soldiers who served as test subjects for mustard gas, but were never compensated.
- Efforts Intensify to Deliver VA Benefits to Blue Water Veterans By Gordon Gibb (Jul-28-15)
- Veterans Groups Launch VA Lawsuit, Claim Changes Just Make Things Worse By Gordon Gibb (Jun-16-15)
- More Veterans Lawsuits Filed against VA Claims Process By Heidi Turner (May-31-15)
- Veterans Waiting Years Just for Their Records, VA Lawsuit Asserts By Gordon Gibb (Apr-27-15)
- VA Benefits Ultimately Failed One Young Veteran By Gordon Gibb (Mar-9-15)
- The Best Ever DIY Book on Filing a Veteran’s Disability Claim By Brenda Craig (Jan-25-15)
- Backlog Affects Access to VA Benefits By Heidi Turner (Jun-1-13)
- Backlog of VA Disability Benefits Claims By Heidi Turner (Apr-5-13)
- Iraq War Veteran Awarded $3.7 Million in VA Lawsuit By Heidi Turner (Feb-4-13)
- Illinois Woman Pleads Guilty to VA Benefits Fraud By Charles Benson (Apr-19-11)
- Plaintiff Did Not Live to See VA Benefits Victory By Gordon Gibb (Mar-12-11)
- Widow Wins VA Benefits from Agent Orange Exposure By Heidi Turner (Feb-20-11)
- To Claim VA Benefits, Veterans Told to Set Up Direct Deposit By Charles Benson (Jan-10-11)
- VA Benefits: Veterans Fight for Their Rights By Heidi Turner (Dec-7-10)
- VA Begins Payment of Disability Benefits for New Agent Orange Diseases By Charles Benson (Nov-11-10)
- Falling Through the VA Benefits Cracks: "I've Been Abandoned" By Gordon Gibb (Oct-12-10)
- VA Secretary Defends Proposed Extension of Veterans Disability Benefits By Charles Benson (Sep-28-10)
- Veteran Suing Military Contractor, Seeks Increase in VA Benefits By Gordon Gibb (Sep-17-10)
- Veterans May Receive More Disability Pay Linked to Agent Orange By Heidi Turner (Sep-7-10)
- Decorated War Vet Denied VA Benefits on Appeal By Gordon Gibb (Aug-16-10)
- VA to Receive Millions from AstraZeneca Settlement over Post Traumatic Stress Disorder By Charles Benson (May-4-10)
- Organization Plans to Go Paperless to Increase Efficiency of VA Disability Benefits By Charles Benson (Apr-12-10)
- Old Soldiers Still Fighting for Veteran's Disability By Gordon Gibb (Mar-26-10)