Veterans Benefits

New VA Secretary Opposes Agent Orange Benefits for Navy Veterans

Navy ship in ocean September 20th, 2018

Robert Wilkie, the newly appointed secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, has opposed a bill to extend benefits based on exposure to Agent Orange to Navy veterans who served during the Vietnam War. He based his opinion on high costs and insufficient evidence sailors were exposed to the toxic chemical. A detailed article on…

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Backlog for VA Benefits Higher than Once Thought

September 19th, 2018

According to a recent report from the Office of the Inspector General, the case backlog to receive benefits through the Veterans Administration (VA) is worse than originally thought. A detailed article on the results of this new investigation is available here. The VA inspector general has identified tens of thousands of cases for benefits that…

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Social Security and Veterans Benefits: Understanding the Differences

Disabled Veteran August 29th, 2018

While both the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) provide assistance to American citizens in need, the two agencies differ greatly in scope, intent and procedure. Understanding the differences between the SSA and VBA can save claimants time—and prevent potential headaches. An article on these differences appears here.   Understanding Social…

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Federal Court Ruling Extends Disability Benefits to Injured Veterans

June 8th, 2018

According to a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, veterans previously denied disability for pain related to their service may now qualify for assistance. The decision overturns an earlier precedent that states veterans must clearly connect their pain to a medical diagnosis to receive disability. This precedent has been…

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Disability Attorneys of Michigan Help a Local Vietnam Veteran Get Disability Benefits

June 8th, 2017

Tom is a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam, and was diagnosed with an illness related to his time in the service, but he was repeatedly denied benefits from the VA. Tom heard about Disability Attorneys of Michigan and called us for help. We fought and proved Tom’s illness was related to his military service…

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Top 3 Ways Veterans and Social Security Disability Applicants Can Start the 2017 New Year in Michigan

April 10th, 2017

When a new year starts, we all make resolutions. We set goals and think of ways we can improve our health and our financial security. A year from now, we want to look back on 2017 with a feeling of satisfaction, knowing we did the best we could do. If you suffer from a disability,…

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TWO REASONS TO CELEBRATE PRESIDENTS’ DAY FOR MICHIGAN VETERANS

January 28th, 2017

The third Monday of February marks Presidents’ Day. It is a federal holiday and, in Michigan, a state holiday as well. Do you know why we celebrate Presidents’ Day? We suggest that you check out this interesting article by USA Today. As the article notes, the answer to that question is actually the subject of…

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What The Camp Lejuene Rule Change Means For Veterans

September 16th, 2016

An upcoming rule change from the Department of Veterans Affairs is a major step in the right direction for thousands of our veterans. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina was found to have had a water contamination between 1953 and 1987. This has led to many veterans suffering from debilitating diseases. The…

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Top 5 Challenges for a Detroit Veteran

July 6th, 2015

In Detroit, veterans of the U.S. military face many challenges each day. From acclimating to civilian life after lengthy deployments to applying for and receiving disability benefits, navigating the world of veterans’ assistance programs can be complicated. What are some of the most significant challenges facing veterans in Detroit today? Let’s take a look at the top issues faced by members of the armed forces. Applying for and…

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Caregiver Program for Post-9/11 Veterans

June 11th, 2015

The VA recognizes that family caregivers provide crucial support in caring for our veterans; they help by allowing the veteran to stay in the homes and communities they once fought for which has been shown to enhance their overall health and wellbeing. Under the “Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010,” seriously injured post-9/11 veterans and family caregivers may be eligible for additional…

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