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LANDMARK DECISION REGARDING BLUE WATER NAVY VETS

February 27, 2019 Author: Heidi Hrabcak

In our last post regarding the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Bill (aka H.R. 299) we informed you that the bill unanimously passed through the House of Representatives and was pending in the Senate. This past December the bill came to a crashing halt when a few Senators held up the bill which required unanimous consent. The legislation was introduced again this past January during the first days of the 116th Congress. While we wait to see the bill’s progression in the Senate, there has been (...)

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VA Medical Negligence

January 31, 2019 Author: Krista Weida

  Have you or a loved one been disabled or died as a result of VA medical treatment?  There may be help without going through the court system.   Section 1151 benefits are often unknown to a veteran and his/her family.  Being successful under this law can be confusing and complicated.  The attorneys at Lawyers for American Vets can help navigate the system and help you determine if you possibly have a claim.  We encourage you to reach out to our attorneys for a (...)

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Can the VA Reduce My Disability Rating?

January 12, 2019 Author: Heidi Hrabcak

We get this question too frequently from our veteran clients. The short answer is “yes”, if the VA follows its own guidelines and procedures. However, there are instances where a veteran’s rating is protected and CANNOT be reduced. In these instances, it is helpful to have an experienced VA attorney assist you through the process. Disability ratings which continue for 5 years or more require the VA to prove that the veteran’s situation has improved on a sustained basis (...)

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Blue Water Navy Vietnam Bill (H.R. 299) – What is it?

November 08, 2018 Author: Heidi Hrabcak

In June of 2018, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Bill (aka H.R. 299). The bill currently sits before the Senate. If the Senate passes the bill, and it is made into law it will effect over 90,000 veterans who served during Vietnam. At issue is a change in VA policy 15 years ago that excluded veterans serving on ships off the coast of Vietnam – known as “blue water Navy veterans” – from being included in a class of former service (...)

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