Category Archives: Veterans Benefits

Driver’s License Applicants Can Now Donate to Texas Veterans Fund


Texans can now donate to the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance when they apply for or renew their driver’s licenses, the Texas Veterans Commission announced this week. San Antonio Democratic Rep. Joe Farias sponsored the law that allowed for the change.

New Expedited Social Security Disability Process for Veterans


The Social Security Administration has announced that it has begun expediting disability claims for veterans receiving VA service-connected compensation benefits and who have a rating of 100% “Permanent and Total” disability from the VA. According to Emergency Message EM-14013, which provides processing instructions: The VA rating only expedites Social Security disability claims processing and does not guarantee an allowance for [Social Security] disability benefits. […]

Ninth Circuit: Army Not Liable for Death of Baby Born to Soldier Prematurely


This guest post is courtesy of Robert Reeves, a founding partner of The Reeves Law Group. Robert practices personal injury law in California, and has years of experience representing victims of negligence. A recent opinion from the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit calls into question the validity of a Supreme Court doctrine […]

Veterans Day — Remember the Reason


Today is Veterans Day. Please spend part of your time today thanking those who have served, and remembering those who did not return. Here is a bit of the Wikipedia entry on Veterans Day: Veterans Day is an official United States holiday which honors people who have served in armed service also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that […]

Memorial Day


As you go to your picnics and family gatherings today please remember the reason for this holiday — to pay our respects to those who have sacrificed to preserve our freedom. PBS has a wonderful Memorial Day site where you can post and read comments about service members from any of our nation’s wars. Take a look, […]

VA and Social Security Won’t Use Paper Checks After March 2013


I wrote in 2011 about the change coming to Social Security or VA benefits — there will be no more paper checks after March 2013. Recipients must have their benefit money deposited directly to a bank account or must sign up for a Direct Express debit card. The Direct Express card was created so that the […]

Why You Probably Won’t Notice Your Own Traumatic Death


Here’s some good news, I guess. If you’re killed in an auto collision you probably won’t even know it. According to an article at io9.com, our brains react too slowly to comprehend the almost instantaneous sequence of events that lead to sudden death in a car crash. The article is not exactly pleasant to read, […]

Memorial Day


As you go to your picnics and family gatherings today please remember the reason for this holiday — to pay our respects to those who have sacrificed to preserve our freedom. PBS has a wonderful Memorial Day site where you can post and read comments about service members from any of our nation’s wars. Take […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Minor Car Accident — According to State Farm


Over the years our firm has had many hundreds of car wreck cases against State Farm insurance. In almost every one of the cases that involved low property damage, State Farm made the claim that our client couldn’t be injured in such a minor impact. But now we learn that on their Web site State […]

U.S. Wants To Further Limit Medical Malpractice Lawsuits By Military Families


The Military Times reported the Supreme Court’s 1950 Feres decision has prevented active-duty troops from suing for injuries due to malpractice in military medical facilities, but now “government lawyers in Florida are seeking to expand that restriction to include the spouses and children of service members.” Jimmy German, an active-duty Navy mechanic, sued when the Jacksonville Naval […]

History of Veterans Day


Today is, of course, Veterans Day in the United States. Please take a few minutes to thank the veterans you know for their service to our country. Here is the history of Veterans Day from the official Web site of the Department of Veterans Affairs: History of Veterans Day World War I – known at […]

Should Veterans Have the Right to Sue for Negligence in Military Hospitals?


Since 1950, U.S. veterans have been unable to make claims for medical malpractice committed in military hospitals. This seemingly unfair rule was decided in a U.S. Supreme Court case referred to by the Plaintiff’s name, Feres.It is now called the Feres Doctrine. Many lawyers who represent vets thought there was a chance this 60-year-old rule […]

Memorial Day — I Fought For You


This video seems appropriate for Memorial Day. Warning: It might bring a tear to your eye. I Fought For You Sermonspice.com See Details Buy Now

No Cost-of-Living Adjustment for Veterans Compensation and Pension Benefits in 2011


This was a foregone conclusion, but there will be no increase in veterans pension or compensation benefits for 2011. I wrote previously about no increase in Social Security disability or retirement benefits, and because veterans benefits are based on the same government standard, we knew there would be no increase for those benefits. However, the […]

“Secret” VA Benefit Available to Many Veterans and Their Spouses


Today is Veterans Day, when we celebrate and honor those brave Americans who have served our country and placed themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom. Of course we should do this every day, not just once each year. Our law firm tries to show our appreciation for veterans by helping them, and their […]

Contract Reveals VA Knew About Prudential’s Death Benefit Account


CBS Evening News (9/14, story 4, 3:00, Couric) said “earlier this summer,” revelations that Prudential, the “country’s second-largest life insurer,” was “profiting from the death benefits of fallen soldiers was news to almost everyone.” Now, however, a “major development” in the story “points out that this was not the case at the US Department of […]

Diabetes is Now the Most Commonly-Paid Disability of Vietnam Veterans


The Associated Press reports that diabetes is now the most common illness or injury among Vietnam veterans drawing compensation benefits. The reason is a link between Agent Orange and diabetes, even though that link is a bit questionable. In fact, side effects of Agent Orange account for a very large percentage of all disability benefits […]

Bill Introduced to Provide One-Time $250 Payment to SS Recipients


The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), has introduced H.R. 5987, The Seniors Protection Act of 2010, that would provide a one-time $250 payment to retired and disabled Social Security and SSI beneficiaries (and to veterans) if there is no cost-of- living adjustment (COLA) announced for 2011. Any COLA for 2011 will be […]

Important Help for Vets With PTSD


The Obama administration has announced an important change for veterans who are trying to get disability benefits as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Details are available at the White House Web site. The basic change is that veterans will no longer be required to provide evidence of the specific incident that caused their PTSD […]

Veterans Affairs Wants To Be Advocate, Not Enemy


The Veterans Affairs Department’s disability claims process can be a nightmare to negotiate, and in my opinion is a real insult to the men and women who have been injured in serving our country. There may be some hope for improvement though. I’ve noted previously that the application form has been reduced to a mere […]