Virtually every veteran claimant has a similar frustration with the slow pace of the VA  claims process. The picture is of claims files stacked in the Winston-Salem, NC regional office, so many that the structural integrity of the building is in question, the weight thought to be too much for the floor structure to bear! Winston-Salem has so […]

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers two major disability benefits programs: (1) service-connected disability compensation and (2) non-service connected disability pension. Both benefits are based on the disability of the veteran and the disability’s effect on employability. VA pension is a needs based program. To be eligible for pension, a veteran must have wartime service, […]

From Military to Manufacturing

A number of corporations, including GE, Alcoa, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin have joined in a new coalition to train veterans for jobs in advanced manufacturing technologies. The coalition will focus on assisting veterans and employers to translate military skills to advanced manufacturing jobs and on empowering employers to recruit and mentor veterans. The initial program […]

In October 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs, in conjunction with the Department of Defense, launched a web portal that provides resources and self-service capabilities to Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families. It provides the ability to research, access and manage their VA and military benefits and personal information. The site is intended to help achieve […]

On June 4, 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that its Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation will hold a meeting, open to the public, on June 25-26, 2012, at the St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th and K streets, NW, Washington, D.C. The Committee advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the maintenance and periodic […]

On May 24, 2012, the Senate confirmed two new judges for the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The Court has three vacancies and the addition of two new judges to fill two of those vacancies will be a welcome development. The two new judges are Margaret Bartley and Coral Wong Pietsch. Judge Bartley was […]

VA recently announced that it will add around 1,600 mental health clinicians, which include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers and approximately 300 support staff to its already existing workforce of 20,590 mental health employees. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki explained that as more Veterans return home from war, all must be […]

On April 14, 2012, four attorneys and a paralegal from Goodman Allen Donnelly’s Veterans Benefit Group participated in a free legal clinic for veterans and their dependents in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The clinic, which was sponsored by the American Bar Association and the Old Dominion University Student Veteran Association, was attended by 85 veterans, who […]

Patent Office Seeks to Hire Veterans

  The United States Patent and Trademark Office on November 10, 2011, issued a notice that it is seeking to double the number of veteran hires over previous years for the position of patent examiner.  It intends to hire more than 1500 patent examiners this year and hopes that ten percent of those new hires […]

OPEN HOUSE – November 9, 2011 Celebrating the launch of the Intel Veteran Employment Training (VET) Initiative Join Intel and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and honored guests: • The Honorable, James Moran, U.S. House of Representatives • Rodney Lewis, White House Fellow, Office of the First Lady Intel VET is […]