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Free Veterans Benefits Legal Clinic to be held at UVA School of Law, 580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA Thursday November 10, 2016, 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. In collaboration with the UVA Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center and the UVA School of Law, the attorneys with the Veterans Benefit Group of Goodman Allen Donnelly are hosting […]

In the wake of the scandalous revelations of extraordinary wait times and falsification of records at VA Medical Centers, Congress is in the process of considering reform legislation.  The principal bill is the House of Representatives’ HR 4810, which would: Direct the VA to enter into contracts for private care to be given to veterans […]

Where a veteran had gone AWOL for a period and then reported back to his unit, his DD Form 214 reflected that he had “lost time” under 10 U.S.C. 972.  The Board assumed that this meant that the time could not be counted as active service to qualify him for VA benefits, and without this […]

A recent study published in the journal Environmental Research  indicates that military personnel who flew in dioxin-contaminated aircraft used to spray Agent Orange in the Vietnam War (Operation Ranch Hand) may have been exposed to greater levels of dioxin than has previously been recognized. The recent study indicates that the potential for exposure to personnel […]

Effective January 16, 2014, VA has amended 38 C.F.R. § 3.310 to add five illnesses found to secondarily related to traumatic brain injuries.  A report by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, entitled “Gulf War and Health, Volume 7: Long-Term Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury,” found sufficient evidence to link the moderate to […]

As many veterans are aware, there are a special set of regulations that provide for “presumptive service connection” for certain conditions if a veteran was exposed to Agent Orange.  This list is important because if a veteran does develop one of the listed condition, even 40 or 50 years after service, and they served on […]

In an attempt to combat the backlog, the VA has recently proposed several changes to the claims process. While the VA’s goal is to decrease the amount of time it takes to process a claim, many view the proposed change as potentially harmful to Veterans. Currently, to file a claim the Veteran need only send […]

Over the past several years, there has been considerable attention in the media to the past contamination of the water supply at Camp Lejeune. From 1953 to 1987, the water supply was contaminated with TCE, PCE, benzene, vinyl chloride and “other compounds.” For background information on the problem, see https://clnr.hqi.usmc.mil/clwater/Site/background_information.html Based on legislation passed in […]

A recent Washington Post article shows signs of progress in VA’s efforts to reduce the more than 800,000 claim backlog. Director Thomas Murphy reports that “the number of pending cases has decreased by 74,000 over the past 45 days.” VA has pledged to complete all cases that have been pending for more than 125 days […]

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 […]