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    New Conditions in “Veterans and Agent Orange”

    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

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    Proposed Changes in the Regulations to File a Claim or Appeal

    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

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    Veteran’s Benefit Attorney Serves as Panelist for Veteran’s Law Symposium

    Veteran’s Benefit Group practice attorney, David E. Boelzner, served as a panelist for the first Veteran’s Law Symposium, “Serving Those Who Serviced,” at the University of Richmond School of Law on November 8, 2013. He will also contribute an article to an issue of the Law School’s Journal of Law and the Public Interest dedicated to

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    We Salute Our Veterans

    Starting Monday, the 11th, we begin celebrating Veteran’s Week—a time to recognize, honor and thank our country’s veterans. At Goodman Allen & Filetti, we want to take care of our veterans. Through the Veteran’s Benefit Group, a service of Goodman Allen & Filetti, we offer legal help and aid that gives veterans the benefits they have

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    Did You Serve at Camp LeJeune?

    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

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    VA beginning to make progress in reducing backlog, but new problems may be emerging…

    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

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    IF MY LAWYER GOT PAID FOR A WIN AT THE COURT, WHY DIDN’T I?

    In a previous blog posting, we explained why a “win” at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) most often does not result in immediate award of benefits by the VA, but instead in a remand, i.e. the case being sent back to VA to be redone, sometimes with further development. Clients sometimes wonder

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    I WON AT THE COURT, HURRAH! – NOW, WHAT HAVE I WON?

    Many veterans whose claims are appealed successfully to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) are confused and even dismayed to realize that no money is coming to them from VA even though they have won their cases. This dismay sometimes becomes greater when they learn that their lawyer got paid for work at

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    GAF Veteran Benefits Group Six Year Battle For 100% Disability Rating For Veteran Pays Off

    In February 2013, Goodman Allen & Filetti obtained approximately $825,000 in retroactive benefits on behalf of a veteran from the Department of the Veterans Affairs Montgomery, Alabama Regional Office (VA). The attorneys and paralegals in our Veterans Benefit Practice Group worked tirelessly on this matter beginning with representation at the U.S. Court of Appeals for

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    2013 Disability Compensation Rates

    VA’s disability compensation rates for 2013 include a 1.7 cost of living increase. You can see the 2013 table here – https://benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/resources_comp01.asp One of the issues that is currently being discussed in the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee is the impact of the proposal for a “chained CPI” index to be used in calculating benefits. This

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