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AL: AG Informed Veterans of Radiation Exposure Compensation

Montgomery, AL (CompNewsNetwork) - Attorney General Troy King held a news conference yesterday to inform veterans and family members of benefits available to compensate for certain illnesses that may have been caused by radiation exposure from the development and testing of nuclear weapons. The Radiation...

Medical Marijuana Use Approved in Selected VA Hospitals

The Huffington Post reports that new guidelines from the Veteran Affairs Department will allow patients at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics to be treated with medical marijuana in the 14 states where the use of medical marijuana has been legalized.

Oregon veterans suit against KBR can continue

PORTLAND, Ore. - (AP) A federal magistrate has ruled that a lawsuit by Oregon Army National Guard veterans against contractor Kellogg Brown & Root can continue. U.S. District Magistrate Paul Papak denied KBR's second motion to dismiss the suit on Monday. In 2009, 26 Oregon Guard veterans...

Pimentel Delivers Keynote Address at National Workers' Comp Conference in Las Vegas

Dr. Richard Pimentel, senior partner with Milt Wright & Associates and a national expert on disability management, job recruitment, job retention, the ADA, and attitude change, delivered the keynote address November 11, 2010, at the 19th Annual National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference...

End-Of-Life Care For Veterans

A recent article in the Tribune Newspapers discusses an extensive effort that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is making to improve end-of-life care for veterans. The VA has recently completed a new training curriculum called the Education on Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Veterans Project...

Military Faces Challenge To Medical Malpractice Shield

BRADENTON, Fla. - (AP) Veterans, military families and others who oppose a decades-old law that shields military medical personnel from malpractice lawsuits are rallying around a case they consider the best chance in a generation to change the widely unpopular protection. The U.S. Supreme Court has asked...

DHS might adopt Defense tech for border surveillance, and hire vets to run it

"Veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars may find jobs operating satellite communications, blimps and other surveillance technologies stateside for border control, a Homeland Security Department official said Wednesday." - Nextgov, Nov. 15, 2011 .

PTSD Ruling Returns Benefits to Thousands of Vets

The Defense Department issued a memo mandating that service members diagnosed with PTSD receive a 50% rating when they retire. A 50% rating guarantees lifetime TRICARE medical coverage and tax-free retirement payments. While the ruling has helped hundreds of veterans over the past four years, more than...

A Farewell to Arms, and the United States

"Hector Barajas is opening up his home to serve as a safe house for deported veterans like himself, stranded in Mexico, far from the country they served." - Jessica Weisberg, Oct. 13, 2012 .

V.A. tightens UME regulations for Pension, Pension with Aid and Attendance

The V.A. has tightened restrictions on the room and board a veteran may deduct from income when applying for Pension, and Pension with Aid & Attendance benefits. These are benefits available to disabled veterans 65 and older who have served during certain wartime periods, and who fall below certain...

Missouri Supreme Court Allows V.A. to Intervene in Comp Cases

The Veteran’s Administration can now intervene in Missouri’s worker’s compensation cases to try to collect payment for medical services provided to veterans, even when an employer never authorized the care and no state rule allows it, according to a recent case from the Missouri Supreme...

Deported Veterans Banished After Honorable Service

"Milton Tepeyac, who served eight years as a U.S. Marine, scrapes by on $3 an hour in this northern Mexican city, where he has lived since the U.S. government deported him in April. His rented room floods when it rains. Scorpions skitter in. To kill them, he had to pay an exterminator $40 —...

Deported Vets

"Serving in the military can help immigrants gain U.S. citizenship. But vets who commit crimes may find themselves deported despite their service to the country. Latino USA speaks with a vet awaiting deportation and with filmmaker John Valadez, currently working on a documentary highlighting the...

DHS Clarifies Immigration Benefits for Family Members of Selected Reserve and Veterans

"On November 15, 2013, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sub-agency that administers immigration benefits, announced a new national “parole in place” policy that affects the immigrant parents, spouses...

Congress Must Act and Stop Deporting Our Veterans: Margaret D. Stock

"As Congress and the Obama administration look for ways to address our broken immigration system, one step is clear. They have the authority to, and must, end the deportation of our veterans. It is hard to believe that the United States deports men and women who have honorably served in our armed...

Deported Veterans of America (Video)

"There are soldiers and marines that have served the United States even though they were not born in the country. Some of them entered the US by crossing the border illegally, but after being promised citizenship in exchange for their service, they enlisted. Some of them have risked their lives...