Federal Benefits

Federal Benefits

Disability
 
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs administers a wide range of benefits for veterans, including compensation and pension benefits for disabled veterans and their dependents. The law on the topic of VA benefits is extensive, from Veterans’ Rights & Benefits Statutes (USCS Title 38)  and regulations, to decisions of the Board of Veterans Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, through additional judicial review at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit or U.S. Supreme Court.
 
Of particular importance to veterans’ claims for benefits is the assessment of injuries and illnesses such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A special research collection of medico-legal practice guide material on the subject of PTSD has been compiled for the Veterans Rights Resources Center. Some highlights include:
 
 
Find out more about veterans and PTSD from recent news articles.
 
ArticleADA, USERRA intersect to protect veterans with disabilities, Disability Compliance Bulletin (March 27, 2008).
 
Article: Emerging Trends; Develop reintegration programs to help military veterans return to work, Workers’ Compensation Report (November 18, 2008).
 
Review additional training tools and practice tools in print or on CD-Rom related to veterans’ benefits and the law.
 
Additional Benefits
 
Congress continues to be active in expanding and improving the benefits and services the federal government provides veterans across the nation. On July 27, 2009 the House of Representatives passed new legislation for veterans and their families.
 
ArticleHouse Passes Bill to Provide Unprecedented Support to Veteran Caregivers, Congressional Documents and Publications (July 27, 2009).
 
  • H.R. 3155, as amended - Caregiver Assistance and Resource Enhancement Act;
  • H.R. 3219 - to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs relating to insurance and health care;
  • H.R. 2770, as amended - Veterans Nonprofit Research and Education Corporations Enhancement Act of 2009.
 
Article: New Laws Help Veterans Prevent Foreclosure, Access Needed Health Care and Earned Benefits, Congressional Documents and Publications (October 14, 2008).
 
State Law Protection
 
Veterans not only have benefits under federal law, but many states are also enacting protections and benefits for veterans. Legal experts have weighed in on the latest developments in employment law, taxation, and more, through an array of analytical articles and practice insights. 
Emerging Issues Analysis:
 
 
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